Monday, August 1, 2011

I Hate Potty Training

Yep, I officially hate potty training.  We're really not making much progress and I am not sure what to do about it anymore.  I really want Connor to be potty trained but I am also not so sure he's ready.  He's certainly not ready enough to be potty trained in three days like I hear some kids do.  It's just frustrating when you hear some kids have no problem when it comes to potty training.  Then, I feel like we're doing something wrong even though I know we're not and I know it's not his fault either.  With that said, there are certainly some glimmers of hope.

We talked about it today and he agreed he would pee in the potty and not in his underwear.  Yes, he's wearing underwear again today.  Of course, he then sat on the potty for about 15 minutes and...nothing.  We put his underwear back on..he went downstairs to play...and five minutes later, he came upstairs with wet pants.  He had peed on the basement floor.  The carpeted basement floor...lovely.  On the upside, he actually came and told me right away.  The other day, he refused to acknowledge his pants were even went despite the obvious fact that they were.  Today, he came and told me as soon as it happened and showed me where he peed.  We changed him and he chose to wear underwear again...that's progress.  I'm just having a hard time understanding why he isn't peeing on the potty when he obviously has to go.  He has gone several times before so it's not a new concept anymore.  It's so confusing!

Sorry for the vent but I needed to get it out there.  I am happy for anyone whose child potty trains easily..really I am.  However, I can empathize with anyone who has some difficulty along the way to dry pants and diaper-free days.  For now, we'll keep trying but I am not potty training for the next six months.  If we don't see progress this week, we're taking a break!

UPDATE: I just found out from the hubby that he tickled Connor when he went downstairs...this may have contributed to the accident.  Let's hope so!

On a much happier note, I'll be posting a recipe for a Rhubarb, Apple, Strawberry Crisp that's delicious and a perfect summer snack/dessert.  I hope to post it later today.  Then, I've got a couple giveaways coming up soon as well.  In fact, I've got a few giveaways coming up and am just waiting on some samples to arrive so I can write about them first.

Lastly, keep those votes coming for Top Mommy Blogs!  Things are looking up but I need consistent votes so try to vote daily or at least every time you visit my blog.  Thanks!


  1. Every child is different - my girls show me this every day :) Some are ready to start training earlier and what one works for one child will not necessarily work for another. Potty training the twins made this very clear to me! When I decided to take a break with Layla, she surprised me a week later by starting to use the potty on her own without any accidents. Once the pressure was off, she was ready.


  2. By the way, he will figure it out :) I understand the frustration when it just doesn't seem like it's going to happen though.

  3. Thanks Ange. I know you're right and I am definitely learning that every child is different! I'm also learning that there's not a "right way" to potty train although I'm sure there are certain techniques that work and we're trying different things. Did you go back to diapers when it wasn't working or use Pull Ups?

  4. I will email you :)

  5. Hello,
    Found you on the blog hop
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  6. Hi just calling by whilst blog hopping. Now following. I totally know what you are going through. Have been there 5 times but even though I have done it so many times I can't really tell you how we successfully achieved it. Mainly I think I just went with the flow and eventually it just happened. Sticker charts may also help as they love being rewarded for things with stickers. And maybe have a goal of a reward when he has been dry for a certain amount of time. Hope it helps and good luck. I still have my 8 year old and 6 year old boys wetting the bed most nights. My 3 year daughter is still in Nappies at night and will probably be the same. I would have thought I would have been over the whole toileting thing by now. Be sure to come by and say hi. Sarah

  7. Hi! Following you from a blog hop!:0)
    Hope you visit me and return the follow!

  8. Have no advise on the potty training, as I am not there yet with my daughter. Good luck and I hope things go smoothly soon!

  9. My Will was 3 when I potty trained him too. I actually cried with happiness the first time he went in the potty. He could hold it from the time he got up in the morning till a diaper and nap time and then again until I put a nighttime diaper on. It was definitely a hard job to tackle. But gummy bears when he went was the one thing that finally did the trick. It felt like he would never quit asking for them for a while afterwards, but he did within a month or two. Good luck! You can do it :-).
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