Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Potty Party Update
Hint: It's not me.
Also? Warning: This post is entirely Too Much Information.
Yes, Little Dude went to school in underwear today. He stayed dry all morning in his special needs class, and then switched to a Pull-Up for his regular pre-K class in the afternoon. Which also stayed dry.
Now, before anyone goes getting too excited, this does not, by any stretch of the imagination, mean he's potty trained. He pees on the potty pretty consistently at school, but then is exhausted and resistant by the time he gets home. We're fairly successful on Saturday and Sunday mornings at home, but then it sort of falls apart as the day wears on. And I must repeat that we are only talking about pee here.
I have offered to buy him literally any toy he wants if he will only poop on the potty. So far, no luck. I know he has some ability in that department because he poops almost immediately upon walking in the door from school.
I don't know how much of this is a motor planning issue, or a sensory issue, or just regular kid stubbornness. I think it boils down to a motor planning issue, because he just can't poop sitting down. You would think being seated would be more comfortable than standing. I mean, pretty much everything in life is more comfortable sitting than standing, right? But he just can't seem to figure out how to poop sitting down.
And, well, how do you explain it? I think it's the kind of thing that has to just happen for him to be able to figure it out. It took Little Dude a long time to figure out how to pee on the potty. It involved bribery and photos and about 20 ounces of juice boxes in one sitting.
I'm afraid to push too hard with the poop business, because the last thing we need is for him to get all weird and poop-refusing and constipated.
That, by the way, is yet another thing I didn't know about parenthood. Seriously. Did you have ANY idea how much thought you would give to someone else's poop? That you would be not only willing, but eager, to discuss poop with as many people as would listen?
I wish I had some words of wisdom for those of you entrenched in potty training right now. I have none. I have essentially spent the last eight years potty training people, so I should be really, really good at it by now. I'm not.
Most of the credit for today's success goes to Little Dude's special needs preschool teacher and classroom aides, who make going to the bathroom a regular part of the schedule. Basically, when it's time to go potty, he's not allowed to move on to the next fun activity until he's at least tried. I have been doing that at home, too, and it is making all the difference in the world.
The fact that he wore underwear to school is a huge, magnificent step. It's a slow process, and it's ongoing, but it's happening.
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