It’s been about 2 weeks since we entered into the serious phase of Potty Training our 2/5 yr old. Let me just say, I taught preschool/toddlers for 5 years. Somehow I missed out on the full-on potty training involvement though. Just like everything else with parenthood, it’s never the same until YOU are the parent and YOUR kid is the one who’s wet undies you are obsessed over keeping dry.
We’ve known the potty training phase was on the horizon for a while. But with the little bit of knowledge I do have on the subject, I knew we were NOT going to rush it. Boys are notorious for being hard to train. Like their older counter-parts, little boys seem to have some control issues with regards to the potty…if my hubby’s 20 min poop sessions are any example.
Now that J is getting closer to the big 3, school suggested that we push a little harder so that he could move into the big kid room. (BTW – suddenly realizing your LO is getting older NEVER gets easier. I will be crying every year or more for the next eternity). We already had the little potty set up in the bathroom. He’d managed to use it a few times randomly since we got it. One time about a week after we bought the potty, J pooped in it all on his own! Hooray! Except that I was in the shower at the time. Lovely to jump out of the shower with your hair still soapy so that you can wipe a tiny ass before poop ends up all over the bathroom.
Now that we’re a couple weeks into the “serious” training, J has pretty much got it. And my pretty much, I mean that he gets it when he wants to. He held it for almost 4 hours when we went to the zoo the other day (phew) but then peed 2 times in an hour this morning within 5 feet of the potty. Yay parenthood. Guess we aren’t done with wet pants and laundry every other day yet! Not that I had any misgivings about potty training. I expected there to be an ebb and flow. But at some point I’m going to get really tired of pee on my…well everything. On another note, we totally should have gotten furniture covers when we started this journey. Turns out J’s favorite place to pee his undies is while sitting in Daddy’s favorite chair. LOL.
Really though, he’s doing so great. Such a smart little boy with such a strong spirit. He’ll get it 100% soon enough. For now, we’ll deal with the accidents and slight pee smell in our house, and love him all the same.
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Thanks for sharing your story! Glad to hear it’s going well with your little dude. It can be a struggle but they tend to figure it out.
Here’s our journey if you’re interested: https://leviandlaura.wordpress.com/2016/02/16/potty-training-by-the-book/