So we all know I’ve not been looking forward to the potty training stage, we know I’m not good with poo and smells, and I was
not at all secretly relieved when the Chunky Monkey showed a massive lack in enthusiasm about it all.
Second child ’round and I’m fairly laid back about the lack of progression, even though the judgement brigade has started to make itself heard. I’ve seen the eyebrows raised when they see a flash of a nappy, I’ve had people ask him “are you not a big boy? aren’t you going to wear pants” I have people checking from time to time to see, but to be honest, I don’t care. I was (and still am) sitting firmly in the camp of “you don’t see them going off to university in nappies” I’m more concerned that he will grow up never eating fruit or vegetables. He’ll use the toilet when he’s ready.
Then one day out of the blue he refused to wear a nappy, he wanted to wear pants. You know, on a day I really needed to not be asking every 20 seconds “do you need a wee?”.
But I did as they always say you should do and “followed his lead” (to be fair this usually takes me to McDonalds so I can’t complain too much!). ANYWAY, Day One started really well, no accidents and a massive wee and poo on the potty (I didn’t even throw up in my mouth when I had to tip it down the toilet) and we went out and about TWICE. Then at 2pm we had a few accidents. No big deal I thought, it’s only day one.
Since Day One I have since come to the conclusion that it was in fact a fluke, however we persevered, and so with mixed results at nursery and limited success at home, I decided to wait and see how we got on while we were on holiday. I was optimistic, I thought running around in the sunshine with nothing or very little on would just tip us over the blip into full blown positives. I was wrong. I’ve become disheartened.
Don’t be defeatist I can hear you shout at the screen These things take time! Yes, they do, but I think below has made the decision for me.
Number of times The Chunky Monkey Wee’d in the toilet
Places where The Chunky Monkey wee’d on holiday.
Number of Poo’s in the Swimming Pool
I think we’re going to give it a few weeks.
Pass the gin.