99% Big Girl

Announcement time:
Catie has worn big-girl underpants to daycare every day for the past two weeks. And a direct quote from the source: “I keep my panties dry ALL DAY! And NO acci-nents!!”

Catie in her "two ponytails" (don't call them pigtails to her)
She is quite pleased with herself.

However, when she wants to poop, she goes into the bathroom cabinet, retrieves a Pull-Up, and demands to put it on so she can poop in it. Rather than, you know, just using the damn toilet like a normal person.

I haven’t figured out how I’m going to tackle that one. I’m tempted to wait until I know she’s about to poop, then plop her on the toilet and tell her that she can get up after she’s done. But I know how stubborn she is, and I also know how prone to constipation she is, and I’m kind of scared to force the issue. She’ll figure it out eventually, right? RIGHT?!?!! (Her daycare teacher keeps reassuring me that she will. I’m hoping that’s the truth.)

And for the record, yes I’ve offered bribes. I’ve told her that we’ll have cupcakes when she poops on the potty. I’ll buy her a train table for all of her Thomas trains if she poops on the potty. I’ll do anything. Still no dice.

I’ve also tried telling her that only babies poop in diapers and Pull-Ups, and all the big girls use the potty. She keeps saying she’s a big girl, and I’m all, “Yeah, you will be as soon as you learn to poop in the potty! That’s the only thing left that keeps you from being a big girl!”

I got nothin’.

P.S. A toddler fashion tip:
Besides big-girl panties (which, you know, are all the rage right now), Catie would also like you to know that:
1. “Two ponytails” (NOT pigtails) are the best way to keep your hair out of your face when you’re playing at daycare, and
2. When it’s chilly outside in the morning, throw on your favorite old-lady cardigan, button it up incorrectly, and off you go.

Casual pose on her way to daycare
It’s fashion, darling.

8 thoughts on “99% Big Girl

  1. I have a friend who has a son who would strip completely naked before pooping. I haven’t asked if he’s broken the habit yet…he’s 5.

  2. The one thing kids have control over in their lives is peeing and pooping. They’ll do it when they’re ready. I wouldn’t worry about it.

  3. Good lord she’s adorable.

    My cousin Sophia was the same way as Catie. She would pee in the potty no problems! But when it came to pooping she refused. In fact she was (and sometimes is still) prone to constipation and would not poop until she was in pain and literally HAD to go. She would go in the pull-up, everything. Bribes didn’t work with her either. M&Ms, a new disney princess doll, dress up table, EVERYTHING. Finally one day it just clicked with her.

    She’s 6 now and has never had any problems. It’ll click. One day she’ll shock the hell out of you and tell you she pooped in the potty and never go back to pull-ups again!

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