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Monday, April 26, 2010

Reason #542 Why I'm A Bad Mom

subtitled If You Are New Around Here And Expecting Greatness On A Regular Basis, You Might As Well Leave Now ... Because Inane Posts About Laundry Are Much More Typical Than Heartfelt Posts That Really Spark Tons Of Spiritual Discussion ... Not That I Don't Want To Do More Posts Like That, But - Really - We All Know That What I Want To Do And What I Am Capable Of Doing Are Two Very Different Things

I didn't tell y'all last week because we had other stuff going on around here, but the Tongginator decided to take a Big Step this past Monday: she decided to finally be done with her nighttime pull-ups.

And yes, she was six-years-old and still wearing pull-ups.

So if your child is in the same boat bed, don't feel alone. Some children just aren't ready until later, including the Tongginator. It's not that she wasn't capable of it - because she totally was - she just didn't feel emotionally ready for the change. So the Husband and I continued to purchase pull-ups with no fuss, no muss. And we told her to let us know whenever she decided it was time for a change.

Well, that day came last Monday.

She's done wonderfully! I still take her to the bathroom once each night, just before I head to bed myself, because my child? Is a deep, deep, DEEP sleeper. How deep, you might ask? Well, let's put it this way -- I actually have to hold her upright on the toilet or she'd topple over.

Oh yes, she would.

(And don't ask me how she manages to go while still asleep. Because I? Have Absolutely No Idea how she does it. It boggles the mind.)

This Big Girl Change has led to a little adjustment for Momma, though. Because - ya know - the Tongginator is wearing twice as many panties as she once was. And long-time readers know that I, Tonggu Momma, have a really, really... er... shall we say interesting?... history with the never-ending chore of laundry.

Both stories? Intensely humiliating, although one definitely more than the other.

*sigh*

Since she's been using twice as many panties as usual... and since Momma isn't all that great at even the most basic of math problems... I didn't realize we'd run out of clean panties faster than usual. So my Tongginator? Had to lower herself to wear a pull-up last night. Because there were absolutely! no! clean! size! four! panties! anywhere in the house. And yes, there was much weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Which just goes to show y'all that I? Am a horrible mother.

Who is terrible at laundry.

And multiplication.

34 comments:

epin said...

My daughter is also an overnight pull-up user, and she is 5.5 years old. We tried everything, but she is a very deep sleeper. In the last month, she finally showed signs that she was ready for underwear overnight. Whew.

Tonggu Grammy said...

FYI, there was a certain other little girl, long, long ago who used to be held up while going potty late at night. She, too, was a deep, deep sleeper. God has a sense of humor! I'm just saying since it can't be hereditary.

Buckeroomama said...

Z never runs out of panties only because she gets to wear J's boy briefs hand-me-downs. What? She doesn't mind... not yet anyway. :)

autumnesf said...

Hah! NO, the bad mom (me) goes and digs out a dirty pair and makes her wear those.

See, at least there is hope for you.

*Given Much Momma* said...

Our newest addition is 6 yrs. and also a night-time pull-up-er. And I worry not. :) I've got enough on my plate. :) -- As to your laundry/math mess up. Phew! So glad I'm not the only one. :)

happygeek said...

Since she is wearing twice as many, you need to buy more. Problem solved.
However, that may involved shopping, so it might just introduce more problems:).

I forgot to hold Spud one night and he did topple off. Hit his head on the tub. Big bruise. Still didn't wake up.

LucisMomma said...

Last time I had extra money I bought everyone two extra packs of underwear....that puts off the absolute HAVE TO of laundry for a few more days. :)

Congratulations! I know what it is to let them hold on to things that really don't matter, except to busy-bodies, whose opinion I don't really care about. My DD is still using pull ups at night, but she really does not need them, either. And she has that dinky size 4 tushy, too. :) Oh--and she still has a binky. Rip me up about that if you want, I won't listen. She will give it up when she's ready.

Anonymous said...

My ped suggests wearing no panties to bed. A little airing out of the privates is suppose to be a good thing:)

Aus said...

Morning TM - let's not talk about laundry - let's just say it's a chore that keeps on giving around here - and go get some more coffee before we start on it - again - or still.....

Not horrible - just normal - or at least no more horrible than we are;) !

hugs - aus and co.

jen@odbt said...

We're going through that too. I thought my son was ready but now on top of wet undies, wet sheets. Talk about loads of laundry!

Shellie said...

I think you and I are in the same boat!

Sherri said...

I have a 7 year old daughter who is still sleeping in pullups. The doctor says not to worry about it, so I'm not.....just patiently waiting.

And I agree--you just need to go to Target today and buy some more!

Chris said...

Thanks for the morning chuckles!!!!

I have a hard time keeping up with the pantie situation at my house as well.....

Oh the laundry...the never-ending laundry....

Tricia said...

The bad mom tells her then two year old that she doesn't need to go to the potty since she is wearing a diaper. The two-year old then proceeds to take herself to the potty for a week before said mom goes out and buys her big girl panties after mom's last midterm exam. Bad mom award goes to THAT mom, whoever she is, who definitely wouldn't embarrass her now teenage daughter by telling that story in such a public forum.

Natalie said...

Hannah is a deep sleeper too. She can totally pee while sleeping and flops forward on the toilet so that her head is laying on my lap. You should see me try to hold up the rag doll to wipe her up and try to pull up her undies. It's quite a sight!
Natalie

Dawn said...

Ran out of panties? Wait... isn't that why Walmart is open 24/7???

prechrswife said...

MJ gave her night time ones up on her own at 4, but I'm potty training K, and we did run out of her panties the other day for daytime, so back to the pull-up she went.

Nicole said...

Hey, horrible mother, my four and a half year old just gave up his soother. So...yeah, we could compete on the horrible mother thing.

Aunt LoLo said...

Ok, I am DYING at how many moms take their kids to the bathroom WHILE THE KID'S ASLEEP. (Because Ming Wai has never done that.) But the kids sleep through it?!

And the fact that TG used to take HER little girl (*ahem*) - that just cracks me up. A sense of humor, indeed!

Girly Girl Mommy said...

Way to go Tongginator!
Our girlies share panties, so there's always a'plenty. They do prefer to sleep "naked heinie" but there was a transition from pull up to panties to nothing.

Christina said...

WTGo on her for making the big step! I was glad to hear this, as a struggle with potty training my 3 year old little guy. And the laundry? We've all been there!

Rachel@just another day in paradise said...

[take 2. . .let's see if it works. . .]

whew. I was beginning to think Kady was the only "just in case" pull-up wearer. . .As for the laundry, some day ours is going to stage a coup and overtake us.

PS Tonggu Grammy is funny. A brave woman would totally hand over the blog for a week of "Let me tell you about Tonggu Momma before she was a momma. . ." Be strong, be brave. : )

April said...

Don't feel bad. I hate laundry so much I would *accidentally* not get around to it until Saturday when I knew my husband would throw a load in first thing in the morning. And then, b/c Mr Awesome, he would just do it all including folding and putting away which I hate even more than putting the clothes in the washer.
Do you know what deployments do to me when I have to do laundry by myself? Let's just say we get down to our last pair of socks and undies...
I'm just not that girl...

Wendy said...

Same story here. My daughter will be 6 in June and she's still soaked in her pull up by morning. She sleeps like a log...I'm talking a falls out of bed and doesn't wake up kind of thing. I like to say that she'll get around to staying dry when she is "developmentally and physically ready", but I know that's just a euphemism for "Mom's too lazy to get up in the middle of the night and put you on the potty."

Welcome to the Terrible Mother Club!

Patty O. said...

Oh, I'm right there with you on being bad with math and laundry.

I have to say thought that this post came at a really, really good time for me. Charlotte, who is over 4, can't seem to make it through the night without an accident and I was starting to wonder what I should do about it, though my instincts were telling me to just be patient. Reading your post reinforced what I was already thinking and I needed that, so thanks!

Mamatini said...

A bad mommy is one who tells her daughters "wear one of your sister's" when it gets that bad. Ina's got a big bootie; Isa's got a tiny hiney. It works out.

Sharie said...

Amelia is still wearing a pull-up. She too CAN do it if she goes RIGHT before going to bed at night. However our 2 week trial she failed to do so and had an accident, she just couldn't handle that so I told her I would buy her training panties....well that lasted 1 night. She's back in the pull-ups.

I know ALL about sleeping hard. My roommate in college used to have to wake me for fire drills, did I mention the alarm was right outside our door?
Not to mention that when Amelia was sleeping in her own bed, our dogs would have to come stand on my bed and bark when she woke up in the night!
I'm not sleeping as hard now - no dogs to rely on!

Love Letters To China said...

I'm in the thick of potty training right now. My little man was doing great except for today. He was so preoccupied with playing with his toys, he slipped not once but twice in a BIG way. Needless to say I feel your pain when it comes to not having enough undies.

Laundry... the never ending black hole!

BTW... love your new blog look!

Sharie said...

Oh and I'd be happy to send some undies - I keep buy 4's, but Amelia's tiny hiny only needs a 2/3. I put 4's on by accident the other day (accident meaning I hadn't done laundry and we were out of ones that fit). When I picked her up at school she said, "It feels like I don't even have underwear on - yep...little too big:)

Michelle@BornInOurHearts said...

And I'm a very, very bad blogger. I think I have missed at least two weeks of visits. Glad to be back and Colleen did an amazing job on your blogover, by the way. She is very talented!

BTW, I'm horrible with laundry, too.

Pickel said...

We've had to buy the Huggies Overnights because AJ can't use the pullups at night anymore. He spills out of them. He's 7.

And, my ENTIRE basement is full of laundry. Clean and folded.

Annie said...

YAY for the Tongginator!!! WOOP WOOP!!!! As for you, TM!!! Hehehehehehehe!!! That is all I have to say about that::)

Laura Lee said...

mine is four and she wears her little brothers diapers to bed...and she too sleeps on the potty...

and I can't wait to read about your laundry situation when I have time because it is my never ending chore as well.... are there really people out there who get it "done". I think its a myth.

Janet said...

Here's an embarrassing story for ya.....when I was little, I used to sleep walk. A lot. One time, I was staying at my grandma's house. I sleep walked all the way up to my uncle's bedroom (he was a teenager at the time) and peed on his bed, because that was approximately where our bathroom was in our house. Yes, I did. Isn't that a nice story for you? :-)

On a different note, Adam had been dry for SIX WEEKS at night until last night. :-( I hope it's not a trend, but we will see if we need to pull out the pull-ups again.