It's full throttle potty training for the 2-year-old in our household this summer - and let me tell you the stories emerging from it have been plentiful.
First of all, I've learned not to over-celebrate the fact that the little one pooped on the potty.
Because just a week later after this milestone, I was around when he decided to drop no. 2 on our living room carpet.
And he seemed proud of that.
He was somehow supposed to be in the bathroom but broke free for a streak through the house. I guess the streak didn't give him enough thrill so pooping on the carpet was needed. Luckily, both parents were around so I could clean him up while his mother dealt with the living room.
It's funny how grossed out I would be if these accidents happened before I became a parent. But when you are a parent you can't be grossed out by these things because it is your job to clean it up.
The poopy mess fairy is not going to show up and magically clean it up, so you have to roll up your sleeves, get your best cleaning solution and go to work.
After one recent poop in the pants incident my wife was trying to get him to say that only babies poop in their pants.
So she asked him "Who poops in their pants?"
To which he quickly replied "Daddy."
That had both of his parents trying to keep from cracking up while we teach him this potty lesson - but we couldn't.
We both had our heads bent over in laughter. As far the truthfulness of his statement I can assure you it was false - I believe it's been a few decades since that happened.
There was also one incident when he was wearing training underwear and took a seat on his uncle's lap. A few minutes later and they were both wet.
In the end, potty training will be successful, it just takes time and the ability to clean and move on.
So if you see me walking around in a hazmat suit in my home, don't worry I'm not making meth.
I'm just being a dad.
Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don't necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or firstname.lastname@example.org