Friday I got the Potty Training Bug. You know, that desire to potty train your toddler. I packed up the diapers, put them away and told him no more diapers Nolan! We pee in the potty now, like a big boy!
So. I caught him squatting and managed to get him to the potty in time to drop a little deposit in, but I was less successful catching the pee face. Mainly because Nolan doesn’t have a pee face. He peed on the carpet, near the bookshelf and was instantly apologetic. I said “that’s okay babe, next time we go pee in the potty!” And he just said “okay Mommy!”
Then about half an hour later, he peed in the kitchen, right on the newspaper I was saving for Matt to check job postings. He told me immediately, since I didn’t catch him doing it (I was preoccupied with Archer). So, that kind of counts right? Peeing on newspaper? No. Damn. Again, I repeated the “we pee on the potty” speech as I cleaned up the mess. I didn’t make a big bad deal about it, like I never do. Pee’s pee, after all. Besides, he’s already ruined the carpets with fruit juice anyway. What’s a little pee?
Here’s where the problem arises: and that problem is Matt and I. We both get lazy. Potty training is hard and you have to be on top of it all the time, and that’s kinda hard with a newborn and all that jazz. So, around dinner time we sort of gave up and put the diaper on, because Nolan kept asking for it. And he wore a diaper to bed, of course. We’re still miles away from going diaperless at night.
Then, when Nolan woke up yesterday morning, I should have taken his diaper off and continued about our lesson. But Matt went back to bed and I was exhausted and lazy so I didn’t. That was my bad.
When Matt woke up, we went to the EYC drop in play group for a while, and we obviously can’t potty train there because, well…I have no idea how to go about potty training in public. Suggestions, anyone? When we got home, Nolan had lunch (sat on his brother. Sigh) and then went down for quiet time. I can’t leave his diaper off during quiet time because that usually ends up with him peeing/pooping ALL over his bedroom and that’s a mess I would like to avoid if possible.
After quiet time, I took off his diaper and told him “no more diapers Nolan, we’re gonna go in the potty!” and then he wanted to go into the bathroom. He went into the bathroom and set up his potty seat, all by himself, and then spent the next half of an hour sitting on the toilet. I couldn’t coax him off it. Of course, he didn’t pee or poop while on the toilet but about 15 minutes later, while he was sitting at his Thomas desk, he peed. He ran over to me and told me, and again apologized. I didn’t make a big deal about it, just told him next time to try to make it to the potty, or tell me, and cleaned it up.
The rest of the afternoon was literally amazing. Nolan would get the urge, say “Eee! Ooo! Haa!” (just like in the Potty Book) and run over to his potty to pee. Half the time, it was just little dribbles but still I got just as excited about those little dribbles because he was getting the sensation. During dinner time, he jumped off his chair and ran to his potty, sat down and peed the biggest pee that potty ever did see!!!
We put a diaper on him at bed time, but he actually begged us not to. We told him when he starts waking up dry, we’ll ditch night time diapers.
This morning, as soon as I went into his room I took off his [wet] diaper and changed him into a warm shirt (since we’re waiting on undies until we have no accidents). It’s nearly 10am and he hasn’t gone in the potty yet, but he also hasn’t gone anywhere else. He’s not feeling the greatest so I’m a little nervous. While sitting on the potty this morning, he threw up. I think it’s just him getting rid of all the mucus build up from his winter-long cold, but still.
Right now, as I write this, he’s sitting on the potty seat in the bathroom. Yup. He asked to use the “other potty” instead of his potty chair (which sits in the living room, in front of the TV just in case he has to go but doesn’t want to leave the living room. I’m nothing but not prepared, and I totally understand the not wanting to miss important parts in a good TV show). He occasionally does this, prefers the big potty to the little potty, especially if he has to “poop” (aka fart), but he likes his “me time” and sends us out of the bathroom.
But seriously, I am now officially determined. No more laziness. Yes, it’s hard potty training with a newborn but it’s never going to get any easier, and now that I know he understands and is ready (more or less, with a little encouragement), we can do this. We will do this.
This is Day 3, although technically speaking yesterday and Friday were “half days”, and so will most days because we go to the EYC and I’m really not sure at all how we’ll do potty training in public, since Nolan thinks diapers = freedom to pee…but still. Day 3. I’m very optimistic about today!