I was encouraging Mr. 3 to go poop in the potty by reading to him from See Inside Your Body, an Usborne Flap Book by Katie Daynes and Colin King.
We have had a difficult time potty training. He was doing great when he was 2 years old, but after we had the baby he started pooping in his underwear and we had to switch back to diapers. Clean-up in underwear is nauseating and best avoided. We’ve been struggling for the last year to get back on track. The low point was a few months ago when he would poop and pee in the diaper because “I like to go in the diaper”.
Sometimes his poops are a surprise, but other times he’s pretty stinky before it comes out because he does try to hold it until the very last moment. At those times we try to encourage him to go the potty and this time I suggested we learn about how our bodies make poop while he’s in the bathroom.
He had been asking a few questions about his body, so I bought the Usborne book for him. I betrayed my friend who sells books for them and just bought it on Amazon…free shipping!! The book is very engaging with bright clear pictures and “over 50 flaps to lift”.
Well he liked is so much that he forgot to poop, and I learned that it takes up to 3 days for food to travel through your body.
We also read Maisy’s Moon Landing by Lucy Cousins. This is a simple “First Science” book with tabs to pull to launch the rocket ship and other exciting things. I do like the tabs and movements on the page, but the science is a bit lacking. The facts are as bare as “It takes Maisy 3 days to travel to the moon” and after she lands she “feels light and floaty”.
I was curious about the time it takes to get to the moon, though. 3 days sounds so amazing. It turns out that is not too far from the truth.
Apollo 11 launched from Florida on July 16, 1969. Neil Armstrong and sidekick Buzz Aldrin touched down on the moon on July 20, 1969. They returned to Earth and landed in the Pacific Ocean on July 24. That’s 4 days both ways on the first lunar trip.
While 3 days is a relatively short period of time, you can accomplish a lot in that span of time. (Even if you’re just sitting on the couch, your body is working hard the whole time!)