Monday, October 22, 2012

Potty Talk

With a title like that, hopefully you know what you're getting into by reading this post! But seriously, I think I might be breaking wind less frequently than before. It's a totally subjective statement, and I don't have any really good way of measuring it (e.g. I haven't been wearing a "fart suit" to measure the amount of gas I produce, a "fart backpack", nor do I have a high-tech fart sensor). However, you know how you often wake up in the morning and let loose a huge cloud of pent-up gas? Yeah, that hasn't been happening as much. Of course, as I write this I then had to let one slip, so maybe I'm just imagining things. And as a side note, I've been doing pretty well on the BMs the past two days; DigestZen working, or am I just a super pooper? I'm going with the latter for now.

Which segues nicely into the next subject: potty training. We've been putting our toddler (two-and-a-half years old now) through the potty training steps, with varying degrees of success. We heard a story from a friend about how he potty trained his youngest son, and it apparently went really well; then my wife read something online that suggested a similar approach. Basically, you get a whole lot of drinks, some candy and other "yummy" snacks (salty snacks are good since they'll make your child want to drink more), and you basically cram them full of liquids. Then every 20-30 minutes you sit them on the potty chair, and if they manage to go potty they get to choose a candy.

My wife did nearly all of the work, and a few weeks back she wore a "candy apron" around all day (two big pocket in the front had candy in them). Every time our boy used the potty successfully, he got to choose a piece of candy. And throughout the day we had water, milk, chocolate milk, soda, fruit juice, you-name-it around the house, constantly suggesting he drink more. He loved all the attention, that's for sure, and he did really well. Other than a few small wet accidents, he got many pieces of candy and we made a big deal about his successes. What's more, he even went "number two" twice that first day in the potty.

Fast forward a couple weeks, and he's now telling us when he needs to use the potty most of the time, he's sleeping through the night usually without problems (maybe three times in three weeks where he wet the bed), and in general things are going really well. Except for number two.

After the early success, we thought, "He's got this down—we did it!" But now while he's using the potty and is able to pee at least a little bit most of the time, he has not had a successful poopy-in-the-potty for probably a week. Maybe it just feels longer, but I know that he pooped his pants while at a McDonald's on Wednesday with my wife (and a little chunk of it fell onto the floor in the play pen—makes you want to take your kids there, right?), and then when he got home later that evening he pooped his pants again. The next day he did it two more times I think, he did it at least once on Friday and Saturday, and while he didn't poop his pants yesterday it's because he didn't poop at all.

Needless to say, we're getting more than a little frustrated with the whole thing. Anyone got some good tips for getting the poopy in the potty and not in the pants? Our boy even got some Thomas and Friends underwear for the potty training, and we let him know in no uncertain terms: "Thomas doesn't like to get all poopy! He'll get really cross!" Naturally, when he then messes his pants our boy says all serious like, "Thomas is really cross." Which makes me want to laugh, but I don't. If you have a suggestion for poopy training, leave a comment, please!

Too bad doTERRA doesn't have something to make my boy poop in the right place. Which is not to say that they don't have some essential oils that are supposed to help with bed wetting. We actually have two friends that have used Cypress oil on the belly before bed, on on a 12-year-old boy and one on a 7-year-old girl. The boy was basically wetting his bed every other night, and the first night of Cypress he had an accident, but ever since that night he has not had an accident. Wow! As great as that sounds, the girl has shown basically no improvement at all despite trying Cypress on her belly before bed for a month and a half. We were speculating the other day and wondering, "Is it a case of Cypress helping older people more than younger people, is it just luck of the draw, or is there something else going on?"

Anyway, if you do have a youngster with bed wetting problems, why not try a bottle of Cypress oil? If you sign up as an IPC (25% discount), the 15ml bottle costs just $15.50 (plus tax and shipping, naturally). Every time your child wets the bed and you wash the sheets, that's probably at least $0.75 in water and gas/electricity to run the washer and dryer, so if the Cypress works you'd certainly come out ahead—never mind the embarrassment and lack of confidence bed wetting might cause your child.

--== doTERRA Skeptic ==--