(Note: This post is from yesterday.)
We are potty-training for real. At least, we hope so.
Shlomo was interested in sitting on the toilet (with one of those little toilet seats over it), but then it wasn’t comfortable for him, because for his peepee to point into the toilet meant sitting with his legs tight together, and the little “cap” on his toilet seat hurt his peepee. So we got him a potty chair. First we put a bag into it, but he didn’t like that on his tush. So now we put a bit of water into the bottom, so that it’s easier to dump the contents into the toilet.
But, he wasn’t thrilled with either one, and lost interest pretty fast.
Which was fine with me – I knew we were starting early. And as long as he let me change his diapers, I wasn’t going to complain.
However, for the past two weeks or so, diaper-changing time has gotten increasingly difficult. Shlomo doesn’t want
me us to change it – even when it’s leaking – and he fights.
Last night, I was reorganizing Shlomo’s drawers, for the change of season and because Yitzchak’s mother just sent us a whole summer wardrobe and I had to fit those clothes and his other clothes into three little drawers. We came to the training underwear that she’d bought six months ago for us. Most of them hadn’t been worn yet. I told Yitzchak that either we put them away, or we use them.
I had heard of the three-day potty training method, and it sounded better than six months of potty training. I told Yitzchak to look it up. Obviously, Yitzchak would find a problem with something no one thought of: There isn’t always grout between tiles in Israel. And then poop would get stuck between them.
Since Yitzchak couldn’t find anything better, we are doing it anyways, tiles or not.
Yitzchak wanted to try it with underwear. After two consecutive accidents within one hour, we quit that.
The accidents didn’t stop, though. We had two consecutive pee accidents, plus a poop with the second pee, within fifteen minutes. And then one spritz onto Shlomo’s plate of olives.
But, since then, we’ve been good.
A drop of poop and a pee in the “toilet”.
And a whole bunch on the floor.
We’re only on day 1. If this doesn’t work, we’ve lost only three days. If it does work, we’ve gained a few months.
The picture above is Shlomo wearing his new biohazard shirt. I thought it was an appropriate shirt for a day of poop and pee accidents.