About 5 weeks ago I decided to potty train Noah. Now, for a few months we have had the potty chair out (Elmo, his best friend and the best potty chair out there known to man and boy). I would have him sit on it whenever, usually in the mornings. He would watch Dora or Diego or Sesame Street and I would nurse Titus. That has been our routine for a little while now. So, he began realizing what the potty chair was, and what was supposed to happen. He would come to me and tell me he was “poopy mommy” so I figured it was about time to start him on it. I wanted to do it before Titus, but most of the advice given to me was to wait, he would regress to get attention. So I waited. Well, I got this great book, “How to potty train your child in a day” or something like that. It had great methods and ideas, and things to think about. Basically she dedicated one day to having a potty party and treats and movies and everything and spend the whole day just potty training. You start out with a doll and “teach” the doll what to do on the potty. I found a doll that wet diapers and wrapped it up for Noah. He loved the present. He even named it himself! Baby Mishee. I have no idea where that name came from…baby Mishee? I asked. Yeah, he says. OK. I am amazed at the creativity already there in Noah. An imagination already? WOW. I just didn’t realize that would already start happening! He was amazed at Baby Mishee going pee and poo in the potty (used those bite sized prunes, perfect for baby poo!) Noah’s eyes got so wide when he saw Baby Mishee poo in the potty. Well, after Noah’s nap I put him in real underware. Diego. He loved them. UNTIL. Until he had to go potty and realized there was something coming out! Oh did he cry and cry. I would rush him to the bathroom, pull down the underware, and he would scream and not want to go on the potty. I was stunned. He loved going on it before, and now? I kept trying that night, he kept screaming for his diaper back. I tried the next day, but to no avail…he hated the potty, and thought I don’t know…that his body was coming apart or something? I stopped. I didn’t want him afraid of the potty, and I couldn’t handle his screaming and crying, honestly!
Well, two weeks ago, I don’t know what came over me…I was done waiting. I knew he was getting it, and thought maybe it was the right time again…maybe now that he knew really what was going on, he wouldn’t be scared anymore. I had been getting him to do what we had done before. Watch TV and potty. He was quicker now to say he had gone potty and loved to celebrate. So, I put him in pull ups the first day. He had to go to daycare that day, so I just let them know to take him when his friend Ariana went. IT WORKED! YEE HAW! It just clicked for him all of a sudden! I went ahead that night and put him in regular underwear (DIEGO) and no accidents that night! So then I put him in regular underwear the next day instead of pull ups. There was one accident at the daycare, but really…he did and Excellent job! He was telling me when he needed to go and everything. I am still amazed that my little guy has grown up so much. Independent. He has had only one accident this week, because he was playing in the gym and didn’t want to stop. Typical boy. He is so amazing!
Granma Pat got Noah a hat to celebate. He is so cute in it I can’t believe it! He wears it everywhere. SOOO FUNNY!
Now, the only problem with potty training is this…someone mentioned that traveling is going to be difficult now. I completely didn’t think of that! OH MAN!