I could spare you more potty talk, but since I brought it up you know I’m not going to.
We’ve made progress. BB is pooping in the bathroom. She requests a diaper, I’m happy to oblige and then she stays in the bathroom until she’s done.
I read that this way she’ll start to associate the bathroom as the place to poop as opposed to standing in her bedroom window. Even though it has a lovely view.
This whole thing makes my cortisol levels spike like nothing else. We were running errands the other afternoon, so that by the time we got to Target I was positive we needed the potty. BB agreed to try, but nothing. I plopped her in the cart and we went on our way. Five minutes later,
“I need to go potty!”
I push the cart in panic mode from one side of the store to the other. I understand that the worst thing that could happen is we need to change clothes and we leave a Target shopping cart covered in pee, but I’d rather not. We make it to the bathroom. Nothing. BB declares,
“I tried, but my butt is all dried up.”
Ok. I resume shopping. I glance at BB. She’s holding her crotch. C’MON!
“Do you need to go potty?”
“Are you sure?”
“Why are you holding your crotch?”
She has no answer for me, but she continues to hold it for the rest of the 20 minute shopping trip. This is enough to raise my stress levels, but not quite enough to make me abandon Target before I’m ready.
We check out and head for the bathroom. At this point I have to go and have given up on BB, assuming an accident is imminent. She declares,
“I’ll try. If it comes out, it comes out.”
It comes out.
This is a very unpredictable process. At home I go to the bathroom. I reach for toilet paper and get a piece that’s already been ripped off. It’s mysteriously wet.
“BB where do we put toilet paper after we wipe?”
“In the potty.”
“But last time I put it back on the roll.”