Thursday, August 4, 2011

My Potty Training Sob Story

I know I've told you before way back in the day that I was potty training my daughter.  Well, I put her in cloth training pants, which turned out to be no more absorbent than regular underwear, and she made several messes on the carpet, so I got the bright idea to add the plastic covers.  She treated those the same as she did pull-ups, except that they sometimes leaked.  So we went back to pull-ups.  With a single candy PEZ whenever she made it to the potty.

Then this past week I decided to get serious.  So we went shopping for underwear.  She picked out Princesses and Hello Kitty.
The underwear met with mixed success.  She did slightly better than she had with pull-ups, having a few accidents, but making it to the potty more often.

Then one day after a bath for a potty accident she ran off in her towel and refused to get dressed.  I figured she would get cold and want clothes pretty quickly so I just let her go.  Something amazing happened.  She came running up not too long after and started asking for underwear.  Very insistently.  I had a suspicion so instead I took her to the potty and she went.  Hmmm.  There might be something to this whole naked potty training method everyone is always talking about.  Sure enough the next day I kept her in a dress, but no pants.  She made it to the potty every time!!  It was a miracle.  She was fully potty trained just like that.  Thank goodness.  I even looked a little forlornly at the trash bag of diapers, thinking we might have to downsize our bathroom trashcan.  My little ones are so grown up.  This is the first time in 5 years I won't have to deal with diapers/pull-ups!

The next day we went to underwear.  Again no accidents.   Until right before bedtime.  I figured she was just tired.

Then two days ago.



SEVEN potty accidents.

On the carpet.

In one day.

Yes, I was counting.

While I was trying to cook meals and clean the kitchen and keep up with the dishes with a broken disposal.


I decided to go back to naked after the second.


And several more yesterday.

Now, I should also mention that when I potty trained my son, I threw away the diapers and put him in underwear.   I cleaned up potty accidents on the carpet until he was finally potty trained.   It only took a year and a half.   That's right a year and a half of cleaning pee out of the carpet.  During this time I was also introduced to the most disgusting substance ever.

It was a horrid experience.

I'm not doing that again.

So I have decided that neither of us are ready for potty training.  It is back to the pull-ups for now.  I will continue to attempt to get her to use the potty but I will not continue to clean messes out of the carpet.

This is necessary for my sanity.
My consolation is I keep hearing she won't be walking down the aisle in diapers.

I guess if she does then she becomes her husband's problem! ;)