Monday, February 11, 2013
We do things a little differently in the Hanson household. If you read here regularly, you've probably already noticed that. And now we're potty training our oldest last. Or maybe I'd be more correct in saying we're potty training our oldest, still! We've tried at several different points over the years and not succeeded. Without great communication with Whit, it's tough to know exactly why things haven't worked out. She definitely knows when it's time to go. But she won't tell us. And that gets me back to diaper conditioning. Whitney likes the diaper better.
The last few weeks while Whitney has been off track from school, Melanie has taken a few hours a day and done some intense potty focus with Whitney. She sets a timer for every 5 to 10 minutes and asks Whit if she needs to go. Then she checks if Whit is still dry. After a certain number of dry checks, Mel takes Whit in to sit on the potty. Sometimes Whitney will give in an go. But more often, she'll hold it for as long as Melanie makes her sit there. Then she'll go as soon as Melanie puts a diaper back on.
Other times, Melanie will find Whitney hiding in a corner and in the process of going. She'll rush Whit to the bathroom and stick her on and Whitney will stop the whole process until she gets off and back into her diaper. Even though she was already going!
Saturday was the craziest experience yet. Melanie had worked with Whit for several hours and she had refused to go. So we put a diaper back on (washed our hands thoroughly) and had lunch. Melanie had gone somewhere and I was home from the kids. I headed downstairs to check on them and found Whitney wearing the fullest, nastiest diaper I've ever seen. I knew she'd been changed recently and couldn't figure out what had happened. Until I considered that she'd been fighting potting training all morning. Basically, she'd just saved everything up all morning.
So we're battling Whitney's preference for diapers and working with the folks at school. They've got some new ideas and we'll just have to see what happens. I try to think of something positive when I'm dealing with some big challenge like this. Right now, I'm just thankful my other two are past this stage!