Which basically means my life revolves around toilets. This is what happens when we're out:
Older sister's hobby seems to be reciting "I need to peepee! I can't hold it; it's really really urgent!", coupled with furrowed brows and a really pitiful look. Sometimes a little jumping on the spot.
You know, the look that makes strangers turn and glare at me because which mum would sigh audibly and perhaps raise her voice just that little bit toward a child who needs to pee right?
Um how about the mum who's just left the toilet with said child, plus other child in tow? As in yes, just walking out of the corridor that led us right into the toilet.
I do know that peeing is a natural thing, and I shouldn't make her feel bad for needing to perform a natural bodily function. Which is why I am patient up till about the 3rd time in a half-hour span. And then I start gritting my teeth a little.
I mean, she's 5.5 ok? She's been toilet trained for a long time. Playing 'the girl who cried peepee' (ala 'the boy who cried wolf') is an old game that we've outgrown. But now, it's back. And it happens everywhere.
Sometimes when we're leaving the toilet, she even says "Mama, later, when we get to ____ (destination), I will go pee again ok?"
I do not think that there is something wrong with my 5.5 year old's bladder. Because she's fine at home, and the teachers in school have not raised any concerns. Perhaps it's her way of trying to get more attention from us :( Because with the addition of the little one at home, our attention is focused a lot on keeping her from bumping into things or climbing all kinds of things. Or simply running off.
Speaking of the little one, home is her territory. She's off diapers when at home, and keeps us on our toes with sudden squeals of her own version of "I need to pee!". But that's a story for another time.
So what about you? Any toilet adventures of late?
PS I just remembered this: When I was about 7 or 8, I put my mother through the same misery. I had to go to the toilet so much whenever we were out, that she nicknamed me the "Toilet Inspector". Guess I can't quite blame Poppy.
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