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Potty-training (or why I'm cranky lately).

I finally hit my sensory tolerance for disposable diapers. I've always hated the texture and the smell, but they were cheaper -- financially, not morally -- and I've been trying to nudge her gently in the direction of wanting to use the toilet since ~18 months. She's now a few weeks shy of 3 and I've hit my limit. I am not touching them anymore because they make my skin hurt. (I have sensitive skin and a developing latex allergy, so gloves aren't an option until I shell out for reusable latex-free ones.) She's going to have to suck it up or start using the toilet. We have cloth training pants, so I can only hope she'll learn quickly.

That said, no-one's coming over next weekend unless they go home at a reasonable hour. I'd like my weekend back since I'd rather have a few hours alone with him (and awake) than any of the random stuff we've done or picked up this weekend, although it is swell to have a printer again.

auntiesiannan, do you want just the Sesame Street designs in cross-stitch book or the plastic canvas one too? I finished cleaning up my scans of the former this weekend -- the PDF file of the book is 5.67 Mb with 100 ppi images, but I also have 300 ppi PSD files of each page.

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mayna
Jun. 22nd, 2003 09:36 pm (UTC)
Well at least they say girls potty train easier than boys. :-)
ex_dervish821
Jun. 22nd, 2003 10:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah. That must be the trade-off for the difficulty in obtaining urine samples from infant girls compared to boys. Boy, that was a mess.
oddharmonic
Jun. 22nd, 2003 10:36 pm (UTC)
I know it's less messy. I remember my little brother potty-training vividly because we had to mop so much!

I think part of Laurel's problem is that she doesn't like the flushing sound -- when we use the bathroom away from home, she normally goes in with me. The toilets at Wal-Mart and other places we've stopped are much louder than our home bathroom and she shrieks every time I flush one. (She stomps when I flush one in the house.) I think it's time to hunt down a tape of the Bear in the Big Blue House episode on potty training since Mister Rogers' "You Can Never Go Down the Drain" song doesn't seem to help calm her when she's reacting to a flushing toilet.
mayna
Jun. 23rd, 2003 06:46 am (UTC)
What if you prepare her for the noise. Have her cover her ears before you flush it?
oddharmonic
Jun. 23rd, 2003 01:01 pm (UTC)
I'll have to try the latter. We started with a noisy book (with a button to press for the flushing noise) when we started encouraging her toward potty-training and she loved it so much she wore it out in a week!

I'm pretty sure it's the louder noise of those toilets because she doesn't mind flushing the home one. On Saturday night when we were out to dinner, I made a trip to the bathroom with her to wash her up, then returned her to Robert and Jake so I could use the bathroom myself and when I flushed the toilet, I heard her shriek at the register (~10 feet away from the bathroom). They said she was sitting on the bench there and behaving normally until she heard the flush!
auntiesiannan
Jun. 23rd, 2003 01:28 am (UTC)
Just x-stitch, honey. I never liked plastic canvas.

*hug* you are a sweetie.

Would you believe I got a DIAPER SAMPLE in the mail the other day? I was incredulous. I am mailing it back.
oddharmonic
Jun. 23rd, 2003 06:13 pm (UTC)
All right. Would you like both the pdf of the book and the original .psd scans of the individual pages?

I'd be creeped out if I got a diaper sample in the mail. It was weird enough the time I got a free ladies' razor (can't remember the brand, but it was the then-new sparkly handled version of the same razor I've used on my underarms since it came out in the early 1990s), but I tracked it down to an offer from the grocery chain I have a discount card with. Tracking my shopping, they saw I'd just bought a whole bunch of a replacement blades for it (they were BOGO).
auntiesiannan
Jun. 24th, 2003 02:44 am (UTC)
Re:
I have bought absolutely nothing from anywhere that I have a card with that would lead them to believe I need NAPPIES.

Just the acrobat file will work for me, if I have any trouble reading it I'll let you know. You are a peach. :)
ekdogg
Jun. 23rd, 2003 05:57 am (UTC)
hang in there - jesus Jennifer took forever to potty train.

And I know what you mean by weekends ~ you get so little time to be with him, you shouldn't inundate with a whole lot of activities.
oddharmonic
Jun. 23rd, 2003 06:13 pm (UTC)
I exchanged a few e-mails with my mom this morning and she reminded me that character-decorated underwear helped tremendously with both my younger siblings. While hunting down training pants today (the ones we already have are too small for her, but I'll hold onto them to pass down because they've got cross-stitching on them) I picked up a package of Dora the Explorer undies for her to look at as a goal.

I understand that part of why he wanted to spend all weekend with Jake was because we hadn't seen him in over a month due to overlapping leave (he left just before we returned and got in last week), but I don't think I could even take my best friend for that many hours in a weekend.
ekdogg
Jun. 24th, 2003 05:16 am (UTC)
Re:
I think you are on with a good idea with the undies with characters on them.
ex_takenbutt517
Jun. 23rd, 2003 06:50 am (UTC)
I am no fan of diapers myself. They suck.

I'm around, email me or call me if you want to get in touch.
oddharmonic
Jun. 23rd, 2003 11:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I picked up more training pants that fit her and will decorate the plain ones so she'll wear them and hopefully it'll be an incentive like Underoos were for my little brother.

I'm glad you got to TX safely and will drop you an e-mail shortly... I'm a bit behind right now.
lil_sass
Jun. 23rd, 2003 05:37 pm (UTC)
She'll be potty trained before you know it. It takes lots of reminders to sit on the potty every hour or so and LOTS of praise.

My daughter was 3 years old when she perfected it. I even videotaped her first poopies in the potty. She should love that when she becomes a teenager.
oddharmonic
Jun. 23rd, 2003 08:19 pm (UTC)
I hope she is. I started putting her in training pants (cloth with a vinyl cover) a few hours a day last week, but her current refusal to sit on the potty for more than 30 seconds is making me nuts.

I'm thinking about going the route of putting a training potty in the living room and spending all day in there and the kitchen so I can put her on the potty like clockwork and reward or praise here every time she does something in it. My mom swears by it but Robert doesn't think it'd work with Laurel. She's a smart kid, but I think she'd go potty for M&Ms. I know I would!
lil_sass
Jun. 24th, 2003 07:48 pm (UTC)
Re:
Rewards always work and having a portable potty so she doesn't necessarily have to go to bathroom to go 'potty.'

I remember putting my kids on the portable pot in the living room while watching Barney or something. Actually I had a tape showing a bunch of children using the potty and it had a catchy potty song that the kids would sing to.

We have to try everything to find what works. From one parent to another---Good Luck. It will happen before you know it.
babyinga
Jun. 24th, 2003 01:09 am (UTC)
I so am with you on this subject. Kira just recently became completely potty trained. She is even sleeping through the night without accidents. I started to panic when she hit 3. My other two were trained either before they were 1 or a week or two after turning 1. When Kira had to stay in the hospital for a night last month I mentioned to the doc about her not being trained and she told me not to fret and that forcing her would be a bad choice. However I did try regularly and here are a few things I found that helped.

1. I kept a basket beside the potty with little enexpensive items in it. Each time she used the potty she was able to pull something out. If she pooped in the potty she got to get 2 things as well as a sucker or popsicle.

2. She has a friend that is around her age. Letting her friend come over for an hour or so everyday for two weeks was a HUGE help. She got hooked on going potty in the potty like her friend.

3. We bought a seat that sits on the grown up potty but at the same time prevents her from falling in. It has Blue's Clues all over it. She LOVES it!

4. Designer panties. She had Dora, Barbie, Barney, PowerPuff Girls, Blue's Clues...etc.

5. I let her run around naked for an hour each day and always put her on the potty first thing in the morning and while I ran the water for her bath.

Kira now loves pottying in the big people's potty and made it through a 3 and a half car trip with only one stop along the way! I guess the doctor was right she did it when she was ready and the experience has been rather pleasant if not surprising. I really don't miss the diapers but it makes me sad because that is the one thing that made her feel like she was still my baby. On a plus side though her clothes fit much better without the bulky diapers. Things that I was ready to pass on fit her perfect now where with the diapers they were too snug. Best of luck to you I honestly know the frustration of having a child you fear will never be potty trained. Best advice I can give over all is to have lots of patience and give her major praise each time she uses the potty.

One last thing. In the beginning I made Kira wear Pull Ups only at night. It really upset her but it saved me from constantly buying sheets. To save on the screaming about not wanting to wear them I put her panties over them. After awhile though that did not make her happy so I put the Pull-Up over the panties. She would be so tickled when she would wake up and her panties and Pull-Up were dry. Oh and if it was dry we used it again. One pack of Pull-Ups has lasted me over a month now. LOL

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