Daddy and Papa have been trying to encourage Cory and Fisher to “listen to their bodies” by making it through the whole night without going potty in their pull-ups. Seeming to run against gender norms, Fisher quickly catches on, while Cory struggles to master the bladder. Nearly every day, Fisher gets up at 6 and announces “I have to go potty” before heading to the toilet and returning to bed for another 30 to 45 minutes. Cory, on the other hand…
D: Cory, do you have pee pee in your pull-up?
C shakes her head yes.
D: Okay, Cory. Maybe tonight you can listen to your body better while you are sleeping.
C: But, Daddy, I was sleeping so hard that I didn’t know.
D (removing her pull-up and pulling out a wipe ‘n’ dipe): That’s okay, just try…
F: Daddy, I know! You could just put the wipe ‘n’ dipe in the freezer, and if Cory has pee pee in her pull-up, you could just, er, uh, use a polar wipe ‘n’ dipe.
C (smiling behind her hand): No, Daddy!
D: Fisher! You have such good ideas. Maybe we should try that, Cory? (Waving the wipe ‘n’dipe.) Instead of a warm wipe ‘n’ dipe, we could use a super polar cold one every morning.
Fisher laughs. Cory giggles and pulls away from Daddy as if the current wipe ‘n’ dipe will bring the ice.
D: I like that, Fisher. Whoever goes pee pee in their pull-ups, gets an extra special Polar Morning Treatment.
F: Yes! Because I don’t go pee pee in my pants anymore, right, Daddy?
C: No! That’s going to be so cold!
D: Well, let’s see what happens tomorrow. Maybe we need cold wipe ‘n’ dipes…
The rest of the morning passes as usual, breakfast, hair station, teeth station, dance break, feed dogs, make lunch, shoe station. Later, after kids have been dropped off at school, Daddy goes to garage freezer to take meat out…to find that Fisher has thought ahead, always looking to help a sister out…