Friday, May 25, 2012

My Manny's Take on the Potty Wars

Potty training has been slow and without progress, mainly because we aren't consistent. We sit on the potty and try when we have time, but then when we have to go somewhere, which seems like it's all the time, we put on a pullup and off we go.

So this week Zack decided he's not liking the feel of a pullup with, shall we say, stuff in it. He takes it out.  With his hands.  He's done it every day for almost a week now.  (Sorry for the TMI, but this is my life.)  I will be horrified if he ever does that at school.  Luckily, he usually doesn't do that at school at all.  He holds it all day and saves it for home.

At our appointment with Dr. Berry-Kravis this week, she said that's his way of telling us - I need to be doing this on a potty!

Which, duh - we know.

So we decided to make some changes to our schedule, and we've quit Courage Center.   For at least two weeks, we aren't going to have outside therapies, so that we can come home from school and sit on the potty until we see some action.  I am just working on Zack right now.  Because the last time I worked on them together, they ganged up on me.   AJ sat on the potty and tried, and nothing happened, so he put on some Go Diego Go undies and went to the computer to wait for Zack to take a turn.  While Zack was sitting, AJ peed.  A gallon or so.  While I cleaned up AJ's mess, Zack took it upon himself to get up off the potty and pee on the floor, too.  I swear they plan these things.

So I'm letting AJ off the hook for awhile and focusing my efforts on Zack.  When Zack finally does poop on the potty, I told him I'd get him a new episode of Super Why for the iPad.   They are only $1.99.   Then later it dawned on me that I'm setting an expensive precedent, if every poop is going to cost me $1.99.

I'm a little disappointed that my manny Ryan Gosling isn't really here to help me with this training, but alas, he is imaginary, and our training needs are very much not.  When the poop is on the wall, it's time to crack down.  I guess it's time to stop waiting for my Fairy Godmanny to show up and do the work.

Check out the other Special Needs Ryan Gosling entries here, at Adventures in Extreme Parenthood!

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