We have touchdown!


Success. Not full-blown success, but a turd has hit the water in the Chastain house….and not just from the adults around here. We had a little nugget join in on the fun.

On July 7th (last Wednesday) Aidan finally took a dump in the toilet.

Yay…..maybe I didn’t terminally scar him when he first attempted this a year and a half ago. We decided to make it easier on him and let him go without shorts or a pull-up on. He can go in there and just pee…no hassle.

Well, last Wednesday he came to me and said he had to poop so we went running in there. He farted twice so I knew it was there. He got down in the floor and played with one of his toys. I reminded him that if he had to poop to get back on the potty. Well, he did. He was calling for me, but I was busy at the moment. He came out and went to Mike and told him he pooped then showed him a streak on his leg.

Mike feared that he had done it in the floor.

Well…..he had. But the good thing is is that it came as he was squatting and he ran and got on the potty mid-dump. He manage to pinch off a little one in there so that was certainly worth celebrating. Not just the dook, but the effort. We went to Chuck E’ Cheese the next day and he had a blast. He knew his celebration was for that.

We ran into Hollie Stockman and her little girl, Zella. Hollie commended Aidan on his success and encouraged him to keep doing it. It’s nice to have someone else join us on that so he doesn’t think it’s something spectacular to just us.

He has pooped two more times since then, but because we were out and about when he took his other dumps. Whenever he has a pull-up on, he takes advantage of the convenience.

We are having him do without so he gets used to not having pee or poop stuck to him ever.

I put him in underwear the other day while he helped Mike mow and he actually told Mike he needed to pee so they stopped and he did it. He has done tremendously well with letting us know when he has to pee. Sometimes he even makes us leave so he can do it himself.

Such a big boy!


Night time dryness

I’m getting lame on my post titles.

I just wanted to quickly post that, even though we are still using pull-ups on Aidan, he has made vast improvements. He has been dry for the past 3 days in a row when waking up. And the day before the first he was dry. He has had spells here and there.

Also, he actually sat on the toilet and attempted to squeeze one out.

Oh my god, we’re getting there!

***UPDATE: Day 4 of dry mornings!***

Week 1: Potty Forcing

So we survived week one of potty forcing.

Aidan did quite well and improved over time. By the end of the week, he was accruing 6-7 stickers a day! The only bad thing is that he never pooped in the toilet. And he still hasn’t.

This week his reward if he continues to go pee and poops in the potty we are taking him to the bouncy house and pizzaria. Yesterday he only peed in the toilet once and I was getting really upset, but was careful not to show it. I reminded him that he still needs to use the toilet, but he only did once. We still took him to Chuck E Cheese and just wrote it off as a slow day. I’m sure he is getting tired of getting up and going to the potty since he isn’t really used to it.

Anyways. Mike also bought him a bike with training wheels, but he has to poop before he can ride it outside. So he basically has 2 rewards for pooping. I think the bike was too soon.

Potty Forcing

I don’t really think of it as training as it is forcing my son to change his potty habits in a nice way. A push.

So, I do believe this is attempt #3 at this. This will be the final attempt. He will get it or he will wear diapers on his first date…..whatever he decides.

Aidan has actually done really well with it this go ’round. We are using the sticker chart and treats for everytime he goes successfully in his potty. He gets one sticker for peeing and two for pooping. At the end of the first week – as long as he has stickers for everyday – he gets to go to Chuck E Cheese!

So far, though, he has not pooped in the potty. The first time around he only went once in it and held it every other time. Well, Aidan isn’t holding it this time; he’s going in his underwear. Yesterday we went to Home Depot and he forgot to tell me he had to go pee, so he wound up peeing all in their floor and on himself. I spent about 15 minutes cleaning it up. My nerves were shot bc it was humiliating and I felt bad for Aidan bc he was covered. Once we got to the car, we had clean underwear and wipes. Then I took a chill pill.

Next week we are going to continue rewards, but will mostly focus on pooping. If he poops in the potty everyday, then we will go to this place kind of like Chuck E Cheese in town that has one of those large bouncy houses in it.

I will have an update next week.

Taking a break

So we decided to tak a break from potty training.

I think changing his bedtime/naptime routine was a little stressful for him – well, for all of us – and so it affected his potty training progress. That became very frustrating for me and I felt like it was a failure of mine or that I wasn’t doing something right (I know, I know…MY issues). In return, he was seeking reactions from me by peeing everywhere he wasn’t supposed to.
So now we are on a break. Hopefully it’s s brief one. During this time we are going to go back to his normal nap routine, but try to allow him shorter naps in hopes that he still goes to bed at a decent time.
Fingers crossed.

Potty Training

Yesterday I decided to start trying to potty train Aidan…again. The first time I don’t think he was as ready as I was hoping. So I prepared myself for this time because I really want to stick with it. Plus, it’s discouraged to start then give up. SO, here we are on day two.
Well, I can say that I am exhausted from wiping up so much pee lately. Well, not SO much, but doing it what seems like back-to-back-to-back-to-back.
I looked up a suggestion that was given to me by one of my former patients. She had seen a Dr. Phil show on potty training in a day where he uses a peeing doll and goes through the motions to sort of “train” and motivate your child to want to repeat the same behaviors. In the end, the doll was rewarded with a party and lots of attention was given to the doll for its success. Your child will vie for that attention.

Now, other resources say not to go overboard with the rewarding because it can also cause anxiety for fear of failure the next time.  I decided to do a mixture of both.

Yesterday afternoon, Aidan peed in his potty when I went to get him a book. We celebrated with ice cream and soda. I have since commended him on his successes by telling him he did a really good job. He has peed in his potty twice again today, so I consider it a success so far.

I am proud of my little punkin butter bisquit.