Moana is in the process of potty training herself. I am not pushing it on her but I do ask her several times a day if she wants to go shi shi on the potty. Sometimes she says yes, sometimes she says no, and generally I've been taking her direction on it all. Lately there have been more yes than no answers so the potty thing has become semi regular.
I'm new to potty training and still have not read a lot about the techniques of how to do so with a toddler, but I think so far it's going fairly well.
Last night she went poo poo on the potty and got a lot of praise. So tonight before her bath I put her on the potty (after she said yes). She went shi shi and then said 'poo poo'. Ok, I figured that meant she should stay there a bit longer. I didn't bring any books into the bathroom so I figured we would sing to pass the time. I tried Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with her but she said, "No, Mama. A, B, C!" So we sang the alphabet song several times.
I'm not sure how it started, but somehow Moana started saying 'POO POO!!!" instead of one of the letters... and we were giggling... so I chimed in and took it a little further...
"a, b, c, d, e, f, POO POO, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, o, POO POO, q, r, POO POO, t, u, POO POO, w, POO POO, Y, and POO POO..."
She laughed so hard every time I sang that! It was hysterically cute. Then she took a dump. Nicely done.
I asked if she was all pau (Hawaiian word for done) and she said, "More poo poo." I thought that was odd b/c she had just taken a good sized dump, how could there possibly be more? But then again I wasn't about to put her into her bubble bath if there indeed was more poo poo coming, so she stayed on the potty. And insisted I sing the song. Well, it worked before right? So let me sing it again...
And again... and again...
I'm sure I sang it more than the alleged 7x that you need to hear something to allow it to permanently stick in your brain (and who am I kidding? Toddlers only need to hear something once to have it etched on their brains permanently). I kept thinking, "Kirsten is going to kill me when I take her back to daycare next week and she's singing our version of the POO POO alphabet song."
20 minutes later, after lots of giggling over the word POO POO, she was still insisting that there was more poo poo. My patience was wearing a bit thin by this point and her bubble bath was getting cold, so I told her to push it out. She repeated, "Push it out!" Then somehow I think I taught her the phrase, "Push out the big one!"
She never did go again, but yes, I taught my daughter the Poo Poo Alphabet Song and the phrase, "Push out the big one!" tonight. Mama did a bad bad thing.