I knew things were going to be hard, when I went to parent-teacher conference last week and Sam's teacher told me that I had to get rid of the pull-ups. Sam has been going #1 alright for the last 6 months... but he refuses, albeit politely ("No thanks"), to go poop on the potty.
Getting Sam to go poop on the potty is like getting Ben to do the dishes... impossible, frustrating, and near close to putting me on an anti-anxiety pill!!
Right about now, you are thinking of the best advice to help me out. But stop right there. Know that I have tried everything! Sam will be 5 years old tomorrow, and don't think for one minute that I haven't researched until my eyes near pop out about what to do to help my little guy. I have even made up my own ways... which have also failed miserably. You know how it is, you tell people what's going on just because you want to vent... and then they give you such obvious advice that makes you want to roll your eyes and say, "You think I didn't try that?!" Hellllooooo! What kind of mother do you think I am?
Or you get criticized:
"He's almost 5 and still can't poop on the toilet?!" Then they look at your son like he is more than just special needs, or they look at me like I am!
I don't need that today.
So what I really need is patience and understanding. It will happen right? You don't see many if any kids graduating from high school in diapers right?
But the wait is just so taxing! And not to mention a little embarrassing and nerve racking. Sam pooped on the bus last week. The runs too. It's bad enough for me to have to clean it up, but for other people? I guess I just have too much pride... oh, well, I guess I will just have to get over it one way or the other.
There is a bright side though.
Because of Sam's disabilities in some areas, he excels in lots of others! One of which is his ability to organize, plan, and execute. Today, Ben let me sleep in. I woke up to some suspicious sounds... The boys had tricked Ben into going into their room, which they locked when he got inside. I appeared on the scene as they were breaking into their daddy's desk and raiding his chocolate stash. Nice try guys, one flaw in your plan... you forgot Mommy... and Mommy always knows when something is going down.