If a friend were to have stopped by my house this morning, she would have been aghast at its condition (and mine too)! We did not get out of our pajamas until noon, and I didn't finish the laundry until my husband came home. It is here where outsiders (the career-oriented type) wonder, "What exactly do you do all day?" to which I confidently respond:
"Madeleine went tinkles! Yes! Tinkles on the potty, all by herself!"
You see, it is only us insiders (the non career-oriented type) that know the value of my daughter's accomplishment. Yes ladies, thank you for your round of applause! You know the work involved here - spending an entire morning in a bathroom with a toddler. She says "Tinkles" and you jump from whatever you are doing to pick her up and put her on the potty. Then, without having conducted her business she exclaims "Done" and wants to resume her playtime. But first, she must flush the toilet, even though there's nothing in it worth flushing. So you let her.
Then, two minutes later you hear, "Tinkles" and you stop everything and head back to the bathroom to discover she's again "Done" before anything has been accomplished. And again, you let her flush the toilet.
This goes on and on all morning, the tinkle contractions surfacing every two to five minutes, and nothing gets done (in the bathroom or in the house, but that toilet must be sparkling after having been flushed five hundred times!).
And then it happens, yes, the real thing! Deo Gratias!!
The rest of the day your daughter has no interest in the potty, but prefers her old Pampers comfort zone. Sigh. But an outsider asks "Was it really worth it?" to which you reply, "Absolutely!" with not a doubt in your mind.