Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Me + Potty Training = FAIL

Be prepared people. Probably every post from here on out will involve potty training and how I’m not qualified to teach a 2-year-old how to use a toilet.

This morning Monster was fussing around a bit whilst I was in the shower. I thought he was just upset that I was not attending to his every need. He kept crying, “Mama! Poop!”

It took me a minute to figure out that’s what he was saying anyway, mostly because I was kind of ignoring him. His crying seemed half-hearted so I knew nothing was seriously wrong. Don’t judge me. I got downstairs and, sure enough, he had, in fact, pooped. He also removed his diaper that was filled with the poop, and scooted it away from him. Then he just continued lying on the floor, watching Special Agent Oso.

It was a little messy but not as bad as I anticipated. I was so proud of him for knowing he was poopy and not wanting to stay that way. Usually when we ask him if he pooped, he’ll deny even though, clearly, he had. I told him I was proud of him and he beamed.

I don’t know what I’m doing. I’m reading about potty training but most of what I’m reading is how to coax your child to do it. My kid is leaps and bounds ahead of me. I’m unprepared. I’m lost. I'm taking suggestions.


  1. Hee hee, this made me laugh ("Don't judge me"). I'm also at a loss with potty training Peanut. She does let me know when she's going or has gone, which is good, but she has no interest in depositing the goods into her Elmo potty.

    I try to remind myself that she only turned 2 a month ago and it's not exactly urgent that she learn, but I'm anxious.

    And, on an unrelated note, my husband and I both hate Special Agent Oso with an unhealthy passion.

  2. Is it b/c Paw Pilot looks like a psycho when she's singing the '3 Special Steps' song?

    Monster only complains of being 'poopy' when I'm in the shower. Otherwise he will argue that he is not, in fact, poopy. This morning he asked me to change his wet leaking diaper and pajamas though and normally he wants no part of being changed first thing in the morning. So who knows?

  3. Re: Paw Pilot -- Yes. That purple-haired freak's horrendously catchy song will jangle around in my unwilling head for days on end. Damn yoooooou, Paw Pilot! *shaking fist*

    Conversely, Peanut sometimes INSISTS that I change her diaper even when she hasn't actually pooped (but thinks she has = constipation). So if we could meld our children's extremes together we could achieve rectal-hygiene normalcy. LOL