Monday, September 15, 2008
More Potty Talk and a Question
I just finished the second full day of potty training with Austin.
I am happy to report that yesterday he only had one accident of each kind (#1 & #2).
He continued to get really excited about his successes and I honestly think at one point he was making himself pee so that he could get another M&M.
(Who could blame the kid right?)
Today was even better!
I figured today would be the real test.
This weekend we didn't leave the house once since we were all sick, but today we HAD to get out and get some things done or Mommy was going to go stir crazy.
We HAD to go to Target and get some more underwear because 6 pair is certainly not enough.
(By the way, inquiring minds want to know. Why is underwear referred to as "a pair" of underwear? It is not like there are two like "a pair of socks.")
Sorry...got a little side tracked there, but I really am curious.
In addition to Target, it was also grocery store day.
So, I was about to embark on taking a potty trainer on not one but two errands that would take me no less than an hour and a half to complete.
I left the house stocked with extra clothes, underwear, wipes and, of course, M&M's.
Austin had peed right before we left, but I knew the likelihood of having to take him to a public bathroom for the first time was pretty good.
First stop, Target.
Austin chose Ironman (which he knows nothing about) and Madagascar underwear.
We also got some fun, foamy, green soap for washing hands after going potty.
I asked him no less than 10 times if he needed to go potty while we were there. Obsess much!
In and out we went with no accidents...yeah!
Next stop, the grocery store.
I asked him when we got there if he needed to go potty and he said, "Yes! I needa go potty."
We breezed into the store and right into the bathroom.
I put him on the potty, he sat for a few seconds and said, "I can't Mommy."
"If you need to go potty, then just say pee-pee come out now."
He repeated after me in his sweet little voice and I heard a giggle in the next stall.
Still he either didn't have to go or he was getting public bathroom stage fright.
So, for the rest of the shopping trip I was a nervous wreck that he would pee all over my groceries and make a mess in the store.
But, my little potty trainer did awesome!
We headed home.
After nearly two hours of errand running my kid was completely dry!
But, I knew the inevitable was coming.
He almost always poops sometime before he takes his afternoon nap.
I had been asking him all morning about pooping and he just kept saying, "Nope, nope, nope. I don't have poopies."
He always sort of hides when he needs to poop, so I figured I would catch him.
However, I didn't catch him on Sunday when he snuck into Mark's office while I was getting laundry out of the dryer.
Anyway, shortly after we got home he had finished his lunch and I was feeding Mia her lunch. He started to walk upstairs and I asked him where he was going.
I suspected he was about to "hide."
He said he was going to look out his window at the "big truck" that was parked in front of our neighbor's house delivering something.
I told him NOT to do any poopies up there.
I just had that feeling, but I had to finish feeding Mia who was growing crankier by the second.
My fears were realized when I went up a few minutes later.
Thankfully it was fairly solid and easy to clean up. (Sorry about that detail.)
I put him down for his nap and he slept for two and a half hours without peeing.
The rest of the day was accident free.
So, my question for all of you potty training pros or at least seasoned veterans, what are your suggestions for me about the pooping.
I know it is always the most difficult part, but help me out here.
He understands that there will be a larger reward for pooping.
He understands that it is yucky to go poopy in the underwear.
What else can I say or do to help or encourage him with the pooping aspect of the training?