I think we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel on Emma going #2 in the potty. I’m not sure if there was really one thing that finally got her going in the right direction. At her 3 year old appointment he gave us some laxative type stuff that I was supposed to give her because she was stopped up and resulted in very “big poops” (aren’t you glad you’re reading this) that I think hurt her and scared her which made the whole cycle start again. Well, I never could get the medicine right and all it did was make her have diarrhea in her panties which was even a worse mess than I began with. I finally gave up except to vehemently complaining every time she did that that she should not be doing that and next time she was to use the potty. But in the past few months, when I noticed she had to go–which was obvious by the “streaks” she left beforehand (this post is getting even better, right?)–I would tell her she did not get to put panties or a pull-up on until she pooped. Which I did that specifically because I knew she really wanted one of the two on because she and I both knew she would not poop on our floor. Well, low and behold, she ran in the potty without me even saying anything and went. I of course was about to kiss her feet I was so happy and told her how proud I was of her and hugged her and we had a party! Have you ever partied because of poop? Probably not unless you’ve been in my shoes before. Anyway, I’ve done that a few times and I think she got over whatever fear she had of going. And the funniest of all is when she told me after a single visit to the potty that she had “gone THREE times!” LOL, I’m smiling thinking about it because just tonight she was running around the house with no clothes on and ran up to me and said she had just gone to the potty TWICE! And I heard through the grapevine that she pooped yesterday in the potty at MIL’s. So I think we’re rounding a corner. It’s only been 4 years of changing her poopy diapers/panties/pull-ups and 2 years of serious potty training, but I think she might just master #2 before she turns 4. Hallelujah!