a toilet paper milestone

dear world,

today, we reached a toilet paper milestone.

MHM had physical therapy this afternoon and i was late getting the kids. when i got home with the girls, it was 5:45pm and we usually eat at 6pm on the nose. fortunately, we planned super-easy, super-quick dinners for this week. however, putting dinner together with two lovely ladies running around in the background is never as simple as it seems.

except for tonight. V sat at the table and did art. N sat in her chair and read books quietly to herself. then, V read books to N in the kitchen. amazing. until suddenly, V says, i have to go potty! and races to the bathroom.

ok, i say, but i’m putting dinner together so you have to do it all yourself.

ok mom!

toilet paper imageshe did. she went potty, remembered to flush the toilet and washed her hands like a pro. eventually, i managed to get dinner on the table. MHM made it home and we ate. finally, after dinner, i managed to get a moment to use the bathroom myself.

and lo and behold, V had taken the empty toilet paper roll off the holder, put it on top of the trash can to be recycled and replaced the roll with a fresh one.

i cannot properly describe how i am feeling right now. to realize that i am no longer the only person in the house who is capable of replacing a toilet paper roll is pretty amazing. she is growing up and choosing to take responsibility on her own. i feel proud that she thought to do it herself and i didn’t have to say anything. i feel frightened because she’s capable of that kind of forethought. i feel baffled that i am so ridiculously excited about this development.

to be fair, MHM has replaced the toilet paper roll. but to continue to be fair, it was after much suggesting and possibly nagging. i gave up. and now, i have a partner.

bursting with toilet paper joy,



2 Responses to “a toilet paper milestone”

  1. 1 Carolyn D. April 8, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    I am right there with you! During Lent, my daughter’s class had a thing going where you could tell the teacher something good that they did around the house and they would get a sticker. I wrote to her teacher that my daughter changed the toilet paper roll all by herself and even did it so the roll was facing the way I like it. Her daddy doesn’t even do that. I was very proud! It definitely is a big thing for a little kid to think of doing all by themselves. 🙂

    • 2 candidlymommy April 9, 2013 at 8:37 am

      i know right. when i finally told my husband after the girls were in bed, he laughed. and he said, at least now someone else in the house can do this. now i never have to again!

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