The dreaded time has arrived for me to tackle (not tickle) potty-training. It was a rather last minute decision. Harrison has this week off between his regular school year and summer program. I thought it would be a great opportunity. Going alongside my general thoughts of, you can establish any new habits in three days, I thought giving myself three full days of nothing but potty training would be sufficient. I was wrong. Very wrong.
I knew two plans of action going into potty training:
1. Put him on the potty every 30 minutes even if he doesn't have to go
2. Have a reward planned for both #1 and #2
Tuesday (Day 1):
So, he got right up and went potty in his toilet immediately, that morning. Victory! 30 minutes later...didn't go. 10 minutes later...#1 in high chair...awesome. 30 minutes later....pee and poo in the toilet...MAJOR VICTORY! 5 minutes later...#2 in his underwear....apparently he wasn't done and mommy gagged like crazy. Too gross to clean out. I had to throw out the underwear. I wasn't prepared for this. H had one more accident that day and he was done. I also learned that he loved to go pee pee outside (much to Adam's dismay and adamant disapproval, but I'm doing the training, he isn't). So we played outside a lot with just his underwear on and no drawers (i.e pictures above were from Day 1). It was much easier to just abandon the shorts. He may have pottied on his shoes at one point though. Please note that after 3 hours, I was ready to throw in the towel. For some reason, I didn't. I still want to...sort of.
Major Learning: If he says yes to having to go potty, don't turn your head for a minute to grab something. Stop what you are doing and get him. Once he decided he had to go, there was no waiting. Which, I can't blame him. I'm the same way.
Wednesday (Day 2):
Much better than Day 1. Two peepee accidents in the morning. One was outside the shower after his daddy turned the water on, which leads me to my major learning. Prizes are working like a charm.
Major Learning: Harrison is just like me, when I hear running water, it makes me have to go too. Especially the shower.
Thursday (Day 3):
Well, it is 4:00 and we haven't had an accident so far. Well, not really. I took Harrison to a little store to find a birthday present and he was running around the store with another boy, when I noticed a trickle spot. I immediately grabbed him and put him on the toilet and he peed his body weight. Major Disaster Averted. But this is my fault. He told me 2 minutes before that he had to pee and I took him, then he said no when he realized it wasn't his toilet. I should have made him go on it anyway.
Major Learning: I was really wrong about 3 days. He doesn't know when to tell me yet. Or maybe he does, but since I take him every 30 minutes, he doesn't have a chance to.
So, I was complaining about this to Allison the other day, and she helped me to realize how great I have it. She reminded me that at least I have the opportunity to potty train. She was sitting at Duke Children's Hospital that had very sick kids. Boy, did it help to put things in perspective. It is hard to potty train, but I'm glad I get to.
My next question is: when do they learn how to wipe themselves. I'd almost rather do the diaper. Cleaning a hiney from a #2 is much different now. Makes me gag.
For the record...these photos are on the blog, because I couldn't stop cracking up when I saw him with a stethoscope on a tractor with no pants. It may have made me trickle my pants. Now, I know where Harrison gets it from :)