Normally first thing in the morning, I would bathe Mia, feed her, then put her to nap. While she's napping Adam and I would take our shower. But yesterday, Mia decided to pass on her morning nap. And her afternoon nap. Oh dear. Ok, Plan B. I gave Adam his bath but I went showerless today ;p
The rest of the day I followed the same plan as yesterday. Oh I forgot to mention one of the most important part of the potty training program - If the the child has an accident, avoid getting upset or scolding or showing any negative reaction. I thought this would be the most difficult part, in trying not to lose my temper if he has an accident. But it turns out, this part is really pretty easy. Afterall, this is his first time without his nappy, of course he would have accidents right? And any accidents are pretty easy to clean up after, if you have everything ready.
But, I did lose my temper a lot, when he refused to sit on his potty. Again and again, every 15 mins. It's just so frustrating for me....and for him too, i think. A lot of tears shed today, Adam's tears, Mia's and mine. Mia was neglected quite a bit yesterday, unfortunately but it can't be helped really. Every 15 mins she's either crying by herself or being held like a football while mommy is dragging Adam to the potty in the other hand. I'm so sorry Mia....
It's always difficult for me when my child isn't listening to me, because it makes me feel like i'm such a horrid mother that my son doesn't want to listen to me. But to tell you the truth, i do understand where he's coming from. I mean, he didn't ask to be potty trained, did he?He probably doesn't even know what potty training means. He didn't read the book on potty training like I did. This whole thing was just sprung on him out of nowhere. One day he's happily playing all day with no disruptions, the next day he's asked to sit on the potty every 15mins. Of course he's annoyed. (Remember when you were pregnant, how annoying it was having to go to the loo every 15 mins?)
But you see, towards the end of the very exhausting and frustrating Day 2, we reached a turning point. At around 6.15pm, I asked Adam to sit on his potty. But at this point, I was tired and had absolutely no energy to pull him to the potty. So I merely reminded him that it's time to sit on his potty. Mia needed my attention, so I went ahead and breastfed her, and at the same time kept reminding Adam that it's time to go potty. He pretended not to listen, but at around 6.30pm, he went to his potty by himself, took off his pants by himself, sit on the potty by himself and wiped himself with the loo roll all by himself. I watched the whole thing on the couch, breastfeeding Mia, almost bursting with pride. I helped him wash his hands in the toilet and afterwards, he asked me for a star on his scoreboard! He definitely deserved that star for sure!
Oh my God, suddenly all that hard work the past couple of days seemed totally worth it. From then on, he went to the potty like that, willingly, until sleeptime.
The total score for the day - less number of accidents than Day 1, and a lot more number of successful potty than Day 1. Alhamdulillah....
Today's another day. Wish us luck!