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.

13 comments:

  1. yeah...good job! BTW Tyler did not poo on potty until he was 5 after his ostomy closeure.

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  2. Thanks guys! Janel, Tyler had a late diagnosis and his ostomy at 4 didnt he?, wow i couldnt imagine going through that, at that age....

    Dylan has just done it this once, and it was after he had "filled" a diaper. It was just an itty bitty poo, but a little poo is progress, I cant complain!

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  3. Yayayayayayayay!!!! Keep up the positive praise and persevere, not a small feat by far! Well done x

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  4. That IS encouraging!!! We have to celebrate those little victories.....they help us keep our hope us!

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  5. AWESOME!!!! That is such great news, and you're right. We always celebrate poop success, because poop is life. It sounds strange to others, but not to those who understand:)

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  6. Awesome news, Yay Dylan keep it up buddy

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  7. Yay!! My little HD guy is nearing 3, but I'm not even thinking about it yet. I may get the potty chair out and see what he thinks about it, but we're not going to get serious for a while. But it's so good to hear success stories!!

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  8. Good for Dylan, yay! Florian is moving along as well. He understands what the potty is for, occasionally goes and poos every time he sits on it. He's not 100% ready psychologically and we're not pushing. We're encouraging and hoping he'll get there by September since he's starting kindergarden and they don't accept kids with diapers. How frustrating, huh?!

    Anyway, keep it up Dylan, you'll get there!!

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  9. Jessica, thats what i did for Dylan too. I always offered and introduced the potty/potty chair, but kind of just let him let me know when he was ready...

    Jelly, we had this little bit of success, and then Dylan has just shut it out again. Doesnt want a thing more to do with the toilet. But he has had alot of issues with loose stool and going several times in a few hours, so Im thinking just to lay off of it again until he lets me know hes ready. But he does keep pulling his diaper off, which is always reminding me to REMIND HIM that he needs to go to the toilet if he is so determined not to wear a diaper! lol

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  10. So I am pretty sure I love your blog. I wish we could have a cup of coffee. You get it, you understand and wow that is an amazing feeling. I wish I would have found you months ago. Aidan is on a half cap of Miralax a day and does not have just a few stools, he almost has something in his diaper all the time. If we reduce the Miralax he gets constipated. I get so incredibly frustrated!!!!! He has never had a col. bag but had a pull through surgery at one month. I will probably read this blog the rest of the day!

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  11. I have just found your comment! Thank you for your nice words...feel free to leave comments or email me directly...I love talking to other moms who are traveling the same path we have traveled...It is difficult and it helps not to have to do it alone but have the support of other parents...!

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  12. My little boy aged 3 has just had his pull through operation 09/05/10. We are really struggling with nappy rash and we have been given so little information as to what to expect - do you know of anyone who has gone through a late diagnosis?? and expected recovery.

    Many thanks in advance
    T Gregory (UK)

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