Friday, July 20, 2012

Potty Training: a dishonest toddler

Oh boy! I never realized just how hard it would be to potty train Julianna. When she was 18 months old, we bought a free standing potty and a potty seat. She's peed in the potty here and there since then but no real progress.
Well, in the the past few weeks, she has showed a great interest in going to the potty. She asks to go, she takes off her diaper, and she tells me when she's wet. So of course, I put her on the potty every time she goes. She peed one time but all of the other many times, she doesn't. She just sits there and says that she did. She says, "JuJu did a good job. I pee peed." But there's no pee pee in the potty?! I'm so confused. I tell her that she did a good job sitting on the potty like a big girl but she needs to pee pee in the potty.

So if that wasn't confusing enough, we have the free standing potty upstairs in her bathroom. She asked me to go potty and I told her to use her pink potty. She takes off her shorts and her diaper and tells me to go away. I leave the bathroom and come back about 2 minutes later. She tells me that she pee peed so I look. There is definitely liquid in the potty but not pee. The smart (and dishonest) little stinker filled her potty with water. There was a cup of water sitting on the ledge of the bathtub from bathtime so she poured it into her potty. The liquid in the potty was just water. Trust me, I even smelled it. Just water.

I have been given the challenge of potty training a dishonest and very smart toddler. Wish me luck on this journey!

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