The trouble at the moment, is with the middle child. It was awesome, when at two and a half years of age, he toilet trained himself. Not only did he manage himself during the day, but also at night. (I remember when I was in the throws of toilet training the first child, that when I heard about kids toilet training themselves, I wanted to kick something. Seriously, it can happen, but I think it's more likely to happen with subsequent children, not first born kiddies).
Anyway, over the past month, things have changed. He's gone from being totally capable, to a bed wetting, pant wetting mess. He needs help with everything and most times doesn't even try to go to the toilet, choosing instead to just wet his pants and IT'S DRIVING ME NUTS!!
Yesterday, he wet his pants 4 times, then wet his bed during his lunch nap, then moved to his brothers bed and wet it too!! I think it's easy to say that mums should remain calm or relax during these trying times, but it would take a saint to stay calm for this long. I sway from being a calm, 'it's OK' mum, to being a wild, angry mum - why won't he go to the toilet!!!!!
Yesterday, I took him to the doctor, hoping that he has a UTI or something. I desperately want there to be a magical pill to fix this drama, but I'm not that lucky.
So, we've taken a back step. Last night he wore a nappy to bed. Today, I tried to get him to wear a nappy and he refused. In the end, I just asked that if he wasn't going to use the toilet, that he should stand on a hard floor to wet his pants. I'm so tired of cleaning the couch or the carpet.
Clearly, I just need to give us both a break and try to reduce some of the tension and anxiety. He's at daycare for the next few days, while I'm at uni, so hopefully that will help.
I'd be more than happy to hear any helpful suggestions from mums that have been through this.
Now a photo for the post. On Sunday, we attended a fun little party at the Train Shed in Luddenham. The kids had a ball, riding on James from Thomas and Friends, and enjoying party food on an old red rattler.
Train ride on James
The weather was a little chilly, but the kids didn't mind.
Looking at Gordon
Tis all for now. I'm supposed to be finishing off an assignment.