With the impending arrival of Maxine's 4th Birthday I am both excited and horribly embarrassed. I'm coming out to the world to reach out and get some help, and here is my sad truth: Maxine is not yet potty-trained. I've been through hell and back with this child here's a horrifying example, but it seems like I've made no progress with her at all. I've used every 'bribing' method, I've made her sit on the potty for hours, I've used M&M's, starburst, cookies, pixie sticks (which are gross). I've put her in time out, I've pleaded, I've cleaned up ungodly messes, taken her to therapy, threatened her (not my best day). My family has been involved, her sisters try and help, and for a while I had her peeing in the potty almost always. When I had taken her to therapy they had suggested I cool it on all the methods for the time being and let it evolve from there.
During therapy they started discussing different behavior she's was exhibiting that might be helped with medication. I didn't even want to start to think about that crap and stopped taking her. Now we're at some kind of standstill. Right now at this moment I have her sitting on the couch next to me because she hasn't pooped in four days (I'm guessing she can control it because I keep her with me nearly all the time) and she's screaming bloody murder cause I stopped her from sneaking into the gameroom to presumably hide and poop.
She's never given us a real answer to why she won't even attempt to poop on the potty. One time she said it hurt, but I think the answer was offered to her by my grandma earlier that day because Max later recanted and said that it does not hurt. Then she told us just this week that the poop won't come out on the potty, but wouldn't discuss it further. So right now we're rolling with this idea: I'll cut a hole in her diaper and let her wear the diaper while she poops on the potty. This whole idea hinges on whether or not she'll tell me if she has to poop.
Ugh! I just wrote 'poop' more times than I ever thought I would. I'm done with this little blog! Before I get totally stressed wacky nuts...