I’m back home again and I have all these things I’d like to talk about, like how fantastically great it was to see the kids (and then how instantly overwhelming and tiring it was, like being suddenly dropped back into the middle of some sort of triathlon-in-progress); how I’ll be daydreaming for weeks about the fries at Hotel Utah; how I’m mulling over the fact that all my female coworkers got hit on at Macworld but I didn’t, like not even a single solitary appreciative glance, much less an awkward proposition, and what the hell, have I . . . have I lost my geek appeal?; how surprisingly luxurious a first-class seat on Virgin Airlines is, so nice I actually sort of wished the flight was a bit longer just so I could more thoroughly enjoy all that leg room; and how after that freak snowfall Seattle is now in the midst of some sort of epic, disastrous flooding and it makes a person wonder what’s next, swarm of locusts or hail of toads or WHAT — but the thing that’s first and foremost on my mind is this: Riley has pooped on the toilet two days in a row now, once last night basically under Mom’s-not-here-to-save-you duress from his father and once tonight on his own with a grin on his face. Tomorrow? I’m throwing him a Poop Party, complete with cake (chocolate, natch) and ice cream and many rousing performances of Happy PoopDay to You, and boy oh boy, the thought that we might possibly be seeing the beginning of a new stage of life where only ONE kid routinely dumps in his pants makes me so giddy I can hardly stand it.

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H
13 years ago

Happy PoopDay!!!!!!! Good for Riley!!!!

mixette
mixette
13 years ago

In a couple of years when Dylan is ready, remember this joyous event, immediately book a luxurious vacation for yourself (hopefully not MacWorld but def. first class) and *poof*… when you return, potty training completed!

spacegeek
spacegeek
13 years ago

We’re in the poo poo in the potty stage ourselves, so I understand how amazing a crap in the right location can seem. We have the poo poo in the potty dance going on at our house. Welcome back.

Michelle
13 years ago

Congratulations and welcome home :)

Marie Green
13 years ago

“Lost your geek appeal” made me crack a huge grin.

Also: Go Riley!

Clueless But Hopeful Mama

Glad you had a good time in SF, Hotel Utah rocks.

Hope the poo-party goes on and on and on!

Anonymous
Anonymous
13 years ago

I think your one of the sexiest women alive outside and in. Don’t sweat it. JB is a lucky man. M/32/Married

Carolyn J.
13 years ago

The geeks are now scared of you because you have two tickets to the gun show.

Leah
13 years ago

Go Riley!

Kim
Kim
13 years ago

I agree with Carolyn J. – you’re too much woman for them now.

sweetcheese
13 years ago

Hehehe–poop party. Definitely has to be frosted chocolate cake.

Ashleas
Ashleas
13 years ago

I’m a firm believer of “Nobody can save you now!” routine when trying to get a child to do anything they don’t want.

*hands ovaries over to the authorities*

serror
serror
13 years ago

Happy poopday!

I flew down to SF on Sunday night WITH the freakish snow. I was ever so glad for my Virgin first class seat and the food that came with it after my flight had been delayed for 5 hours. I did get to enjoy the leg room a bit longer and so grateful for it.

Amy
Amy
13 years ago

LOVE the title. My brother always said he put the Cosby kids in the pool, which is wrong on so many levels.

Meg
Meg
13 years ago

hahah that’s awesome!

Naomi in Oz
Naomi in Oz
13 years ago

Sorry to say it, but sometimes only a dad can achieve things with a boy. Even if they do use the “Mum isn’t here to save you” tactic. Just remember that when Dylan is giving you problems.
I’m pretty sure the party should be for you – no more diapers! Don’t forget to let him go and pick out some big boy undies at the mall.

deanna
13 years ago

omg a poop party?!?! that is amazing and i am so jealous. YAY RILEY. :)

Kathy
13 years ago

Potty-trained kids are my favorite! Yay for pooping on the potty!

beach
beach
13 years ago

Who are you kidding…..the geeks are so in love with you, they just are intimidated by you and can’t get their geek nerves up to proposition.Suffice it to say you are probably the main character in a lot of geek fantasy worlds….yikes, kinda scary thought!!!

Eric's Mommy
13 years ago

Yahoo! Happy Poop Day to Riley!

I told you it would just happen!! Good for him.

Also, welcome home!

Niki P
13 years ago

Yup- too hot for the geeks. I agree with Beach- I bet there are a lot of mental comic books out there with you as the lead character!!

Yay for Riley! That is so exciting. Now starts the phase of needing to poop in every flipping restroom in every store/restaurant/house you go in for the next year or so. Or maybe that was just my son!! Welcome home and congratulations.

Tessie
13 years ago

Yeah, I’m with everyone who said you’ve now moved over to the Intimidatingly Hot category. CONGRATS!

warcrygirl
13 years ago

Glad to hear that Riley is now a Super Dooper Pooper! And yes, there is a song to that as well; if you have a VCR still I’ll send the video to you. Seriously, you’re the only person I know of who still has kids in diapers. The day Dylan goes in the potty you’re going to be ecstatic, trust me.

babelbabe
13 years ago

yeah, you are way too hot for the geek appeal now. Sorry : )

and your description of returning to the children is the most apt i have ever read.

Claire
13 years ago

Welcome back and yay for potty training!

MotherGooseAmy
MotherGooseAmy
13 years ago

I am so jealous that Riley poooped in the potty. Jacob (3) still refuses. So frustrating. That’s it. I’m off on a spa vacation by myself so that when I come home, he’ll have pooped for his daddy. Congratulations Linda!

Sarah Miller
13 years ago

It must be a mark of my devotion to your blog that I am so vicariously pleased by the sudden pooping progress…

Tina
Tina
13 years ago

Love the Poop Day idea *making mental note to save that idea for my future rugrats*

Please post the video on that one–can’t wait to see his face as he’s greeted with “Happy Poop Day to yoooooooooooooou!”

bessie.viola
13 years ago

I LOVE the PoopDay party idea… that is hysterical. I am so excited for Riley! YAY RILEY!!

Cherish
13 years ago

WoW! What an awesome idea! I will totally be doing this with my little man in the coming days…thanks!

Erica
Erica
13 years ago

I always read, but don’t usually comment…I must say though that Poop Day lands on a great day, my birthday! Now I will always remember my birthday as Poop Day!

Samantha
13 years ago

Now is this going to make Riley want a Poop party every year on this day? Just kidding.
Happy Poop Day Riley! And Welcome home Linda!

Kalisa
13 years ago

Great news! Congratulations!! I think the party’s a GREAT idea!!

Hillary
13 years ago

Oh, happy poo day! That’s such exciting news.

jakesmom
jakesmom
13 years ago

Congratulations!

Joy
Joy
13 years ago

Hooray For Poop!!!

As far as getting hit on – perhaps you are too buff & hot for the geeks now. They are afraid of you or worship you from afar like you are a comic book superhero woman.

Joy
Joy
13 years ago

Hooray For Poop!!!

As far as getting hit on – perhaps you are too buff & hot for the geeks now. They are afraid of you or worship you from afar like you are woman from their comic book superhero fantasy.

Alyson
13 years ago

Congrats to Riley! Another milestone passed (and this one, very gladly, I’m sure). It doesn’t take long for them to realize that going in the potty is a much more comfortable experience.

Please be aware that this will not prevent Riley from crapping in the corner of his bedroom when he’s three and a half! (ask me how I know this!)

Party
Party
13 years ago

A PoopDay Party??!! I will need photos of the giddyness!!

Jeff
Jeff
13 years ago

Pooping in the potty – the international language of OMFG COULD THIS REALLY BE A POSSIBILITY IN OUR FAMILY’S LIFE?????

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6-KrrIbAEs&eurl=http://www.badassdad.com/2008/02/potty-party-may-lead-to-pity-party.html

Sharla
Sharla
13 years ago

That’s awesome! I am REALLY looking forward to only having one child in diapers and even more excited to only clean poop off of ONE butt! My 3yr old son has yet to poop in the potty but he has the pee part down. Hopefully I’ll be throwing a party of my own soon! =)

Harper
13 years ago

HAHA! Please upload the poop cake and party escapades!!!! Love it!

kristylynne
kristylynne
13 years ago

*snort* kids in the pool.

So funny. I thought we were the only ones who talked about dropping off the kids at the pool! Go Riley!

Dina
13 years ago

Oh man, I’m so jealous..
last night I put underwear on Maddie thinking it would just click- she climbed up into her bed and peed all over her pillows.
Nice.

Laura
Laura
13 years ago

I am SO instituting happy poop day…and I don’t even have any kids. AWESOME

mckenna
mckenna
13 years ago

Yay Riley!

Mine was the opposite: pooped in the potty, but calmly peed all over himself when he couldn’t be bothered to make way for the potty.

Yes, I have to admit my Freud-approved, carrot/stick/TLC manner didn’t get his attention…Only the bark of the Silver-back male. VOILA: 100% potty-trained at 3 1/4 yo. The problem was that now he knew how to get under our skin when little baby brother came along and knocked his nose out of joint. I recall: “Hey mommy…Look at me (whizzzzz)!” He had such a perfect arch going, it reminded me of that little statue some people put in their gardens…We invested in a carpet cleaner…

Melissa
Melissa
13 years ago

I love the PoopDay party idea. I just told my daughter that if she poops on the potty I will make her a cupcake with sprinkles(her favorite) but if that doesn’t work I might have to try the poop party!

Maria
13 years ago

It is a testiment to what you’ve gone through, and perhaps the possibility that I spend way too much time on your blog, that I am truly, utterly, WOO-HOO-excited for your new found light at the tend of the tunnel!!! YAY!

JennyM
JennyM
13 years ago

Aww, YEAH, go Riley, it’s your PoopDay! In the face of that news, who cares about geek appeal?

(Childless me finds myself strangely, fist-pumpingly excited about this development.)

k8
k8
13 years ago

I guess I should be happy that my birthday follows such a infamous holiday as PoopDay.