My husband has a lot of leave built up and he decided to take two weeks off from work. Of course, I had no complaints. I enjoy spending time with my husband and every moment together is precious, especially when we have to deal with deployment rotations.
Since my husband was going to be home for a few weeks, he decided that he was going to make sure that our son was potty trained before he went back to work. I had already made small attempts at potty training, but was rather unsuccessful. If you are new around here, you might want to go back and read: A Morning Surprise and Potty Training is for Geniuses to catch up on my potty training blunders.
We figured out that our son was one of those kids that had to feel some stuff running down his leg before he would get the concept together of pottying. My brother bought Lil Man some Cars underwear for Christmas, so we decided to pull those out and let him wear them for boot camp. Expensive pull-ups be gone!
Day 1 – We thought it was going to go well that morning because Lil Man hadn’t used the bathroom all night. We put him on his Cars underwear and started bathroom rotations around 9AM. To make a long story short, Lil Man held it for about 6 hours! I couldn’t believe it! I tapped out at 1:00PM, but thank God for Dear Hubby. He was determined that our son wouldn’t hold out longer than him. Lil Man finally let it go and did #1 in the potty at about 3:15PM. YAY!
Day 2 – This day went a little smoother. Dear Hubby actually got a little bold and took Lil Man to the barbershop in his “Big Boy Underwear”. I thought he was crazy for doing that, but it turned out to be a success. Lil Man pretty much held it the whole time, even though Dear Hubby took him to the bathroom while they were out. When Lil Man came back home, he told me several times that he had to go.
“Boo Boo! Boo Boo!” According to Lil Man, #1 AND #2 is boo boo. But no need to worry…we’ll work on the terminology later. Off to the potty we ran and he pottied! I was so proud of him! He got a Hot Wheels car for doing so well AND a lollipop. He also got a sticker to go on his Diego Potty Training Chart that we got for free from Pampers.
Day 3 – A total relapse. He let it go a couple of times and didn’t even tell me! Back to the drawing board.
Day 4 – I got tired of being cooped up in the house, so I decided that I was going to take Lil Man to the zoo…in big boy underwear! One of my friends decided to go with me and take her kids for moral support. It turned out well! Lil Man didn’t have an accident. But honestly, I’m not sure if it was because he was holding it, or if it was because of the heat outside. Either way, I didn’t have to utilize the two spare outfits, wipes, and plastic bags that I took.
Day 5 – We were on the way out the door to church when we realized that Lil Man did #3 (#1+ #2) in his clothes. That required a monumental cleanup on aisle 5. Needless to say, we ran a little late for church.
The rest of the day went okay. As long as we constantly asked him and took him to the bathroom, he did fine.
1. I believe that Lil Man is holding it a lot, especially when we go out in public. He does not like public restrooms. What can I do about that?
2. Lil Man has yet to do #2 in the potty. Any tips for that?