When I posted last week about our week of potty training, I forgot to tell you about the one really challenging area. Isabelle would not go #2. I can't believe I'm blogging on this...
Evidently it's a pretty common phenomenon. They'll wait a day or so until they can't wait anymore, and then it happens. From what I read, toddlers primarily do this out of fear. This can go on for months and months. After dealing with the grossness about three times, I was done.
Yesterday, we went grocery shopping, and while we were at the store, I resorted to bribery, something I didn't want to do, but it seems all rules go out the window when it comes to potty training. Steering her in an appropriate direction, I instructed Izzy to pick out a toy, which we then purchased. When we got home, I put it on the top shelf of the bathroom, and whenever she wanted it, I told her she could have it when she went #2 in the potty. We also talked about it quite a bit...how it's normal, how everyone does it, etc.
This morning, I gave Izzy a high fiber peanut butter granola bar for breakfast. An hour later, I could tell she was starting to go, so I plopped her on the potty, and we finally had success!
She was so excited about her toy and she played with it all morning! I love good quality toys and can't stand junk, so we bought her a Little People Lil' Movers Airplane.
The passengers on the airplane are clearly headed for Hawaii, so we named the passengers Chris and Chloe, after our friends' children who are stationed in Hawaii with the Airforce. I also put Mommy on the plane. Mommy is from Isabelle's Little People Happy Sounds Home. We put Mommy on the plane because, as I explained to Izzy, "Mommy needs a vacation."