kathy : , proud mama to sean (12/06) and wife to zane :
I can't say for sure, but my guess would be one of to things, or both...#1 would be testing the boundaries both w/ his physical ability to hold it or how full his bladder can get before he has to go (how long after he feels like he might have to) and/or #2 kids can control a few things w/ certainty -- eating, sleeping, and toileting, so maybe he's just asserting his control or independence in this way.
I'm no expert, so I imagine someone else could share some more enlightened wisdom about this, but that's what pops into my head.
PS For a while Cole would tell us he didn't have to go in the morning, having not gone for 12 hrs, and then at 8:54 or something most mornings he would finally go, all over his chair at the kitchen table and with a puddle around it. Lily had to be at school at 9:15. So frustrating!
We've been on a roller coaster ride since. At least he's pretty much pooped in the potty since 9 weeks. However, that pee thing. We thought we were totally done at 25 months. Then at 26 months he stopped telling us and at 27 months he refused to go in the potty. He's 30 month now. We're on vacation and washing training pants is a pain, so we've been more insistent with him.
I really think it's boredom. It's not that big a deal to be wet, but giving up playing--even if it's to sit on the potty 2 inches away--is just not worth it.
Created an instant family (7/89 and 5/91) in 1997. Made a baby boy 12/05 adopted a baby girl 8/08. Ask me about tandem adoptive nursing. Now living as gluten, dairy, cane sugar, and tomato free vegetarians. Homeschooling and loving it.