Remember this post where I smugly announced my second child was potty trained? Well, apparently I lied. She has regressed, and regressed hard.
It was about a week after she stopped having accidents. I still had to remind her to go pee pee every two hours or so, but she was otherwise doing fine. Then, she started having accidents. So, I shortened the time period that I had to remind her to go potty from two hours to one hour. She was still wetting her underwear after that time period, so I shortened the time period to 45 minutes. Nope. She was STILL going to the potty with wet underwear. This week, I have been having to remind her every 20-30 minutes to go potty, and she still has 3-4 accidents a day. So somehow we have ended up back at square one, day one of potty training. What the heck happened?!!
This is how her tantrums look. Completely silent other than the occasional “hmph”, arms crossed, chin jutting out. We have been seeing this move a lot while she is sitting on the potty lately.
I do not understand what happened. I don’t even understand how the child can pee this much. It is not like she is chugging water all day. We have had to leave the house a couple of times (I mean, it has been about a month since we started, we were going to have to leave the house some time) and I have been forced to put her in pullups while we were out because there was no way I was taking her to the bathroom every 20 minutes. Usually, our car rides are longer than that. With her pullup on though, I would finally put her on the potty after 2 hours or so, and it would be completely dry! I am beyond confused. She seems to be doing better in pullups when we are out of the house than when she is in our house in underwear. What. The. Heck.
So, it’s back to the drawing board. I’m going to have to regroup and see what to do from here. Probably next week is going to be one long week of staying home and trial and error. Timer? No timer? Rewards? Sticker chart? Underwear? Pullups? Oh joy.
Wish me luck. At this point, I’m ready to throw in the pee soaked towel (too vivid of a metaphor?) and just wait until she is old enough for me to send her in the bathroom with some sort of potty handbook for her to read. Perhaps when she is 10? I guess we’ll have to put her in Depends by then since she is already in the biggest diaper size they offer.
Another (horribly unfocused) shot of her being cooperative.
Any advice would be appreciated. Should I just power through this or give up and try again later?