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From age 2 to 5, Summer was very whiny. Which made us think that maybe this was less of a “stage” and more of a “personality.”

But then ever so slowly, she turned more pleasant.

And to remind us how far she’s come, she will once and awhile have flashbacks to her former self. Like when we went apple picking last weekend. It was the kind of country, low key apple picking where they have pony rides, face painting, a bounce house and a rock climbing wall.

Okay, there might not have been a rock climbing wall but I’m sure they are already planning it for next year.

Before we left the macked out orchard, we suggested that Summer use the porta potty because she had drank about 6 gallons of apple cider. But she declined. Which I sort of understood because they are gross but I knew in my heart that this journey was about to go to a dark place.

As we drove home on some country route something, Summer started shrieking, ‘I NEED TO GO TO THE BATHROOM!!!!” Over and over again.

With no bathroom in sight, we offered to pull over and let her use our toddler portable potty. She declined but reaffirmed her commitment to keep shrieking about her problem.

Finally, out of complete exasperation and concern that she was going to pee in her booster seat, we pulled over, set up the toddler potty and demanded she use it. She finally agreed as long as we all shielded our eyes. No problem lady.

She peed and the whole car finally quieted down except for 2-year-old Harlowe who now wanted to use the potty too. We told Harlowe she had a perfectly good pull-up on and it was her toddler duty to utilize it.

Then we drove home.  We let out a sigh of relief. We had seen a glimmer of the old Summer and it wasn’t a happy place.  I still don’t under the big deal. Just this past weekend, Rick and I were headed into the city, hit traffic and my bladder started filling up at immense speeds. So remembering the Summer experience, I climbed into the back and used the portable potty. I never whined. At all.

14 Responses to i love myself some new summer

  • frankasen says:

    OK, I gotta take credit for this one. LONG before you were even a Mama Bird, I kept a portable camping potty (that’s adult size Honey) in my van and it has come in handy for all sorts of emergencies for my kids, myself, my softball teammates, and I have definitely thought of the MILLIONS of dollars I COULD earn in the right traffic jam!! I have suffered the slings and arrows of naysayers, so thank you for “outing” us.

  • Betsy says:

    How funny. I just bought a toddler potty last month for my 2nd grader for camping. We have a pop-up camper with no bathroon. It gets a little cold at night in the mountains of Colorado. There was no way she was going to do the 1/4 mile walk in the near freezing cold in the middle of a rainy night. Unfortunately I did not keep the potty we had when she was young. Thaat thing stayed in the back of the SUV and was used regularly.

    Question, why do you have a toddler potty in the car if the toddlers are not allowed to use it?

  • Marta says:

    I haven’t personally ever used a toddler potty, but way to go you for making use of what you had! I welcome any chance to pee outside personally. 🙂

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