You guys, we have been in the throes of potty training for the last few months and while he’s been extremely responsive with the pee pee, he’s totally avoiding #2. TOTALLY. To the point of waiting until he gets an overnight diaper on so he can poop. I mean, the bright side is that at least he’s not going in his pants, right? We’ve tried everything to entice this kid…bringing games, toys and iPad’s into the bathroom while he sits and waits, offering bribes of candy after he “performs”. Hell, I even told him I would buy him a pony the other night, (I did not clarify if it would be alive or stuffed, so there’s that) and still nothing! My point being that this particular child definitely has a mind of his own and will not be kowtowing to our requests (demands) anytime soon.
Now I know potty training is different for each kid, my older one, when he was ready, was finished in a few weeks, rarely had accidents and was out of overnight diapers in a few months. He was fully trained at 3 years and 3 months old, some would say that’s late, I say, to each his (or her) own. I know people who’s kids were fully trained before they were 3, I know people who’s kids were closer to 4, it depends on the kid. My good friend, who is also our pediatrician says, “they will not be going off to college in diapers, so stop stressing about it”. She’s a million percent right. I think my anxiety with my little one is that we’re on a deadline here. Summer camp starts on June 29 and even though it’s not spelled out in the guidelines, I’m sure being potty trained is a requirement. Now, camp for this guy is only 3 hours a day, so there’s also about a 98% chance he won’t be going to the bathroom at all during camp, but I want to make sure we’re good.
This brings me to our daily walk to school (daycare) this morning. Our conversation was between me, my older one and the little one as we walked and the little one scooted. We had just left the house and everyone had used the bathroom so I figured it would be the perfect time to talk about it. We talked about how they only have 2 weeks left of school and that once it was over, finally, the boys would be starting camp. We talked about how important it is at camp to pay attention to the counselors, my older guy told him all about the kinds of games they play, and about swimming lessons. We talked about how all the big boys get to go to camp and have fun. And then…possibly…hopefully…a light bulb…he said to us “well maybe I should start pooping on the potty then”. I’m sorry, what did you say? repeat that please!!! YES!! Yes you should, that’s such a great idea!! OMG, if this actually happens, I WILL buy you a pony (I did not say that out loud and I really meant a matchbox car)!!
Stay tuned friends…there’s surely more to come of this saga….