Monday, April 11, 2011

Potty Talk, again. Avert your eyes if it's not your cup of tea.

I have a small boy who suddenly doesn't seem so small anymore. The baby is nearing 3-1/2, and still is in pull-ups. Yes, I know, I've been down this road before, pull-ups and toilet training in general stink. I really thought Jason would be different. He's known how to pee since about age 2, I'd always plop him down before his bath & he knew what to do. He's been standing up to pee since about age 3, after a trip to the elementary school & side-trip to the bathroom with the little toilets so low to the ground for the kindergartners. After that we had some success with him getting to the bathroom on his own, but it was short-lived.

I think my kids are smarter than I am, or maybe, if possible, even more lazy than me. It's just easier to keep doing what you're doing and have Mom clean you up, right?

I ended up bribing Sarah at almost age 4 with Littlest Pet Shops. I bought a big multi-pack of different animals, and she earned one or two for using the potty on her own, and then one or two for pooping, and I saved the last one for when she was dry all day. Worked like a charm & she's been diaper-free since. 
Since Jason showed no interest in doing this on his own (Evie did, so I guess that's just what I was expecting with the others...) I took him to the Target toy aisle & let him pick something out. He chose the Spider-Man Web Battlers Spinnin' Staff Spider-Man. Go figure! You squeeze his legs together and that long pole-thingy spins. (Laura I can hear you laughing...) The deal was it stayed in the package until Jason pooped on the potty.

Later that day, Jason insisted he had to go. I came back from my first run outdoors in ages to find him getting himself all set-up in the bathroom, determined to earn his Spider-Man. No luck.

After baths that night, I was helping Sarah get dressed for bed & discovered Jason headed downstairs to the potty, as the upstairs one was occupied. He HAD TO GO.

Sure enough, at 8pm that night he managed to poop out maybe an inch of poop. Sorry for the description, but it's the truth. Apparently Jason can poop on command for Spider-Man. Silly me, I thought that would be enough to get him going to the bathroom on his own, since he now knew he could do it. HA! I think this all happened on Wednesday last week. By Sunday, after fighting him to change his pull-up yet again, I'd decided that was it. This kid clearly knows what's what, and he is going to use the potty.

This morning I took him to the bathroom, he used the potty, and we got him dressed in underwear. By the end of the day, I think I'd changed his underwear 3 times, and thrown out one pair completely. I think he's winning the battle, but I am determined to win the war :)


  1. UGH! Good luck. I hayyyyyted potty training. 0ne M&M for you, the rest of the bag for Mommy....

    We finally got Grant trained in a day and a half (including night time with no pull-up) by telling him he can't play video games with big brothers until he was out of diapers. Find the right carrot and you'll get the right result.

  2. I was very lucky with both of my girls. Honey was done in less than 2 days at 20 months and the same for her her sister, except night time, at 22 months. God knew I couldn't handle that so He saved me! Thank you Jesus!

    I agree with Viv, find his carrot!

  3. I don't know about Laura, but I was laughing!
    And sometimes when we're potty training I have to stop and wonder if it's ME that's getting trained.
    Thank goodness it's past for me...hopefully he quits being so stubborn! He obviously knows what to do and just doesn't want to.

  4. Potty training is a pain in the ass. Pun intended.

    I just didn't train them at all. I just let them decide when they wanted to do it.

    Thank goodness I didn't have a preschool to put them in or anything.

  5. did I ever tell you the story of how I was breast feeding Belle, while jack, potty training, shit all over the floor, and I tried to get him to the little potty in the living room, (because isn't that where everybody feels comfortable taking a crap) slipped in the shit, fell in the shit, ALL WHILE STILL NURSING, only to stand up, covered in shit, still nursing, saying, "Good job Jack!!! You almost did it!" It was awesome.

    All I can say is I have never known a parent that sent their kid to college in diapers.
    He will get it when he is ready.

    And man, he's looking handsome.

  6. ...and I just went out and bought myself that same spiderman...thanks for the tip (get it? the TIP?)

    I crack myself up

  7. Ok..Laura is hilarious!!

    I feel so sorry for you! You poor thing. I have a 16 month old and I'm not excited about potty training AT ALL. I don't do good with poop.

  8. Laura is funnn-ay!

    My oldest was potty-trained COMPLETELY before 2, my middle... yeah well she is almost 3 1/2 and still has issues peeing her pants or the bed. She is soooo lazy & none of the tricks I used for her sister worked for her. Dang kids, they know how to get the better of us.

    I've still got one to go... LORD help me!

  9. OH MY GOODNESS- Laura's story is hilarious!!!

    I am so gonna need your help with the potty training when Ian gets there - I haven't done this in years.



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