The Ultimate Adventure in Potty Training
Tuesday, September 1, 2009

We made our contribution to the education of young physicians today. It's a dirty job, but hey, someone has to do it.

This morning, a first-year pediatric resident learned a very valuable lesson:
When you ask a distraught 3-year-old to pee in a very small cup after not having peed in 12-hours, be sure to have extra cups or containers on-hand. The child will be unable to stop once he has started.

Ah, yes. Leave it to Wyatt to teach such a lesson.

Wyatt awoke this morning complaining of pain. By 9AM, he was hurting so badly that his cries escalated to violent screams. Fortunately, we were able to get in to see a doctor rather quickly. And it's a good thing because it's no fun at all pushing a stroller through the halls of the hospital with a child painfully grabbing his crotch and screaming at the top his lungs, "My pee pee hurts! My pee pee hurts!" Way to not draw attention to yourself, kid.

While talk of kidney stones commenced among the physicians, we waited patiently for Wyatt to finally give in and deposit a urine sample into the cup (he had refused to go ALL morning). It was obvious he was in excruciating pain, but the doctor couldn't do anything for him until his urine was collected and tested.

Well, he must have understood what the word "catheter" meant, because he finally caved and peed in the cup...and peed...and peed. He peed until his cup runneth over! And then peed some more. We had been begging him to pee for nearly a half-hour, and when he finally did, we were suddenly begging him to stop. He must have been one very confused little boy.

Seconds after standing motionless in a nice little puddle of his own urine, Wyatt looked up at the doctor with his tear-stained eyes and let out the most relieved, "Aaaahhhh!!" I have ever heard. Then wah-lah! The boy was cured. He was bouncing off the walls of the exam room in true Batman fashion. No kidney stones, no infection. He just needed to pee. Lovely.

Apparently, kids who are potty-training sometimes get really freaked out when they wake up to the discomfort of a full bladder after having held it during the night. It eventually scares the pee out of most kids. Not mine.

I'll take my Mother of the Year award now, please.

At home and up to his old tricks again...showing the world his daddy's dirty socks.
Proof that he does actually own a pair without holes in them. How about that!

Wine Selection: Badger Mountain Syrah
Personal Rating: **Fair**
Comments: The bad thing about wine-tasting is that your palate starts to get fatigued after a while. Wines you thought were great when you tasted them often don't taste as great when you get them home. This was one of those wines. It was okay, but not as spectacular as I wanted it to be.


Blogger Shelly had this to say:

That is one story I will not forget! So funny Catrina.

September 1, 2009 at 9:28 PM 

Blogger The Walrus had this to say:

Poor Little Bubba!

September 2, 2009 at 10:38 AM 

Blogger Rachel had this to say:

Literally, I could not stop laughing reading this post.

September 2, 2009 at 10:11 PM 

Blogger Carmen had this to say:

OH Catrina! That is hilarious!

September 4, 2009 at 6:38 AM 

Blogger Lori had this to say:

I tried not to laugh, but that is funny!!

September 4, 2009 at 4:31 PM 

Blogger Tara had this to say:

oh my word!!! Too funny!!! you do deserve a reward!

September 4, 2009 at 5:48 PM 

OpenID thedrivers had this to say:

Oh gosh, thanks for the heads up! I'll remember this with Miles (he is officially potty trained during the day but not at night yet). This was too funny, and luckily nothing was serious with him!

September 7, 2009 at 11:59 PM 

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For the most part I’m a chardonnay, as I consider myself to exhibit a somewhat sunny and mellow disposition (most of the time), but because I find a tremendous amount of joy out of showering my two kids with hugs and kisses, I also possess the subtle sweetness often found in a riesling. But don’t be fooled. I love a great outdoor adventure and am willing to try anything once. This occasional display of boldness is thought to match that of a cabernet, whereas my appreciation for nature suggests that I have an earthy component to my personality—very characteristic of a merlot. (more)


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