Saturday, December 11, 2010

Potty Training: Part 2

On November 6th, I posted "Potty Training: Part 1". I was worn down by the process, but cautiously optimistic about our progress. Now I have a feeling you'll be seeing Potty Training: parts 3, 4, and 5 before this adventure is complete.

When people say this is a frustrating process, they are not kidding.

(For those of who who got you kids trained in 3 days and never looked back... good for you. But hush. That is not my world, and I don't want to hear about it. I have enough mommy inadequacy issues already.)

Potty Training: Part 2 is otherwise known as "pretend it never happened." Amelia had a few great days of training. Three days in a row where she stayed completely dry. But then the thrill of her new ability wore off. She decided to stop going potty altogether. So we backed down. If she doesn't mind a soggy Pull-Up, then so be it. We'll try again in January.

So imagine my surprise when Amelia's preschool teacher exclaims to me one afternoon, "Oh! I really need some tips from you. I think it's amazing that Amelia is completely potty trained already! What did you do?!?"

Insert jaw drop here.

Um... huh? Do you mean my Amelia? I guess I wondered why she kept coming home with 3 Pull-Ups in her school bag. It turns out that she has no accidents at school. She tells them when she needs to potty, and she keeps her Pull-Up dry. They change her in the afternoon - but only once, and just for the sake of freshness, I suppose.

I kept reading that it was difficult to transition potty training children from the home toilet to going elsewhere. Yet I find out, once again, that my child defies all usual written advice. She goes at school but not at home!

And just last week, we went to library story time. In the middle of a story, Amelia comes up to me and whispers in my ear, "Mommy, I need to go potty... now!"

Insert confused look here.

I take her to the potty and sure enough, a dry Pull-Up. And she does what she needs to do in the restroom. Clearly, there is something about the school-like environment that makes her want to be a big girl. I guess it's the other children? Perhaps a power play against Mommy? Really, I'm baffled. I'll keep on changing those wet Pull-Ups, but I wish I knew how to convince her to be as awesome at home as she is at school.


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Sippy Cup Mom said...Best Blogger Tips

Wow, that is amazing! I am getting ready to start potty training my son, and I'm so nervous!

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Melissa said...Best Blogger Tips

Oh I my sister is going through the same thing with her son. He will potty at school, but not at home. She is so upset over it.

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I have a 2 year old that is potty training. :)

Sofia's Ideas said...Best Blogger Tips

I feel your pain! My husband actually handled this with our oldest 3, but the last 2 pretty much trained themselves! It was way too frustrating for me for some reason, even though I am generally the more patient one. I think it had more to do with my OCD & the accidents than anything else!

Hang in there! :)

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KellyW said...Best Blogger Tips

That is great that she is going at school! I hope she starts it up at home soon. Ryan has NO interest at all in potty training. We are going to try it out again after Christmas. I'd like him out of diapers before baby #2 arrives in May. We'll hope for the best!

Kimberley said...Best Blogger Tips

Hi there! New follower here from Say Hi Sunday. Soo glad I am done with the potty training. Basically what I learned in the end was that he would do it when he was ready no matter what I tried. Drop by and see me if you get the chance, thanks!


Tara said...Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for joining Say Hi Sunday and posting the button!

I definitely CAN wait for the days of potty training. Luckily my little man is only 11 months old so I still have a while :)

Jenny said...Best Blogger Tips

I hear this is very common, but I'm sure it's frustrating. Hopefully soon it will happen at home to! :)

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Dapper Snapper Mama said...Best Blogger Tips

So is it a girl thing or a 2nd child thing? My daughter had a tough time getting to the potty in time, but a lot of it had to do with defiance I think. The trick that really worked for her was really sneaky on my behalf, but oh well.
At the time, the Bug was only going to school 3 days a week (M-W-Th). Almost every day she'd come home with a different set of clothes even though she would be just fine most of the time. Her teacher told me (in front of her) that if she didn't start using the potty all the time, she couldn't come to school with the big kids anymore. Well, that Monday, she had an accident. On Tuesday, her day off, I told her she couldn't go to school because she had wet her panties the day before and if she wanted to go back she needed to be a big girl. She was pretty stoic, but I knew she was thinking hard about it. She didn't have any accidents after that.

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