Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Where are you Potty Training Fairy??--Part V

Z starts school in 15 days......as many of you know he is suppose to be on his way to being potty trained when school begins. My question is....what is the definition of "on his way"? We have been "working" at this since before he was TWO! Does that count?? At school he can wear a pull up for the 3 hours he is there but if he poops, I will be notified and have to come and change him. I pray for his sake that this never happens.

It was my intention to work on potty training while at the lake. We did make some progress but spending week two in a house with a broken septic (we did have access to my mom's house and spent most of our time there) did not bode well for the training. He did learn to pee standing up (which he loves), went a few times a day (when it was convenient for him) and was feeling really good about going pee pee on the potty.

We have been home for a few days and so I decided to bite the bullet and put Z in underwear. He is in underwear as long as he is awake and at home (pull ups while we are out and a diaper to sleep). Monday went great! I brought him to the potty every 30 minutes and he had no accidents! He was loving being "grown up". I was so pumped from this success that I couldn't wait to continue....not as easy as I thought.

Today has been a whole different story. Today he doesn't want to use the potty, crumbles into a ball every time I ask and has peed on the floor three times so far. I have pulled my back out (a combination of bending over during potty training, overworking myself in the nursery on Sunday and being 7 1/2 months pregnant) and don't know what to do. I know all children are different, I know that this is a learning experience for him and that there will be many setbacks but the fact of the matter is, I am in pain and getting larger every day....not the ideal time to be training someone who doesn't want to be trained.

After the third pee on the floor, I decided to switch up my system. I am now setting the timer for every 30 minutes so it is the timer reminding him to go potty, not me (he was starting to get angry with me). I made a new sticker chart with a new system in place. Before he would go potty for a sticker and a skittle....now he could care less. I told him if he gets 8 stickers in one day, he will get a prize at the end of the day. Once I started with these two things, he went in the potty twice without a fight.

Every child is different.....every potty training experience is different. Most kids don't like the sensation of being wet, mine apparently doesn't care. I wish there was a potty training fairy who would swoop down and help me. S is off from work Thursday-Monday and I am hoping that he (and my mom) can help me push this potty train ahead....it is very challenging to do this alone this late in my pregnancy.


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Babe in Babeland said...

Wow, you've really got a lot on your plate right now. Seven and a half months pregnant AND trying to potty train....that's really a lot.

You're doing a great job! He will get it all down soon enough, I am sure.

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