Potty Training…

We have struggled and tried and tried and struggled to potty train number five for quite some time now.  He turns three in November! 

It’s not working.

Don’t get me wrong, we have times, nearly whole days even, when he goes potty regularly.  Often even.  Poops and everything.

Mostly he just isn’t cooperating.  We’ve done everything we can think of, videos (ugh, I can’t believe we resorted to videos.) walking around bottomless with the potty chair in the living room, stickers, m&m’s , happy dances, you name it, we’ve tried it.  It’s number five remember.  The older FOUR are all potty pros at this point.  What gives???  What happened that I can’t get #5 to make this step?????

Here’s the funny part.  There are times, totally random times, when he wants to use the potty.  And NOW.  We’re not usually prepared because really there is usually a refusal.  This weekend we were out of town visiting my new niece (who is utterly beautiful btw) and went to Mass at our old parish church.  It was nice being back “home” and seeing everyone and attending Mass with the extended family (parents and siblings).  Nice that is, until # 5 started calling out “I need to go potty” after Mass started.  We tried to say “ok, that’s nice sweetie, now listen to Fr.” but he would NOT be dismissed and continued more fervently that he MUST go potty NOW.  We were bewildered.  We can’t get the kid to come near the toilet at home, but Mass????  What the heck??

So, dh took him, and wouldn’t you know it?  The kid went. 

Maybe I need to be PRAYING for potty training…