Well, cr*p.

Apr 28, 2014

Let me just go ahead and warn you that this is a post about poop.
Yes, poop. Lots and lots of it.

For some reason, unbeknownst to me, Maddie has reverted back to doing the dirty in her panties. Yes, it's nasty. 
Now, it's not a one accident type thing where I patiently remind her to do her biz in the potty, clean it up, she then goes #2 in the potty like a sweet little child and done deal for the day.
Oh, no no no no no no. 

She has taken to somehow stealing away like a ninja (probably while I'm crying over a basket of Easter candy because of the last 10x I've cleaned up poo that day) to hide and soil her panties...oh, I don't know...every hour or so. You think I'm kidding. I'm not.
The amount of panties we have gone through these past few weeks is unreal.
When she had just started doing this cr*p (no pun intended), I was nicely rinsing them and throwing them in the wash. Laaa dee daaaa. 
Now I'm just tossing most of them.
Should I keep these? Nahhh. 
We have an underwear tree in the backyard!
It's all goooood. 


I have gone through most of the stages of grief associated with potty training regression- denial, anger, bargaining, depression ...and now I am getting dangerously close to accepting the fact that she may never poo in the pod ever again.

This is not good, friends. Not good at all.

I am getting so tired.
So frustrated.
Sooooo lost as to what to do with this problem.
I have tried bribing, I have tried encouragement, I have tried reprimanding...and even timeouts...which I definitely think are a mistake when it comes to potty training, but I seriously have started to lose my mind and don't know what to do anymore.
I feel like all I do all day is clean up poo. Well, because that is all I do all day!
She was fully potty trained and doing so well.
She was so proud of herself. I was so proud of myself (ha)....everything was quite peachy.
Well, not the case any mas. 

I know I'm not the only mama out there that has dealt with this.
Any tips? Anyone? Help.

Well, Mad's is up from her nap...and that probably means there is a mess to clean up.
Did I mention she also finger paints beautiful poopy masterpieces with it all over her bed?


Sheena, I sympathize with you.


  1. Ooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhh, it will get better. I can't tell you when, but it will, I promise! Wish I could be more comforting than that. Been there, though, and done that. All of it, including the crying. It will get better again.

  2. Oh Camille, potty training is THE biggest B of motherhood, I hold to that declaration with my whole being. There has not been another thing that has made me feel so desperate and out of control and grossed out. It is the worst. Bernadette would pee in outfit after outfit just because she didn't like that previous outfit anymore. It made my blood boil.

    But poo is the absolutely worst, so I will pray pray that this stops and SOON!!!!

  3. One of my sons did that after we moved. My MIL told me it was probably due to stress of the change? Anything significant change in your daughter's life? Would threatening to go back to diapers/pull-ups do the trick? Do a sticker chart for each no-poop-in-panties day and reward her when she's filled it? If she has an "accident" rather than starting from day one, just take off a sticker (or you can do it Candyland style with a "road" you follow and when you reach the end, reward her with something). Anyway, I feel for ya! I have four kids and have yet to potty train my last one (hope to this summer).

  4. My daughter was doing this so I showed her a stash of pull ups and told her to poo in those. It worked like a charm. It lasted a few months and now she's back to going in the potty. Good luck!

  5. I have no thoughts, really, only terror because I need to my potty train my about-to-turn-three-year-old. I'm scurrrred....though apparently I, uh, had a similar problem when I was little and can tell you with total confidence that I now ALWAYS use the toilet for #2s. So, you know...there's hope...

  6. Hi Camille,
    This also happened to Stella when her little brother was born. Even though she was done with nappies, we put them back on and that comforted her and after a week or so, she was done for good. I think I was afraid to go back to nappies but it was worth it and didn't last at all. Good luck!


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