I am tired of changing the diapers of a two-and-a-half year old. So yesterday at Target I picked up these.
Hank was sitting in the buggy, and I handed him the package. "Look!" I said. His face grew serious and intent. The image of Thomas was very appealing, but he sensed trouble. I said, "These are big boy underwear! You can wear them instead of a diaper, and go peepee in the potty!" I radiated joy in his direction.
"Can we open these?" he asked.
"No, we'll open them at home and wear them. Do you want to do that?"
"No," he said.
We took them home anyway. As he played, I opened the package and spread the undies out on the table. I held up a pair and said, "Look, Hank! Let's take off your diaper and put on these Thomas underwear!"
He paused and looked at me. "Those are evil and bad," he said.
"Those are evil and bad."
I let the point drop for the moment. Evil and bad? Where does he get this? But today he is wearing the evil and bad underpants, and has peed in the potty once, for which he was given a little Smartie candy. I'm thinking of them as potty pills. When I broach the issue of perhaps doing a number two in the toilet, he is deeply offended. When I follow him to one of his number two spots, like the book room--it's nice, quiet, and booklined in there--he yells at me to go away.
I guess if I were ensconced in the bathroom doing my business, and a much larger person burst in and suggested a change of venue, I'd be pretty ticked too. So we'll start small. My only issue is remembering to call them underwear and not panties, because I don't think dudes call their undergarments "panties," right?
Progress Update: Today, Sunday, Hank did a numero dos in the potty. Praisallujah! And Laura is the one who got him to do it. They were heading upstairs in the course of some game they were playing, and Hank was freeballing in the hopes that it would remind him to use the potty. I said, "Laura, be sure you listen for any potty murmurings." And Hank said, "I need to go poop!" Laura raced him to their bathroom, and Lo! Candy was handed out all around.