Yep… Our poop party. You heard me right 🙂 Don’t know what a poop party might be? Well… let me be the first to explain because it is AWESOME….
When you have a seven-year old boy who has been working on learning how to go potty in the toilet for six years… and then he “gets it”… you throw a poop party!
I had been planning this for years…literally 🙂 I’d change on average 1-2 poopy diapers a day for Ollie and some days were worse than others. It’s a total different ball game to change a 7-year-old diaper versus a 1-year-old diaper. I won’t give you all the details, but take my word for it you would find it challenging! So, as I changed these diapers I would day-dream in a happy place and think to myself “if I ever didn’t have to do this again, I would throw a huge party to celebrate. And I’d invite friends and family and I’d feed everyone and have drinks. It would be grande.”
And so I am so happy to tell you that this winter, we celebrated! We had almost 60 people come and share in our victories and it was SOOOOOOOOOOOO FUN. Ridiculously fun. We had a poop emoji cake, cupcakes (as you can see in the picture above), toilet paper as streamers, games, prizes, gin and tonics, wine, gourmet grilled cheese, and best of all…. friends and family!
Being that it was by far, the weirdest party to attend (let alone, throw!) I got up and gave a little mini-speech of thanks and recognition. Because after all, this was not really a party about poop….per se. It was a party to say that “movement forward is worth celebrating. We celebrate the little things.”
And really… the party was to celebrate and feed all of the people who make raising Ollie possible and successful. There was the woman from Trader Joes that had given Ollie his first free chocolate cake. Because it was free, I took liberties and offered him an entire slice of cake every time he pooped on the toilet. Being the cheap-skate that I am, I would NOT have done that had I paid the $8 for the cake! Because it was free, from a dear woman who loves Ollie, I gave it easily and often! She was the beginning of potty training him. There were the wonderful supports that help him day in and day out… the family that listens to my woes when I’m tired… the friends that include Ollie at all costs…
This little boy is well-loved by a beautiful community and our party was my chance to say “Thank you for helping me raise this cute little hooligan ;)” (I know hooligan is NOT really the word I’m looking for there, but I like it ;))
So there you have it… Celebrate even if it’s weird. Ollie had the BEST time ever. He was in no way embarrassed or ashamed. He shone brilliantly in his pride. He was the life of the party. I walked away with joy and encouragement. I got to hear some of my friends sing that song (in the purple picture above) sang to the tune of “Happy Birthday”. Honestly, what would you give to hear your big, tough friends sing those lyrics?! It is one of my fondest memories in raising Ollie.
Life will throw you curve balls. Sing and dance when able. Include your friends in your joys and your struggles. I know it’s cliché, but seriously… it makes life worth living.
Hugs to you today.