Mickey Mouse Diapers. For about a month or so, my girls have seriously been begging us to let them go potty in the potty! They have told us over and over, “I no like diapers!” or “No more Mickey Mouse diapers!” Haha. They are for sure some smart little girls. I have gone back and forth about beginning this whole potty training thing. We have an upcoming trip to California that I was wanting to get back home and get settled before we said, “Bye, Bye Diapers!” Disney Saves The Day! Well my little plan didn’t work. After a series of attempts to remove their diapers, BJ and I decided to go to the store and buy two potties! I posted a shout out to all the mommies who know a thing or two about potty training their little ones, and I was so grateful for all the tips! During my lunch break we took the girls on a true shopping adventure and purchased a Minnie Mouse potty, a Disney Princess potty, lots of snacks and a candy bar to get the excitement started! LOL. OMG. HAHA. When we got home, we said farewell to the diapers- the girls even tossed the diapers in the trash and said their goodbyes. We put them in their pink panties and made a huge deal about their new potties! They loved it…sort of! I don’t think they were as excited as we thought they would be – but who gets excited about toilets? We sat them on the potty and waited. Nothing, absolutely nothing. I had to rush back to work, so I kissed them goodbye and waited eagerly for the “We went pee pee in the potty!” text. This is what I got instead.
Lets just say day one wasn’t too successful. BJ spent more time in the bathroom than he did anywhere else! At one point he said that after Kennedi had wet herself for the second time she said in a very funny voice, “Mickey Mouse diapers please!!” The girls were just not feeling it, and refusing to use the restroom in their awesome, Disney potties! Day Two. Same thing, different day. My husband spent the entire morning on all kinds of parent websites trying to find the “nuggets of wisdom” we have obviously been lacking! Everything they said to do, we tried. Just about all of them reminded us, that if they are just not responding to this new thing or if they seem to be opposing it, to stop for a few weeks and try again. Give up? Does that mean we should give up on this whole potty training thing? I thought they were ready, after all they begged us! We were the ones that wanted to wait! BLOG Moment. I just got off the phone with my amazing, stay at home daddy of a husband and during our conversation, we both considered putting the potty thing on hold for a week or so. As we were talking I of course, had a BLOG moment- hence the mid day blog post. Looking in the Mirror. How many times have I been that girl who begged and begged for change, something new, something different and when I saw all that it truly entailed, rejected it and even asked for my old thing/way of life back? I am not exaggerating a single bit when I say my girls dislike their diapers! I have had seasons of my life when I simply did not like where I was or what I was doing, and in my ignorance begged and begged for different. I tend to be a risk taking junkie and love new things, but if I am transparent, not every new season have I embraced with such grace. Many times on the other side of change I have kicked and screamed and regretted my choice to change! Going Back. Why would Kennedi and Brooklyn want to go back to wet or squashed poopy diapers? The answer is simple, change is difficult, and as much as their little bodies are wanting change, it doesn’t make change any easier. As I sit here and think, I can recall numerous times that I have wanted to go back to wet or squishy diapers. Not because it was something I really wanted, but it was easier. I don’t think I am alone in this – I see it just about everyday, people returning to cities they have left, jobs they have resigned from and relationships they have ended. Since our bodies are so wonderfully made, there is an inner desire for my girls to want to use the potty, just like what is inside each of us, the desire to grow. But just like anything else what is on the other side of that desire is a whole lot of work and a whole lot of new! A Whole Lot. Saying yes to move across the country to plant a church in South Florida was an exciting thought, and although has been a whole lot of fun, it also has been a whole lot of new and a whole lot of work! When I said yes to going back to work, the thought of a nice paycheck or the thought of meeting new people was exciting, on the other side of it has been long days at the office and less time with my girls. I have had opportunities to kick and scream and resist this change, but by the grace of God I have avoided the temptation to go back to wet and stinky diapers. What About You? If you have recently taken a chance, if you are in the process of change, I encourage you today to not go back to diapers. Look forward, not backwards and resolve that you are going to embrace every aspect of this new season. Whatever that looks like. It will be a lot of work, and it will be a lot of new, but it will also be a lot of awesome! Hang in there!
Every week I highlight a TRUTH about you, your life, or about a situation you may be facing and then I DARE you to believe it.
Here is this week’s TRUTH or DARE.
“Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert
and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43: 18-19(NIV)
DARE: Move forward!