Revision: So in addition to all Ella's pee episodes, last night BOTH boys wet their bed. It was quite the pissfest in my household.
They say boys are easier to potty train.
I beg to differ.
When Cameron and Max were two, they would independently climb up on the toilet and pee when I requested. By 2 1/2, I was done with diapers. Cameron was potty trained in a week. Max in about 2 weeks...except for a few pooping issues, which were worked out in a couple more weeks. With both of them, unless we were traveling somewhere, I basically went cold turkey. No pull-ups, just underwear.
Now Ella, she seems to be playing a completely different game...with her own set of rules.
First of all, she's never had any interest in the toilet like the boys. She doesn't want to wear underwear, she doesn't want to sit on the toilet, she doesn't want to entertain any kind of potty talk whatsoever. This morning, when I put cute little Dora undwear on her, she just kept taking them off and throwing them across the room. She also threw a pair in the trash, and apparently didn't like her pony panties, because those she tossed outside! She REALLY doesn't want to be potty trained.
But if I tell her not to pee in the pool, when she has the urge, she will climb out of the water, pee all over the ground, and get back in to go swimming. If I tell her not to pee in the bathtub, she will request a diaper when she knows she needs to use it. When she does pee in her diaper, she tells me that she's wet and needs a wipe and a new diaper. She has even taken off her diaper and handed me a new one.
Now if she can do all that, she can pee in the toilet. So today, we took off the diaper. And after a lot of crying and whining for a diaper, she peed...all over the family room carpet. And she peed again, on the foyer rug. And then she finally peed in the toilet a couple times for Sara when she made her sit there for a while. And in the evening, she peed again, on my family room carpet once, on the kitchen rug once, and on the bathroom floor. But she also peed once in the toilet, AND she pooped once in the toilet.
Needless to say, it wasn't one of my better days. I've done two loads of urine soaked laundry, have spent most of the evening trying to get Ella to pee in the toilet instead of on the floor, and have mopped up more puddles of pee than I care to count.
Well, it's a start. Tomorrow is another day. Hopefully a better one.
Labels: Ella, potty training