When you become a parent, suddenly you get all excited about little things you never would have thought you'd care about at all.
She sat up by herself!
She rolled over!
She said 'mama'!
And they're really, truly, a big deal. To you. Nobody else really cares. That said, if you're not my mom, you probably won't care about this post so feel free to skip it.
It's amazing to me how much Moana matures every day. I took her to the beach this afternoon and the tide was coming in and the waves were a bit bigger than normal. Not like scary big- it's still a very kid friendly beach- but it wasn't like a lake like it normally is. Anyway, Moana was in heaven! She was getting pummeled by these little white water waves washing over her face and came up laughing every time. Then she went and rolled herself in the sand until she was a complete sand monster and we had to go rinse her off again. Anyway...
Tonight after dinner I actually gave her a choice... bath or shower? Most nights we give her a bath but sometimes if I have to take a shower too I just bring her in with me. Tonight was the first time I actually asked her to make a decision. She chose shower. Fine.
Afterward I was drying her off and she started patting the toilet and said "potty".
At this point I should go back and say that I have not pushed the potty training thing with her at all yet. She does have a couple of potty training books that she likes because you can push the buttons and make the flushing sound, and Elmo is there wearing big kid underpants and saying "Hooray!" which is now one of Moana's favorite words. (You should see her- so freakin' cute when she throws her hands in the air and yelps, "hooray!") Anyway, that's as far as we've gotten with the potty training. She's not even two and I'm not in a huge rush at all.
Back to tonight... so she said 'potty' and I wasn't sure if she was just telling me that she knows the toilet is called the potty, or if she actually wanted/needed to go and was willing to do it on the big porcelain perch. Because sometimes she says "banana" while pointing to a banana... so I would peel the banana because I assumed her naming it meant that she wanted to eat it, when in fact she was just naming it.
So I asked her, "Moana, do you want to use the potty?" And she responded, "Yeah. Ok." which is her most recent way of saying yes.
So I sat her on the potty- the big one- because I haven't even bought a little kid friendly seat for her yet and she just hung out there for a few minutes doing nothing. She wasn't unhappy on the potty so I just let her sit there... but then I was unsure of what to do next? (I have not read any books on potty training yet b/c like I said, I'm not quite ready.) Anyway, guess who went poo poo in the potty??? I was so surprised. And honestly, I think Moana was too because she looked down at it as it was coming out of her and started to cry. She said, "scary!"
Another one of Moana's new words is scary. All of a sudden she is afraid of the vacuum cleaner. And she's pretty much afraid of anything that moves by itself, like a remote control car or an oscillating fan.
So I guess it makes sense that she would be afraid of her poop. It does sort of move by itself, doesn't it? She saw it coming out of her tonight, and I guess when you poop in a diaper you don't really know what it coming out of you... I mean, it's not like I've ever had her look at her stinky diapers...
This might be TMI. Sorry.
Moving on. I was like a proud peacock after she did that! I showed her how to flush the toilet which I think she thought was cool. Then the best part was that after she was all cleaned up and diaper on, she went to her Elmo potty book and pushed the hooray button so Elmo said "HOORAY!" and then she came back and said, "wash hands"... because the book says that you always wash your hands after you use the potty... She's a smart one, my little daughter!
Anyway, the thing that struck me most was how incredibly proud of her I was. Can you even imagine what I'll be like at her first swim meet? Or when she stands up on a surf board for the first time? Or rides a bike without training wheels? Oh my. These are the moments when you're just so so so glad you are a parent. :)