Unfortunately, April showers in our house has come in the form of yellow pee dripping down the toilet, seeping into the bathroom tile grout and soaking our unpractical white bathmats.  Rather than being spring-scented, our showers leave the bathroom smelling like a urinal…a fragrance which has become inextricably associated with raising boys.

It's Potty Time - Voices from the Ville

I’ve been wondering why, after being fully potty trained for over a year, my 3.5 year old is suddenly missing the toilet?  This isn’t really a true regression…after all, he IS independently making it to the bathroom and getting his undies down. He just seems to be suspiciously missing the target.  I’ve been remaining neutral in my reaction (don’t want to give attention to the negative behavior in hopes that he will correct himself) but after the 3rd or 4th episode of Clorox wiping and washing my bathmat, I finally had to ask Sam what was going on.

“Sammy, there seems to be lots of pee-pee on the floor after you go to the potty. What are you doing in here?”  He innocently answered, “I jiggle!” Not entirely sure what he meant, I asked him to show me.  “I jiggle…like wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle-yeah!” Gyrating, swiveling hips a-la-John-Travolta ensue and I immediately remember (and curse!) the day a few weeks ago when we let the kids have a dance party to “Sexy and I Know It.”  Then, the “wiggle, wiggle” song was the perfect outlet for pent up cabin fever energy…little did I know that it would lead to newfound “artistic” expression in the bathroom.

It's Potty Time - Voices from the Ville

I instantly picture Sam, facing the toilet, undies around his ankles, boppin’ his hips back and forth singing the wiggle song while he pees and I burst into peels of laughter.  I mean…how fun, right?  To a little boy, discovering the potential to “draw” and dance while peeing must be amazing.  “Look what I can do with this thing!”  After I collected myself, I validated how fun it must be to jiggle while using the potty, but also made it clear that he needs to stand still and get the pee IN the potty—dance parties could happen afterwards.

I’m sure he was a bit bummed to have his pee-pee dance party time come to an end, but just in case he’s tempted to jiggle again, I’m thinking about picking up a yellow bathmat the next time I’m out.  That may at least buy me a few days between loads of laundry.

 

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Rachel Cedar

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Rachel is a mom to two young boys, a social worker and the founder of You Plus 2 Parenting & Beyond the Basics of Toddler Development. Her NYC-based company is the ultimate parenting destination for parents of toddlers and expectant or new second time moms. She offers information, education and support in a variety of areas including discipline & boundary setting, sibling preparation, potty training and other “growing up” transitions, social/emotional growth and development, separation, sleep issues and more.