Men’s Rooms Are Gross

One of the joys of potty training a toddler is getting to take them out to restrooms in public places that under normal circumstances one would take great pains to avoid.

Over the course of potty training Kylah, we’ve had several near misses including countless coffee shops, Pike Place Market and several dodgy restaurants. I have perfected the artform of dangling her over the toilet while she does her work. Side note: That’s a very awkward scenario, being eye to eye with your kid as she takes a poop while you hold her in the air.

I’ve had to readjust what I consider “disgusting” countless times as a parent. But I didn’t think it would be public restrooms that would be continuously shifting my perspective. Seriously, what is it about people that feel it is acceptable to do such things in public places? And, if it’s a restroom with multiple stalls, taking a toddler with no filter in is terrifying to me as a responsible adult, yet hilarious to my inner 13 year old. Her giggles when somebody else farts are contagious.

She’ll also call you out for not washing your hands too, so be careful.

But we had an experience the other night I didn’t expect, but also couldn’t believe hadn’t happened already. I took her into the men’s room and she decided that on this instance, she wanted nothing more than to sit in the urinal. You can’t negotiate with toddlers, nor are they renowned for their keen since of rationalization. Having to explain to her that those were not for her only upset her. So, now she’s crying, has to pee and wants to sit in the urinal.

I might let her next time.

When you wake up, you’ll be two


Ever since we found out about you, our lives have been better. You’ve taught us lessons. You’ve made us laugh. You’ve made us cry. And we love you more and more every day for this.

When you wake up today, you’ll be two. Two years since you changed our lives. Two years since we first got to look into those beautiful eyes. Two years since we held you close to us with no intention of letting you get too far. Two years since we made a promise to do only right for you.

And as you continue to grow and become your own person, we couldn’t be more happy with who you are becoming and who you can be. You are smart, kind-hearted and more amazing than we could have ever hoped for.

When you wake up in the morning, you’ll be two. You’ll have more adventures in potty training and running and jumping and laughing and time outs (yeah, even our precious little snow flake gets in trouble…).

Happy birthday to our amazing daughter and thank you for making our lives better.

We love you,

Mommy and Daddy