Potty Problems

Too much to think about. Simon is three now, and he’s not potty-trained. He’s not ready. He’s not dry in the morning, and if he has no pants/ diaper on, he doesn’t seem aware of when he’s going to pee. If he doesn’t know when he’s going to go, I can only see frustration in our future if I try to get him into “big boy underpants”.

Norah, on the other hand (his 2 1/2 year old cousin who lives here with us), is ready. She’s been working on this whole potty thing for about a week; she’s doing really well with it. She’s got peeing down to a science now. Poop’s a problem- she doesn’t want to do it on the can, and the rest of us don’t want her doing it in her pants, so it’s a bit of an impasse at the moment. She’s on day 3 of holding it… you may not want me to keep you updated on this one.

Simon seems to understand what Norah’s doing; he just doesn’t see how it applies to him- with one exception. Norah gets stickers when she goes on the potty, and after 10 stickers, she got a prize: a pink toy car. Simon wanted a car, too, but I told him that Noah got it for going poo on the potty, and he’d get a car when he went poo on the potty (I’m saying “poo” more these days than I ever have before- it’s sick). A few minutes later, he was standing beside the toilet, crying.

“Go poo potty get car! Go poo potty get car! GO POO POTTY GET CAR!”

It was worth a shot, right? I took his diaper off and sat him on the Go Diego, Go! potty seat. He grunted and groaned. “Gooooo poooo… caaaar pooooo potty! Get car poo pottyyyyyy…. arrrrrrrgh!” This tragic display went on for about 30 seconds before he gave up. At least he’s getting the idea of rewards for performance, if not exactly how to go about performing the required, um… movements?

If he doesn’t get it in the next 2 months, we’ll be faced with moving again, which I suspect will set back the clock on any progress we’ve made. We’ll be changing houses, he’ll be getting his Daddy back (good, but different), and losing most of the people he’s used to seeing every day. I can see how all of that would make a guy want to be a baby for just a little bit longer.

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