Director Jewels: So, I Don't Like Potty Training

Friday, April 18, 2014

So, I Don't Like Potty Training

Full Disclosure: I'm going to talk about poop. And pee. A LOT. So if you don't want to read it, move right along!

Wearing 5 pairs of underwear.

I didn't want to write this post. I wanted to be the mom whose kid just learned how to use the toilet in a reasonable amount of time - not the two or three day method, but you know...a couple weeks. Maybe a month. That seemed acceptable. I knew he wasn't ready when he was two years old, even though lots of sources said to start then. It just wasn't going to happen, so I didn't stress about it and we started learning about potty use a few weeks before his third birthday.

At first, I thought we had done it. We took Lincoln to Target and bought a package of toddler superhero underwear. He was so excited. He declared them to be his "super capes" and was thrilled to try them on. We talked about how he wouldn't wear diapers anymore and would pee and poop in the potty like mommy and daddy.

It was all hyped up and over the top and seemed like it was going to work. And it did - for the first couple of weeks. He did fantastic with peeing in the potty. To start, I took him every 15-20 minutes for several days. After maybe a week, he started telling me when he needed to go! Super success! Poop was another story. We hadn't yet had a successful poo in the potty even after a few weeks, but I read lots of things that said that was the hardest part and would come later. No big deal.

The thing is - it's now been two full months. We've had maybe three poop successes. And we've had a lot of really yucky "super capes" that have to have stains removed. There's an incredible amount of emotion attached to the idea of pooping on the potty. He has so much anxiety about it that half the time he doesn't even tell me when he has to pee. Which means he decides to go off to a corner of the room and pee all over his books or toys, usually when I am nursing Addie or trying to get her to sleep.

It's frustrating, let me tell you.

I'm at the point where I don't know what to do. I've tried everything I can think of. I'm not even a bribing parent and I beg him to poop on the potty so we can have ice cream and candy and cookies! He never ever eats any of that, so I thought it would work. Unfortunately...it hasn't yet. And we're all really stressed out.

So, share your knowledge, moms of boys! What do I do?!

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