Monday, December 22, 2008

The Day That Disappeared

Every time I decide to abandon routine and be a bit spontaneous, it comes back to bite me. Always. Without fail. Which explains why my entire day yesterday evaporated when I spontaneously decided to go to a friend's house and learn how to make pierogies... By the time I brought the dough and filling home and finished assembling them, it was 5 PM and I realized I had nothing else for dinner; so we ate the pierogies for the first night of Chanukah instead of saving them for Christmas Eve as planned.

I figure I'll make latkes on Christmas Eve, just to complete my poor children's interfaith confusion. Then we'll hang up our stockings, play some Dreidel by the fire, leave jelly doughnuts out for Santa, and go to sleep with visions of Chanukah gelt dancing in our heads. In fact, this approach might be more appropriate than I have heretofore realized, if this news report is at all reliable. (If you're Jewish, click on that - it's funny.)

Susie (aka the preschooler-formerly-known-as-pottytrained) has once again spent her entire day peeing and pooping in her clothes. I swear, she thinks it's a hobby. I asked her why she no longer sits on the potty (because, yes, I am an idiot and think I can get a reasonable answer to that question) and she said, with a shrug, "I just gave up."

Apparently, she's okay with that.

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21 comments:

  1. Even for a shiksa the article was funny! Sorry abiut the potty training regression - no fun :(

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  2. My oldest did the Susie routine too. She did NOT care at all about soiling herself (or the sofa) and it was maddening. Just wanted you to know you're not alone in your un-potty training.

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  3. I'm not Jewish, and I think it's funny. Quite frankly I think you have better food too. (Although I couldn't give up my rice pie at Easter time--would it fit in with Passover?) Did I ever tell you I used to work at a Jewish deli? And for some reason my husband thinks there's something wrong with my opinion that only Jewish bagels are truly good. The BESTEST Jewish bakery in Providence closed a few years ago. Man, they made the best bagels. Hamentashen, too. By the way, Whole Foods is selling those now. Isn't Purim always in the spring? Isn't it wrong to sell food out of season like that? It would be like having rice pie for Christmas...

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  4. I was trying to come up with some pithy comment about Chanukah and then I read the last paragraph... and all intelligent thoughts flit away in terror of those potty training days.

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  5. amy - Selling Hamantaschen right now should be illegal. Although I'm one to talk - I just made matzo ball soup for dinner...

    Rice pie? What?

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  6. Oh, that news story is GOOD! I might be ready to become Jewish myself. I've sort of been a flop at decorating and baking this year. Only 2 days left, and one of those is scheduled nearly as tightly as today.

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  7. Oh dear. We've just finished the potty-process with our three year old- nighttime too- and I have one more child to go. Is it too much to ask that the last one just be a breeze? #3 was a nightmare. Would it be unreasonable to hope that #5 will just wake up on his second birthday and tell me he's ready to use the potty and never look back? Here's hoping.

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  8. Send me some latkes would you.

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  9. I know the potty regression is not funny, but your daughter's response is!
    BTW, I am Jewish and I have never made latkes in my life so my hat's off to you. I do however, make some pretty mean gingerbread cookies!

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  10. I'm glad I'm not alone in potty training hell! Maybe pooping in one's clothes is the new fad- it's not like we're cool enough to know otherwise, right?

    Don't feel bad- I've have cookie dough batter (from the store) in the fridge for a week and it hasn't gotten baked. Really, how hard is it to turn on the oven and shove a cookie sheet in there? And I can't even do that!

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  11. what is it with these kids? eh, i just gave up. what.evar.

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  12. I bet Santa would enjoy jelly doughnuts instead of cookies for a change.

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  13. I had a child that contemplated giving up on potty-training. She changed her mind after I stuck her in the tub with a box of baby-wipes and told her to figure it out herself. Worked like a charm.

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  14. bwahahaah i love reading other parents' solutions to toilet dilemmas. I especially loved Jenn@JugglingLife's idea. I am just thankful my landlord installed darkish brown carpet in my house. On the surface you can't tell how long it took dd (my 3rd child) to get the idea that a plumbing fixture was a much better place to eliminate bodily fluids than the floor. I hope they don't see the underside of the carpet anytime soon.

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  15. If my 4yo decides to quit the potty, I may have to move out for a while. May your daughter's quitting only last a short while.

    We're having latke's Christmas Eve!

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  16. We just had a early Hannukah/Winter Solstice dinner with Unitarian friends (we're Methodist) who were raised Jewish and Protestant. My son says we should celebrate "Hanuchrismakwanzadan" and just cover all our bases. But as I point out in my Sunday school classes, "Jesus was a good Jewish boy!"

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  17. How funny is that? *I just gave up*

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  18. Ack! No dinner and Susie Regression. I wish I could send you a case of wine.

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  19. Thanks for the link! Glad you liked it.

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