"I guess we're never gonna survive unless we get a little crazy ..." ~ Seal
2 1/2 is a busy age with awesome conversations, play and a few bad habits!
I have to admit that life has been CRAZY since he turned 2 1/2 years old. It has been months of him sneaking around to tear off poopy diapers, lip picking, nose picking and sometimes he even has a little taste of his finger (YUCK). I am starting to wonder WHAT'S UP with that because he is so persistent about the picking. When not the lip it his is nose. I am frustrated that I cannot make him stop and hopeful that it will resolve on it own ... sooner than later!
Here's what life is like every 10 minutes or so these days (he is just about 2 years 10 months old) and so busy! I am grateful that my husband and teen help a lot!
Me: Max, are you picking your lip.
Max: NOOOOOOO (in a very loud and matter of fact like tone), I'm picking my nose!
Me: Well, stop picking your nose. It's yucky!
(Hiding my laugh - I go to Facebook to share this funny moment with my family. I look up because it's so quiet to find that HE DISAPPEARED)
Me: Max, where are you?
(No answer. I look in his bedroom because that is the only place he could be ... all of the other doors are locked to him from getting into everything. He jumps a mile high when he sees me because ... he was picking his nose in private this time - LOL.)
Me: What are you doing Max?
Max: AH, NO, it's the nose monster!
(He sounded just like a cartoon character, LOL, now I'm a nose monster? OK?)
So, I instruct my nose picking toddler to follow me out of his bedroom (to the living room) and I sit at my desk to write a post. I look up to see if he's come out of his room ...
Low and behold he's there with his pants at his ankles and quietly taking of his diaper - YIKES!!!
Just so you know, he does not poop on the potty, so we're potty training his way (uh hum) where we have to telepathically sense when it's time to dash from the pulled diaper to the potty because he likes to work independently these days - You know?
Our toddler is almost 3. He picks his lip and nose. He pees on the potty. He rarely poops on the potty!
We've had some crazy crazy crazy potty training moments this month ...
He will pee on the potty pretty much every time and often lets us know that he has to go. On the other hand, he will not tell us when he has to poop and he rarely poops on the potty at all.
This has been a stage of poopy diapers flying everywhere and his sneaking into Desitin, wet wipes, bathrooms, wiping poop on windows and dropping poop on the floor. It's not that we aren't watching him, but that our 2 year old is so fast. We can do nothing solo in the house any more. Going to the bathroom, doing dishes, washing clothes, typing on the computer, getting everything ready for a bath, etc., is all a two parent job with this particular son (my other children did not require this extra potty training care at all). One parent has to literally sit with our son while the other parent does what is needed.
Believe you me, there is no more poop schedule or estimating when it is time, it is like our son can make himself poop, too. For example, if he has a temper tantrum that requires our putting him in his room (he gets like this sometimes when he's exhausted), we have to listen well and peek in whether he is crying or not because sometimes we come in to a poopy mess. It is something he started when he turned 2 and is inconsistent about, therefore we cannot assume that is how his body reacts when angry.
LORD GIVE ME STRENGTH!!!
We've have to watch our little bird like a hawk these days! he's so fast, creative and independent at almost 3 years old.
In motherly love,