I have the most hardheaded daughter in the world. She just will not stop nursing, no matter what. She insists on breastfeeding, especially before bedtime, and makes up hilarious reasons for why she needs to do it until her heart’s content. The other night, I said to her, “No more for tonight, little Apple. You’re done.” She pitched a fit, sobbing and wailing and arching her back. Then she cried, in the most adorable, plaintive voice imaginable, “But my teeth are still hungry!” Well, of course after that I just had to plop the boob right back out for her, it was so cute.
Add to the weaning woes the fact that I am now also attempting to potty train her, and you’ve got upheaval. My daughter is one of those high-sensitivity, low-adjustability kids (I learned this from DigitalParent.com, which I will write more about later). She’s highly sensitive in that every little sound or noise bothers her or distracts her, so much so that sometimes she is so startled by a passing motorcycle (usually a Harley) that she’ll jump into my arms. With noises that are less loud, she’ll ask me, “What is that? Do you hear that?” She’s not adjustable at all in that she doesn’t “roll with the punches.” She doesn’t like change and only likes to do what SHE likes to do. Getting her out of the playground and into her stroller to go home, therefore, is a task of Herculean proportions. As is getting her to stop watching Caillou, or Ni Hao, Kai-Lan. Add to all this the fact that she is extremely talkative and unafraid to express her opinions on any subject, and you’ve got a recipe for potty training disasters.
I’m not sure that she’s made friends with the potty yet. Sometimes she’s willing to go and sit on it, other times, she acts like it would kill her to do so. I even took my friends’ advice and went to the dollar store and stocked up on little plastic toys to use as “bribes,” but so far, she’s successfully peed or pooped in the potty so seldomly that most of them are still unearned (and therefore unopened) – and we’ve been potty training for about a month and a half now. We even have the day care in cahoots, paying them an extra $50 last month to train her. But still, whether she’ll sit on the potty when we ask her is at best a 50/50 proposition. Most of the time, it’s: “No! I don’t want to sit on the potty,” or it’s some delay technique, like, “I want to sit on the BIG potty.” Then when we take her to the “big potty,” she says, “No! I want to sit on the little potty.” Sigh.
We have toyed with the idea of doing the 3-day potty training method, but neither my husband nor I have 3 days in a row (usually) in which to follow her around and take her to the potty every 45 minutes. And when we do (like we did during the Thanksgiving holiday), we’d rather just “chillax.” Well, if anyone has any potty training advice, I am again all ears. For a rookie Mom, this is what’s so nice about having a blog!