I’m not going to mince words – Potty Training is Hell. Forget about war and bedtime, hell is a stubborn two year old learning to use the potty.
We’re at day five of “Operation Do or Die Potty Training”. Days one and two were really, really great – we’d plop him on his super cool Disney themed potty, he’d do his business, we’d pull up his Disney themed big boy underwear, and give him a Disney themed sticker. Clearly no potty training would ever get done without the Disney Empire.
Day Three – SB (small boy) pooped on the potty! Dancing, lots of high fives, applause, singing and celebration ensued! A new remote controlled jeep was purchased and SB was thrilled with himself. So what if he insists on taking off ALL of his clothes to use the potty? Whatever works. Piece of cake, I thought – we’ll be done in a week.
Day Four – SB pooped AND peed in his DTBBU (Disney themed big boy underwear) because he didn’t want to stop playing with his damned remote controlled jeep and take a potty break. I was whining about this to a friend and she pointed out that no one really wants to stop having fun for a potty break. Point taken. And not to be too graphic, but cleaning up little boy underwear is not high on my list of fun things to do. Let’s just say that underwear Buzz and Woody were not amused.
Day Five – today – SB went off to school with five extra pairs of DTBBU’s, and three pairs of spare shorts. So far I haven’t gotten any phone calls, but it’s only 11:00. The teacher seemed on the ball and listened politely to my rambling on how to do this (apparently SB’s not the first kid in day care to go through this…), so I’m keeping everything crossed that all goes well. I did go and buy ten more pairs of underwear just in case.
And just to add to the fun, we now have a little Disney themed potty in the middle of our living room. Our new decorating style is Early American Outhouse. Classy.
And I won’t even get started on the laundry.
How long does this take? Weeks? Months? Will he be applying for his Driver’s License in diapers? Aside from crate training and hot dog treats as one of my snarky dog trainer friends suggested, any tips from potty training survivors out there?