I have decided to abandon the plan to get Chris out of nappies for a little while. We managed 8 days and didn’t make much progress at all during that time, so I gave in to temptation and plonked him in a pair of pull ups for our family day out on Sunday, and he has been in nappies again since then.
It was so nice to go for a walk around the woods, have a picknick, take a ride on the tram, wander about town and go to a cafe for cake and tea, without having to carry around an entire wardrobe of clothes, a million spare pairs of pants and a toilet seat! There was no having to constantly ask Chris if he needed a wee before, during or after going anywhere, no crouching uncomfortably in smelly cafe or department store toilets for ages whilst trying to persuade Christopher to pee as he attempted to unravel the toilet roll and repeatedly flush the toilet. Even Chris seemed more carefree and happy wearing a nappy again!
It’s only been a week but it has felt like a month, I intended to persevere for as long as it took to get him toilet trained (I thought it might take a couple of weeks at the most!) but I soon realised that he just wasn’t ready yet. He still doesn’t tell me when he needs to use the loo, and would constantly relieve himself wherever he was and whatever he was doing, without caring whatsoever or being in the slightest bit uncomfortable or disgusted with his sogginess or squishiness! I knew it would be messy and not a whole bundle of fun for me, but I was prepared to clean up wee and poo as many times as it took if it meant no more nappies!
There were many many puddles, at least 12 pairs of soggy pants a day, and a couple of unfortunate incidents involving poo, the second of which make me crack and dig out the nappies! The first was when I left the room for a short time and came back to find Chris had got creative with the suddenly accessible and unfamiliar contents of his pants. He had ‘painted’ the wooden floor, leather sofa, white rug, tv screen and coffee table, as well as all over his legs, arms, clothes and hair! That was certainly a unique and memorable experience for me to clean up. I was grateful that we had an easy to clean floor and sofa! Even after that though I was prepared to continue with the plan…then on the last day, in the time it took for me to make myself a cup of tea he had got creative again in his bedroom, decorating the sides of his bed and the bedcovers!
Time to take a little break I think! The nursery staff looked relieved when I told them Chris was back in nappies, despite them having been so keen for me to get him into pants! I plan to have another crack at it during the summer holidays, hopefully when there are fewer appointments and things to attend and we can just concentrate on the job at hand! He’s got enough on his plate at the moment anyway with hospital visits, blood tests, imminent scans and speech therapists and paediatricians asking him questions and testing and prodding him, as well as being dragged along to all my midwife appointments!
I just hope the second attempt in July is more successful, as I really would like him to be nappy free before I have a newborn to look after too! But unless he starts miraculously communicating fluently in the next month and develops a dislike to wet and smelly trousers, I can’t see it happening then either! Ah well, we’ll just have to take it as it comes and hope for the best! It’s no great disaster if he insists on staying in nappies until he is four, just mildly annoying as far as my purse is concerned!