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Adventures in Potty Training

So, we're still trying to potty train Alex. It's been hit or miss; sometimes that's all he wants to do and then others, he won't have anything at all to do with the toilet. So, because my mother-in-law is coming in 3 weeks to stay with us through the holidays, I've decided to bite the bullet and get him trained before she shows up. I don't want to hear any comments about why he isn't yet.

With this in mind, I went out and bought two tools to help me. Well, I thought they would help me. Turns out they just entertain me to no end.

ITEM #1 - Piddlers

For anyone who's never had a boy child, these are brightly colored, dissolvable rings about an 1-1/2" in diameter that you put into the toilet. They're to provide the child a "target" for when he aims to pee. My problem is that I've yet to be able to convince Alex to stand and pee, but I figured that wouldn't be an issue. I'd show him the target, he'd sit, he'd aim, and that would be that.

Doesn't quite work that way.

See, the problem is...those suckers float on top of the water. Which means they move around. And in telling my son to aim at it, every time it moved, he had to move with it, scooching himself around the seat this way and that to try and take aim at the thing. And meanwhile I'm sitting on the floor just watching him twist every which way, laughing my ass off.

ITEM #2 - New big boy pants

We had some real underwear, but Alex has never been keen on them, so I took him shopping and let him pick out his own. So, he picked out Spongebob Squarepants underwear. Except when I put them on him today, he refused to put jeans on over them. I think, "Fine, that's OK, we're not going anywhere and it'll be easier on the bathroom trips."

Except then I catch Alex walking around backwards around his sister, trying to show her his butt and the Spongebob design there. The boy can't keep his attention away from his butt now.

Sigh.

Maybe eventually one of these will work.
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