June 1, 2010

Pottytime Reflections, Part 1

Potty-training is now in full swing, and we're actually making some progress! I have to admit that this potty-training thing has been a bit stressful for me. It has been stressful for three reasons:

1. My sis and I were potty-trained at age 1 (yes, I've said this a million times - you'll keep hearing it)
2. Because of #1, I was determined that PK would be trained by age 1 as well
3. After realizing that I failed miserably at #2, I was suffering from a severe case of Foot-in-mouth-itis.

In an attempt to save some face both on my blog and with my mother-in-law, I kicked the potty-training into high gear, in the hopes of training PK by the time she turned two. (As an aside, when my niece was around 2.5 years old, I remember turning to my mother-in-law and boasting that no kid of mine would be in diapers that long. My niece was finally trained at around 3 or so. In hindsight, it was probably not the nicest thing to say, seeing as I was insulting both her daughter and granddaughter. Way to earn brownie points.)

We've been putting PK on the toilet in first thing in the morning and just before her bath every day for about 8 or 9 months now. We haven't been as aggressive as we were last summer, during Potty-Training Part One, but because toilet time was part of PK's routine, we eventually did start seeing her progress. By about March, PK started peeing in the toilet in the morning about 3 or 4 times per week. Once, we even got an evening pee in the toilet. After we went away on vacation, however, things got a bit screwed with her schedule (even though we did bring a toilet seat with us), and as a result, PK ended up peeing in her diaper in the morning rather than in the toilet. Fortunately, as we got back into our routine at home, the morning pee sorted itself out again and we were back to 3 or 4 morning pees in the toilet per week.

That was all fine and dandy, but I wanted to start making some real progress with potty-training. So we began Potty-Training Part Deux (PTPD). As part of PTPD, I decided to do what I had done last summer - let PK run around bare-bummed in the basement, with the potty nearby. Unfortunately, there were two issues with this:
1. PK prefers the toilet
2. PK does NOT like to run around in her bare bum

Back to the drawing board. At which point, Plan B was conceived: buy PK some real underwear and let her run around the house in it, making sure that we always had paper towels and Lysol wipes on hand. That worked out much much better, because PK liked having the underwear on, we could tell when she peed (as opposed to her having a diaper on), and she didn't like the feeling of peeing herself. And then she started to hold her pee in until we put on her diaper. Ugh. Back to the drawing board. Again.

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