Sunday, April 16, 2006

The Poop Report

Well... I've decided I don't really have a choice about potty training Taj. He's decided it is time. He doesn't do perfect or anything at all, but all day long he's coming to me telling me he needs changed or telling me he needs to go potty, etc... I am so against this. It's so not convenient for me right now!! But, I went to iVillage to see if they had any potty training advice. They actually had a quiz to take that tells you if your kid if ready to potty train. Unfortunately, Taj is showing all the signs of readiness. This is what the website told me:
Bring on the potty chair! Congratulations: Your child is ready to begin toilet training. He is emotionally, physically and cognitively ready to take on this exciting new challenge. Here are some signs that indicate he's raring to go: He understands the need to "go" and can communicate this to you before he actually goes. He has nighttime control over her bowel movements. He demonstrates imitative behavior. He dislikes wet or dirty diapers. He is able to stay dry for at least two hours or wakes up dry after a nap. He is able to pull elastic waist pants up and down.
Congratulations?? Whatever!! I know I sound like a weirdo for wanting my 2 1/2 year old to stay in diapers, but at this point in my life it is so much easier!! Going in public is hard enough with a spazzy 2 year old and an 11 week old. I don't need someone crying because he needs to pee while I'm in the middle of checking out at Walmart!! I don't want to have to start cleaning up messes in department stores. I don't want to have to drive 80 mph to get to a bathroom because there isn't one at the soccer field. I'm selfish. I admit it. It's just a pain.
I am proud of Tajy for doing so well on his own. This morning he woke up dry- although he filled his diaper before we got to the bathroom. Still- that's over 11 hours straight. He also told us he needed to go to the bathroom at church today- 3 times in a 10 minute period. It took the 3rd time to finally complete the deed, but he was right. It's so funny because Taj knows over a hundred ASL signs, so when he needed to go he said and signed "I need to poop!" Then when he was successful he came back to report to Daddy that he did indeed poop (complete with sign.) At the end of church he was still dry. When we got home I put him into his new Spiderman undies and just a few minutes after changing him he went into the bathroom all by himself and peed. He's now sitting on my bed, in his undies, watching "Go Diego Go!" PLEASE let him remember to pee in the potty- not on my bed.
So, I told Sei that it's time to actually attempt to train Taj. I made him a sticker chart- that he doesn't really seem to care about and I will be putting him in "big boy pants" all day (except for at nite). Then I will pray he let's me know when he needs to go. He seems annoyed when I ask him if he needs to go potty, so I'm not quite sure how this is gonna work. I'm hoping having him in undies will help a lot. That's how I did it with Alec and Isabel and they both trained relatively quickly. I just hope I remember he has on underwear when we're out....

PS. I promise all my future posts won't discuss Taj's bathroom adventures. Just occasionally...

4 comments:

Gina said...

Don't say you are selfish.. you have more than one child. I am selfish cuz this is it for me. One is PLENTY! You are doing great... I admire your patience and applaud all that you do for your kids.

Tara said...

Great. Taj will be potty trained before Jaxon.

Robin said...

Oh the adventures of potty and poopoo! He's doing really well, be excited, even though it may suck, I think wiping man size turds is even worse:)

Tori :) said...

LOL Robin! True True...