Potty training is arguably one of the worst parts of parenthood, at least before our kids are old enough to slam doors and resent us for embarrassing them and plot even (and unsanctioned) "retreats." It's sticky and smelly and gross, and there's so much poop. I'm to the point in my son's potty training journey that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but getting to said point has been one seriously disgusting battle. Thankfully, I am not alone in that battle, and have been able to share every aspect of said battle via the texts every mom sends during potty training. Listen, if I have to suffer through this much rogue poop, the world needs to know about it. I have no shame.
The emotional stages of potty training range in their severity, from mild frustrated borderline insane. I started out ridiculously optimistic, but less than an hour into our first day with our new friend, Mr. Potty, I was ready to abort our mission entirely. Of course, I understand that toddlers are gross, but I underestimated exactly how gross. Shortly after our potty training journey began, I was quickly reminded of how much I value things like good hygiene, urine-free floors, and leaving the house without having to mentally prepare myself for any and all public pooping implosions.
Since we began potty training our son, I've done so many gross things that I thought I would never do. It makes me gag just thinking about it, but I hate spending money on diapers and I don't want to have the only kid in kindergarten who hasn't yet conquered his bowels, so I've soldiered through this expedition like a champion. Okay, not really. I've complained literally all day, every single day and while I am sure it has annoyed a few friend and family members, I also feel like I'm not alone in my sticky conundrum. Here are 15 texts everyone sends during potty training, because #solidarity and misery loves company and let me talk about the poop before I lose my freakin' mind.