We have been trying to potty train A for the past few days. Someone once told me that this transition can be smoother if you entice the child with underwear of their favorite characters. They supposedly get excited about wearing them thus making the process of diaper weaning easier. Taking this advice seriously, I bought A a couple of princess undies (was actually looking for Dora ones but couldn’t find her size) and tried potty training her last night.
She readily agreed to wear her new princessey underwear but only for a few seconds. I guess the feeling of cotton (around her tiny, cute butt) made her a bit uncomfortable so she insisted on wearing a diaper too. When I refused, she informed me that she had to poop and wanted to sit on the potty. Excited, I rushed her to the potty, sat her down- 5 ..10..12 minutes went by and there was no poop whatsoever. I looked at her questioningly and she quickly told me that she was done. She didn’t have to poop anymore.
We went on like this for at least an hour- back and forth. Hubby dear or I desperately telling her to keep the pantie on without the diaper and she pretending to sit on the potty to poop. At one time, after she sat happily on the potty for about 7 minutes, no poop or pee in sight, A calmly got off the toilet, pulled her pantie off and handed it back to me and said,
Here Mama, keep the princess pantie. You can potty train me later OK? You can potty train me tomorrow. I am done!
This was one of the few sincere, dedicated attempts to potty train our toddler. The way it turned out last night, I am seriously doubtful. I am already having dreadful visions of her going to college in one of those darn papery things. And from last night’s results, it’s very clear who is calling the shots with this one.