**If you don't care about toilet humour or don't understand the finer points of potty training, then please, do yourself a favour and just skip this.**
Potty training around here has been a mixed bag of big success and epic failure. It's also being ongoing since Grace was about 18 months old.
She turned 3 in September.
Really? Potty training can take that long? FML.
I used cloth diapers when Grace was a baby. I went back to work full time when Grace was 19 months old. We were trying potty training, but she just wasn't ready. The daycare also doesn't "do" cloth diapers so we needed to make the switch to pull ups. Unfortunately, all that did was train Grace to go in her pull up and not feel wet. This thwarted any success we managed to achieve. For a looong time.
Thankfully, pee training has been mastered for almost a year. Poop? Totally different story. What is it with kids being apprehensive about that anyway?
While on vacation this September, something "clicked" and Grace started telling me she had to go to the toilet before it was too late. Yay! Well, until we got home; then it was back to accidents and extra laundry.
Recently, trips to the toilet have convinced me that my child is just messing with me.
Grace: Mommy I have to poop!
Me: OK, let's go!
...Off to toilet, prepatory application of potty seat etc... where Grace sits for exactly 3 seconds.
Grace: I don't have to poop anymore.
Me: ::sigh:: Are you sure? Maybe you should sit a bit longer?
Grace: No, it's not ready. First it's mommy is going to read it a story and put it's PJ's on. (At least I don't have to worry about her imagination)
5 minutes later...
Grace: Mommy, I have to poop!
...Repeat above sequence 5 kaprillion times (with varying reasons as to what her poop might be doing)...
Well, I'm a little scared I'm going to jinx myself... but? The last few days have been accident free. Not story free and certainly not without dramatics, but heh, I think she's got it.