Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Demise of Elmo - A Rookie Potty Trainer Mistake

I hope someone out there finds this as funny as I did (and still do). Troy didn't find it nearly as amusing!

You see, we've been working on potty training and in an effort to promote this, Daniel has seven pairs of Elmo underwear, his favorites.

Tonight Daniel had an accident. Not just any accident, a number 2 accident. I noticed he suddenly got very still from where he was "working" on his "motorcylce", (read riding toy), and I realized what was happening. I ran as fast as I could with him to the bathroom and to give him credit, half went in the toilet, the other half remained in the underwear. I suppose you could say we're halfway there...

Once he finished up on the toilet and I removed his clothing, I helped him into the tub. Yes, I wiped, I'm not that much of a rookie!!

This is where the fun, (read chaos) ensues. I'm going to try to create the scene for you as best as I can and exactly as I remember it happening, keeping in mind this all happened in the span of about 5 seconds.

I flushed the toilet, I grabbed the Elmo underwear and turned them inside out over the ring (Daniel went back to using the ring on the potty) to let the number 2 drop into the toilet. Well, not just the number went, but the underwear themselves.

Stay with me.

I frantically reached through the ring, grabbing for the Elmo underwear crying out "Elmo" and swirling my hand as fast as they were going, or so I thought.

I missed.

They went down.

I swear it was warp speed.

My arm and hand went down as far as they could go before I realized exactly where my hands were. As I realized the futility, I jerked my arm upward and the ring came off with me. I quickly washed my hand and arm after untangling the ring from myself, sat down and...

Laughed hysterically.

Daniel thought I was a little strange.

Troy was horrified when I let him know what happened and made me get up and rush to flush all the toilets to be sure the Elmo's had had a clear passage to the unknown.

So far so good.

Waste Management, if you see a pair of 3T Elmo underwear floating around, you can keep them. Elmo has 6 more lives in our house!

Oh, Troy refuses to do a eulogy and I'm still laughing.

21 comments:

Jackie said...

LOL!! Oh Rachel that was hysterical! Nice to know Elmo undies have 6 more lives though! :-)

Jenny and Randy said...

As a fellow potty trainer, I definitely see the humor in this, and am laughing as I try to visualize you with your arm being sucked into the great beyond!

Joy said...

Okay this is way too funny!

And then there were 6
Joy

Patti said...

This had me laughing - and boy did I need a laugh today! Thanks for sharing.

Kami said...

Elmo is a popular little fellow in our house too!
Your post was hilarious and had me laughing!:)

Tami said...

I haven't laughed that hard in a VERY. LONG. TIME! :)

Becky and Keith said...

You know what made this even funnier?? The VISUAL of your with your hand in the toilet swishing around!! Too, too funny!! Your son probably thought you were nuts and wished for once HE had the video camera. :-) Hehehehe... Tell Troy that a eulogy is most definitely in order. :-)

Barbara said...

This is hilarious! Too funny with the ring coming off on your arm also. Don't (we) moms do the wierdest things?! :)

Amber said...

That is fantastic! Nice effort though. LOL

Roger and Joanne said...

That is hysterical! Thanks for sharing!

In the moment...ya never know what you're gonna do.

Jill said...

I'm laughing my you-know-what off! That is so funny. I remember the first time Mari pooped in the tub...she stood up to do it and the toilet was covered with stuff, so I was standing there yelling "no" trying to decide whether I should catch it or not...I opted not!

We also have Elmo undies! Excuse me, that would be Elmo "patties" (panties). I tell Mari "Elmo will be very sad if he gets all wet, don't get Elmo wet...poor Elmo, he gets wet!

BTW, when I picked Mari up from school today, her and Daniel were hanging out in the tunnel above the slide. Should I keep an eye on your son? Then again, he better watch out for Mari cause she gets what she wants...just ask her!

Rich and Jolynn said...

That was so funny! You went in without a second thought to get them for Daniel. Hehe! Rings flying around. Love it!

Carey and Norman said...

Where's the camera when you need it? This is hilarious...I'd love to see a reenactment!

Michael and Carrie said...

That is hilarious! Poor Elmo! :)I've flushed a clothing item down the toilet before, and I remember flipping out about it! Too funny! I hope you all are doing well! Happy Easter! :)

Kim Abraham said...

VERY funny!!! Oh, the joys of being a mom. Can you think of any other time you would sit down and laugh about reaching your arm down a toilet to save Elmo? I remember potty training my oldest. We were letting him run around commando when he proceeded to poop on the playroom floor. The funny thing is that the end of the poo curled up and it looked just like an allegator. When my son looked at what he had done, he screamed and jumped back like it was gonna bite him. I laughed until I cried and then took a photo of it. Too bad that was before blogs had even been invented. Although Martin made me delete the evidence before I could share. Some guys just don't get it!

Potty training boys - been there, done that 4xs. Piece of cake. Now, can someone please tell me how to potty train a little girl???

Kristine said...

This is a crack up!!! Thank for the laughs!!! Poor Elmo...he's swimming with the fishes...literally.

We finally made it home!!!!

http://Iloveyoumorethanpeanutbutter.blogspot.com

Kristine

Amy said...

Oh Elmo! Glad you can laugh about it -- because it sounds hysterical (when it's not happening to you!!)

Jane and Jim said...

Funny funny funny!!!
I have an Elmo poop story that I need to blog about but Jim won't let me!
Oh, I just gotta do it!

Yours was toooooo funny!

Rachel said...

HAHAHAHA!!! I think that story is GREAT!! See, you have to know your audience, and when it's mostly moms who have been through it...

Alex only had a few #2 accidents in underwear, but they generally ended with me just throwing them out. It was the month he turned 3 that he finally got it, so Daniel should be there soon (Alex just got out of night time pull-ups this week...yea! he'll be 4 in June)

Carolynn and Steve said...

Rachel,

I read this a couple of days ago, but didn't have time to post a response then.

I have to say that I am STILL laughing about the Elmo underwear...
I would have let them go, too---

Happy Easter!

Shane & Marie said...

OMG!!! You have me laughing. I can't imagine.