Monday, February 22, 2010

The Potty Training Chronicles: Vol. 2, Days 1 & 2

The rewards have been strategically placed:
The chart has been hung:

The Jelly Beans have been purchased:
And the Battle of Excrement Placement has officially begun.
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On Saturday, war was declared. The beginning of the end of diapers is definitely on the horizon for this household. And, when such an official declaration is made, there is absolutely no turning back.
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Immediately following Zach's afternoon nap on Saturday, mostly because the adults in this household absolutely cannot stomach changing even one more disgusting diaper full of squishy, rancid, toxic waste-reminiscent poop, we calmly explained the strategy to the boy:
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No more diapers. At all. Period (well, with the exception of night time...I'm not that crazy...yet).
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Then, we proceeded to equip him with the necessary tools: Lightening McQueen underwear.
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After about an hour of dry calm, the inevitable raging storm hit. In the form of pee...all over Lightening McQueen. However, this time, unlike previous attempts, Zach actually recognized the fact that his body was emitting the pee and before it was completely running down his legs, he made it to the bathroom where he mounted the porcelain throne and finished the deed.
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After a huge celebration, complete with all four of us jumping up and down, clapping, hooting, and hollering, a round of jelly beans was shared as Zach placed his very first sticker on his reward chart. We then pulled out a new pair of clean underwear-Thomas underwear, to be exact.
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Determined to complete the entire row of stickers in an effort to win the first color-changing car, in addition to consuming more jelly beans than I originally thought humanly possible, Zach spent most of the afternoon and quite a lot of the evening atop the pot where he proceeded to pee several more times.
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Accidents were frequent (and quite messy...like the puddle created in his booster seat at the dinner table), but he persevered and proved victorious! Color changing Chick was won and he definitely achieved far more wins than losses. The smile on his face as he flushed the final pee of the evening down was priceless. The boy was so proud (and his parents even prouder....one step closer to diaper freedom!).
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This morning, Zach's enthusiasm for the toilet had not wained. A new prize awaited (color changing Ramone) and he was definitely hungry for more jelly beans. However, a new obstacle reared its ugly head: The Big Number Two.
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Thankfully, Zach has some experience recognizing his poop and has been informing us of its occurence for at least the past few months. However, when he informs us of the advent of Nubmer Two while wearing underwear, a slight sense of panic and dread takes over as I contemplate the disgusting nature of having to scrape poop off of underwear, legs, and buttox.
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Lucky for us, this morning when the proclamation was made, there was only a little peanut-sized turd hanging from his little bottom and when we placed him on the potty, he pushed the rest of it out ASAP. H-A-L-L-E-L-U-J-A-H!!! As we celebrated this newest victory, Zach peered into the potty between his legs and happily declared, "There's my poop! My poopy in the water! Look! My Poopy!" Jelly beans for all and a sticker was placed.
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And, I was on cloud nine. I could taste victory...it was so close.
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Throughout the morning Zach kept on peering in the potty, asking about his poopy, and was saddened by the fact that it had been flushed down. I'm not quite sure why he felt so connected to that one little turd, but he was. And, I was grateful it had made it in the toilet.
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Later in the morning, while I was in the kitchen cutting up some veggies for lunch, we had one close call where I heard him cry "PEE" and thought for sure he had gone in his pants. Upon further inspection, however, I realized he was completely dry. So, we proceeded to the pot where he got every last drip of pee out! Yay! More jelly beans and another sticker followed.
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And, then, about a half hour later, the bomb officially dropped. While we were downstairs changing the laundry, I heard those three cursed words. POOPY. IN. UNDERWEAR.
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And, sure enough, there was a big load of poopy in that underwear. Poor Mickey Mouse was completely covered in poopy, as were Zach's legs and most of his butt. I will spare you the rest of the disgusting details, but suffice it to say that Zach was equally as grossed out as I was (which I'm hoping is enough to remind him to get the nasty stuff in the potty the next time around).
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One more pee accident and two more pee jackpots brought us to lunch time. Then, we armed him with a Disney Princess Pull-Up (my apologies, but they were left over from Allie and I figure we can use them up here at home. Plus, he was actually pretty excited about Cinderella!) and put him down for a nap.
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I'm not sure where the rest of the day will lead, but I am confident of a few things:
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#1. Zach can actually recognize the urge to pee and poop.
#2. Zach is fully capable of making it to the potty in time to pee...I'm still not as positive about the poop yet.
#3. Zach will do absolutely anything for a sticker, a few jelly beans, and the promise of a new car.
#4. If he poops in his underwear again, I think I'm just going to hose him down in the utility sink.
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Tune in again soon for the next installment of The Potty Training Chronicles, Volume 2.
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