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Panty Party At The Mouse House Print E-mail
Monday, 10 January 2011

That’s right, folks, we are officially a diaperless household. Well, at least we will be when I’ve freecycled all the leftover diapers we’ve got lying around. But officially there is not a single person under this roof who uses diapers.

Yeah, we’re awesome.

Cora had her Potty Party Day on Thursday, with lots of nakedness and drinking (juice boxes) and potty drills. Cora had a perfect day. At first I was calling potty drills – where she was required to run and try to pee whether she thought she needed to or not – about every half hour or hour at the most. Then I started spreading them apart a bit, until Cora was asking a bit desperately, “Mommy, don’t you want to call a potty drill now?”

Friday we stayed in panties and ventured out of the house a bit, hitting the grocery store in the morning. Though we had a drill right before we left the house, I didn’t calculate in the milk she drank while at the store, and after we got home she began playing and ended up with her first accident. Not discouraged, she got back on the horse and kept going.

Saturday we were out and about most of the day and Cora was awesome, willingly running for potty drills at different stores. So Saturday afternoon I officially called it, and phoned around to our inner circle to set up her Panty Party.

Which leads us to Sunday.

Saturday night Cora went to bed barely able to contain her excitement over her impending Panty Party: “I’m a big girl! I wear panties now!” and wriggling with excitement. At Sunday school she shyly announced it to her teacher and glowed with pride the whole morning. Right after church we hastened off to the big party, stopping only for cupcakes and balloons.

And then we were there – Chuck E. Cheese, official home to all Milner girl panty parties. Sure it was sleeting and snowing outside, but inside it was all artificial cheesey goodness. Cora’s friends were gathered round for pizza and cupcakes and we played games way into the afternoon. “Happy, um, Panty Day!” Sam said to Cora, clearly not quite understanding what was going on but more than happy to be at the Mouse House. “I’m wearing big-girl panties!” Cora announced to the Mouse Himself, starting to show him before I intervened. We had balloons. We had artificially-colored frosting on our cupcakes. It was heaven. And afterwards, for the piece de resistance, Cora went lingerie shopping at Target, walking out with two packs of never-before-worn, non-hand-me-down panties. She insisted on carrying them herself, no bag, thank you.

You may wonder why we have a panty party and spend a not small amount of money on this. It’s a fair question, and the best answer is that my kids have learned how to milk the system. Cora and Maddie consumed mass quantities of candy over several months in the name of potty training, and I needed a way to officially put an end to the Sugar Train. So we have a panty party, and after the party there’s no candy for using the potty, no rewards system, no toys or earned extra stuff. It’s the bat mitzvah of potty training, if you will, and my kids take it very seriously. And let me tell you, it works - Cora magically stopped demanding candy for excretion on Sunday.

We’ve collected all our diapers to hand on to younger kids, and will soon be putting our changing table up for grabs. The last step in the Milner girl transition from babyhood to girlhood is changing table removal; in its place comes a full-size dressing table or vanity. Cora’s vanity has been sitting in our basement in New York, then garage here, for many years – it was my mom’s when she was a teenager. Cora’s spied it in our garage and is ready to move it in, already planning the treasures she’ll store in its drawers.

My baby’s growing up! And let me tell you, there is nothing cuter than that hiney in a pair of panties. The Crooked Hiney never looked so good.

Written by Abby on 2011-01-09 20:40:15 IP:
I'm so proud! Hooray! Freedom from diapers! Whoop it up at the mouse house--you're saving money already, not to mention the environment. Hooray for Cora!
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