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Potty Training Gone Wrong

At eighteen months Cooper is an adorable blond-haired, blue-eyed bundle of energy. Like a typical boy he's obsessed with
image of baby on potty
choo-choos, cars and balls. And also like many boys, he's a little behind verbally. While both of my girls were singing and using short phrases at this age, Cooper still has a vocabulary of under twenty words and he often prefers to point and grunt and seems to get frustrated that I can't read his mind. He often wants to be picked up and then points around the room as if to steer me, shaking his head and saying "No!" until I find the the object of his desire. And then there's potty training. Since he's still showing very little interest in the potty, other than sitting on it for about ten seconds and saying "Pee pee, pee pee!" before he gets distracted and hops up, I've put it on the back burner. I've been focusing my efforts on let him run around naked as much as possible so that he can see what happens when he "goes." I won't be able to do this much longer as the chill of fall is in the air. Needless to say, we've had countless pee puddles on the floor and the occasional log as well. I remember while potting training our middle child Kate, who was a climber, I found a poop log on a side table. Seriously. Cooper surprised me the other day when he peed on the kitchen floor and then ran over to the potty saying "Pee pee, pee pee!" and pointing excitedly. I sat him down as quickly as I could but alas, not even a dribble made it into the pot...but on the other hand, I could see that he was starting to make the connection....slowly, very slowly but surely. He tends to pee on the floor and then immediately run through it, splat! Banging his head on the hardwood floor and getting covered. Luckily, baby urine is pretty mild so the damage is minimal and I always try not to laugh too hard. Probably the biggest "incident" so far with Cooper was when I left him unattended and diaper-less for a few minutes (I was in the same room but he was around the corner and I couldn't see him).  I heard him calling "Mama! Mama!" with a sort of urgency-- a mix of surprise and pride, if you will. I walked around the corner to find him using his toy vacuum to "vacuum up" a large poop log on the carpet. The picture I have of him, buck-naked, and proudly pushing his bright yellow vacuum back and forth over the carpet to clean up after himself still makes me laugh out loud. The poo ground into the carpet, however, quickly turned the laughter into dry heaving. Where's the strangest place you've found a puddle of pee or worse while potty training your child? Come on, it can't be any worse than on a side table, or can it?
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  • I haven’t potty trained my youngest yet, but once when I was out with a friend who is potty training her son, he pee peed a big puddle in Target. My friend ended up grabbing a diaper in her bag and using that to mop up the puddle.

    Kristen on
  • My daughter will only poo on the potty, and the other night she said he tummy hurt and came running back in my room saying she needed to ‘wipe the poo’ turns out she didn’t make it to the potty. There was an accident right be the toilet on the rug.

    Jen Cagle on
  • We had a tough time potty training our 2nd son. In the end, it was just lots of practice sitting on the toilet and constantly asking him if he had to go and then making him sit on the toilet. It was 2 weeks of hell.

    Tracey @ Dont Mess with Mama on
  • We haven’t started potty training yet, but all these stories make me kind of anxious.

    Dandi D on
  • To be able to laugh all that off is great! Hard wood floors, I’d be all for it, but carpets! Oh man! My son pooped on the carpet a couple times, but never smeared it in or anything, never pooped in a weird place. I was lucky with him, he never took off diapers or played in his poop. We did however have to clean up everything ASAP because if we turned our back for 10 seconds the dog would eat it… GROSS!! So, who knows, maybe we would have found something in a strange place…

    Melissa on

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