Sometimes, Potty Training Requires ALL CAPS

I realize posts containing actual written content have been a little sparse around here over the past month, and I would love to tell you that I’m enjoying this lovely summer by lounging on the beach and listening to the waves crash onto the shore, BUT that’s not the case.

You see, I’m drowning in urine. Wito’s urine, to be exact. It seems Wito can deposit his urine anywhere in the house BUT THE TOILET.

It’s pretty much all I’m thinking about at this point in time, and I had a feeling many of you would rather NOT hear about our potty escapades. Hence, the relative whoorl silence, BUT NOT ANYMORE. I am embarking on six weeks of posts about NOTHING but potty training, and I CAN NOT WAIT TO GET THINGS OFF MY CHEST. (For instance, why are you telling me you don’t need to go potty when you are squirming on the floor, sweating and holding your crotch?! NEWSFLASH: YOU NEED TO GO POTTY.)

(Sometimes, potty training requires ALL CAPS. You were so right, Yvonne.)

Luckily for many of you, it won’t be here. However, if you are currently being sucked into the peepee potty black hole or wonder what a mind-numbing kind of place that is, you might enjoy these posts.

See that cute little green box at the top of my sidebar? (I made that, by the way. ALL BY MYSELF. Sometimes, newly-acquired mad Photoshop skillz require ALL CAPS.) Click on that sucker and you’ll be sent directly to my completely rational and loving (haaaaaa) posts about potty training Wito. I hope to see you there.

Now, back to our regularly-scheduled shopping/wine-guzzling/Polaroid-taking/all things non-potty whoorl posts. Phew.

  • Sam

    September 1, 2009 at 6:08 am

    I have 2 weeks before preschool and actually stopped typing two words into this because Ian was making the poopy face (no we did not make it). You have my sympathy and I wish you luck.

  • kakaty

    September 1, 2009 at 7:11 am

    Um, good luck with that. My girl turns 3 in a month and while we are 95% pee trained (she forgets when she’s excited/busy – like at preschool) she is only about 50/50 on for the other stuff. And we’ve been at it since Memorial Day.

    What’s the school’s policy on “completely potty trained” because I used to work at a preschool with a rule like that and if after one week the kid was still having more then 3 accidents a week they were “furloughed” for a month. They got 2 chances then it was “see you next year!” I hate to be a Debbie Downer …I thought waiting until she was nearing 3 it would be easier. But, unless we are physically making her sit on the pot every 90 minutes, she tends to have several accidents a day. She just gets so distracted that she doesn’t notice the signals before it’s too late.

    I’ve gotten so sick of washing yucky undies that I stocked up on cheap, “irregular” undies at a discount store and just throw them out – cheaper then Pull-Ups! (but I’m assuming you are getting them for free)

  • C @ Kid Things

    September 1, 2009 at 7:22 am

    My kid 3.5 and STILL not potty-trained. Considering I’ve done this once before, I should know what I’m doing SOMEWHAT, but no. NO IDEA.
    .-= C @ Kid Things´s last blog ..Not so Wild Kingdom =-.

  • Kristabella

    September 1, 2009 at 7:56 am

    The idea of potty training makes me not want to have kids sometimes. Because when my niece was going through it ans kept having accidents I wanted to tell her “how do you not know you have to pee?”

    I don’t know if I have the patience.

    Good luck!

  • Jora

    September 1, 2009 at 8:20 am

    If you haven’t come across Dr. Phil’s method for potty training (who knew he had one??), try it. It’s what worked for Charlie.
    .-= Jora´s last blog ..Thai Peanut Slaw a la Trader Joe’s. =-.

  • Lindsey

    September 1, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Realize I know nothing because I have a 16 month old and we haven’t even thought about potty training…BUT…I was reading another blog the other day and she happened to go over how she potty trained her kids and I thought I would leave the link for you: http://www.mycharmingkids.net/2009/08/leftovers.html

    Maybe it will be helpful? I am dreading our own potty training…good luck to you guys!
    .-= Lindsey´s last blog ..JerkFaceBook =-.

  • Amanda

    September 1, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Been there – twice. We potty-trained each of our boys in 2 DAYS. No lie. The first day was terrible, but by the end of day 2 it had clicked. I had to keep telling myself that each “accident” was a learning opportunity. Best of luck!

  • sunny

    September 1, 2009 at 10:04 am

    you gotta bribe! and bribe!
    Boys don’t like independence – they’d wear diapers their whole life if they could. bribe with whatever you can and keep on bribing until the potty is a habit! ps: “meet Sarah our newest potty ambassador” put me into hysterics! That’s so awesome!
    .-= sunny´s last blog ..Heidi Klum & Scarlett Johansson inspired BALLERINA BUN using a bun shaper! VERY ELEGANT =-.

  • cupcakes and cashmere

    September 1, 2009 at 10:40 am

    this is too funny. i had no idea potty training could be so tough…at least you have a good humor about it all!
    .-= cupcakes and cashmere´s last blog ..Happiness in Hudson =-.

  • Kristen

    September 1, 2009 at 10:50 am

    It makes you wonder where they get the idea to pull it out of the leg hole to pee, but it gets stuck at a weird angle and now it’s hitting the back wall and the window, oops, now the sink and you’re screaming “Stop!!!” and he swings around to look at you and now you have urine running down your leg.

    Or when they have been up for an hour and a half in the morning and are still refusing to go after a dry night.

    .-= Kristen´s last blog ..If he wasn’t so hot, I’d kick his ass =-.

  • Christina

    September 1, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Just wanting to empathize. I applaud those who do this successfully, because I’m beginning to think it cannot be done. Cannot. Let alone in two days? wth? Magic, I’m guessing. I’m simultaneously potty training two. kids. at. once. And my life right now IS IN ALL CAPS.


    Best of luck.
    .-= Christina´s last blog ..sahmbody: @tenthmuse "Appreciate me now and avoid the rush." – Ashleigh Brilliant. No. Really. It’s inspirational. For those around me. =-.

  • andrea

    September 1, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Let me know if you want any assvice. We did it last fall and have been diaper free for almost a year now and I think I can finally talk about it without too much post traumatic stress coming back to the surface.

    Good luck!
    .-= andrea´s last blog ..Urban Cowboy =-.

  • Kerri Anne

    September 1, 2009 at 11:48 am

    That Wito potty-training button is so cute. Cuter than drowning in pee, as it were. (GOOD LUCK, GODSPEED.)
    .-= Kerri Anne´s last blog ..On Birthdays And Bests =-.

  • sarah

    September 1, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    we were potty trained, or so I thought, in the last week we have had accidents, it isn’t easy, hope things fall into place for you wito.
    .-= sarah´s last blog ..crazy busy =-.

  • Suzanne Riffel

    September 1, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Thanks for a good laugh, everyone. Two things: 1. Go cold turkey on the diapers. It’s messier and more stressful, but ultimately you’ll be done faster. 2. Maintain a good sense of humor. My daughter peed in the “ball pit” at Gymboree during potty training. I was horrified at the time and now just laugh when I think back on it!

    Good luck!
    Suzanne Riffel, author of “The Potty Boot Camp: Basic Training for Toddlers”

  • keri

    September 1, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Seriously, the “Peter Potty” (urinal) saved my sanity. My just-turned 3 year old (at the time) was trained within 2 weeks of buying one. Not just the pee either. As soon as he was using that, the toilet was no longer his enemy. I worried at first about how I’d be able to lose the Peter Potty, but it just naturally happened. Really, like two weeks and all the worry was gone! (I am not affiliated with that company, I promise!!) :)

  • Nancy R

    September 1, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I had a very helpful book…”Mommy! I have to go potty!” was the title, I believe. It’s got a readiness checklist, and several suggested methods so you can choose the things that work for you and ignore the rest. The one thing that worked well with all three of my kids (girls) was “potty practice”. At certain times of the day (after breakfast, before naps, before bathtime/bedtime) they were exected to ‘practice’ going potty…which was just sitting bare-butt on the toilet/potty chair with NO expectation. As long as their cheeks hit the seat it counted. BUT (ha!) it got them in the habit of sitting before those events and often they would go while sitting…which helps, as you journey on the potty learning path. SO, when I noticed they seemed to need to GO, I would suggest it…and if they said they didn’t need to GO, I would say, “Let’s just practice then, just in case.” That one word, ‘practice’, takes away a hell of a lot of pressure apparently.

    To this day (the oldest is 11) they all still use the word ‘practice’, particularly when I say, “I’m going to the restroom. Does anyone else need to go?” “No, but I think I’ll practice.” Totally keeps me from making extra trips to the restroom with the little one when we’re out an about.

    Good Luck! Remember, it’s a long path with a lot of stepping stones on the way.
    .-= Nancy R´s last blog ..Stealing Recipes =-.

  • Linda

    September 1, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    I feel your pain. Yesterday afternoon I had the pleasure of cleaning up a pile of poop on our living room floor. My 2 and a half year old son was watching Elmo’s Potty Time video and standing next to his potty when he decided he had to go. When I asked him why he didn’t go in his potty like Elmo, he said “Accidents happen and that’s ok.” That’s a song from the video. Thanks Elmo.

  • Tina

    September 1, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    My sister told us to do “underpants bootcamp” and to ditch the pullups (sorry.) Though we still use them at nighttime and naptime. He had a few accidents in his underwear, but after about 3 days, he was DONE (with the peepee portion of the show.)

    This probably won’t work for you, given your association with Pull-Ups, but it worked for us!

    Good luck!

    We finished JUST in time for preschool.

  • Aimee Greeblemonkey

    September 2, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Whew. Have fun.
    .-= Aimee Greeblemonkey´s last blog ..Watching Your Mouth Online =-.

  • gorillabuns

    September 2, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    let me just say, BOTH of my chillin’s potty-trained exactly a week before pre-school. though, i have to admit, Moira still craps her pants and I am in constant worry that i will receive a call from the pre-k teacher screaming rabbit pellets have been strewn about the pre-k classroom. so far, so good.

    in other words, good luck!
    .-= gorillabuns´s last blog ..vindication =-.

  • Lora

    September 3, 2009 at 9:57 am

    nothing in my life was as terrible as potty training. The no-pullups thing worked for peeing, but the pooping was a long and arduous process.

    I was reduced to tears every day for months.

    Good luck!
    .-= Lora´s last blog .. =-.

  • Cheryl

    September 3, 2009 at 9:59 am

    My mother feels your pain. I was nearly five before I was potty trained because I was THAT stubborn. She tried doctors, books, divine intervention, etc.

    My dad figured out how to potty train me in two attempts. When I told him I had pottied in my pants, he made me clean my own underwear. I still vividly remember those poopy drawers, to this very day.

    What made it worse? He stood outside the bathroom, where I was cleaning my own crappy mess, and made these awful gagging noises. He then left me alone during cleanup because he said it was too disgusting to stick around.

    My mother did the same thing after my dad told her what happened. After two times of cleaning it myself, NEVER did it again. I once got diarrhea and cleaned it up before I even told my mom. It just stuck.

  • Avoiceofmyown

    September 3, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    I CAN’T WAIT to embark on the same adventure with my guy sometime in the next year…
    .-= Avoiceofmyown´s last blog ..Frustrated =-.