And I don’t mean she wet her pants a little bit. Im talking full on pee that dripped down the cart. Let me give you a little back story real quick. Ryley potty trained right around the time she turned 3. She went from wearing a diaper to big girl undies without any accidents. She never wet the bed and she always made it to the potty. She just flipped a switch and decided it was time to te-te in the potty. It was pretty great. [Only one in diapers felt like a treat.]
She was also really good at telling me when she had to go. She would say ‘Mommy I gotta te-te’ and would run to the bathroom. We always had spare panties when we went shopping but she never needed them. I guess I got spoiled by that. So when we were at Target about to check out and she told me she had to pee I told her just a second. I had someone in front of me and behind me and all I heard was ‘mommy, I te-tee’d.’ She was sitting in the basket so there was a puddle on some notebooks and the cat liter I was going to buy.
My first reaction? Honestly, I was mad. I was embarrassed and mad at the same time. For me, not her. How horrible is that? Pretty bad, I know. I stood there for a second and bit my lip. I turned the cart around and moved to the kids clothes section so that I could change her undies under her dress. And then she told me ‘I’m sorry, mommy.’ I lost it. I cried and she kept apologizing to me.
I was in shock. She was apologizing to me for making me upset. I just hugged her and told her it was ok, mommy wasnt mad and that she wasnt in trouble. Looking back I cant believe that I reacted that way. She must have been embarrassed even more then me. I was worried about what people were going to think of my three year old peeing her pants in a store. Really? Why? Honestly, Im not sure why I care what other people think. But I do. And when it comes to my kids I am very protective of what other people think about them.
I’m glad that my daughter peed in Target. [And yes, I bought the notebooks and kitty liter she peed on.] My sweet angel girl. She doesn’t realize that she is teaching me more then I can ever teach her.