First let me apologize for the poop picture. Perhaps you are eating or just not that into poop pictures. But I'm sure most of you are moms and will understand that he may as well of laid a golden egg in this picture. Behold...the first poo in the potty! But before you get anxious or anything about your almost-two-year-old who's not doing this yet, let me tell you the full story.
First, here is the cute part. I spent the morning explaining to Max that we would have no more diapers in the day time and that he would do all business in the potty. I left him diaperless and set it in the bathroom when we were in the bathroom and in the living room when we were in the living room, etc. Every so often I'd say "If you have to go, use your potty" to which he would reply with a firm nod and a "Yuss", my heart would melt like butter, and we'd continue our activities. He of course took much interest in the potty, taking it apart and using it as a hat. At first discouraged this, but quickly gave up on that. How could I say "Use the potty, it's for you sweetie...No, stop that, don't...PUT IT DOWN NOW!" So I began to doubt my efforts in the whole thing. Then to my surprise he came to me on the couch, said "Caca?", tugged my hand and began to clap (self-applause is his way to say he's done something we'll be really proud of). He led me to the potty and knocked my socks off with this tiny (but HUGE) success. His reward was a few chocolate chips and we went along our way quite proud and happy.
So he got it. But, this is where things got messy. See, our living room, dining area and kitchen are just one continuous space. There is no way to spend the day blocked off together in the kitchen as the boot camp potty training sites recommend. And as the day went on he proceeded to pee on the floor, chairs, couch and rug about 8 times. Each time we would clean it up together and talk about the potty. But the pressure and my eventual frustration started to get to the little guy. By the 6th or 7th accident he no longer wanted to help clean up and would instead take some aggression out on the potty. Crying and kicking it around. For the rest of the day he was extra clingy, constipated, slept a lot and had no appetite. And he kept asking for "la la" (aka chocolate). I'm pretty sure I've traumatized my baby. I had good intentions, but this was a complete mom fail!.
From here I really don't know how to proceed. Should I try to continue, or wait a couple weeks and reintroduce this whole thing? Should I stop being so cheap and just by a book about it already? If so which one?? If any of you have experience with this any feedback would be a big help...