Monday, September 14, 2009

"Oh. Okay."


Griffin started preschool last week and goes 2 days a week. This means I have 2 mornings all by myself with just cute, little Mia! I am hoping to start a fun class (Kindermusik or Gymboree) with her on those mornings.

I've been telling Griffin all summer that he wouldn't be able to go to preschool if he didn't go poopies in the toilet (too much info?). We started potty training him at the end of June when he was almost 3. He is a tall boy so I decided to just let him stand up and forego the potty chair. Big mistake. How did I not know this after potty training 2 other boys? Apparently boys aren't supposed to do their thing standing up til the potty training is complete. Or you might end up with a boy that refuses to sit on the toilet. Ever. That's our problem. He's great with the potty portion and staying dry (a few accidents here and there) but nothing is worse than cleaning up poopy underwear, legs, feet, and bum. How did my mom (or all the good "green moms" out there) do cloth diapers? Whenever I talk to him about it he pretends like he is listening and cares. And after my long discussion about how we don't go poopies in our underwear but in the toilet, he always responds, "Oh. Okay." But nothing ever changes. I even tried bribing. I bought Star Wars action figure toys that he could open after using the toilet. No luck. He was excited for a day and didn't care anymore. I called his preschool to let them know Griffin would not be coming quite yet since he still wasn't fully potty-trained. The school didn't care and said he could still come (what a change from when I tried to find a preschool for Morgan and everyone used the potty training excuse to not have her in their classroom. Grrrrrr . . .). So here he is on his first day of school (in underwear because he refuses to wear a pull up while awake).



We went to Carl's Jr. for lunch to celebrate his first day of school with a few friends. Unfortunately we had to leave a little early because of a stinky boy. Guess I'd rather have it happen at lunch with me than at school with his teachers.
Any ideas of what might help? This is all new for me. I've stopped talking about it with him because he started stuttering right around the same time. I figured he'd heard enough of my discussions for awhile.

7 comments:

Kristin said...

No experience with boys.... but I heard that if you make them clean up the 'mess' it helps. {I can't actually imagine wanting a 3 yr old to help clean up that kind of mess, but?} Good luck!

Vennesa said...

You probably don't want to hear this, but Alex wasn't potty trained until this year. He is Four!! I didn't send him to preschool last year and that was part of the reason. My other 2 boys were completely trained at 30 and 36 months. So it's not that I'm lazy. He was just not ready! My advice? I'd just let him wear pull-ups for a while and try again in a couple months. By then he may be ready to do the bribery/rewards program.

Heidi Rushing said...

Didn't mom always say you were supposed to rub their nose in it? Wait....that might have been the dog.

Toni Mehraban said...

I think I went to Rainbow Connection!

Have you heard of Music Together? I've been taking Roya there since she was 1 and she loves it! Look them up.

Rebecca said...

My sisters little boy refused to go too. She starting putting cheerios or fruit loops in the toliet and had him aim for them. I know this is for pee but maybe you could tell him to try and sink the cheerios with his you know what. Good luck!!

Sharon said...

My daughter took a while to be completely toilet trained too. She didn't like the toilet and would hide when she needed to do number twos. Eventually we noticed all her subtle cues when she needed to go and rushed her to the toilet and after she had one success on the toilet she wasn't so afraid and it was easier after that.

kellyclay said...

Heather,
Aidan was not fully potty trained until he was almost 4 he was my child that took the longest. he would ask me for a pull up everytime he needed to go poop and I finally refused to give it to him and made him sit on his baby bjorn potty seat it took a few days and he stopped asking for a pull up. potty training is one of the hardest things that us as mothers have to do.