Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Potty training

Potty training.
AKA I wanna rip my hair out.
AKA I want to scream.
AKA Someone shoot me.

Holy moly. Potty training is not fun. I tried once before Claire was born and Julianne wouldn't even sit on the toilet for more than 2 seconds. Then I read that if you are expecting a baby you should wait because they will probably regress after the baby comes home for attention.
Since then, she's been showing a bit more interest and showing more signs that she might be ready. She will say "wanna sit on potty", "need diaper change", and such. So, one day a couple of weeks ago Shaun and I went for it and put on her big girl panties and hoped for the best. Well, about 8 pairs of big girl panties in about 1 hour would be enough to do anyone in. Why right after she goes she says "wanna sit on potty". Why can't you tell me before?

It started out o.k. She would sit on the potty with Elmo and sing. She would just sit...and sit...and sit. No action.

Then, as soon as she stood up, she would pee. Oi.

The day started out all fun with her running around in her big girl panties and saying "no more diapers". But after sitting her on the potty about 20 times, she became frustrated, as did we. She began to have meltdowns and did not want to sit on the potty anymore. We began seeing faces like this:

Which turned into full on tantrums like this:
She wanted nothing to do with the potty after about 2 hours. She's 27 months old. It may be too early but I feel like she should be able to do it. She communicates well and can tell me when she needs a diaper change. I've read about 3 books on the subject. They are all crap.
So fellow moms, when did you know your child was ready? Any awesome tips for me? We are leaving to go out of town for 3 weeks next Thursday so I'm going to wait until we get back to try again. HELP! I'm in a potty training nightmare!

9 comments:

Sally said...

Well, you've gotten farther than we have. I had a bunch of coupons, so we bought the lttle potty. Major got all interested in it when I took it out of the box and he wanted to sit on it (w/ his pants ON), so we let him check it out for a couple days. He even took it all apart and put the "hat" on his head...should have gotten pics of that! Then I asked if he wanted to take his pants off and sit on it and that freaked him out. He did sit on it a couple times.

THen a couple days later he told me that he needed to poop and he wanted to sit on the potty. I got all excited until I realized he'd already pooped in his diaper. We had a big talk about how he has to tell Mommy first.

We have our big trip coming up, too, and I don't thnk he's really ready, so we'll just wait, too. I haven't even read anythng on potty training yet...I'm in denial that he's getting bigger. LOL

Lacey said...

Jenn, I am sending you the potty bootcamp ebook I just got. SOMETHING has to work.

We were going to start PT Reese this past weekend but then she got diarrehea ALL weekend...um okay then, I think it's a sign that we need to wait LOL!

We are going to try again this weekend. Hang in there!

Joy said...

Leia was potty trained after a week. We put her on potty every 20 to 30 minutes the first few days. Then, only when she wanted to or she started to feel she was going. We'd rush to potty and usually make it in time. We had accidents the first 5 or 6 days. The second week, she had a few accidents, including nap time issues. After another week of dry diapers at night, we switched to panties at night. She had 2 accidents in the morning. She's been fully potty trained for about 2 weeks now.
What worked for us was lots of stickers, Dora chart, Dora book to read only on the potty, and lots of praise. She still has a potty game that she is earning prizes for no accidents. I could stop since she hasnt had an accident the last 2 weeks, but she deserves the prizes she sees on there. She puts a sticker before bed and we talk about the prizes coming up. So, in a nutshell, praise & prizes worked.

Michelle @ Flying Giggles said...

Good luck! Potty training can be very difficult. My oldest daughter really loved the movie Potty Power. It helped her out and I plan to use it with Chloe.

septembermom said...

I wish I had some advice for you. I always had potty battles with my gang. I'm sending you moral support and lots of hugs.

Eliza said...

I'm almost successfully done with Micah. He just needs to master pooping in the potty and we got it.

I agree with the stickers and rewards and things. That helps a lot.

The biggest thing I can say is just stick with it. I actually watched Micah for about 3 days straight. Devoted attention so that I could catch him. Now he's gotten really good at telling me about peeing and holding it until he gets there.

Good luck. I have lost my patience a few times.

Oh and I so know what you mean about being a single parent. It's so hard when your hubby is gone a lot.

Barbie said...

My potty training experience started out almost exactly like yours! (If you are interested in checking out the whole journey look at my March archives and they're all linked on the post from March 2nd) My advice is WAIT! She doesn't sound like she's ready and you don't want her to dread the whole experience. I HATED it when people gave me the same advice b/c I felt like she was old enough, smart enough, etc and she HAD to be ready, but she wasn't. By pushing it, I stressed her out. Man, do I wish I had chose to wait. She ended up forcing me to wait, but I made it a lot harder on myself than it had to be. Good luck, it's a journey for sure! :) Eventually it will happen

a625879c-af35-11e3-aa6e-000bcdcb5194 said...

She is very beautiful. You must be very proud of her. Do you have any more big girl panty pictures or any revealing pics that you could share with me.
I would like send you some pics of my little Jenny. My email is TheCumbersomeMom@yahoo.com. Thank You

Demi Shannon said...

I do remember training my twins. I think having them potty trained was more important to their 4 older sisters than it was for me. My twins did, and still do everything together. Sometimes to the dismay of their siblings! potty training method