There is a storm on the horizon. We know it's coming, and we can actually jump start the storm ourselves when it's time. The only reason we would ever start this storm is because of the relative calm that will follow.
Typically these types of storms are followed with clear blue skies. The high pressure will cover our little world and bring beautiful weather every day.
The looming dark cloud is potty training. It's not time yet, but things are happening that bring the thought to mind. Braden now understands what is going on in the way of using the bathroom. He no longer carries on like nothing ever happened when his diaper is filled to capacity.
The first signs that he might not be thrilled with pooping his pants came in the form of pulling at his diaper. As anyone knows a toddler adjusting his diaper is not a good thing. You don't want your kid messing with his Pampers when they are full of toxic waste. When he starts adjusting his drawers either Arica or I will ask him "Did you poop?"
Braden responds, "I poop." He is accurate too, unlike those bozos on the Weather Channel.
Braden also knows a little about peeing his pants. You can ask him if he pee peed and he will say yes or no. The accuracy of this one is not as easy to check, but I assume he has a fair idea about his diapers moisture content.
The best thing is that Braden likes to sit on the toilet already. Sometimes for no reason at all he just comes up to me or Arica and says, "I pee pee." As usual there is no ignoring his request. Either you take him to the bathroom or he repeats, "I PEE PEE!" until you do.
I think more than anything he likes to play with the toilet paper. He will sit on the porcelain throne and wipe a few times before he is done. Then he flushes and goes on about his day.
I have never been excited about the prospect of potty training, but it will be coming soon. And now that it approaches the whole thing leaves me a bit hopeful. After all diapers aren't cheap.
After conquering all the accidents and toilet training we can say good-bye to $20 boxes of diapers and hello to $20 boxes of beer.
At least that's the plan from my point of view.