Paaahty Girl

Potty girl, actually.  🙂

(Note:  If you’re squeamish, and/or if you have no children, you may not want to read this.)

Good gracious, potty training is time-consuming.  My week was spent — way too much of it — on a small stool in the kids’ bathroom, waiting and waiting and waiting.  And waiting.  Then waiting.

The remainder of my time was spent in the laundry room, washing wee little jeans and Hello Kitty underthings. 

In my “spare” time, I directed the three boys in their school work, but, frankly, we didn’t get done as much this week as we usually do.  More than half, but not much more.

Audrey is only 21 months old, but has had an interest in the whole potty business for quite a while.  So, last Friday, to her great delight, we stocked up on teensy tiny underthings  and a potty seat from Target, and the next day, set to work.

It didn’t go as well as I had envisioned.  Given her great interest, and her seemingly complete grasp of the purpose and process, I thought it’d be a snap.  No such luck, though.  On Tuesday, my resolve was wearing thin, after four days of near-constant accidents, punctuated by squeals and cries, tears and arguments when I would sigh, “I’m going to have to put a diaper on you.”  In other words, Audrey’s heart was willing, but her body wasn’t cooperating.  My stepdad brought some much-needed perspective, calling it simply a “timing issue.”  I decided to persist.

After six days of frustration, yesterday, other than one accident first thing in the morning, Audrey was dry all day.  I put a diaper on her for nap time, and that was even dry upon her waking!  And, now I sit her on the potty, and the wait-time is nil;  she knows how to do her business “on demand.”

However, I was still greatly concerned, because she hadn’t pooped in three days.  I figured it was that she knew she was supposed to go in the potty, but she had “stage fright.”  Or something.  Finally, this morning, I decided I was going to sit with her basically forever, until she decided to go for it.  Now, I’m not a potty slavedriver;  she has a nice padded seat by Munchkin, and I gave her frequent “get down and shake out the legs” breaks, and did as many things as I could think of to change positions so she wouldn’t be too uncomfortable.  Almost two hours into our marathon potty session, she finally let it go, crouched on the regular toilet seat, with me holding her under her armpits.*  Woo-hoo!!  (Two hours was really, really long.  I’m very glad that it wasn’t that she was constipated or something, making her physically unable to poop.  But, I decided that she needed to go;  it had been three days since she had!  Apparently, she wasn’t going to go in her diaper.  And, she kept passing gas, letting me know that one was in there, waiting to come out.  So…  I hope I wasn’t a poop slave-driver.  It did work, and it doesn’t appear to have caused any emotional trauma.  But, two hours of Audrey mostly on the toilet was a really, really long time.)

After Mission Poop Success, we went on errands and to the park, and were gone for over four hours, and didn’t have even one accident.  Granted, we took way more potty breaks than we normally would on a shopping trip, but that’s OK. 

Other than her overnight diaper, she hasn’t had an accident in nearly two days, so I think I can say Audrey’s officially potty trained.  I think.  I hope.  Sometimes little ones regress, but I’m hoping that this is it.


 *I learned about two years ago that the non-Western way of going #2, which is basically to just crouch over a hole in the ground, and NOT to sit down as on a chair, is more anatomically efficient for the poop process, putting less strain on all muscles, joints, and tissues involved.

About Karen Joy

I'm a partially-homeschooling mother of six -- 3 boys ages 19, 17 and 15 years old, and three girls: 11, 8, and 3. I like birding, reading, writing, organic gardening, singing, playing guitar, hiking, the outdoors, and books. I very casually lead a very large group of homeschooling families in the Phoenix area. I have a dear hubby who designs homes for a local home builder and who is the worship pastor of our church. I live in the desert, which I used to hate, but now appreciate.

Posted on January 25, 2008, in Homeschooling, Motherhood, Parenting, The Kids. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. the things you learn from your blog. i got here by googling gfcf christmas cookies a few months ago and now I learn the non-western way to #2 LOL! I think you do whatcha gotta do you poop slave driver! (I’m w/ the step dad on the timing thing- Andrew was 5 when he was potty trained!)

  2. Umm… I feel like apologizing, Amy!! I’m laughing, though. I did post a warning at the beginning! 😆 I found out about the “non-Western” #2 way before Audrey was born. I learned *ALL* sorts of interesting stuff researching to find out how to birth w/o causing trauma… birth w/o episiotomy. All the stuff I learned worked, though!!! She came, no meds, no epi, quick recovery.

  3. oh don’t worry- i found it VERY FUnny!!! I

  4. wow! took my boys WAY longer, lots of wet undies, a laundry issue really, poop in the pants, ohmy the memories. 6 months probably of sucess and failure before their bodies got it. At 3.5 no less. But you know, girls are different!

  5. I think dudelet got the idea at around 2 as well. Then he broke his leg and had to learn all over again! It is wonderful when it’s so (relatively) easy though and they get the idea in their own time…

  6. Karen, that’s hilarious! Great but hilarious! 😀 Kids are so funny – interesting funny not haha funny – when they are in this stage. My daughter was very hard to potty train. She was a little past 3 before she really stopped having accidents and actually made it to the bathroom all the time. Everybody told me that boys were harder so I wasn’t even going to try with my son until he was 3 but not long after he turned 2 he decided he was ready and within a few days he was completely potty trained – daytime, naptime, and nighttime!!! I couldn’t believe it! So, all that to say that each child is different and will be potty trained when they’re ready. 😉

  7. KJ, we’re doing the same thing here. Eden is 20 months old… she made her poop in the potty on Saturday, but then Sun & Mon nothing. We sat several times yesterday but nothing happened and I never even thought to stay there 2 hours. But this morning it was all good. She sat and peed, and I asked if she was all done, and she shook her head no and made her “poopy face” (grunt & concentrate). HHOorrrrraaayyyyy!!!!!!!

  8. I need to buckle down and help Mikaela. She’s pooping in the potty (mostly), but we haven’t got the peepee down yet. I can’t tell if her body just isn’t ready yet, but I’M ready to stop buying pull-ups, they’re driving me to the poorhouse. 🙂

    Congrats on the potty-training. She sounds like one smart little cookie.

  9. UGH!!! I hate this blippety-blippin’ laptop. My computer is having issues and I have to use my hubby’s laptop, on which I cannot type w/o 20 billion typos, and it has a mind of its own. I had just crafted a personal response to each of you who had commented — it was really long — and then it mysteriously logged me out, and I lost the post.


    Anyways… just to report, we’re not having 2 hour poop sessions anymore. But, it is still taking a good 30 minutes. And, I still have hold Audrey under her armpits while she crouches down, sitting/standing on the edge of the potty. She even asks, “Couch down.” But, other than a few accidents, she seems to be potty trained. Well, she is for me, anyways. In faith, since it had been 3 days w/ no accidents, I didn’t put her in diapers for church, and she had two accidents in the nursery. 😦

    About my other kids — Grant trained overnight, literally, the day after he turned two. Ethan took a couple of months. Wesley took more than a year, and he was still having poop accident in his 4th year — but then, he has digestive problems. I think God knew I had had more than my share of poopy undies, and gave me grace with Audrey. 🙂

  10. “I think God knew I had had more than my share of poopy undies, and gave me grace with Audrey.” God is good that way isn’t He. 😉 Congrats again!

  11. looksgoodinpolkadots

    Like Amy I also found your blog by googling GF Sugar Cookies… what perserverance you have! I cannot imagine sitting in the bathroom that long! lol… I just let them figure it out! Eventually they all have… although it has taken some longer than others. I was so excited that my littlest completed the process prior to her third birthday, I cannot imagine actually having one potty learned at 2. That would be a DREAM! Maybe I should sit in the bathroom more. 🙂

  12. I saw some really interesting potty training methods in Africa. The main one being, pick up the toddler at the crucial moment and hold him/her over the latrine/ditch/etc.

    My nephew had really trouble with #2; it turned out that he believed tiny frogs lived in the toilet and would come up to bite him if he sat there that long.

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