My partner and I are currently experiencing a phenomenon called "the potty training phase" with our second child and, let me tell you, it has its moments. Some of those are the absolute worst because hello, messes on messes on messes, but there's a few reasons why potty training is actually the best. To be honest, they definitely outweigh the gross parts (for the most part, anyway). No, seriously. This is a real thing.
When potty training our first kid, a girl, I've noticed there are considerable differences. Our second child is a boy and five years separates them, so I've also gained a bit more patience and perspective. I guess it's a "live and learn" type situation because I've been more aware of mistakes made the first time around so not to repeat. However, every day I'm reminded that each child is different, regardless of age or gender, so to use a blanket blueprint is a huge waste of time.
If you've ever trained a toddler to use the bathroom, you'll understand how frustrating and downright disgusting it can be. It drains us of our energy, both mentally and physically, and can often make you think pull-ups are the way to go forever. I'm asking you, dear reader, to forget all that (at least for now). I'm here to tell you about all the amazing things that happen during this journey because they're there and should be celebrated. It's not all going to be, you know, roses or whatever, but the parts that are? Yeah, they're pretty rad. With that, here are some of the things to cheer about when you're right in the thick of potty-training hell.