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Friday, May 15, 2009

Potty Train Pain

Potty training, like most things in my life for a while now, is a very humbling experience. Just when I think I have this mothering thing down, I get faced with a brand new challenge that reminds me that I'm really just average and think I know a lot more than I actually do.

When it comes to potty training, I don't know what the hell I'm doing. Right now I'm basically just doing what my sister Julie told me to do. It's a little different from what I read about in a book I like, but I just figured that she successfully potty trained 4 kids so she knows what she's doing. I'm hoping to not scar him in any way throughout this process, so I'm piling on the love and affection and praise.

Potty training is just an extremely daunting task to me. It's something that I've dreaded ever since Samuel was born. There are so many ways to go about it, for one. And who really knows what's best. But also, you have to actually train your kid to do something. Therefore, the ultimate success of your endeavor is measured by the output of your kid. I know it's not exactly the same, but I've had two dogs in my adult life, and I was never able to house train either one of them. And the common denominator in this whole scenario is me.

Despite the great stress I feel about it all, Samuel really is doing great. He's rarely having accidents, and tomorrow we're going to try to go without the timer (we were setting the kitchen timer for every 30 minutes.) We're also going to a birthday party next door tomorrow, which I'm a little worried about, but we'll see how it goes.

::sigh:: I'm ready for this to be over (in the sense of it being a success.)


  1. Update from Mimi..
    Samuel and Levi visited me yesterday afternoon while Mom and Dad shopped.

    Levi was fussy due to teething so I rocked him to sleep. I dared not put him down, he needed to rest (and I can't stand for him to cry!!)

    Samuel came to me four times to tell me he needed to potty. Now here is the money shot.

    Samuel seems genuinely distressed if he thinks he cannot get to the potty. He would cry "potty, POTTY" when I could not get his pants down fast enough (with one hand, the other holding Levi). He was wearing a pull-up (a cross between a diaper and underwear) so he could have easily reverted to using that BUT he did not!!

    The little guy has got it. I'm so proud of him and of Mom and Dad for seeing this through.

    I remember dreading toilet training as a young mother. It is not easy. The good news is that after the oldest is trained, he helps train the next one.
    Love you all, Mimi

  2. I was the same way! It just seemed impossible. But I've potty trained three now (my two oldest and my nephew) and I can promise that you WILL get it done!;)


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