Zero accidents. Nada. Zip. Zilch.
8 pees in the potty.
Hallelujah! Just when I was doubting this whole process and feeling like this was harder than sleep training and those first 8 weeks combined, he totally surprised and amazed me today.
Today was Monday and we have our regular weekly art class at the rec center. I’ve been going back and forth all weekend if we should go and decided that we will venture out of the house this morning and give it a try. What’s the worst that can happen? He pees at art class? The class is for tots so surely the other moms would understand and not bat an eye if that happened. Plus I was prepared and brought along two changes of underwear and clothes. The class is only 45 minutes long with 3 stations that you rotate through, so plenty of opportunity to stop and go the potty during the transitions. And plus the rec center was only 2 minutes away from our house. With a lot of reminders all morning, we headed to art class and he did great and had no accidents. We took one potty break and sat on the toilet at the rec center bathroom and although he didn’t have to go, he wasn’t afraid of the toilet or being in the stall.
When we got home, I offered drinks & a smoothie (made by Daddy before he went to the office) and a little bit later, he went potty for the first time that morning. Which was almost 2 hours after he woke up with no accidents in-between. I was so proud and we even called Daddy to FaceTime to tell him about the first successful potty trip. The sweetest moment was when Daddy congratulated him on a job well done, BabyBird was so happy he gave Daddy a virtual hug through the iPhone.
Then after that he was clock work going to pee every 30 minutes or so whenever the timer went off or when he told me had to potty. He’ll sit down on the potty and I’ll ask him which of the 3 books he’d like to read, and he’ll usually pee within the first 30-45 seconds of sitting down. Then he gets to help me dump the potty, flush and wash his hands and we are off. Sometimes he’ll linger a bit longer at the sink, but overall it has gone a lot quicker compared to day 1.
After lunch, I said:
“Okay, honey it’s nap time”
“No! Potty first.”
And he ran into the bathroom, sat down on his potty and went.
After nap, he kept saying that he did not need to go potty and each time the timer went off he tried but nothing happened. If he can’t go, then I don’t pressure him or try to get him to stay on the potty until he does, so I just let him get up and we wash our hands and leave the bathroom. Sometimes this means the moment we step foot outside the bathroom that he needs to go, but most of the time he is fine and doesn’t have an accident. Today it wasn’t until almost 2.5hrs after he woke up from his nap that he had to pee.
He then went once during dinner and then it was bath and bedtime.
I’ve started to learn that he can go for quite long stretches between potty breaks (though I do constantly remind him) throughout the day. And until the first day, when I was pumping him full of liquids, I was more relaxed today and just let him drink when he wanted to and of course that resulted in less potty breaks.
By Day 3, this kid has got it. I remind him a few times that we want to keep our diaper dry, but for the most part he is doing it on his own and really notices when he pees a little in his underwear. He also gets such a kick each day on picking out his underwear everyday and I think that really helps. And can I just say that it’s pretty darn adorable seeing this little tot run around in just a pair of character briefs.
:: a few times he wanted to sit on the toilet and then would change his mind and want to sit on his little potty
:: loves to flush, even if there is nothing to flush. I’m trying to correlate that he doesn’t get to flush if there is no pee
:: has not poop’d in the potty yet
Edit: After I wrote this post, I went in his room to tuck him in before I went to bed and could smell that he had poop’d in his diaper. I woke him up and changed him and he insisted on peeing on the toilet. First time peeing in the big boy toilet.