To give a little backstory, yesterday was gorgeous outside – the perfect temperature to let your 2 year old run around naked and not worry about being too hot or too cold or anything of the sort. So i decided since I had nothing planned for the day I’d set us up outside and bring out the potty, give it a whirl and see how she responded. Previous to this I had noticed she’s holding her pee longer, staying dry for longer amounts of time and having much larger pees (very noticeable when you cloth diaper), so I knew physically her body was ‘ready’ I just wasn’t sure if the rest of her was. (She definitely was not when i tried for half a day in March) If she responded, great. If she totally was against it I was willing to leave it alone for a few more months and just try again later. As it turned out she responded really well, she’s not exactly eager to sit down but she was going on the potty when i placed her there and she even finished day 1 with a #2 in the potty. Fantastic.
Enter Day 2. Things started off well enough with another #2 in the potty, and then i moved us outside to continue with things. When Baby (Toddler?) Content tried to escape inside all of a sudden I knew she was trying to find a private place to pee. So i followed her with the potty… and the following is the email that I sent Mr. Content about an hour later…
Everything is falling apart. Baby C won’t stay outside, she’s resisting the potty, she was running to get away with it earlier and slipped on her own Lego. That led to a big cry during which she peed on me. Then the wind picked up and knocked off a bunch of pictures from the shelf by the front window. Glass everywhere. Child running away & peeing behind the table while I try to clean. I cut my finger on some glass, small knick that won’t stop bleeding. I finally get her to the front door area where she pees in the corner but in a pull up, then I get it down and plop her on the potty with the iPad. She’s crying without the iPad or when she actually has to pee. So then I pull out the vacuum to get the glass slivers under control so I can get safely to the last of the large pile of glass. She starts flipping out when I turn on the vacuum so that’s now off and in the middle of the room. I can’t keep her out of the family room without a complete meltdown so I’ve now barricaded off half the room with dining room chairs until I can get her down for a nap and finish the job.
God give me strength to get through the rest of the day, it’s not even noon.”
Luckily things got a bit more positive afterwards, but I was at the point where I was wondering whether to be consistent with the potty or just walk away. Was she going through a natural refusal, do all kids do this? But i stuck with it, tried to make it a little bit more fun when i put her on it before nap time and she had a big pee with minimal fuss, and just one small request for the ‘ipadt’, you got it kid. No idea where this week will take us but i’m taking advantage of the gorgeous weather to let her be naked and work on this. If this ends up cutting out HALF our diapers I’ll be thrilled.