Friday, February 18, 2011

A Pity Potty

We're kind-of/sort-of working on potty training with Elijah.  This basically means I put him on the potty sometimes, but we're not full-fledged working on it.

I know in my heart of hearts that we'll get there least I hope we will. I don't stress about it.  He is showing some signs that he's getting the concept and I try to make sitting on the toilet a fun experience.

He likes to watch us go to the bathroom (sorry if this is too much information, but I don't think I've gone to the bathroom alone in two years), but ever cooler than that is the fact that he seems to be trying to communicate the need to go.  One day this week, he was acting a little funny in his chair at snack time.  I asked him if he had to go potty and he looked right at me and nodded. He rarely nods and it was phenomenal that he gave me eye contact too. It seemed totally appropriate. So what did I do? I ecstatically praised him for telling me and then proceeded to forget to take him to the bathroom and didn't even check his diaper. Good one, right?

Then there's the talker we have by our bathroom.  It says, "I have to go potty." If Elijah pushes it, I rush and get him sitting on the potty. He does great sitting on the toilet, but hasn't gone on it yet.  What's cool, though, is that if his diaper is dry he'll usually go a few minutes after he's sat on the toilet. It's like his timing is off.

Today, he pushed his talker to tell me he needed to go potty and I sat him on the toilet to discover a very warm diaper. He's kind-of/sort-of getting it, which means we might need to get into the full-fledged potty training soon. I think he's ready. The question is: am I?

Any potty-training tricks to share?
Oh, and our little man has a mild fever (99.something) and he's just not acting himself. :( So, thus it's a pity potty up in here. Haha, oh I crack myself up (don't worry, I'm used to being the only one laughing at my jokes).


Mo said...

Same place as you right now. I think my child may be more ready for the potty training thing than me. Honestly, I don't want anything to do with it. Here's what I'm doing so far...

She wears pull-ups to school where they put her on the potty about every hour. The pull-ups are more for convenience than anything else bc she rarely goes at school. I think it's a concentration thing, not completely relaxed, etc. At home, I have chosen set times to put her on the potty. When she wakes in the morning, when she wakes from nap and before bath. It's a start and most attempts are successful (pee only). Soon, we'll get more serious but I'm in no rush... that's terrible, isn't it?

I have found that Oia has to be completely relaxed to "let go" and pee. It must be a CP thing. Her feet have to be rested on the floor and she must not be holding/playing with anything. She really has to concentrate and we whisper while she is trying to go so we can listen to the pee-pee. Crazy, I know but she thinks it's the funniest thing.

Here's to potty parties... Good luck!

Kathy said...

HA....Pity potty....Lisa, you crack me up, too. HA. Well, you could always buy that book, "How to potty train your child in one day." Yeah, I know, it doesn't work.

Love you, Mom

Unknown said...

We started with timing ... before breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and before bed. Lots of praise when something comes out. Then as we progressed, if he peed in his pants on purpose (because he wanted to play instead of go to the bathroom), then we stayed on the toliet until he peed again, to show that it takes more time, if you ignore it. Seems to be working.

MamaBear said...

our first successes were wake-up pees. Really, doesn't almost everybody have to go pretty quick after waking up?
good luck!
we've been in and out of fevers and colds too. so excited about spring, but not the sicknesses that seems to come with it!

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