Friday, May 01, 2009

Potty Training Update

Well, It's May 1st and we started potty training on April 1st. It hasn't been that bad, though I can't say that we're done by any stretch of the imagination.

Some of the highlights:

*Missionaries came over for dinner on day 1. As we were eating, James kept telling them about the Potty Party, Pee, Poop, all of his new underwear, etc. As they tried to share a message with us, James kept interjecting potty talk, potty humor and he would dash off to bring in some of his new underwear and wave it in the Elders' faces. Yeah, thank heavens it was new underwear.

* Has to be nakey from waist down to do his business. Not so convenient in public restrooms, you know.

* As we were falling asleep one night, I told Ben if he could get James to poop on the potty the next morning I would pay him $20. I still owe him that.

* Every one of the songs he knows now has the word "poop" inserted in it somewhere.

We are DEFINITELY still working on the whole poop thing. He's not a big fan of doing it in the right place. However, I think we are progressing...Happy Meals are a powerful bribe.

I don't know what to do (or if something needs to be done) about the whole pee thing. It's been 30 days, and he's only had 10 accidents, total. (yeah, I keep a calendar and make tally marks.) Most of those were in the first week. But, and here's the big but, he's never, not once, told us that he needs to go pee. We've just increased the time between potty breaks every week and now we're taking him every 2 1/2 hours or so. Do we need to try to get him to tell us when he actually needs to go? Or do we just leave it alone and keep taking him according to our schedule?


Elaine said...

Maybe try asking him if he needs to go rather than just taking him on a schedule? That way he'll be able to say yes or no and take some responsibility himself, then hopefully get the idea that he needs to tell you when he needs to go.

Amy Roper said...

My oldest didn't tell me when she needed to go until about 6 months after she was trained. It was really obnoxious. So we had to remind her to go every 2 hours or so. Pretty irritating, but it will end! :)

Anonymous said...

Well, it looks like James has you wrapped around another finger. I would switch to "james, tell mommy when you need to go potty." By, doing this he is in charge of himself. You may have a few more accidents but don't worry about it. It is common for boys to become so engrossed in what they are doing that they forget to stop and go. We often have to stop the movie, story, game etc. for a potty break. It is worth it in the long run. Remember that you are potty training James not you. trust me on this one. --Debbie :)