Aiden has been such a stinker face lately. He is so ridiculously sweet with me. I mean, look at that smile.
But then as soon as Travis comes around he is a complete a-hole. He doesn't want to have anything to do with Travis. When he gets home from work, Aiden tells him to go back to work and refuses to give him a hug and kiss hello. He does the same thing for goodbye in the morning. Aiden gets an attitude with everything Travis says to him. Every once in a while they have a good night when Travis has time to play with him a lot. But it's not often enough. I just don't know what to do about it.
The other thing I don't know how to handle is potty training. Does any body have any recommendations? I've read a couple books about it, and some stuff online, but nothing is cut and dry. I know kids are not cut and dry, but I need more than I can find. Everything recommends letting him sit on the potty frequently, especially during times when he usually pees or poops. I don't know when he pees?! How do you figure that out?? How often should I let him sit on the potty? For how long? I tried letting him go without a diaper for a night and he freaked out every time he peed on the ground. I would rush him to the toilet, but that just freaked him out even more.
He also doesn't poop on a set schedule. Apparently, most kids have a set time they poop. Like Travis. He goes once in the morning and once in the evening. I guess Aiden is like me. You never know when the time will come. Not to mention Aiden's bowels are all sorts of messed up. He had horrible constipation for a year that made him bleed and cry, EVERY TIME. These days he has diarrhea more often than not. So now instead of bleeding, he's got diaper rash. At least I can medicate the rash.
I don't know when to put Aiden on the potty. He will only sit on the potty if I bribe him. So I started letting him put a sticker on his potty chart every time he sat on the toilet. I try to do it every night before bed, but he's never peed during that time (I read a book or two to distract him from getting off). I don't really have time to do the potty in the morning or when we get home from work/daycare. I guess I need to find the time. It's just that it's such a fight getting him on that toilet. If he needs to sit on it for 10 minutes at a time, that is about 20 minutes of our time. The other ten minutes is spent begging him to sit on the damn potty.
I even tried buying Pull-ups with Buzz Lightyear on them. We told him he can wear the big boy pants when he goes pee pee on the potty. He was excited about the Toy Story pants, but apparently not excited enough.
To get him even remotely excited about the potty, we let him decorate it with stickers of Spiderman and Elmo. We spent a week or two just looking at the stickers on his really awesome potty before he would actually sit on it.
I've come up with a new method of bribery: He gets to watch TV if he sits on the potty. We rarely let him watch TV during the week, so that's a HUGE deal. It worked for 30 minutes last night!
Except now I'm worried he's going to get a hemorrhoid.