Monday, May 14, 2012

Bottle Battles and the Potty War

Come on, tell me that's not the best titled post I've ever had?!  A totally typical mommy blogger title (from this very nontypical mommy blogger).

We have completely, undeniably, utterly won the bottle battle.  Zack drinks from a Nuby sippy cup (and no other kinds) regularly, and bottles are history.  This is a HUGE step forward.  I didn't have a lot of faith it was going to happen, and thanks to the unwavering support of the teachers at school, therapists at Courage Center, and Mark, we made it.  I don't give myself credit at all, because I alone could never have done it.  I'd have someday in the future had a 6'5" 20 something-year-old drinking from a baby bottle.  And you, you bunch of wonderful, supportive, loving friends and family, you wouldn't have even blamed me, I bet.  But I'm telling you here and now officially -- the only credit I deserve for the bottle banishment is setting a date to begin the battle, and organizing and educating the troops.  After that I sort of just sat back and watched it happen, because I worried that if it were just up to me, the screaming and crying would have broken me down very quickly.  I knew where the weak link was.

Oh, he still asks for applesauce.  But I make him drink a whole bunch from a sippy cup first, and he does it.  And he doesn't even mind.

Yay, I did it!

I hope the potty war goes just as smoothly.

We have begun that in earnest, although this past weekend we didn't have a lot of time to work on it.

They are so very pull-up trained.  They know just how to wait until they have a pull up on, to go.  At school, they wanted to know what we could offer them, if and when (don't you love my faith in success here?  "If") they went in the potty.  What would they just LOVE, what would make them want to go in the potty again, to get that prize again?

Well, there just aren't that many things we can work with here.  I'm using the iPad just to get them on the potty in the first place.  So here's the plan:  we are going to take away their two favorite foods, right now.  Zack gets no more Honeycomb.  AJ gets no more Doritos.  Until they have a success on the potty.  Hopefully then they will think, "Oh, that's what I have to do to get more of these!"

The biggest hurdle is going to be consistency.  We are busy after school and most evenings, so it will be hard to push them day to day, and not give them time off to just wear the pull ups. 

There's next week, for example.  We have another trip to Chicago.  And I'm not putting them on gas station potties.  Yucko.  Yes, I know they will have to be able to use them eventually, but we aren't going to train on them.

We will just have to work it hard, whenever we can.

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