Yeah, we are still working on potty training. We aren't getting very far either. With a kid like Michael I'm really not that surprised.
Michael is physically ready to potty train. He does have the physical control needed. He can remove his pants. He knows the sensations. I mean, he is 3.5 years old, and most kids his age do have the physical abilities needed to potty train.
What Michael lacks is the emotional readiness. Right now, he's going through a very insecure phase. The binky, which he was doing well without, is now firmly back in the picture. The night waking, which he abandoned at 15 months, is back full force. He's progressing so quickly cognitively that I think he's clinging to being babyish as a way to handle all of the changes.
I'm fine with that, but it does get a little frustrating. We encourage potty training and try to direct him to using the potty throughout the day. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. When he's ready, he'll be ready.
Saturday was a pretty good day for the potty. We were able to convince him to use the potty all morning long. When Michael does use the potty he insists on using the big potty. We have to remove his pants and pull up so that he can climb on up and balance precariously over the bowl. It's pretty funny to watch.
One time, after he climbed off the potty he started to play with the toilet paper. I was expecting him to just start unwinding the entire roll, but instead he tore off a strip about 10 inches long. He reached back, tucked it between his little butt cheeks, and then turned and wiggled his butt at me. "Look mommy, I have a tail."
It was one of the funniest things I've ever seen. It just goes to show that potty training doesn't completely suck. Instead, it just mostly sucks.