Wednesday, August 31, 2011

potty power struggle

we've had some colorful moments at our house this week. a highlight has been a potty power struggle between me and miss ribbons. for starters, in no way am i trying to potty train her. that would just be mean to expect something like that of her. she can't use her hands to get her clothes off or hop on the toilet and she can't control her body much. so...yah. 

but, we are trying to time train her so she can wait short periods of time, knowing we will take her to the bathroom at regular intervals. we've had good days and bad, but we were in a good phase. until she decided that it would be a great idea to sit on the potty for a half hour, then tell me very purposefully that she was done, get a new diaper and then go #2 in said diaper within 30 seconds. 
now, i'd like to give her the benefit of the doubt, but the girl has done this probably seven times in the last week. to me, that is not a coincidence. that is an amazing amount of control for someone with such severe apraxia.
i think i'm humble enough to realize that miss ribbons doesn't have much control over most things in her life. so, she figures out she's got this one thing and she's probably going to put her heart and soul into controlling it.


but i'm not so humble to not put up a good fight. hence the super happy pictures. she sat on that toilet for a looooooooooooooooooong time. {and it's not like the bathroom floor is comfortable for me either.}
can't she just control it in a constructive way? like in the toilet rather than a brand new pull-up!? those things don't grow on trees, you know.

in the end, i threw my hands in the air and put her back in diapers. no more expensive pull-ups if she's going to perform these kind of antics. we'll wait until she's good and ready. 

miss ribbons: 1
mommy: a big fat 0

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