Friday, July 13, 2007

One step forward, two steps back

(or Nothing is as easy as it first seems)

First things I have learned in toilet training Nicky:

  1. Nicky can hold his urine for over two hours or until underwear or a diaper are put on.

  2. Dogs are good at cleaning up BM and seem to like the taste.

  3. While his siblings enjoy potty humor they are grossed out by potty accidents.

  4. Warm water on hands really does trigger urination.

  5. Staying home most of the day is really boring.

I've been letting Nicky hang out around the house bottom-less most mornings (much to the chagrin of big sis). Then I've been putting him on the potty at intervals. We've had some moderate success and some major failures. This morning started out with a pee accident. Then about an hour later Nicky took his walker into the bathroom. When I went in after him has said "potty". Put him on the potty and he had a BM. Hooray!!! Call Daddy. Give Nicky a cookie

Less than an hour later again he says "potty". Put him on, he sits a while, strains a bit, says "all done". Not five minutes later he had another BM, this time on the porch (this is where the dog comes in.) SIGH. Then about 20 minutes later another BM. SIGH, SIGH.

And, yes he did have three BMs in less than two hours. That's part of the reason I'm pushing for potty training. We are in the midst of a work-up for Celiac. He had the blood work yesterday and I took a stool sample in today. (Had lots of collection opportunities.) Looking over Nicky's record, he hasn't gained any weight in the past 18 months, but has grown almost 2 inches. This is somewhat typical for toddlers but he's at the top of the DS charts for height but falling on the weight charts.

One of these days I will post some knitting. Been doing a fair amount, but lots of startitis.


mum2brady said...

Ahhh - the joys of potty training.... I'm going to really work with Brady this week and see if we can't have some success :) Hopefully Nicky will have more success this week!

Brady has lots of BM's a day too - so I can sympathize - good luck!!!

Leticia said...

THIS post I can relate to: Christy is 5 and a month into training, NO progress. I do enjoy the pride on her face when she goes pee in the potty, however! I also do a LOT more laundry nowadays!
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