So some of you might want to look away from this post because yes, I'm totally going there. It appears the time has come to walk this frightening road of potty training. Call me crazy, but I've never been one to look forward to this. Yes, it's a pain having to change 2 kid's diapers all day long, but at the same time? Having them in diapers allows me to be in control. (yes, I have issues.)
We've never really pushed potty training because I've always heard to just watch for the signs and you'll know when your child is ready. So we have a little Cars potty seat he'll sit on from time to time, but nothing regularly really. However, this week that all changed. Manny has really been asking to go to the potty more and more, and every time I'd let him, he'd actually go #1. (To keep this as vague as possible, I'll be saying #1 and #2. I'm confident you can figure out what those are referring to.) I still wasn't sure how serious he was about it though. But that all changed on Tuesday. He was playing in the living room, but then stopped and ran off. I thought he went back to his room to play, so I was doing some stuff in the kitchen. A few minutes later, I hear him clapping and yelling, "Mama I did it! Yay!" I go back there to find him on the toilet. He had removed his diaper and pants on his own, put the potty seat on the toilet, and gone all by himself. Pretty sure this was my sign that I couldn't stop ignoring.
Since he's had a cold all this week, I haven't sent him to MDO and it's actually been a great week to work on it. We've gone full time undies (I keep saying panties and Patrick keeps correcting me) and he's done really well with it. He's had 2 accidents, and both were when he was outside playing. I think maybe because he just didn't want to stop playing? When I taught 2nd grade, I even had a few boys that would occasionally wet their pants at recess because they didn't want to stop playing to go to the bathroom, so that's just a guess. He rarely tells me he needs to go potty. I just make sure to take him often (whether he wants to or not) and he goes almost every time. How long will it take to get to the point that he tells me he needs to go? Am I developing a habit this way?
We had our first big success today in that he wore undies when we went out for lunch! I've been worried about this but decided I need to take the plunge as most people seem to tell me go all or nothing. We met Megan and Eli at Chick-fil-a for lunch and to play. I took him to the bathroom when we got there and right before we left, and he went both times. By the time we got home, it'd been about 30 minutes and I knew I should take him again. However, MB was screaming her head off because she was hungry, and Manny had climbed up to the table to work puzzles as soon as we walked in the door. So I decided I'd feed Maeva, then take him to the bathroom. Rookie mistake. Within a few minutes, he yelled, "Oh no, momma! I peepeed! It's a mess!" And sure enough, he had gone. So I kind of take responsibility for that one. I still call it a successful outing in undies despite that mishap at the end. At least we were at home to change and clean-up! I know that won't always be the case.
Also, he hasn't gone #2 since we've started all this. Yes, he still wears a diaper at night and for naps, so I was hoping that might be when he'd do it during this transition. I've heard going #2 on the toilet typically comes long after the initial part of potty training for #1.
So to make a long story short (yeah right): I feel like I have no clue what I'm doing. I'm just kind of flying by the seat of my pants here and letting him lead the way, but I know there are probably certain things I could be doing to help him. I understand every child is different so what works for some won't work for others, but I'd love to hear any advice you have on how you potty trained your kids. Sorry for the rambling post, but I wanted to write some of this down for my memory, as goodness knows....it is NON-existent these days.
Have a great weekend friends! :)