Saturday, March 28, 2009

When I Try to Talk on the Phone...

...This is what happens:

(FYI, JJ calls McKenna Paca. When we first brought her home from the hospital he couldn't say McKenna, it would just come out, "Paca." So it has stuck. Also, McKenna is doing her happy pterodactyl impression.)

Now for an update on the potty situation:

I was so worn out and fed up over the whole thing last Friday that I decided to give up and put him in Pull-ups. But after about a day of that I realized that he really was getting close to getting the number 1 down. It would be a huge waste to do all of that work and then to just give up.


I've decided that the best course of action is just to give up on the number 2's. I haven't brought it up in almost a week. He still talks about his big boy bike every now and then, but he has never been on it. He knows that when he poops he can ride it. For a while I was torn about how much pressure I should put on him to go. One mom in my neighborhood told me that she sat her child down on the potty and made her stay there until she pooped. FOR 2 HOURS (!!!) I can see that approach working if it is just a battle of wills, but for JJ it really is an anxiety issue.

He is really and truly terrified of going poop on the potty. Or in his words, "The poops are scared." I hope that one day his desire to ride a cool, new bike outweighs his fear, but for now we're letting it go.

I think we are all a lot happier and calmer about this new approach. Just today we spent the whole morning at the Children's Museum, and we never had an accident. He is starting to get the hang of it. Now I'm going to start stretching the times between potty trips. Right now it is every 20-30 minutes. Tomorrow I'm going to shoot for every 35-40 minutes. I know we will have accidents again, but I also think it's the only way to learn.


Lee and Melody said...

Way to stick with it! I laughed about his poops being scared- one of my friends took her little boy to the potty at the mall, and it had an automatic flusher that automatically flushed while he was sitting on it. He screamed and cried, and now he won't go near any potty except their own at home! And I just laughed at your cute video, what a thoughtful big brother!

Joanna said...

Silly kids, they do some funny things sometimes. Good luck with JJ and stick with it, hopefully it will get better soon.

Nikki Taylor said...

You are such a cute mom! Seriously when I have kids I want to be just like you! Your kids just keep getting cuter and cuter. Good luck with the potty training! Sounds like you are doing everything you can.

Rebecca said...

That is the cutest video. I love her happy screech. JJ is so thoughtful.

mrs. r said...

oh man, potty training. i am so scared for that.

thanks for your comment today. i hope you know you are welcome back any time.

much love!

Erik and Katherine said...

Hey, I was wondering if you still wanted me to take some pictures of your little ones? I'm trying to build my portfolio so let me know if you are interested!

Chris and Tara said...

what a nice big brother JJ is. Ü