Toddler Tales: Potty Time Woes

AJ is 2 years old. Make it 2 1/2 years old. I have been trying to potty train him for quite some time now. This is my second time potty training, but my third child that I am training. I admit, I thought there would be challenges, my twins were no walk in the park when it came to potty training, but AJ is on another level of difficult. I will ask if he needs to go potty and his response is, “No, I’m good Mom.” He has been exclusively using the bathroom for #2 only for the last 2 weeks. I wish he would comply and go #1 as well, but that would be too simple. To portray the tale I’ll explain the turn of events.

It’s 12:30 in the afternoon, I decided not the leave the house just yet. Amana is laying down for a nap, and AJ is wide awake. By this time, he has asked to be placed on the potty twice, with no action. I gently tell him “It’s time to take a nap AJ.”

He begins to make his saddest cry-baby face to let me know that he has no desire to take a nap. Then, as if a light bulb went off in his head, he says, “Mommy, potty please!” I take him by the hand and lead him to the restroom, remove his diaper, and place him on the toilet.

About 10 minutes pass and he says, “All done Mom!” I see that he has peed in the toilet so I cheer and take him in the kitchen for a treat. After he finishes his treat, I let him know that it is time for his nap. Although sad, he complies. He wakes up from his nap and I hear him stirring in his crib, so I call out to him, “AJ, come out of your crib, it’s time for a snack.”

AJ does not respond. I was nursing Amana, so I think “I will go get him after she is finished.” About 10 minutes pass. One of my twins, Rhyse says, “I think AJ is awake.”

I reply, “Go ahead and check on him.” Rhyse takes a couple of minutes and does’t return. I get up to go to AJ’s room, and then it hits me. This terrible smell (that I refuse to fully describe) is evidence of one thing:  AJ has pooped himself. There he is, standing in his crib with a look on his face that matches his exclamation, “I’m sorry Mama!”

I asked him why he didn’t come out of the crib so that he could be placed on the potty, but of course he doesn’t have the answers I want. And just in case you’re wondering if it happened before or after he woke up, it happened after he woke up. AJ decided to go in his diaper this time, after two weeks of going on the potty for #2.

And so it is, I feel as if I am back at square one. Potty training is not a fair game. I know I’m not the only mommy with these type of stories; from my heart to yours, hang in there. At some point in time it will click.

Did you have any potty time woes? Share them in the comments below. I’d love to hear about them.

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Chara Jané View All →

Sharing the sunshine of life; balancing wife, mom, faith, and purpose.

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