Truth be told, I'd probably be okay with that if it weren't for the fact that I'm the one changing the majority of his diapers. And toddler diaper are gross people. No, not gross. Horrifically disgusting is a bit more accurate. Vomit inducing, even.
We actually bought Oscar a potty about three months ago, shortly after my pediatrician said that he thought Oscar was showing signs of readiness. But Mommy wasn't ready. I was dealing with a newborn that nursed ever hour and a half and was sleeping like crap and I just couldn't add one more thing to my plate.
So, we waited. And when we went in a couple of weeks ago for Oscar's two year physical, our pediatrician says, "What is this guy still doing in diapers? He's not ready to be out of these yet?" So I confessed my lack of energy to train and he was sympathetic. But he also basically told me to get to it.
I bought underwear maybe two weeks ago. Elmo and Cars themed underwear. Oscar was beside himself when he saw them and immediately tried to put them on. His head. I explained that they were pants and that when he pooped and peed in his potty, he could wear his Cars/Elmo underwear. His response?
Now, he knows all about his potty. He knows what it is for and how it is used. I've witnessed him putting his bunny on the potty several times and saying, "Bunny pooping. Bunny pee." He freaking KNOWS. He just won't do it.
Last week, at Costco, I bought an enormous bag of plain M&Ms. Upon returning home, Oscar spied said bag of M&Ms and proceeded to haul it into the living room.
"Cocolat candy? Cocolat candy?"
"No, you can't have any chocolate candies. You only get chocolate candies when you poop or pee inside your potty," I told him.
Well lickity split Oscar runs over to his potty (which we keep in the living room),pulls it over to me, and sits on it.
"I pooping. I pee. Cocolat candy?"
He was neither pooping or peeing. His pants and his diaper were still on, but he didn't go in them either. But, it is pretty clear that he knows the drill. He knows what is expected of him.
Oscar did not get M&Ms for his fake pottying, and I explained again that he needed to poop and pee inside the potty with no diaper or pants on. His response?
Today, he pooped in his diaper and requested M&Ms. I explained yet again that he only got candies for going in the potty.
I'm not really sure where to go from here. We've tried sitting him on the potty for a while, with a book to read, but he gets board easily and just wants to run around bare-assed. And we know how that ends.
So, what next? Someone? Anyone? Help me out.