Sunday, April 22, 2007

So Much for THAT

Last night as we were getting Casey ready for bed, he insisted he wanted to wear his underwear and not a pull-up. This isn't something we've ever discussed with him. His pull-up is soaked when he wakes up in the morning, and it doesn't matter if we let him have water before bed or not. It's pretty much always soaked. So I know that nighttime toilet training will take quite a bit of effort for us. We'd sort of decided we'd wait until after I took the bar exam and try toilet training him in late summer/early fall. I have no idea if this is particularly late for nighttime toilet training, but our pediatrician told me at his four-year-check-up not too worry too much about it. He explained that many kids wet their bed well into their elementary school years (good times) and that some kids just don't have that kind of control until around age 6. So I haven't worried about it.

But when Casey asked, we weren't going to fight him on it. We made sure we put the rubber sheet/pad under his sheet. We kissed him good night, and he snoozed away. Around 10:30pm, when I was getting ready for bed, I woke him up and took him to the bathroom to urinate. And he did. Quite a lot.

When Jason came to bed at 2:45am (don't ask), he checked on Casey, who was still dry.

At 5:45am, I heard Casey coughing, so I went to check on him. His bed wasn't soaked or anything, but he was definitely wet. And a little upset about it. I sent him to the bathroom to pee while I changed the sheets and got him some dry clothes. He'll shower before he gets dressed.

I feel a little badly for him. But I'm not sure I have it in my to wake up every 3-4 hours all night long just to check on him and take him to the bathroom. Well, that's not exactly true. I mean, I am up every at least every 4 hours between the two of the kids as it is. . . but it seems like waking him up twice between 8pm and 6am would be awfully disruptive to his sleep. Sigh.

So I guess we'll just have to see how it goes . . .

3 comments:

Danielle said...

Karen,
I just wanted to say hello, congratulate you on your upcoming graduation, and wish you the best of luck (though, entirely unneeded) with the bar.
I still check out your blog every few weeks and thoroughly enjoy it . . . despite the fact that I am neither married nor a mother!
I am sure that our paths will cross again in the near future. Until then, take good care.
~Danielle M.

Leda said...

Uggh, I don't envy you. It is SUCH a challenge. I have one that as soon as he was dry day time, he was dry all the time, and another son who still has occasional accidents. He has been through the nose inhaler, medications, everything - nothing works. The urologist says - maybe after puberty - sigh...

My saving grace is that my little one from China came to me about 80% potty trained...to be 20 months and wearing underwear is amazing to me. I've been told girls are easier though...I don't know.

Anonymous said...

getting up in the middle of the night gets to be a challenge....but well worth it when your child actually makes it through the night without a wet sheet. it's really saving on the number of loads of wash we do.

when is graduation?

alison frm dallas.