This is about poop, so if you don’t want to hear about it, move along to the weather channel. While a friend of mine has finally undertaken putting her 3 year old in a big girl bed, I have finally gotten around to potty training. I have a million excuses for why we put it off (pregnant, pregnant with twins, pregnant with twins and moving – twice, having the twins, being lazy, taking a road trip, lazy, fear). But she turns 3 on Saturday and we had a 3 day weekend, so no more excuses. It went as expected, sometimes better, sometimes worse. We are in no way “done”, but we’re in process.
Friday I stayed home with Gwen all day to focus on potty training. She had 1 pee accident first thing in the morning (no surprise there). Then around lunch, John had taken the babies out and I was making lunch. Gwendolyn wandered into the front room (should have been my warning sign), and runs back and says “Mommy! There’s poop on the floor!” Like someone had snuck in the house, pooped on the floor and she discovered it. I was really banking that if she wasn’t wearing underwear or diaper, she would not just poop on the floor! Then in the afternoon she did it again! Gah! She was being punished for something, I forget what, so I put her on the stool and went into the bedroom for a couple minutes to wait for her to stop crying. I come back and there is a terd on the stool. She didn’t even feel bad! She was very matter of fact, yeah, there’s poop there, what of it?
Saturday was better. She actually had no accidents, but didn’t poop all day. She even held it while we went out to lunch and Target and ran in and peed all by herself on the potty. We were very impressed. It helped that she gets candy anytime she pees on the potty. A fact she never forgets (even this morning at 7:30am). There as a block party on the street one over in the evening, we went to that for awhile and then Gwen and I walked over to see the fireworks. She was very impressed with the fireworks.
Sunday I took the babies out during lunch and went to Ikea. At this point, we are on high alert because she hasn’t pooped in 48 hours now – DANGER! If she poops in the potty, she gets a ballet skirt and an ice cream cake. John and I really want to eat some ice cream cake. We are moving the potty room to room, so it is always with her. Emily came over to do housework, and had a long conversation, via a puppet, about Gwen’s baby bear pooping on the potty. She talked to that puppet for a long time. Gwen is really getting annoyed with us talking about the potty all the time. She has 2 accidents (pee) in the afternoon, even though we asked her 22 times if she had to go.
Today she went fine before school, but it has been almost three days without pooping, so if she doesn’t go at school, we will have a problem. Now I just feel bad, she must be really backed up by now.
This is definitely a stage of parenthood that I don’t enjoy. John was said that he had never talked or thought about poop some much in one day. We both went to the bathroom more than usual, all that potty on the brain. All this, and I get to look forward to Jack and Madeline going through this. Oh Joy!