Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Tales From The Potty

For about a month now, we have been sitting Georgia on the potty three times a day to go the bathroom. Occasionally she pees. But most of the time she just likes to sing songs. . . Scratch that. She likes me to sing songs. Particularly my original rendition of “Georgia’s going pee-pee in the Dora potty.”

I’ve tried letting her run around without pants on, but twice now she has peed down her leg and began stomping around like she’s playing in a rain puddle.

The other day, I tried another trick that the potty training book said to try. The book said to give your child a choice each morning as to whether they wanted to wear a diaper or regular underpants. I thought I would give it a shot. Maybe if I put regular panties on her, she would want to keep them clean, right? Well, that’s what the damn book said!

I pulled out a pull-up and a pair of panties and asked, “Georgia, do you want to wear a diaper or big girl panties today?”

She happily yelled, “BIG GIRL PANTIES!”

Eli glanced up at us from his cereal bowl and said, “I really don’t think that’s a good idea, mama. I think you should go with the diaper.”

Yeah, no kidding!

After breakfast, I sat Georgia on the potty, and she did absolutely nothing. I then put her panties on her and then her pants. The book said to put her on the potty every hour, but I decided to try every half hour.

About 25 minutes later, when I went to pick her up, she was soaked. I don’t know when she peed, but it never phased her one bit because I was watching her the whole time, and never noticed a difference in her reaction – certainly not the surprised reaction the book was talking about when the child realizes they don’t have a diaper on.

You know, I’d like to get my hands on whoever wrote that f*cking potty book, because they obviously never had children.


Anonymous said...

The thing is that the kids don't read the books.

Just use your mom instinct on this. I'm sure your intuition is better than some book's.

Maybe she's just not ready... Dunno...only you know...

Vicky said...

oh gotta love all those potty training books, advice from family members and strangers, and the pediatrician 2 cents too. Throw that crap out the window!!! I FINALLY have my 3 1/2 year trained. At least we are hoping...he has gone 12 days with no accidents. I have tried every imaginable trick out there and then some. They will do it when they are ready. Our approach was to RELAX with the whole potty training thing. We did keep him in big boy undies and pull-ups at night. Yes...we had mess after mess. This new stradgy took a month for him to pee in the potty and about 6 months until he decided that poop belongs in the toilet. I have one that will be two this week...we will try and start him on the potty.

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said...

Oh yes, I think I read every potty book in existence when trying to train Hannah - who was not completely potty trained and accident-free until age 5 (yes, that's a FIVE)! I am dreading starting the process all over again with Becca this summer. I seem to also be cursed with children who don't care if they're wet and would happily go all day with wet pants. Sigh.

Good luck!!

Anonymous said...

We tried everything under the sun to get my DD pt'd. Run around naked, no pants, panties, training pants, reading books while on the potty, singing, bribing with candy, sticker charts...you name it, we did it. Finally I just gave up and decided to wait. About two months later, we went to visit my parents in Texas and my mom said to DD "If you go on the big girl potty, I'll give you candy!" She's been going ever since! I guess she just wasn't ready. Don't despair. Georgia will get there. She may just not be ready yet...it's frustrating though, isn't it, when we're ready for something and they aren't.

Mo said...

I love the Georgia Potty Tales!

Crazy Working Mom said...

Someone left a comment on my blog the other day and said something about just keep in mind that they won't wear a diaper forever and they'll eventually get it. *LOL* Wanna bet???

I really wanted to have Tyler trained before baby sister gets here, but I just don't think it's going to happen.

Sunrunner said...

Don't take this the wrong way, but Georgia notices when she pees at other times right? Caitlin had a very very hard time with potty training. She did eventually move to regular panties, but I used Always pantyliners in her undies until she was nearly done with kindergarten because she would leak. I also had to take away all the bubble bath. Something about some little girls and bubble bath just don't mix well. I'm sorry you're having such troubles with Georgia. Hang in there.