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Levi Funny

So, I haven't written here in about a hundred years.  I decided today that I'm going to fix that, and what better place to start than with a fun Levi story?

Lee and I are quickly becoming convinced that Levi will never be potty trained.  He'll be 4 next month.  The most recent proof came yesterday.  I bought a package of Oreos, and told Levi that he could have one every time he used the potty.  Hoping a little peer pressure would help, I also told Jonny and Gracie that they could only have an Oreo when Levi used the potty.  Levi was all gung-ho, and immediately went to the bathroom, peed in the toilet, collected his cookie, and happily passed out cookies to his brother and sister.  Good start!  I asked him if he wanted to wear underwear for the day, and he said he did.  Woohoo!

Fast forward a couple of hours.  Lee had been asking Levi if he needed to go potty about every 15 minutes.  The answer was always "nope."  After about two hours, Lee started asking Levi if he was wet, knowing he had probably peed in his pants by then.  Again, the answer was "nope."  Finally, I asked Levi if he was dry.  The answer: "nope."  Sure enough,  a quick check revealed wet pants.  *sigh*

Lee said, "Come on, Levi.  Come over here so we can put a diaper on you."  Levi walked over obediently and lay down.  As Lee was stripping him of his wet pants, Levi said, "Well, I guess I don't have to go to school now!"  (We've been telling him that he can't go to school until he wears underwear and uses the potty).

I'm pretty sure we've been out-maneuvered.



Jan. 12th, 2010 10:34 am (UTC)
Lovely to see you posting again :)

I've had umpteen little ones (all boys interestingly) who didn't 100% potty train 'til right after the 4th birthday, something just clicks at that time; it sounds like he's well on his way :)

Edited at 2010-01-12 10:35 am (UTC)
Jan. 12th, 2010 02:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah - Jonny was about 3.5, and Gracie was around 3 (but closer to 4 before she could go overnight without a pull-up). I'm a big fan of waiting 'til it just clicks. I figure little kids can only control two things: what they eat and where they poop, and the more ya stress about it, the worse it's gonna be. Kinda wishing it would "just click" with Levi sometime soon, though - the man-sized, knock-you-on-your-ass poos that kid manages are becoming less amusing by the day!
Jan. 12th, 2010 03:04 pm (UTC)
LOL who ya tellin', I HATE changing the bigger kids; especially in the winter when there's 4 layers of clothing to deal with and probably change as well, yuck...

You're way into the Mom Zone and I know you know how to do this, but still let me add a nosy daycare veteran tip, what I've found works with the ones that are still pooping in their pants after age 3: if I can find *any* kind of pattern to what time of day they do it, I have them sit on the potty for a good 20 minutes before and 20 minutes after that time (as long as they don't mind and they stretch their legs here and there) while we all play a game or whatever, and make an OMG huge fuss when they do go in the pot, which will eventually happen. I also make a big deal out of anyone else who poops in the potty (even Bill lol) so that kid feels like "joining the winning team" so to speak. Combined with some special treat that they can only have when they've been dry and poopy-pants free for a whole week (complete with chart and daily stickers), this system takes about 10 days and has never failed me in 12 yrs of daycare :)