Well, we survived our trip out West. I must admit that Big Trouble, while still active and randomly crazy, was pretty good on all four flights we had to make, despite the crazy times we were flying. It was not easy by any stretch of the imagination, but it could have been MUCH worse.
I should have some pictures up later this week showing off a few of our adventures, but until then, here’s an update on our return to potty training.
When we last left you, things weren’t going so well with Big Trouble and his dependance on diapers. I started seriously trying with him in January. It was pretty difficult because of the fact that every day we had to leave to do drop-off and pick up for my big kids so I couldn’t just stay home for a few days while he went naked or in big underwear (thanks a lot for that “tip” educational potty books – who has time for that?!). I kept trying here and there, but 2 months later and still no real interest.
So, as any other good (tired) mother would do, I called it quits until we returned from our trip to San Francisco. Let’s face it; Big Trouble is trouble enough without having to deal with taking him to the bathroom every 20 minutes on a plane and then in strange places we have never been before. I just couldn’t go there.
But, now here we are, back at home and I no longer have any excuses. The kids are home with me full time until school starts again so I can actually stay home a few days in a row to try things out again. I am ready!
But, as usual, Big Trouble has other ideas. He has now developed a fear of the large potty. “I scared” is his mantra any time he ventures toward the bathroom. Lovely. So, I pulled the little Cars potty back out of storage and convinced him not to immediately take it apart, and while he was very encouraging to the rest of the family regarding our use of the potty, I couldn’t convince him to sit on it anymore! Fantastic.
watching other kids relaxing on the toilet has to be motivating, right?
Back to the library I headed and re-checked out the original potty dvds along with a new one about being a potty pirate. He was intrigued this time (although it took me actually sitting my big butt on his potty for him to get back on). He was excited about being a potty pirate and actually sat on his potty for almost an hour with a drink in hand, watching all of the excited children sing about bodily functions and being big kids. I offered him an m&m as encouragement. NOTHING HAPPENED!!!
Finally back on the potty and being a potty pirate (at least in his heart)
He finally stood up; I was frustrated so I let him put his diaper back on since it was only day 1, and we headed back to join the rest of the family. Within 1 minute of the diaper going back on, he peed (while chanting “no more diapers for me” from the pirate dvd – oh the horrific irony). ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! It’s like he’s doing this on purpose to drive me nuts!
So, once again, I am going to need some kind thoughts and prayers sent my way as I travel down this road AGAIN with Big Trouble. He is clearly going to live up to his name in this endeavor, too. I may even give him a promotion to Major Trouble.