Most frequent ‘P’ words in the past 3 years

20 Sep
They are undoubtedly ‘Pee’ and ‘Potty’. Please hit the X right away coz this post is all about these 2 P words.


Still reading? Good luck then!

We refer these P words differently with words or rather sounds of disgust. We call Pee as ‘Sheee’ and Potty as ‘Aaaa’ (as in the way you practise phonetic sound of the Alphabet A by popping your tongue out)

When they were barely a quarter old, their nanny firmly announced “Didi, we shall begin potty training.” I had no clue how she was gonna train twin 3-month olds to pee as per her instructions. I was curious nevertheless. She would try holding them in a standing position on the floor and make this sound “Shhhhh Shhhhh Shhhhh”. And guess what, everytime she made that hissing sound, I would rush to the loo. Folks, I am not kidding here. Bet you, that sound had some effect on me, albeit on my kids!

She was a persistent and an enthusiastic soul. She kept trying inspite of the fact that her charm was working on me! When my kids learnt getting down the bed on their own, we saw that they stopped peeing on the bed. They would get down and piss. We were a happy bunch to see this development.

Peeing was conquered quite early. But potty training seemed impossible. They would sit anywhere under the sun but on the potty seat. I read all sorts of articles on potty training on the web. Nothing seemed to work for me, errr… them! It was when they were almost 18 months old when we visited our Bro-in-law and family. Their younger daughter is 2 years elder than my kids. They saw their cousin sitting in the potty seat often and perhaps they thought it was Cool. When we came back home, our very own long forsaken potty seat had hit a jackpot. Not one but two cute li’l butts were fighting for the coveted seat.

Mannu’s potty training was almost accomplished except for a few accidents now and then. Tammu would only pee in the Potty Seat. She actually had a constipation problem due to which passing stool was literally such a ‘Pain in the ass’ for her. We would keep our fingers crossed in anticipation to get the darshan of her potty which was erratic. Looking at her struggling during the potty sessions caused so much agony to all of us. Tears trickled down her cheeks which turned red and our blues would surface due to helplessness. She would stand erect clutching her fists hard, gritting her teeth and pressing hard for the ‘shit’ to pass. We would try to force-sit her in the potty seat which would ease the process but she always preferred to stand!

Gradually, the constipation problem subsided as we tried new ways to get rid of it. But her habit of standing while she attended nature’s calls decided to stay. She would not even make an attempt to get her pants removed and everyday we had many smelly pants to be cleaned! Now that is not the point here. I tried talking her into being a ‘BIG’ girl by using the potty seat or how I would allow her to flush (as though it was like winning Oscar) if she did not wet her pants or shat on floor. My final threat to her was that ‘You have to clean your own potty if you choose the floor over potty seat’ I unashamedly admit that I even made her do so precisely twice (When Abbas was not around or else he would have banished me out of the house) But this did not work either coz she is a very talented Drama queen and has the capability of melting me with her antics.
They began schooling and with time somehow she is now fully potty trained and proudly tells us ‘I’m a big girl now.!’

Lesson Learnt: Every baby is different and achieves each milestone at its own pace. No matter how much you try or worry (when you compare with other kids around)


Posted by on September 20, 2011 in Uncategorized


7 responses to “Most frequent ‘P’ words in the past 3 years

  1. readingthroughrsmind

    September 20, 2011 at 3:57 am

    Awww! isnt that cute…poor baby…I hope the constipation is better now 🙂

    Pee and Potty are frequently used words for any mom…as you can see in my post yesterday 😉


  2. RS

    September 20, 2011 at 5:55 am

    Seema-Im in the same situation now. Worring my head over potty training! 😦


  3. Seema Kamath alias Seema Abbas Ali

    September 20, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    @RM: Yes, now constipation problem is almost gone, touch wood!

    And yes, R's su-su scene kinda made me post this as I had it in mind for quite some time now!

    @RS: Yes I can understand re. Keep trying but it will happen only when the right time comes.


  4. pangsofsenselessness

    September 22, 2011 at 8:57 am

    'Every baby is different and achieves each milestone at its own pace. No matter how much you try or worry (when you compare with other kids around)' – How true, Seema!

    A lot of people said potty training a male-child is more difficult and will take time than a girl. But for me, Kau got day-potty trained earlier and easier than Keer. When they started play school, Keer would howl her heart out when taken to the loo at the school. Now, she is okay but I hear she still pees on the bed in her afternoon nap. But the day-care staff are so sweet and trying hard to get rid of her diapers!

    One big demon I still have to conquer for both of them is the night training! Thinking of it is giving me nightmares! 😦


  5. Seema Kamath alias Seema Abbas Ali

    September 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Me too yet to conquer the night training re. Still put on diapers! I tried a couple of times by waking them up in the middle of the night and making them sit in the potty seat but they were too engrossed in sleep. Got to give a gap and try after sometime! Also, after a strenuous day, both hubby and I completely doze off as soon as we hit the bed. Let's see, perhaps the right time is yet to come….


  6. manasaprasad

    November 7, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Yup! Every child is different! But I loved how u tackled this messy topic! Hats off to u!



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