Okay—I have an 11-year old. She is diaper free.
Max is nearly 5. He is diaper free.
Josephine is approaching 3 and 1/2. As of last night, she is officially diaper free!
That’s old. You may state.
That’s okay. Another may add.
To both and each their own.
My little 3 year old is hilarious. She has been advanced in walking and talking and eating and singing and bravery and living…
And not in pooping. On the potty.
So much so that she would go for up and past 10 days, sometimes, without plopping a single drop.
One time, her constipation actually made her sick. The doctor said—she just needs to poop. Are you giving her anything to help her poop?
We were. We had tried everything. Foods, drinks, medicines…Bribery. Tears. Pulling out our hair. And she still refused to poop.
Finally we had to goose the girl with a very uncomfortable czopek before she produced the results we needed — and her body immediately began to recover and heal.
Well—finally we were diaper free for pee and since she only pooped every 3-11 days, she would just tell us when she had to go. Easy peasy pudding and pie…
Then our last pull-up disappeared one evening and we were too lazy to run to the store for more.
We cried. (Ours, however, tears of ka-ching in our pockets—NO MORE DIAPER MONEY NEEDED)
And we refused to run and buy her a diaper. Even when she had to potty.
Which, in our lives, was actually a really freaky thing. We didn’t want her to be constipated. We did not want her in pain. We did not want to have to take her to the doctor or give her another czopek (glycerin tablet up the pupa). We just wanted our little gal to be free.
Several days have passed since her last poopy—nerves were beginning in my mommy heart when last night—around 1am, I heard her cry out.
“Mommy, I need to pee!”
I ran into her room, raced her into the bathroom, and there she did. HER FIRST EVER POOPY on the potty.
We immediately woke up daddy. I am not sure he was as thrilled due to the insanely late hour of night—AND TODAY SHE RECEIVED A KINDER EGG!
A surprise for her surprise.
My friends. If your children are a lot like my Josephine and have severe trouble pooping on the potty, please know that you are not alone.
It is a VERY hard road to walk down.
To some, it may seem like just a poop. But to those of us in the situation, it is more that just a poop. It is the health and well-being of our child…as well as sanity of our souls.
Give yourself a break. Give your child a break. And endure with great patience/pain and pray for the poop.
It’s okay to pray for the poop…
Just like it’s okay to cry when diapers are no longer in the budget 😉