"For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge —that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." -- Ephesians 3:14-21 (ESV)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Parenting: The Toilet Edition

Incident #1: Molly decided that playing with the powder room toilet would be fun. She took the shape blocks and tossed them in. You know that bucket with the lid with the shaped cut outs? Yeah, those blocks got baths. I noticed there were a bunch of those blocks in the sink and asked Jesse why they were there. He mumbled something about Molly playing with them in the toilet.

I also noticed that one of the hand towels was missing. Jesse has been filling up the sink in there to play with a water toy he got from Burger King (evil kid's meal), so I figured it got soaked and Beau tossed it down the basement for the weekend laundry. Little did I know - she put that into the toilet, too.

So before bedtime, Jesse decided to use the powder room potty before heading upstairs. He flushed and then called to me, "Mama, the water isn't going down!" I went to investigate and help him wash his hands and found the water was not flushing. I made a mental note to ask Beau about the toilet playing and to take the plunger down (it gets stored in my bathroom).

Beau got home from his small group and I woke up long enough to tell him about the toilet. That's when he informed me about the towel going in there. I told him I'd try plunging the toilet in the morning and went back to sleep.

This morning I remembered to take the plunger down. With the first flush and plunge, I managed to bring up two more blocks (red triangle and blue circle). I grabbed the triangle, but couldn't get the circle before it went back down the hole. I plunged a second time and didn't see the circle. Plunged a third time and it didn't seem to be working. Plunged a fourth time and the circle shot out of the plunger. I grabbed it. By that time the water had finished the cycle so I flushed and plunged again. It still ran slow, but it did go down some. Nothing plunged out. At that point I gave up and washed my hands.

Beau tried when he got up and managed to get out another block and the water shot down the hole. His and Jesse's mission is to keep Molly out of that bathroom without supervision by Daddy.

Incident #2: We had an intentional diaper breach this morning. Molly must have needed to go potty when she woke up. She pulled the changing pad off of the dresser, took off her diaper, and we think she then pooped in the corner behind the door (that's where we found the poop). When Beau got up there, she was laying on the changing pad and trying to clean up with wipes. Fortunately, she didn't seem interested in the finger painting that her brother did when he pulled off his diapers at this age.

I guess it's time to stop playing at potty training and to get to the intensive work of getting that girl to go on the potty. She seems more than interested. Oy.

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