Monday, May 05, 2008

Potty Training Woes

Today is day 13 of potty training. Progress is slow, but we are making progress. I'd like to know how a 2 year old's bladder can possibly hold it all for eight hours before bed and still wake up dry the next morning. I'd also like to know how it is possible to smear poop all over the toilet seat without actually getting any in the toilet.

I have employed all means possible to entice this kid into using the potty: M&M's to sit, cookies, fruit snacks, candy when she goes, even the opportunity to play with bubbles in the sink or jump on the neighbor's tramp, a sticker chart with bigger toys as rewards for getting enough stickers. I've even promised her a trip to Chuck-E-Cheese when she fills her entire sticker chart. I've also found strategic ways to "trick" her into actually going when she's sitting: putting her hand in a cup of warm water, running the faucet, using a doll or teddy bear to show her how its done. Lets just say this kid has way to much candy and TV time these days just so I can get her to sit on the potty long enough to accidentally go while she's not paying attention.

I have to give some credit to my little girl who really wants to wear Mickey Mouse panties and has been heard to say "Poor Tinkerbell..." when Tinkerbell has to get scrubbed out in the toilet because of an accident. And we are getting somewhere.

I think I should get rewards every time she goes, because this sure is a lot of work!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yea! Good Girl! You are one awesome momma! Congratulations! You are terrific. What a big girl! I'm proud of you. Keep going! Don't give up. You can do it. Whoop-tee-doo! Mom

Jessica said...

I know it's hard while you are doing it, but it sure is worth it!
With kids #2 and #3 I just learned to wait until they showed more signs of being ready. With winter, she had accidents for 2 days, and ever since that she's been in underpants night and day. I don't believe in pull-ups.. I think it reinforced the wrong idea.

Rebecca said...

I think you're doing great! Go get a gallon of your favorite ice cream and every time you get Leah to sit on the toilet, successful or not, give yourself a scoop....

Anonymous said...

You are awesome, Honey! I appreciate your patience with Leah and I cannot wait until it's my turn to be potty trained.
Chris

Nancy Sabina said...

You absolutely should reward yourself when she goes. It's disgusting and slightly degrading work. But so is diaper changing. So reward yourself for not running from the house screaming. Chocolate, ice cream, a movie by yourself, whatever. You so deserve it.

The Stiles Family said...

Sounds like you are having about as much luck with Leah as we are with Cameron. This kid will seriously hold it in for HOURS, because he refuses to pee in the potty. He will go immediately in a diaper. We have tried every tactic we can think of, and still to no avail. He has accidentally gone in the potty a few times, but he really doesn't realize what he is doing. We just chalk it up to him being not quite ready yet, even though he is 3 1/2. Some kids just don't get it, I guess;-(