who could resist?

who could resist this face?

not i. not me. not… well, whichever word is considered proper English grammar.

 

and not Dave. and not Davey, even. and we’re adding another baby girl to this family? the boys are IN TROUBLE!!!!

 

 

ADVICE NEEDED…. seriously.

so we’ve been working on potty training for a week now. a solid week. and he still won’t tell anyone when he needs to go potty. he’ll tell us immediately AFTER he pees himself (or 10 or 15 or 20 minutes after). and he doesn’t like being in wet underwear or pants/jeans. but he won’t initiate anything. and he FIGHTS IT hard when we tell him he needs to go sit on the potty (even if he’s standing there holding himself, trying not to go).

 

is it too soon? is this a battle worth fighting right now? do i give up? i can understand that it takes time, but after a week, i thought something might click a little more than this. i had hoped for more. and if we DO give up on potty training, do we go back to diapers or go full-time to pull-ups?

 

so what advice do you have for me. reminder, he’s 3 months shy of his 3rd birthday. so he’s not THAT young for this activity. 

7 thoughts on “who could resist?

  1. Sam is just too cute! As for potty training advice, I’m no expert and have not yet trained a boy, but the general word I seem to get from people is to not push it–if it’s that much hassle to do it with him, then table it for a bit and try again. It really sounds like it’s not uncommon for boys to take longer, so I don’t think it’s crazy that he’s not potty trained yet–maybe you revert to just pull-ups and let him know that he can go if/when he needs or wants to but don’t really force it right now. Give it a month or so and maybe try again? Also, with you having another baby I hear some people say that change may completely mess with potty training, so if it doesn’t happen in the next few months you can just put it on hold until after the baby is born. Just ideas, I don’t know. Good luck though! I’m sure with a third child who needs diapers on the way, getting at least one child out of them would be helpful!

  2. I agree with Jenn. I would take a break from potty training. I had to do this with Samuel. I tried to potty train him 2 months before his 3rd birthday and it was a nightmare. I decided it wasn’t worth it. I put him back in diapers full time (pull ups are so expensive) and we tried again in 2 months. I had him pee-trained in a weekend. The poop took a little longer. Even then, I would keep him in underwear full time and he would tell me when he needed to poop. I would put a diaper on him, let him poop, wipe him up and put him back in underwear. We did this for about a month and then he was golden. If you are determined to try to potty train him before the baby comes (which I don’t blame you), I have heard people rave about the book “Potty Training in a Day.” i have never read it, so I have no personal experience, but I know that some people swear by it. Good luck!

  3. i agree with the other two posts. if he’s really fighting it, don’t push it. it’ll happen when he’s ready. the more you push, the more he’ll fight it. have you tired bribes? remember, konnor got one m&m everytime he went potty and that was enough of a reward to get him to go and that only lasted for a week and then he was good to go without any rewards. just an idea. number one though, don’t stress out about it. it’ll happen.

  4. so, i’m def. no expert at this but i have the “potty training in a day” book and one thing they tell you to do might help you. they tell you to do “dry pants checks” throughout the day and to give treats or rewards every time the child has dry pants, to reinforce it as the positive outcome. and from everything other people have told me, is that you shouldn’t go back to diapers or use pull-ups. but that’s about all i can say! i hope you can stick w/ it – i think it would be easier to tough thru it now then try to do it after you have the baby.

  5. I agree with Grandma and Selby. Sam – oh that face! Davey -He knows – because he tells you as soon as he goes in his underwear. He also knows he’ll be dry and comfortable again as soon as he tells you. Don’t give up, reward the dry times and don’t rush to put him in dry underwear when he tells you he pee peed! Let him feel a little “wet” discomfort and not be rewarded too quickly with the attention and a comfortable bottom.

  6. I agree with Grandma and Shelly. Sam – oh that face! Davey -He knows – because he tells you as soon as he goes in his underwear. He also knows he’ll be dry and comfortable again as soon as he tells you. Don’t give up, reward the dry times and don’t rush to put him in dry underwear when he tells you he pee peed! Let him feel a little “wet” discomfort and not be rewarded too quickly with the attention and a comfortable bottom.

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