Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Potty training. It's becoming my Ixion's wheel.

We are NOT ready.

I'm giving up. For now.

Big boy underwear is going into a drawer. Instead, we're putting the cotton insert of his diaper outside the stay-dry pocket lining so he can feel the discomfort when he goes pee. We'll just start getting him associated with an uncomfortable, wet diaper.

Standard: "Will, do you want to try to go pee-pee for gummies?"


I've tried having him sit and sit and sit. I've done positive reinforcement and praise, praise, praise. The pee is NOT going into the potty and there's not much I can do about it.

And after this incident, he was even more scared to go #2, which led to a multi-day holdout and a finale full of sobs and heartache on September 14. Our attempts to keep him regular (prunes and apricots at every meal, apple juice, lots of water) are making him feel like he has to "try go potty" - late at night, in the middle of the night, at five in the morning - this kid, who's been sleeping great for months now, is waking up in the middle of the night again to "try go". But so far he hasn't gone, and now we're going on day three again. So poor mommy, who's also dealing with Barrett's new middle-of-the-night-snack phase, is up multiple times a night, and let me tell you - improvising a thousand voices for Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go super sucks at 2:30 AM. It's become my own personal patience training session, sitting with him on the toilet for thirty minutes at a time, my legs going numb, reading book after book in a patient, relaxing voice, feeling thrills of excitement every time I think it's coming and then flat disappointment when he doesn't go again. So spending roughly 1.5 hours every day and night trying to even get him to go #2 is making me decide I am not going to multiply that time by having him sit to go pee when he doesn't even want to.

A lot of moms have given me the advice to wait until he's ready, and then potty training will be quick and easy. Well, potty training has so far been slow and torturous, so I am concluding that, again,

we are not ready.

We'll try again in a couple months.

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