Sunday, January 18, 2015

Attempt at Potty Training

With Andrew finally showing some interest in potty training last week at school, we decided to capitalize on the long weekend to do his potty training "boot camp". Basic premise of the boot camp is that you completely switch to underwear (or bare bottom), pump the child full of fluids, and practice running to the potty a dozen times a day. We did this with Jackson and by the end of a long weekend, he was about 90% potty trained. 

Perhaps we should have known when this was his reaction to wearing underwear that it wasn't going to go well... 



Meh, the underwear themselves are optional (for now). What's not optional are the snacks, especially salty snacks that make you thirsty. This was the part Andrew loved. An endless buffet of snacks and juice all day? Sign him up!

So he had milk with his breakfast and two Capri Suns. Surely he would have to pee, right? WRONG. He didn't pee even once all morning long, totally foiling our plan.

So while waiting, we tried to keep him busy with engaging, but not engrossing activities...


He helped daddy fix his bookshelf...

And practiced looking cute while jumping in his bed...

The boys built a lego mansion...

Sensory bins are always a hit (and yes, he finally decided he likes wearing underwear...to the point that he pitched an equally dramatic fit this evening when I put him in a pull-up at bedtime).

But mostly we sat...a lot.

With two days of trying, I'm sad to say that we've have no success. Like, zero. Without fail, we put him on the potty, he sits for 15 or more minutes, insists he doesn't have to go, puts on his underwear and has an accident less than 5 minutes later. And the accidents don't phase him one single bit. He could care less that he's wet and standing in a puddle. He acts like he doesn't even notice. Sigh. I guess he just isn't quite ready and at this point it's not worth the tantrums and power struggle that have been happening over here. Having a happy kid is way more important than having a potty trained kid, and eventually, I know we will have both.



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