My son just turned 30 months the other day and we have been planning to potty train him for about a month and a half now. We decided to take advantage of our week and a half day care closure and stay home to help him on his journey to becoming a big kid.
For the last year I have read multiple articles on whether or not my child is ready to leave diapers behind or not. I got my hands on a few books about potty training, but in all honesty, I feel the best thing for our family is to go by our gut instincts. Besides, our gut feelings come from our own background, our interviews with other parents (including our own), and just plain ol’ let’s just jump in with both feet and see how it goes.
So, below find my first installment of the “Potty Training Chronicles.” Here’s day one:
Erik decides he wants to wake up and start the day. Mom, me, didn’t sleep much the previous night and wants to continue sleeping. Erik jumps into bed with mom and dad.
I decide it’s about time to get the kid into big boy underwear. We get out of bed and strip off the soggy diaper. I have to convince Erik that underwear is a cool thing to wear. He doesn’t believe me until I show him I wear underwear too!
Our first accident. Erik is eating a peanutbutter lollypop and pees in our kitchen corner—right by our coffee maker. We rush to the bathroom and sit for a very short time on the toilet. Mom, that’s me, starts a plastic bag of wet clothes.
Accident two happens. In his excitement about daddy showering, Erik pees in the corner of the master bathroom—right in front of our walk in closet.
Accident three. This time, it was the garbage truck that excited him. So, small puddle at the front door. I wonder if this is his way of marking his territory.
Fast Forward A Few Accidents
It’s the afternoon and my husband is finally home to help with potty training. Guess who went in the potty twice? You got it. Erik. He managed to go in the toilet twice with daddy there to help. He went kicking and screaming but we’ve had two successes and the future looks hopeful. Mama wishes she was able to experience a potty success. Instead she gets to end the day doing a load of laundry.
Stay tuned for the second installment of the “Potty Training Chronicles.”
Bay Area Blind Mom