March 30, 2010

A birthday is a blessing in so many ways

This past Saturday, March 27th was Dylan's 4th birthday! I cannot help but to feel so blessed this time every year. When he was born there was that small doubt that he would ever celebrate a birthday at all when he was in critical condition. Now, 4 years later, I can only express the way I feel by saying that we are blessed and think back every year about what he has overcome and are truly thankful that God has let us keep our little guy who has truly beat the odds. All parents know that their child's birthday is special, but when you have a child with a medical disorder who has pulled through so many difficult times, it really puts in perspective how blessing a birthday can be.

March 14, 2010

A little success brings alot of HOPE!

Dylan's fourth birthday is coming up in a few weeks. Everyone knows that I have taken this potty training thing slowly, not forcing him to do it afraid that forcing him would just scare him away from it all. Well, FINALLY, a little success.

Dylan spent an hour or so at my mother in laws a week or so ago, so I could run some errands. She said that he went to the bathroom, climbed up on the toilet, and peed on his own. I will admit at first I was a little skeptical, like "uh yeah right"...Just because this has been such an issue for Dylan. He always would SIT there but never wanted to do the real thing.

Ok, back to the topic, Dylan is in this "streaking" phase. He will not wear clothes and also always wants to take his diaper off. So last night I used it to my advantage, and kept insisting that he try to use the potty. Dylan has now finally realized that he can make himself pass gas, ok a little gross I know, but us HD parents are unaffected by gross. So while he was sitting on the potty I explained to him, "Try to fart, remember how you do when Mom diapers you, push and try to fart"...and he did....and guess what happened...He did his first poop in the potty. I know, I know, seems modest to brag about a little poop. But as parents of children with Hirschsprungs Disease I think we can all agree that everything about our lives so far has been about poop. So yes, we can brag about poo in the potty!!!!!!

This has been a long time coming for us, Dylan is almost 4. Now, I have no idea if things will keep going this easily. I don't exactly know if he is ready for potty training at a more serious aspect. But we will try, and that is all we can do. At least now my worries are put to rest because I know he can do this, I know he has the ability to control it a little. My plan of taking things slow and just letting him try when he is ready has worked. Not an absolute success yet, but this little bit of success shows there is hope and I am excited to see where this takes us.

I hope this gives other hirschsprungs parents hope, and if it shows you anything it should show you just to have patience and things will happen on their own. Encourage your child to use the potty but don't push it...It all happens when they are ready. And for us we are finally on the right path and are ready to tackle this potty training full force now....I know it won't happen over night, and it isn't going to be simple...But we are ready to give it a "real" shot and let Dylan conquer it as he feels ready. Good luck to the rest of you that may be on the potty training path. A little success can bring alot of hope, it has for us.