Thursday, September 1, 2011

Potty Training is the Pits



I officially have to say.....I HATE potty training....


I loathe it.....

I have no idea how any of us adults walk around without wearing adult sized diapers....

I think my parents were geniuses.....or magicians.....

because I HAVE no idea how they did it.....


My mom always relays the story that I was such a hard child to potty train....and then on my third birthday....I just decided I'd sit on the potty....and go.....no more diapers....

Yeah.....either time has dulled her memory on what actually happened....or she's had one too many glasses of wine, because I can't for the life of me see that any toddler could just one day say...."okay....I'd rather wipe my own tush, than have you do it"....

With Noah....for the last year...

I've bribed
I've cajoled
I've begged
I've pleaded
I've threatened....

I've thrown a mini peepee party in the bathroom, with party horns and confetti.
I've allowed him to have his favorite blow pops at 9 AM because he used the potty.

I've been at this so long, that yesterday while on the phone with my husband, I mentioned how we were out of Tinkle Paper.....

He asked where in Target do you find that?

My Absolute favorite....is now Mr. Smarty Pants, has learned that he can use the potty as a means of prolonging bedtime.....I can say no to Drinks, 5 extra books, or a late night snack....but when he says he has to potty...be it once or for the 13 hundredth time.....I'll let him go.....

The only thing right now that is keeping me from throwing in the towel and saying....go ahead...be the only kid in 5th grade to wear Diapers...if they even make them that size.....is that I will have a moment, where the clouds will part, and the sun shines....as I did yesterday, when Noah actually ran into the bathroom, moved his little stool, climbed on....and proceeded to pee on his foot....but.....

he did go on his own...

Then this morning....as he's running by me.....I catch a whiff of what he's packing, and realize we are back to square one......

sigh

Potty training is the bane of my existence....it has given me 3, no 4 gray hairs.....right in front mind you.....

and has made me a nervous wreck as Preschool starts....next week....

and we are no where near Undies Ready.....

Though I do have a bunch of super adorable Lightening McQueen Briefs waiting for him in his drawer.....

If there is any advice that perhaps you don't find in any parenting book....
and doesn't involve Cheerios, m and ms....or kitchen timers....

I will forever be grateful....

I'm running out of wine......and hair dye......





5 comments:

AP Mommy said...

We're in the midst of hardcore potty training here right now... this is the second full attempt. I gave up in May and chose to wait rather than drag it out. Our second round of total in house isolation wearing only training underwear seems to have so far been more successful (although he won't poop at. all.)

Anyway on the advice front one thing that I 'implemented' over the summer between our two attempts was allowing him more control over other aspects of his existence. I have read that potty training is the ONE THING they can control and there is nothing us moms can do about it, and to help curb this death grip to their detriment try giving them control in other areas of their daily lives. For my son it was clothing. I gave him full responsibility and freedom (cringe!!) to dress himself every day - often several times in a day. I resulted in some mismatched outfits, some weather inappropriate outfits and a lot more laundry... and whether or not that helped potty training at all it's impossible to say, but I will say that PT is going much better this second time around (although I'm not going to declare success until the kid poops again.)

Hope it gets better. No fun with the deadline looming! And seriously no fun running out of wine ;-)

Michaela (aka Mama Michie) said...

I wish I had good advice, but unfortunately I don't. Noah was actually fairly easy to potty train. Maybe it's because I started sitting him on the little potty at 12 months... who knows. I am blessed that he stopped pooping in his diaper by 16 months! I started setting him on the potty when I found out I was pregnant with Abby and with in a few months he just knew that the potty meant poop and would run to it whenever he had to go. I wish Abby was like that too!!

We dealt with real "potty training" this past winter and after a few weeks he was completely dry... sure he still has accidents at times, but not everyday. He was used to the potty, so that helped a lot... he just needed to learn to control and "feel" when he needed to go... oh and Pez candies were a big help too ;) He still calls them potty treats, though he doesn't get them as that anymore.

Good luck!! I know how frustrating it can be! I'll be walking down that road again all to soon with Abby.

Aleta said...

I don't have kids and have often times wondered how parents handle potty training. It seems like such an unnatural, yet well... natural .. thing....

One thing is for sure, I read a lot of blogs and there are a lot of moms out there pulling out their hair over the potty training time...

kailani said...

My first girl actually trained herself. I kept telling her, "Just go in your diapers!" but she refused! LOL! They second took a little longer. She's now 5 and only just started wearing panties at night. My littlest will probably in high school when she's completely potty trained.

Good luck!

Sublime Dream said...

If you aren't done yet, this is what worked for us:
http://www.sublimedream.com/2011/09/potty-training-toddler-with-autism.html