Saturday, July 30, 2005
Oh well...
Well, yesterday was good, as far as potty training goes. I think. Today, on the other hand...TJ flat out refused to even try to use it at all. I tried everything, even woke Trey up early so TJ could pee with him. No luck. I told him time and time again that he couldn't pee in his big-boy underwear, and he said he got it everytime, then went and peed right in them! I tried to just let him freeball it, but he had a total fit! (I was even willing to take the risk of pee on the floor!) I don't know if this is how it's supposed to go. We read the It's Potty Time! book that he loves about three hundred times, and I constantly reminded him about how he could put stars on his chart. Nothing. I got the same thing over and over again, "I don't want to right now, Mommy." I feel like I may have made things worse than better by constantly harrassing him about going. I didn't try to force him, b/c the last thing I want to do is make him scared to go or whatever would happen. My next thought is that I can go and buy some actual real underwear and let him wear those. I think I read somewhere that if I do that he would actually feel the wetness and not like it, then want to go to the toilet. Now I'm starting to see what takes so long. Any ideas, tips, anything? Am I doing this all wrong? Why does this feel like the biggest challenge of my life so far? My mom even suggested I use reverse psychology with him, since he's determined to do the opposite of whatever I ask him (really, he is). I did that, and he did say he wanted to use the toilet and not pee in his underwear, he just still wouldn't do it! I already want to give up!

It probably isn't helping matters that I'm sick. TJ is sick, too. I'm sure that if she isn't already, that Taryn will be sick in a matter of time. That freaks me out, b/c if she gets sick, I don't remember what I'm supposed to do. I know she can't have Tylenol or Motrin yet, or any other medicine. It surely doesn't help matters when you have a sick kid and you're sick yourself. All I wanted to do today was sleep, but that wasn't happening. TJ managed to go climb into his bed today while I was making lunch, and sleep until I finished eating. The minute I finished he immediately woke up and was good to go for the rest of the day! Little turd! Maybe tomorrow he'll be more sick, and want to sleep more. One can only wish, right....

Igh! I wish I had more exciting things to talk about. I feel stigmatized now after the big to-do about Mommy Blogs. I don't want to be stereotyped into that category, or any category for that matter. However, it sure looks like that's what I've got here. Must. Get. Life. Outside. Of. Home. Yeah, like that'll be happening anytime soon! Perhaps I could talk about the stresses of having to be a bridesmaid for two weddings in the coming year. Yeah, that's it. While I'm at it, I'll take up a fund to help pay for the stupid dresses and shoes! Serves me right for having my own bridesmaids! Shoulda known they would come back one day and make me return the favor!

Alrighty then, I guess I'll be cutting this one off for now. I hope you are all having a great day, as I'm sure mine is not so great, and uneventful. I'll talk at you later!
posted by Christi at 11:13 PM | Permalink |


  • At 12:04 AM, Blogger gina

    i did the potty training in one day and it worked with both kids. i set the timer every 20 min and pumped them full of pretzels and salty things and lemonade/koolaid which made them thirsty , thus having to pee a lot! -they could not get up till they went, then set the timer all over again!

    I also did the pee pee doll. (its in the book) "wow look dolly peed in the potty! lets call daddy- hello daddy? guess what? what a big girl dolly is!! dolly peed in the potty!
    also did the chart thing with mini m & m's (mean mama!) for rewards. i did NOT do pullups. straight to big boy unders. that helped a lot because when they pee , they get WET!!
    hang in there. he will get the hang of it soon...

  • At 12:53 AM, Blogger Mel

    I do naked potty-training. My kids seem to be able to make it to the potty when they are naked. Also, I put the potty chair right in the room where we spend all our time. I've had kids train anywhere from 2 years old to 3 and a half, though--they are all ready at different times. When they are ready, you really don't have to "train" them--they train themselves (even my two year old trained herself). Relax! He will eventually be potty-trained. (And I hope your baby doesn't get sick.)

  • At 2:44 AM, Blogger cesca

    Potty training tips? If he's not ready, he's not ready. Don't push it. Just let it be and try again in a month.

    Don't use pull ups, they're useless. (Well, maybe handy if you're going somewhere where if he pees himself it would be a BAD THING).

    I tried potty training my son from about 2 and a quarter - he wasn't interested. Tried again a couple of months later. Nope. Eventually, somewhere around the 2 and three quarter mark, after running around naked all day, he "clicked" and did it. So it turned out to be quite easy really. He was ready, so I didn't have to do any "training".

    Good luck!

  • At 9:12 AM, Blogger gina

    yep, blake was 2 yr 9 mos. seems to be the average age of boys.

  • At 11:29 AM, Blogger Echo

    Don't expect results in a day, silly. We tried with Jaiden many, many, many times and she finally decided one day that she wanted to be a big girl. She was 2½. I hear boys take longer, though.

    We have the Potty Training Elmo doll. Maybe TJ would make the connection with that?

  • At 1:07 PM, Blogger Jillian

    Let him go in the yard. The yard is your potty. Then maybe at least he won't go in his pants or on the floor. Might be worth a shot. I know a couple mommies who used that with little boys and it worked. Might be worth a shot. Yeah, right, then you'll have TJ out in the front yard peeing for all the neighbors to see. :-) Okay, maybe not such a hot idea.

  • At 2:26 PM, Blogger Tammy

    Well I had a hard time with the whole potty training thing but I did find that using the pull-ups were worse.
    Once I got rid of those and put her right into underwear it worked better. She didn't like being wet and when she had to go pee, she went in the potty.
    I wish you luck.

  • At 2:30 PM, Blogger Julia

    I wouldn't recommend it, but I bribed with candy. After doing that twice, along with allowing him to spending lots of time naked, Andrew learned quickly. He was 3 years, 3 months before he peed in the potty the first time. It was hard to be patient.

  • At 3:05 PM, Blogger mrhaney

    well christi i can not help you on this post. my wife would be much better at answering this one. hope you have a great day though.

  • At 7:18 PM, Blogger gina

    re jillians comment. did anyone see nanny 911 last week with the kid who would not pee in the potty, just went in the yard (THE YARD!!) or in the shower (THE SHOWER!!) . that mom needed to get a grip. whew.

    btw, potty training in a day is a book. i should have "italicized" . i HIGHLY recommend it.

  • At 8:16 AM, Blogger Julana

    Dr. Phil has some hints on, if you go there and type "potty" in the search box.
    I feel your pain. :-)