Monday, March 1, 2010

Potty Training

Can you really call it potty training when they go on the floor? I don't know. Honestly, it's just way too soon for them to be interested in the potty, but they are, and I feel guilty if I don't at least try to encourage this behavior. However, it's really difficult.

Abby and Marie are both obsessed with taking off their pants and diapers. Then, they make the sign for potty, which is kind of like knocking, but they make a fist and move their hands up and down. The first time Marmie saw Abby doing it, she yelled to me from the other room, "Abby is doing this weird thing with her hand. What's it mean when she moves her fist up and down really fast?" Now, make that motion yourself and see what it looks like. Lovely.

The other night, Marie took off her pants and diaper and sat on the potty for a few minutes. Of course, she did not pee or poop or anything, but she was super content to just sit on the potty for a few minutes. When she got up, I put her diaper back on, and she went off to play. I was reading books with Abby and Will, and I heard her say, "Uh-oh." I looked over and see her with nothing on from the waist down, holding her diaper, and turds on the floor next to her. Will runs over, points at the turds and starts screaming, "Puppies!" I quickly grab something to clean the poop off the floor, and Abby comes over stands next to where I am crouching, puts her hand on my shoulder, and in a very disappointed tone says, "Ca-cas." What a night.

We only had one potty for the past couple of weeks. Marmie bought us this fancy one that sings. Well, since they were constantly fighting over it, we decided to invest in 2 more potties. I thought we would just get the same ones, but when we went to Babies R Us, I saw that they were nearly $40! The other option was about $15. Really, do people spend $40 on something their child is going to piss and crap on? Would you put 2 $20 bills on the floor and ask your child to take a dump on them? I certainly would not. I wouldn't even ask them to pee on $15, but you gotta go somewhere, right?

We are working on tricks to get them to stay dressed and keep their diapers on. We currently wrap masking tape around the waistband of their diapers. My step-sister gave me some tips for keeping them clothed. We'll try those next.

Pictures in the next post. We need to video tape their night-time teeth brushing ritual. They get so excited. It's really funny to watch!


bz said...

So proud. ;)

Amanda said...

Andrew too loves the potty. Night before last he told me he had to go. So I took off his diaper and sat him on the potty. He looked at me and said poo-poo potty. I said that's right we go poo poo in the potty. Then he jumped about 40 feet in the air as ACTUAL poop came out of his bum.

We all started yelling (for joy) and he started to cry! The whole event scared him to death. The poop landed on the floor and he in my arms. We shall see if it happens again.