Remember last week when Nate told us he overflowed the toilet at day care? I'll come back to that story in a minute.
A few weeks ago, I came home from picking up the boys from day care and our garage door would not open. I had a LONG conversation with the boys about why it was broken, as you might imagine when something unexpected happens around two almost 3 year olds. It was fixed the next day.
Over the next few days, Nate incessantly asked Jon about the garage door. Nate wanted to know WHO fixed it and he would not let up. Daddy, who fixed it? What was his name? What was his name? Who fixed it? The name "Steve" popped into Jon's head and he told Nate that Steve fixed the garage door. Problem solved (read = Nate moved on).
The following week, Nate randomly said at dinner, "Do you remember Steve fixed the garage door?" Jon and I busted out laughing. Nate has been talking and talking about Steve ever since.
Cut to Monday. Nate goes to school and refuses to use the little potty because he says he is scared of it. He literally held it from 8:30-5 and then had a massive pee accident at home, which involved him screaming non-stop for 20 minutes afterwards. We had a long talk with him and he said he was scared because the toilet was broken. The next day, we and the teachers tried showing Nate everything was fine with the toilets but he held it again all day, this time having a massive accident at school.
Nate was being completely irrational about it and we tried every tactic we knew to resolve it. Nothing worked, so I busted out the white lie. I told Nate that Steve was going to go to day care and fix the toilet, and in the morning we would check to make sure Steve fixed it.
The next morning at drop off, I held him while we flushed each toilet and showed him Steve fixed it. Nate was happy with the solution and went back to using the potty.
I freaking rule this motherhood thing sometimes.
PS. I spent all day yesterday with straight hair and decided I don't like my hair straight. Check out a picture here. Warning: if you know me in real life, the picture may be shocking!