Merry Mondays {Linky party} – Doing it the “X” way

It’s never good news when your child is sick. But in my case, I may be secretly rejoicing when I learnt that Sophie was having diarrhea as she was going through a teething phase.

Now before you drop your jaws and do a second take on what I just wrote, you must understand that my dear daughter is no party pooper. In fact, she’s not a pooper at all, period.


Since May last year, she had developed a fear for pooing after she had a brush with very bad constipation. Trust me, we tried almost every single remedy from the doctors, to well meaning advice from friends and relatives. And till now, she still has days when she refuses to let it out by clenching her butt cheeks tight.

Boy, does he look constipated

And so after a week of diarrhea, we thought that she’ll go back to her constipated ways since she had gone without a single poo for the past two days. Then something happened yesterday.

Sophie woke up from her nap, walked over to me while I was seated on the floor and told me, “See mummy, I open my legs like X and hold on to your shoulder and push.” Immediately I knew that she had to poo. And push she did, as I saw beads of perspiration rolled down her forehead.

After a few more pushes, she beamed and told me, ” The poo poo come out!”

And that my friend, made my day and no doubt hers as well. She got rewarded with stickers as we heaped on the praises and encouragement for her to continue her efforts to poo on her own.

So do rejoice with us and we hope that this “X” stance will in time, “X-terminate” her fear of pooing.

Is there anything that made your weekend? Do share your happy memories as we face a new week ahead. Oh and if you’ve got a happy, merry, funny post, do remember to link up on my Merry Mondays linky party.


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  1. Lisa March 20, 2012 at 5:03 am Reply

    Amazing that she was able to so concisely verbalize how the “x” helped her!!! And great tip. Constipation can be scary. I read an article in Parents magazine once. We haven’t started potty training our 19mo old yet. But I’ll remember the X!

    • Susan March 21, 2012 at 1:47 am Reply

      Hi Lisa,
      I’m glad that she found her “X”. But each child is different, so maybe for your child it could be something else. Just be observant and you’ll find what works best for him.

  2. Lee Lee March 20, 2012 at 7:59 pm Reply

    I can identify with Little Sophie. on the 5th day of my surgery, I had constipation and had to visit the restroom 3 times in order to get it out. It was a torture XD

    • Susan March 21, 2012 at 1:50 am Reply

      Oh gosh Lee Lee, it was the same with me! Battling with constipation and then diarrhea after the operation. When Sophie had her constipation, I kept recalling my own experience and kept reminding myself to be patient. After all, having constipation is not a good feeling and she must have wished that it was easier too.

  3. Madeline March 20, 2012 at 8:14 pm Reply

    Oh man! My girl refuses to poop in the potty too! She will only poo in her diapers and I really don’t know how to (or rather I don’t have time to) potty train her. Argg.. Guess I just have to be patient.. Hopefully my girl will suddenly tell me she can poop in her potty like ur little girl haha 🙂

    • Susan March 21, 2012 at 1:51 am Reply

      Never give up Madeline. For us, it has been a long journey… one which I’ve blogged about, talked about on FB and had countless conversations with friends over. Yipe so be patient and hopefully it will happen very soon.

  4. Ai Sakura March 20, 2012 at 9:39 pm Reply

    well done Sophie! 🙂 so glad she overcame her fears even at such a tender age.. I had constipation a few times and it was such a terrible feeling ;/

    • Susan March 21, 2012 at 1:55 am Reply

      I hope that this continues then we can all heave a sigh of relief.

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