Thursday, July 17, 2008

Potty training update

This post is about potty training.

I'm just warning you in case you don't like reading about this sort of thing.

Yesterday, I decided that we were going to do this potty training thing cold turkey.
When Max woke up, and I was getting him dressed, I showed him the empty diaper package (The rest of the box was hidden safely in his closet) and said "Look Max, we're out of diapers! What are we going to do?"

And much to my surprise and delight, Max said "I also wear some underwear today!"


So, Max wore underwear all day yesterday, and did quite well. I kept asking him if he needed to go potty, and he would, but there were a few times where he announced himself that he needed to go, and then went. Several times during the day he would say things like "The diapers are all gone, so I also wearing underwear!" and "I also keeping my underwear dry!"

We encouraged him by telling him that he needed to keep his underwear dry because Spongebob (on his underwear) didn't like to get wet. (I realized later that this was kind of a silly thing to say, because Spongebob lives in the ocean, but I don't think Max has made that connection yet.)

He was pretty cute, he would sit on the potty, and sing all of the songs in this video.

Yes, now you will have all of those songs running through your head for the rest of the day.
I think my favorite song is "Super Duper Pooper." Which one did you like?

Max is not yet ready to go without a diaper at night, so I very discreetly pulled a diaper out of the box in the closet for him to wear to bed. I called it his "special nighttime diaper."
Apparently, he saw where I got the diaper because this morning he came into my room excitedly saying "I found the diapers, I also not need to wear underwear!" Then he ran back into his room and started pulling the diapers out of the closet.
"I wear diapers today! I wear diapers today!!!"

It took quite a while to convince him that he really did want to wear underwear. We've had a pretty good day today.
So far.
We even went shopping, and were away from home for several hours today with him in underwear, and didn't have any problems. (He does, however, have an intense fear of public toilets, any suggestions on how to deal with this would be greatly appreciated)

I can't help but feel like I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop. It took so much longer for our other kids to be potty trained, it just seems like it can't be this easy.
But then again, he just went to the bathroom by himself, I didn't even suggest he try.

Maybe this is the real thing.

Maybe my baby really is growing up.

That's a good thing, however.............

I hope he still likes to cuddle in the rocking chair with me every night before he goes to bed, that's my favorite time of the day. I sing his favorite songs to him as he plays with my hair. He giggles when I make up different, silly endings to the songs he knows so well. He sings "I am a child of God" and "My Heavenly Father loves me" with me, and he knows every word. He likes me to sing "Silent Night" even though it's the middle of July. His eyelids start to get heavy and he whispers to me that he wants to go to bed.

As excited as I am for him to be out of diapers, I'll miss having a baby around.


Adam and Kristina said...

That video is the scariest thing I have seen in a long time. Will I love it the minute I have a child?

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

I have an intense fear of public toilets myself. I think it is a healthy fear to have.

Torina said...

I have two kids and the video is still scary. On top of the pooooottttyyyy!!! Thanks for the laugh! I'm still potty training and my kids are 6 and 13 LOL

Jo said...

Aw Jill, that was the sweetest post. You might just have to wait for the grand babies but then, guess what? You get to do all the rocking you want, but none of the potty training. Being a grand ma rocks! (in more ways than one)

Busty LaRue said...

So that video is pretty creepy....especially the miniature man sitting on the edge of the tub while the little girl went potty. Hmmm....something's not quite right there.

Laura said...

I am totally freaked out by the video and songs...totally!

Good luck with the training!

Maraiya said...

My 4yo was entranced by the video. She thought it was fabulous; myself, I felt a little scared, but I sure in the course of our potty training days I said something along the lines of, "You are a super duper pooper!"

Congrats on Max. I hope it all keeps going and my two snugglers still love to snuggle even out of diapers for a few years.

Maraiya said...

Oh and Lulu, my 4yo, HATES those automatic toilet to the point that if she is dancing up and down and has to pee, she will suddenly be cured of any desire to do so. The only thing that seems to help, and even then there is weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth, is if I go in the stall with her and hold her hand and make sure her ears are covered when it flushes. It's all very dramatic.

Bonnie the Boss said...

It sounds like he is doing well.
Rocking and singng to your children, one of the small, infrequent joys of being a mother.

mommeeof9 said...

My older kids loved that movie. We borrowed it from the library so often I had it memorized. Thank goodness I've forgotten most of it.

Jen said...

I also need to potty train my daughter.

Sponge Bob--ha ha!

heather said...

I think my son was just potty trained by watching this video with me. Thank you ever so much.

Damama T said...

I never saw those videos! I'M ROFLMBO!! I'm not sure I like the image of a perverted little guy sitting on the edge of the tube watching my daughter peeing... seems just a leeeeeetle freakeeey to me! LOL!

Continued good luck getting the training done. If you do it right, his future wife will praise your name for all her toilet cleaning days.