Scott Levine

Scott Levine

A week can make quite a difference.

For the past 17 months, my life has been consumed with feeding, rocking and changing diapers. Effective last Saturday, the latter took a drastic drop-off from my daily chores.

Equipped with a few days off, my wife and I employed a condensed approach to potty training last Saturday. Everything began at about 8:30 a.m., when the cries of help reverberated from our daughter’s room. She was ready to explore the world and needed to get out of the confines of her crib to begin her journey.

Months of research led us (by us, I mean my wife, since I didn’t look up anything regarding this topic) to conduct a method that forced the subject (our daughter) to run around the house with no pants around her waist. Normally I would frown upon this, but I allowed the mad scientist (my wife) enough leeway to work her magic.

After a few hours of being the cleanup guy, I was rethinking my decision to let my daughter run around with only a shirt covering her upper body. My wife assured me this was part of the process, so we pressed forward, leading to more accidents and causing quite a headache during a day usually devoted to non-stop college football action.

By the end of the first day, we started to make progress, albeit minimal, considering our daughter learned to yell “pee” after she made her mark on the carpet.

Normally, I don’t look foward to bed time that much, but last Saturday, I couldn’t wait for a few minutes relaxing in my recliner and not having to worry about where my carpet cleaner and wash rag were located. I, like many other aspects of parenting, believed potty training would be difficult on the child. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

She loved running around without the restricting effects of pants, while I mentally didn’t think I could go on another day. But we did, and after a few hours of constant accidents Sunday morning, I was ready to throw in the towel.

Thankfully, though, my wife was determined and forced us to press on, leading to a monumental achievement later in the day, resulting in success.

By Monday, my daughter recorded only a few accidents during the entire day, and I was so satisfied with her progress, that I didn’t even worry about my carpet cleaner.

Now, almost a week later, I only change a diaper after she awakes. I haven’t put away the carpet cleaner yet, considering accidents will continue to happen, but I couldn’t have imagined how different my daily routine would be after only a week of potty training.

Needless to say, that’s a huge item to cross off the parenting to-do list, and hopefully during the next big milestone, I learn to choose a different job than clean-up guy.

Weekly picks

I got back on track last week with a respectable 20-5 mark, especially considering the games are getting a little tougher. I’m not so sure how Iowa will fare against the rest of its schedule this year, but if last week’s game was any indication of how the season will go, it will definitely be entertaining.

Luckily for the Hawks, the Big 10 is far below the major conferences in quality competition (other than Wisconsin), so Iowa should have room to get better most weeks.

• Winners are in bold: LSU at West Virginia; Arkansas at Alabama; Florida State at Clemson; Vanderbilt at South Carolina; Louisiana Tech at Mississippi State; Central Michigan at Michigan State; Florida at Kentucky; Eastern Michigan at Penn State; North Carolina at Georgia Tech; San Diego State at Michigan; Georgia at Ole Miss; Southern Mississippi at Virginia; Western Michigan at Illinois; Louisiana-Monroe at Iowa; Notre Dame at Pittsburgh; SMU at Memphis; Portland State at TCU; Army at Ball State; Virginia Tech at Marshall; Oklahoma State at Texas A&M; Rice at Baylor; North Dakota State at Minnesota; Indiana at North Texas; Missouri at Oklahoma; Georgia State at Houston.

Scott Levine is the Associate Editor of the Clinton Herald. He can be reached at