Monday, September 1, 2008

The Potty Chronicles- Part Deux

Potty training is going ok.

I thought you all deserved an update seeing as how you've been waiting so patiently! ;)

The boy has mastered pee. I knew he would. He's mastered it to the point that he woke up this morning and was dry. He mastered it to the point that we went out yesterday afternoon and stayed dry- even though he was in a pull up. He mastered it to the point that he asks or tells me he has to pee and he actually does.

For that I am super proud and happy. He's been trying really hard and really loves his big boy underwear. He gets that babies wear diapers or pull ups and hates wearing them now.


Pooping is our obstacle. I don't know how to surmount it. I think he's holding it in until he can't anymore. I think he's afraid to let go of it on the potty. He knows where it's supposed to go but either doesn't get there in time or is just afraid.

I'm on constant poop watch. CONSTANT. We sit and push. Push and sit. Nothing. He didn't poop at all yesterday. It's making me neurotic and sick because I'm stressing out over it so completely!

This morning he woke up. He peed and sat for a bit. I knew the poop had to be coming....he couldn't hold it forever!! It came. 25 minutes later in the big boy underwear!! GAH!

The part that gets me is that he apologizes when it happens. He KNOWS that it doesn't belong there. He KNOWS that he was supposed to go in the potty. He KNOWS how this is supposed to work but for some reason his brain and his sphincter aren't communicating!

And , for the life of me, I can't figure out how to get them to do so.

So, the toys sit unopened. The Giant Red Wagon that was the ultimate poop reward still sits in my hallway, in the box. The boy sits in a pull up right now because we're out of clean big boy underwear. And I sit here scouring every inch of the internet to figure out how to get this child to release his feces into the toilet!!

I know it takes time. I know that it's probably going to be that he'll wake up and the poop part will just click. I know that I can't force him. I know he has to be ready.

I happen to think he is. I happen to believe that he's so smart that he knows how to do all of this but there is something. Something I can't figure out, that is holding him and his poop back.

I don't know what to do. I don't know how to make this work. It's going good. Seriously. I'm really proud of him. He is trying so hard. I just wish I could figure out how to get the poop in the potty and out of the underwear!!


lattemommy said...

Getting the poop thing down took a while at our house. Clearly he understands that he needs to do it on the potty, but he just hasn't figured out his body's signals for it yet. It will come. I wish I had some good advice for you, but I'm afraid I don't. Just good wishes. (hugs)

crazy working mom said...

It's frustrating, I know. But, trust me it will happen! I found with the first one that bribery does no good. It will happen when you least expect it!!!

Melissa said...

Oh boy, is this what I get to look forward to? LOL

You'll look back and it'll just be an itty bitty blip on the radar.. he'll get it soon enough! :o)

Since I have no advice to give or pearls of child raising wisdom I usually just lurk but I wanted you to know I love your blog, girl!! :o)

Monkey's Momma said...

Oh the joys of potty training a little man! Fun, isn't it?

Thanks for delurking and letting me know you are there. Sometimes I think NO ONE is reading anything I write! But I understand. I was a lurker once too! LOL

Don Mills Diva said...

I'm not sure if this is a sound plan but I don't plan to potty train at all. I have one - I tell him he's free to use it and I wait.

I figure he won't start high scholl in diapers, will he?

Kate said...

I have heard a couple of my friends say that this is the final hurdle, especially with boys. I wish I had some insight.

LunaNik said...

So, the trick is to put them on the potty every 15-20 minutes, eh? *gulp* Don't know if I have the discipline to do that. However, maybe now that my baby turned 2 I can try to potty train them both. *double gulp*

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