...Potty Training, plain and simple.
Chris and I have basically avoided the issue for a long time now for several reasons. First of all, Colin was obviously not ready. I had bought a potty months ago and Colin hated the thing. If he was fully dressed and someone was sitting on the toilet, he would occasionally come in and sit on the potty with the seat down. He made no mention that it was a potty, just treated it like a seat that he could talk to us on. Second of all, his tiny little tushy must not have felt very comfortable on the potty because he got his nervous face and would squirm and fly off of that thing as fast as he could. Third of all, Colin never makes any mention of the fact of whether or not he poops or pees or stinks or is wet, or anything of the like for that matter. We literally talk about it every time we change his diaper and still, nothing.
While I have generally shaken time tables in my head, the one that keeps resurfacing is the potty training thing. I know this can take a really long time, and now that he is in school, I really wanted him to be trained as quickly as possible; ideally, before he turned 4 (and I know in a lot of cases it's 5). We just recently started talking about the fact that we had to reintroduce the potty idea so that he can at least get adjusted to it at some point.
I went to Target yesterday and bought this new seat that goes on top of the toilet. It looked like a much better fit for him in terms of feeling comfortable while sitting on it (and it's rather high up so he can't just jump off of it when he doesn't want to do it). I figured that one of the best ways to start with him was to just sit him on it many times throughout the day (in my head, I had once an hour stuck there). Of course, with today being day #1, I didn't put him on it nearly that many times, and most of the time he was really not that happy with me. There was nothing going on in that potty today. On top of that, there really aren't any rewards that we can offer to him considering he doesn't eat much (I mean come on, can you imagine me offering a spoonful of ice cream every time he did something on there?), there isn't any toy that he is highly motivated by in terms of receiving something new every time (he has more toy balls that we can count, so that's kind of out), and I did consider something like a sticker chart, but more than likely, the thing would be ripped down by one of them very quickly.
- sigh -
I REALLY don't want to have to do this one and I am REALLY dreading it. So, suggestions? I don't have a child who tells me anything about his business, so anyone have experience with this? Really, I'm open to ANY suggestion...