Anyway, toilet training had been child-led and progressed very well up to the point where our 2.5 year old would pee in the toilet and poop in the potty. Part of the progress was due to the bright red Lightning McQueen toilet seat reducer, and an offhand suggestion one day that the great Lightning McQueen himself runs on ‘petrol pee’. Obviously frequent deposits are required to keep Lightning McQueen in sufficient fuel for races. This idea caught our fire in out toddler’s imagination, and 6 months later he still announces loudly that he needs to do a ‘petrol pee’ regardless of where we are, or who might be listening. But he was adamant that he wouldn’t poop in the toilet. Not even for Lightning McQueen. No petrol poops. Those were still destined for the potty.
Eventually we got past the plateau and he now wears Lightning McQueen or Spiderman underpants (courtesy of Penneys) and produces ‘petrol pee and poop’ for Lightning Mc Queen and his pals. This notion really appeals to him and on some days the entire cast of ‘Jungle Book’ will also be beneficiaries. You really never know what things you say will stick in your toddler’s head. For better or worse, it looks like these weird ‘dedication ceremonies’ are going to be a part of everyday conversation for some time yet.
This one’s for… EVERYTHING!