Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Adventures of Potty Training

So we have been TRYING (Key word is TRYING) to potty train Landon for a year now!!  We almost had him 100% trained at Christmas and then he started PreK and had that in the morning and daycare in the afternoon.  Needless to say, he regressed. Ok, that is normal.  We didn't stressed.

I worked with him again hardcore over Spring Break.  It went okay.  Now we never abandoned potty training from January on.  We took him, but didn't stress over it.  Landon is our special child!  He meets all developmental milestones on his time frame.  Granted those time frames are WAY BEHIND!  But he gets there, but with a little more help that some children.

Starting last week, we decided to put Landon in underwear during the day and pull-ups at night.  IT wasn't going good at all.  Friday night I was about ready to pay someone to train this kid.  Well Tyler asked if she could go outside to play and Landon decided that he wanted to go.  WE told him he could as soon as he went to the bathroom.  HOLY COW, did that boy ever throw a fit!!  That lasted for 10 minutes and then he told us he had to go to the potty.  We had no expectations, but low and behold he used the bathroom.  He got so EXCITED!!

We played outside for hours and then he came back in and used the bathroom again!  Imagine my excitement!  Saturday was another great day!  David and I are thinking, OMG this kid is on his way to being potty trained.  David put a pull-up on Landon Saturday night.  Sunday morning, we took him to the bathroom and it was a no go.  He wanted nothing to do with his underwear.  He wanted a pull-up.  So we decided to throw away his pull-ups.  He has been staying dry at night for a while now.

So here we are at Tuesday and he has not used the bathroom since Saturday.  And to top it off, he is holding it until he can sneak away from us and go take care of business (pee) in his room!  Seriously, he knows he has to go and would rather mark his territory in his room then go to the bathroom.

We have tried every trick in the book.  We are doing the Cheerios, stickers, we made his special cupcakes Saturday as a reward, skittles, and so much more!  The problem is, he CAN do it and he knows it, but he refuses!!

Has anyone had a similar situation with your child?  I have googled to my heart's content and found NOTHING.  Our pediatrician has 3 sons and she said 2 of the 3 were just like Landon!  I think she was afraid to tell me when they were actually potty trained!

UPDATE:  Not even 2 minutes after I hit publish, Landon says, "Oh I gotta go pee."  Folks, he did it!  Now if he can just keep it up!  

P.S. I made chicken spaghetti last night and added pictures to the recipe found here.

P.S.S.  I was just reading one of my fav blogs, Sgt. and Mrs. Hub.  Anyways the post was about how she always hears, Oh there are our tax dollars at work!  This statement really gets under my skin.  Funny thing is, the people who say that have never been deployed to fight for our country and leave their families behind.  Anyways, check out the post here!

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  1. Boys are more difficult than girls. Andrew didn't decide to be trained until Grace was - they are 18 mo apart. The one thing I would do differently if I had to do it again is never use pull ups - they confuse the issue. When I got rid of them, it was much better.

  2. Oh girl...bless your heart!! I am convinced that God gives us our children just to test our patience (among other things)! I hope he does keep it up!!! I know it's so frustrating when you know they can and they are just being down right stubborn!!! *Fingers crossed* for you guys!!

  3. I confess, I have used that phrase myself recently, but that's because we found out some guy used what I consider to be unethical means of padding his DITY reimbursement. I truly believe that the military does not get paid what they are worth, but really, we don't need to lie to get more money. Cause it's not just stealing from "the army." Not really. But that's just me.

  4. I hope he keeps up the good potty habits!! I'll be crossing my fingers for you because that sounds like a difficult situation.


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