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Alex and the Movies

Well... it didn't exactly go how I imagined it. I figured she'd either be totally into it, or totally not. It turned out she was sort of into it, but felt really antsy in her chair.

We went and saw Bolt. It was a great movie, by the way... I completely recommend it. The first 10-15 minutes had her captivated, and that was good. (Fast-paced action), but then when it slowed down, she wasn't so interested anymore, and she wanted to get up. When she realized she wasn't going to be allowed to get up and move around, she decided to ask for a sure-fire winner.

"Mommy, I have to pee."

Keep in mind my toddler is not toilet-trained, nor has she EVER used a big-people's potty in her life. I knew it was an escape from the theatre tactic... but what could I do? Say pee in your diaper? Not bloody likely. So we went.

We got there, and she surprised me by sitting quite well on the big potty. She farted and then was "all done". Still though, I was impressed she'd been willing to try the big potty... previous requests on my part had always resulted in screaming refusals. We washed our hands and got back to our seat.

15 minutes later she had to go again. I had a glimpse of the future for the rest of the movie. We went again, and this time she surprised me by peeing a tiny amount. Then she was "all done". We washed up and went back to our seat. Her diaper was still dry, and I was thrilled.

5 minutes later, she had to go again. We got there, and this time I knew better. We stayed quite a while until I was pretty sure she had voided her entire bladder, then we washed up and went back to the seat. By now, we'd missed an awful lot of the movie.

15 minutes later, she had to go again. I wasn't really sure at this point if she really had to go, or if she was just thrilled with the new discovery of being able to pee on the potty, or if she was still seeing it as an excuse to escape from having to sit in one place for very long. Maybe all three? Anyway, this time we got back to the potty, and nothing came out. We washed up and got back to our seats.

By that time, she'd drank all of her water and wanted more... so I went and got her a refill. She stayed there and watched while I got the drink. When I got back, she told me she had to go use the potty again, but I suggested that we wait until we got home.

Fortunately, that was the point at which the movie's climax had begun, and the action captivated her. She was happy to watch the rest of the movie.

Was it a success? The outing was a success... I don't think she saw much of the movie. The potty-training was a fantastic success. I'm glad I took her... it wasn't horrible. I don't think she's really ready to go the movies yet though. Maybe give it another 6 months or so. It wasn't a failure, but I think it would be better to wait longer.

What I learned: I think my toddler likes action movies :)


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Feb. 9th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
I can't remember a time that my life didn't involve diapers. I can't wait. It will be soon, I hope.

A guy at the urinal the other day had a kid. He said "Daddy? What ar... Are you peeing?" The kid kept talking about it. It was obvious he was around training age, but never had seen a urinal before.

Personally, I have been going with the door open when the girls aren't around since the beginning. They know what to do by now. Guys have to get used to not doing this alone anyway.
Feb. 9th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
To be honest, I don't find the diapers so bad... it's the bloody training that's driving me insane!

Yeah, we always go with the door open. I think it's good for the kids.
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Feb. 12th, 2009 06:11 am (UTC)
Yeah, it was ingenius, I have to admit. Of course that doesn't mean there wasn't whining involved ;)
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