Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Potty Training by Observation

Look at those angelic faces!

You would think by numbers 5 and 6 I'd know a little something about potty training, but darned if these two aren't giving me a run for my money. We've tried individual potty chairs, cute undies with favorite characters, gummy bear treats, raising the roof in celebration of 'deposits,' and nothing works. I can set the timer to put them on the chair every five minutes, but somewhere between two and three they spring a leak. They can make the best noises and expressions with nothing to show for it. Some days they are synchronized poopers and some days they are individualized. Some days I realize they just aren't ready because they don't recognize the urge to go, but every time I leave $42 at Wal-Mart for two cases of diapers I come home with a new resolve to make this happen. I've gotten on my hands and knees and told them how awesome it is when they tell mommy they need to go. They grin and say, "Yeah, poo poo in the potty" ... and they tell me after the deed is done! So I've started watching them like a hawk for signs of distress :) It gets pretty funny when they're synchronized. I'm scooping one up, pressing the back of the diaper, saying, "Wait! Let's go in the potty," sliding into the bathroom while hurriedly yanking off jeans and trying to set the angel on the toilet without scaring him or her to death. Then I notice the other one is at it, so we replay the whole thing into another bathroom, hoping and praying the other will stay seated until I can get back there. The upside: it's a great workout! And it keeps me laughing at myself (most of the time).


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9 comments:

Tammy said...

I"m impressed! I gave up the first time I had to clean pee pee off my kitchen floor. ;)

April said...

Dont stress over this at all....... Here is why? Once they are ready you will look back and say "Why did I fret, worry, and stress myself out", because it will be so smooth and quick! Then you will say "April you were right!!!!", just kidding. Love you!

trina said...

I understand, Sister!! I'm going through the exact thing myself. Yep, tried it one day and I said,"I'm not ready." I don't remember this much trouble before either. Maybe it's just that it was 14 years ago that I potty trained my first kiddo and well, maybe are just older..LOL

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Martha said...

Thanks for the hilarious mental image this morning. Like snowflakes, no two kids are alike, right? Have you thought that these two are just enjoying watching you run around and talk about potty stuff? I think you're being played ;)

The Ferrill's said...

Did I write this post or did you? Could've been me, Connie, could've been me! Only with Kimmie and Quan instead! ;)
SO HAPPY to be reconnecting with you friend! Your babies are delicious!
Praying for a speedy process!
Talk to you SOON! ;)

Anonymous said...

Connie,

Hi, this is Kathy from Altus. I talked to you about your USCIS approval. Just checking in to see how you are doing with the process. We are LID now and are hoping we get our LOA any day now.

Kathy
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One of Us said...

Such a funny story! You're a better mom than me though...my kids were all closer to 3 years old before they were ready to potty train.
~LJ

Andrea said...

Man I wish I could help.
I hove PT'd 5....but NEVER 2 at the same time....I've got nothin'.

They sure are cute.;)

Andrea

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