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I wish I could say it was her choice. I wish I could say that I did what any loving and attentive parent would have done and let her come around on her own. But I didn't. I simply refused to buy any more pull-ups and it just so happened that she was sick and couldn't really hold it anymore.
I wish I could give credit to the gazillion suggestions I received from you all. I wish I could say it was because I bribed her with a trip to Target for a new Barbie or because I told her I would take her to Friendly's for ice cream (Yes, I told her both of those things) but it wasn't. It was just because Ben has a shitload of patience with her begging and crying that I don't have.
He was the hero in this one. After me trying to talk her through it for about 15 minutes while she cried in sheer terror that she could not properly explain (because she is three), I gave up and called in the big guns.
Ben went in and offered to take all the water out of the toilet so there would be no splash. This helped but did not in any way make her want to go. I sat in the hallway crying because this was obviously mean and cruel but I reminded myself that I had never heard of anyone so traumatized by having to shit on the potty that they became mass murderers.
Ben started asking her about school. About who was sick and who was the "leader" and all of a sudden I heard her stop crying and squeak out a little, "I think I did it."
And she did. She was so proud of herself and so we had to act like crapping in the toilet was the most incredible thing we had ever witnessed. We told her she was brave and so big now and she just beamed with pride!
And of course, yesterday we went to Target where I managed to spend $22 on a Barbie and some other crap toys just to keep the momentum going.
So to all of you who reassured me it was going to be okay and that my kid would eventually stop crapping her pants, I say THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT.
Now I have to figure out how to properly wipe a kid's ass when she is half standing up.