On potty training and pooping rainbows

Over the holiday break, I spent a considerable amount of time sequestered in my room, sorting through my towering piles of paper, trying to bring some semblance of order to my increasingly chaotic life. And, in the process, I came across these two pieces of documentation relating to Arlo’s potty training, which, thankfully, is now pretty much behind us. The first is a letter sent home from his preschool, explaining why they’d returned him to us in different clothes than we’d brought him to school in. The second is a story started, and never finished, by his big sister, Clementine.



For those of you who are interested, I think I know where Clementine was headed with this story. Given the curve of the poop seen here, I’m pretty sure she’d set out to document the infamous “rainbow” exchange, during which each of us was brought into the bathroom, one after the other, by a very proud and naked Arlo, who would smile, point into the bowl of his tiny potty, and announce, “I pooped a rainbow,” urging each of us to examine it for ourselves.

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  1. Posted January 6, 2015 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    As for potty training, the secret, for those of you who have not yet been let in on it yet, is to just set aside a few days to stay inside, staring intently at your child as he goes about his business, naked from the waist down, ready to whisk him away to the potty at the first sign of pending elimination. There may be an accident or two, but, eventually, everything will work out. Kids, it would seem, don’t really enjoy pooping and peeing on their toys.

  2. Posted January 6, 2015 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    Now that I look more closely at Clementine’s drawing, I’m thinking that maybe there was another incident in which he floated a rubber ducky in his pee… It does look like a duck, right?

  3. Posted January 6, 2015 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    Should I wake Clementine up and ask her?

  4. grandma
    Posted January 6, 2015 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    Look at his potty chair. Isn’t there a duck on the front of it??
    GOOD JOB ARLO. Another awesome accomplishment!
    Love that kid!

  5. Taco Farts
    Posted January 6, 2015 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    Would it anger “every child is precious” libs or “we’re not related to animals” creationists more to point out that Mark’s secret is the same secret every dog owner ever has known since the beginning of time?

    Meanwhile, I’m assured that cats just “know.” Which I’m pretty sure is proof that God created cats and only cats.

  6. Eel
    Posted January 7, 2015 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    Poop is universal. It’s the one thing we all have in common. It’s what holds the human family together. Rainbows indeed.

  7. anonymous
    Posted January 7, 2015 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    For those of you who would like to play along at home, we have this from Jezebel.

    “How to Poop a Rainbow”


  8. Posted January 7, 2015 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    That sure looks like a duck. A rainbow duck? If only it wasn’t a cliffhanger ending… we may never know.

  9. anonymous
    Posted January 7, 2015 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    Another parenting tip going around the web today.


  10. Posted January 8, 2015 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    I always wondered what happened to Toilet Duck.

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