Saturday, July 23, 2011

A Party? No, It's Potty Time!

First registering for preschool and now potty training. I've been putting it off for weeks now because let's be honest...diapers are easy. Even when they are full of poop and stink to the high heavens. You clean up the mess, put a new one on and go on your way.

Yesterday I told Spencer today we there would be no more diapers except for when he goes to sleep. He seemed to understand and this morning I gave him the option of underwear or naked. Guess what he chose? Yep, naked. He didn't even flinch when I gave the option.

We had bought him a frog potty months ago in hopes of training him before baby Girl arrived but I was too hormonal to want to really put forth the effort. Plus I was afraid he would regress once she arrived. But today I pulled old froggy potty out and put him near the bathroom door.

I asked him all day if he had to pee and reminded him that if he felt like he did he had to go in the potty. He sat on the frog several times but never did anything. Except for a few funny toots, which made him laugh. (Boys and their fart humor!) Other than that, we didn't have one accident.

It was a rough day for us as tantrums were in full effect and by lunchtime I had had my fill. I mandated today we would all nap. Out came a diaper for Spencer and after fighting me for an hour he fell asleep. And peed. In his diaper. I didn't make a big deal about it. Just took the diaper off after his nap and let him roam free again for the rest of the day.

I don't know what tomorrow will bring but I will continue leaving him naked if he chooses. I may also bring out a reward chart and give him stickers if he does something beside sit on the pot. If that doesn't work I may have to up the ante. Maybe a toy if he goes?

I'd gladly take any and all suggestions. This was the one part of parenting I did not look forward to!