February 6, 2011
Gimmee a Pee!
Something wonderful has been happening in our house... Isaiah is potty trained!!! YAY!! We decided with Isaiah to do things a little different this time around. Part of it, I'll admit, is because I'm lazy. I just didn't want to spend hours upon hours sitting in the bathroom, or forcing fluids down him, or getting him to sit on a potty chair while watching tv. Jacob and Clara were both 3 before they were potty trained and I don't think anything we could have done would have made them use the toilet any sooner. Yeah, some kids are completely potty trained before they are two. A nurse I work with was one of those lucky mothers, both her boys were out of diapers before they were 2, and I hate her for it. Ok, so I don't really, I'm just insanely jealous. I just don't think my kids were willing to give up the diaper until they were 3. With Isaiah, we never bought pull-ups. Maybe they work for some kids, but I think they were a hindrance for mine. We used them with the older 2, but really, I think they are just glorified diapers that still allowed them to poop or pee in their pants with little consequence. I figured I'd just go straight to underwear, and that way he would be really wet/dirty, not like how it feels and be more motivated to use the toilet. I bought underwear for him about a month ago and we'd put the underwear on over his diaper, and encourage him to use the potty. About 2 weeks ago, after changing a monster, nasty poopy diaper one morning, I decided I'd had enough. He would go on the potty sometimes, and he knew when he needed to go - he just wouldn't always want to do it. So I put him in underwear. Said today was as good as any to jump right in. He fought me for a bit, but eventually he decided that it was pretty cool to not have diapers on, plus I told him how happy I was, how happy his teachers at school would be, etc. I loaded his backpack up with plenty of underwear and pants/socks, shirts, etc and sent him off to school after lunch. His teachers are more than willing to help with the whole potty training thing, and I had told them my plan a week or so earlier. He came back in the same clothes, and we've been good since. He did have a couple accidents. The first one, he completely emptied his bladder, the next was just a dribble, and we only had one poop in the underwear but other than that, he's done fabulous! Those accidents helped him to realize that it doesn't feel good to go in his pants. He hasn't had an accident for a week, and while we still do diapers at night, he is completely daytime potty trained! I did promise to buy him a toy once he was using the toilet so I took him to the store and let him pick out a toy...that was a 30 minute ordeal, but it was fun. Over this last month, we've really seen major changes in Isaiah - he's talking more, he no longer demands a drink for bed, he sleeps all night (HUGE!!!) and now he's out of diapers! It sure feels good!