Jake and I started the dreaded journey of potty training. I have said that I was going to wait until he was close to three to start training him, but ever since he turned two I have really felt that he was so close to started. He wasn’t interested, but I was say other cues that led me to think he would be ready. SOOO…
I started reading information. I was clueless. The only thing I did know was I was not going to buy pull-ups and once we started I wasn’t going back to diapers. So you see why I wanted to wait to start. While I was trying to figure opt what to do I had a conversation with Jim’s mom and she told me about the 7 days and $75 method. The general idea is parents stay at home with the child for several days and allow the child to walk around the house naked all day long. The potty is put out so it is constantly available to the child. Parents regularly remind the child to use the potty when necessary. Rosemond argues that children won’t tolerate urine and feces running down their legs, and will quickly learn to go to the potty to avoid accidents. The $75 is for carpet cleaning.
Well I thought this would be perfect. I need my carpet cleaned anyway why not give it a try. So I set the date Monday, March 26. No more diapers! We started telling Jake that he was going to start going on the big boy potty and we named all of the different ways to go on the potty.
Well D-Day came this morning. When Jake woke up we took his diaper off and he ran around all day with one of Jim’s T-Shirts on. We sat him on the potty and he wasn’t thrilled to be there. But if you remember from my last post Jake loves to blow out candles. So we had candles in the bathroom for him to blow out every time he sat on the potty. He didn’t go. I set the timer on the microwave for 20 minutes. When it beeped we ran to the bathroom. He sat, blew out candles, and got up. Set the timer again…it beeped. Same result as last time. Set timer….this went on for three hours. I knew that he was getting close to going since he continued to drink in between sessions. Around 10 the timer went off and we ran to the potty. He did the same as the previous tries, but he started to really squirm like a worm. I told him what he needed to do to go tinkle and finally HE WENT! HE smiled so BIG! It was great. So his reward is to flush the toliet and wash his hands. He was pumped!
He contined to go tinkle in the potty the rest of the day without ANY accidents today.
I guess you are wondering if he went #2. Well here is that story: right after lunch we sat on the potty. I knew that he would have to go #2 because he ALWAYS does so we tried. NO luck! So we went back into the living room. He was sitting reading a book and all the sudden he stands up takes off his shirts and RUNS to the bathroom saying “mommy I HAVE to go potty.” I ran in there behind him and he is on the potty looking at me telling me to “go back in there.” about 2 seconds later there is #2 in the potty and he is off looking in the toilet to see what just happened. I did the potty dance and he was able to hand me the brand new wipes that we had been saving to use for this very special occasion.
So to sum up 13 hours of potty training on our first day with one word I would say: SUCCESS!!!!
I am so proud of him!
p.s. this is a long post and I am not going to reread it so if there are mistakes please forgive me!