little victories

after a brief interest in potty learning last summer, dylan has been exceedingly content to continue wearing diapers.  i bought her colorful underwear to entice her, but she didn't really care.  once, i put her in them and she peed right on my lap.  just 'cuz.

another morning, i set the timer and put dylan on the potty every 15 minutes.  she managed to leave three puddles all around the house in the course of just over an hour.

i stopped trying.

instead i pleaded even more heartily to at the very least TELL US when she needs a new diaper.  dylan usually lies about it.

"no poopy mommy."

"does that mean you have poopy?"


"dylan, do you need a new diaper?"

"no.  i don't have poopy."

"are you lying?"



her sitting in filth and refusing to tell me drives me up a wall.  it makes a mess, causes rashes, and is completely avoidable.  the child can speak in complete sentences. 

every single day we go over that she is supposed to say, "i pooped.  new diaper please."  every.  single.  day.  every single day dylan parrots those phrases back to me as i change her dirty messes and then continues to be silent or flat out lie the very next time.  it may just make me crazy.

this week, FINALLY, it seems we are making progress.  twice, of her own initiative, dylan asked to use the potty and actually did.  (#2!)

in the potty!

(ok, and once on the floor.)

then, last night at dinner, dylan announced that she had a dirty diaper.  i think this might actually have been the first time she didn't lie about it.  (notice, this post is titled "little victories.")

jim jumped up, and took her upstairs to change.  "dylan," he told her, "thank you so much for telling us you needed a new diaper."

and, i kid you not, this is how she responded: 

"my pleasure."


Ashley said...

I love reading your blog (the stories you share are always so cute).

I left you something on my blog to show how much I like your blog (if that makes sense).

Have a great weekend!


Shauna said...

hahahaha. My pleasure. Very funny!! What a character! Potty training has been my absolute least favorite part of parenting. I have one more to go and I am dreading it!! Best wishes as you journey on with it. Maybe these little victories will lead to bigger ones soon!

Kelly Miller said...

That's hilarious! Bella was like that. She'd've sat in a poop diaper all day if we had let her.

Fortunately, she pooped consistently in the potty way before she was out of diapers. I know it seems backward.

Becky said...

We had better luck with Charlie once we started rewarding dry undies in addition to producing in the potty. We did the timer for the undies as well to check. We're planning on starting the PTing with Megan shortly and I'm really not looking forward to it.

Jenney said...

Oh. My. "My Pleasure" That is SOOOO funny. Cause it didn't happen to me :o) Good luck, I think potty training is the WORST part of early parenthood.

Kelly Irene said...

Thanks so much for the comment & tip! I just switched to blogger and am still figuring it out ;) Your daughter sounds like quite a character! I have not even thought about potty training yet!
I'm looking forward to reading about the chickens!

Blogless A.R. said...

Love it!

Unknown said...

Love your blog and really enjoyed my visit.
I think this is my 3rd year. Not sure but really enjoy meeting new bloggers.
I was late too but fashionable late for the UBP 2010.

Natalie of said...

stopping by from the blog party! hi.. :)

i love your blog name...i feel like we've only had one child so far and our house has gotten so much louder. dance parties!! :)

pinkdaisyjane said...

It took close to a year to get Luke fully potty trained, so I feel your pain!

The frustrating part for me was when he'd complain about diaper rash or being uncomfortable when we changed him, but STILL wouldn't use the potty or tell us he needed to be changed.

Congratulations to Miss Dylan, and you and Jim on your victories!

Amy's Blah, Blah, Blogging said...

Just wondering if she goes to Chik Fil A? I love that they say, "My pleasure." after every time of helping you. Makes me smile everytime. As did this story!

Hope you have a great time at the party this week and meet lots of great bloggers and friends! Stop by and say hi when you get the chance.

Heather said...

My pleasure! HA!!! I love it! : )

When dealing with potty training (and really, toddlers in general!), we have to celebrate every victory (big or small)...otherwise we might lose our minds! : )

DomesticAnarchist said...

woo, great blog. I was laughing and going, "Yep, potty training is one of those things..." and then I got to the bottom and saw your link entitled "cloth diapers" and went "oh my god!" The Wizard was a pain when it came to potty training. he was totally capable of using the toilet, he just opted not to until his 3rd birthday. but he was in disposable pull-ups. I've been so happy that this time around, I have my own washer and dryer and can actually use cloth diapers on The Squid, and I hadn't even thought of potty training yet... oooooh, breathe. she's only 7 months old. got a while.

Unknown said...

Stopping in from the UBP & loving your blog. We're in the midst of PT our 2 2/1 year old & the poop thing drives me nutty too. Good luck - hopefully that was the start of a new trend!

Come visit me too! lumpsonablog

Penny said...


Mrs. Small House said...

That is cracking me up! I want to potty train my 2 year old so much, but this is pretty much what we've been though. So I'm delaying...

Amber said...

That's too funny! I think I have a slightly irrational fear of potty training. Can't wait!
I'm visiting from UBP
<a href=">~Amber @ The Mom Road</a>

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