Potty Training and Depends

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

This is the face of a two year old on the potty. A two year old who never wants to be on the potty I might add. It is not that the little angel doesn't know how to hold it, or even where he is supposed to go potty it is just that the stubborn little bogger does.not.want.to.go. You would think I asked the kid to give away all his Star Wars toys for good when we ask him to sit on the potty. So I did what every good mother would do, bribe him. Yep, with candy, popsicles, toys, I even brought in the big guns and mentioned chuck-e-cheese. How much of this worked you ask? Zero. Zilch. He still acts like it is a torture chamber on that potty. So I went to plan b, letting him watch tv on the potty. What man doesn't bring entertainment in there? You may turn your nose up at this but it is what will get him to stay there for the marathon potty sessions so don't judge.

If you don't have kids you may not realize what there marathon potty sessions are. They are when you see your child grabbing themselves and know they need to use the bathroom so you take them in there to go and said child will not go. That's right, sits on the toilet needing to go to the potty for a good 15 minutes but refuses to let out even a trickle. In two-year-old world this is hours. Since we were spending time like this a few times a day and the screaming was becoming a regular occurrence I decided to bring back the video playing. It makes it easier on everyone.

We made Cian a chart so we can put a sticker on each time he goes to the potty. I bought him some pretty cool Star Wars stickers and the Star Wars undies are next. You know what is the most fun thing about potty training? Running around in your underwear outside with a light saber. Yep, we are that family.

The good news is we had success! Actually five times this week and twice yesterday! He even went in there on his own yesterday. (So he forgot to pull down his undies but some went in the potty and that is success in my book). We rewarded him with some new "little toys" (Star Wars legos) and he gets a popsicle and sticker every time. Hopefully those rewards will be much more frequent in the coming days.With the territory of potty training comes many soiled undies, which is very similar to pregnancy. I am not sure which one of us is actually having more trouble going on the potty, me or him. This is where you should stop reading if you are the faint of heart. Along with your waistline this little thing called bladder control leaves you when you get pregnant. Maybe it is the human kicking and flopping on your bladder from the inside? Don't try coughing or sneezing or even yelling when you feel the slightest bit like you might have to use the bathroom. That is unless you want to change your pants. I feel like the depends fairy may have to make a stop at my house and bring me some diapers. Don't even get me started on the hot lingerie they send you home from the hospital with and the body diapers you get to put in them. At least I have something to look forward to...

Happy potty training to mom and toddler!

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