November 04, 2005

Life in Captivity

Others have certainly discovered that after children arrive, a trip to the bathroom alone can be a rare and exciting pleasure. Normal trips for me usually include one child who likes to watch and ask what exactly I'm doing, one who comes along in the hopes of snatching a mouth full of toilet paper when I'm distracted (or to throw something in the toilet), the final child comes along to make sure his sisters aren't getting any special attention that he's missing out on and the dog usually wedges in as well just to make sure he's part of the party.

If they weren't so fast and so carefully observing my every motion, I'd be able to close the door and be able to take care of necessary business in the relative peace of an empty bathroom with people screaming and pounding on the door. Unfortunately, they have me under close surveillance and I rarely escape my captors for more than a moment or two.


Funny how parenting increases the frequency of discussions concerning bodily functions and toilets, and the different words used for the stuff that comes out of your body.

You should try training the kidlets. "Everybody give a big round of applause as mommy flushes. YEA!" It would give Mr. Adams something to think about if he ever hears applause coming from the bathroom.

Posted by: MarcV at November 4, 2005 12:04 PM

Ah yes, my entourage. Mercifully the older two no longer find it necessary to monitor my bathroom habits, but that still leaves a pair of four year olds and the occasional dog.

Posted by: Sarah G. at November 4, 2005 06:51 PM

That's what the baby gate is for! Of course, I suppose toilet training will make more sense to a child who's observed that sort of thing on a regular basis. I'll have to move the cat food, though, before turning Jay loose in the bathroom...

Posted by: Lenise at November 7, 2005 10:10 AM

We only gate the stairs in our house. The kids have the run of the rest of it.

Maybe you could keep the cat food on the counter? Cats can jump, right?

Posted by: Jordana at November 7, 2005 10:23 AM

Cats can jump, but I don't HAVE a counter in my bathroom. Maybe toilet training can wait until we move (if we move). My mom thinks we shouldn't start until he's 2 anyway.

Posted by: Lenise at November 8, 2005 10:05 AM