Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Bootcamp Update...

Greetings from the land of frustration.

Remember this post?
Ah yes. So full of hope. So full of excitement. So full of anticipation for changing our big girl's last diaper.

Well friends, sadly my excitement has fizzled out and I've moved into the wanting to cry in the corner and pull my hair out camp.

Potty training is not going so well.

We have had a few success, yes, but for the most part it has been.... well, let's just say challenging.

I don't get it. I'm at a loss.
She is ready. Her actions have proven this much.
BUT our big girl hates the potty.
I'm pretty sure the issue is that she simply does not want to sit still. We've done the reading of books, songs, games....but she just gets frustrated and wants to get running again. (Have I ever mentioned that she is always running around doing laps in our house. Seriously the girl has more energy than she knows what to do with.)

I can't tell you how many times knowing full well that she has to go pee that I have finally said "Ok honey, good try. We'll try again in another few minutes", only to watch her walk a few feet out of the bathroom and have an accident on the floor.
Yes, yes, I know- perfect learning opportunity. The problem I'm finding is that there are a whole lot of opportunities happening and not a whole lot of learning :)
Ok, so that's not entirely true. She is learning.....

This week I decide to lay off of the high pressure potty training. I decided to put her in a *gasp* Pull-up (something I swore I would never do.)
I just figured "Hey. No rush. We'll take a break and try again in a few weeks."

Well, yesterday, my big girl just reminded me off the fact that she is the one calling the shots when it comes to being ready.
You know what she's started doing?? She's now taking her pull-up off and doing her business on the floor.
No, this is NOT fun for me. BUT HOORAY- it's a step in the right direction. At least now she's taking off her clothes before she goes. She is learning!

Now if I could just get her to go ON the potty. I have been trying to watch her like a hawk, and have caught her a few times making "the face" but, and maybe it's just coincidence, it's seems like our girl has figured out how to wait until mommy's busy.
She tends to wander off and go when I'm in the middle of changing her baby sister, or putting her baby sister down for naps, or making dinner.
She is a smart little cookie :)

Now, where does that leave us?
I am frustrated, only because I had such high expectation. Our big boy was such a breeze to train. Just a few days and voila!
I suppose I just really expected it to be the same.

Ok, so I've decided I'm going to choose to look at this week with new and fresh enthusiasm.
I'm going to put last week behind us and chalk it up to a practice run.

Sound good?
Potty training bootcamp PART DEUX here we come!


  1. Hang in there- she will get it eventually :)

  2. wow... I'm "excited" for these parenting adventures that are ahead....

  3. When you finish with your daughter, you can always come to my house and potty train my son!

  4. It's like having a stubborn puppy, eh?

    We're potty training right now too (Simon will be 2 1/2 next month). One of the things the he likes is that I wrote his name at the top of a piece of paper and drew a toilet next to it. Each time he pees, he gets a sticker. Since his great-grandma sends us sheets and sheets of stickers (it's her "thing"), we have them in abundance.

    Some would call it bribery, but I call it "positive reinforcement".

    Also, in the beginning I'd put him on the potty every 15 minutes (I used a timer) REGARDLESS.

    Here's hoping for a more successful week!

  5. Potty training can be frustrating and a long process. But it does sound like you are headed in the right direction. Have you joined Potty Time Tuesdays yet? You might find some tips that could help you. Good luck and take care!


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