Sunday, January 9, 2011

Our First Big Achievement For 2011

We're barely into the new year and already we have a huge accomplishment in the house.

C has been using his potty!! YAY!!

This is a huge step forward for him (and me, my baby disappearing before my eyes) considering he has known what to do in this department since he was just 12 months old.  During that time he could tell me constantly when he was 'weeing' and 'pooing' but I could never persuade him to use the toilet or the potty. And (maybe a little gross for some point coming) could wee in a cup or similar device in the shower.

No big deal, we don't really do 'toilet training' here anyway, they all end up going on their time, we big folk really have no control over that and why should we? All toilet training does is cause stress for both parties I think.

I'm not a fan of potty's, I think they are pretty disgusting really. B used one when he was first learning (he was close to 3.5 before he got it), but K never did (she was 2 and caught on it so quickly I can't even remember the process), it seems that C will also be a potty user for the time being anyway. We have 2 of them and with our recent sunny days and frequent use of the pool I thought I would leave them out near the pool area. As we all know, with any 2 year old there is always loads of weeing going on after swimming....the perfect opportunity to suggest the potty.

On this particular day (just after new year) he made the suggestion super easy on my behalf when he came to me whilst swimming to let me know that 'poo poo' was coming out. Oh superb! Getting him out of his floatation device swimmers is a mammoth feat in itself let alone when you are trying to rush because a poo is coming. We made it, with only a small smothering on the swimmers and the remainder in the potty, including two more wees later that day.

Finally he was able to tell us that he doesn't want anyone watching. Was that all the problem has been all this time!! Why aren't children born talking? I'm damn sure half our battles would never ocurr if they could just express themselves. Ok so he doesn't want us to watch, fine, we don't particulary want to watch either.

He much prefers to stand when weeing, which is equally fine, but the potty he prefers is relatively shallow as far as potty's go, hence a good deal of wee splashes over the edges and onto the floor. He is not bothered by this at all and will quite happily grab some toilet paper to help clean it up.

After the 3rd wee this morning, and he and I using nearly a full roll of toilet paper cleaning up the splashes, I casually suggested that we really need to try and keep the wee in the potty and his response, "But I can't Mum"! all I could do was agree with him and laugh on the inside.

Potty training for him is not awful, scary or a time when he gets in trouble for making a mess, it is a time of change, growing up, learning new things and growing towards independence (even if deep down I want to keep him as my baby forever).

He is so proud when he comes to tell me that he has 'finished' and after the clean up and the hand washing he's on his merry way, with a smile on his face, as he always has.

Looks like it is going to be a great year ahead.


Jenny said...

That is great!

Anonymous said...

Well done little just took one time and now he is on his way...excellent
love nanny xxx

Mozi Esme said...

Congrats! And have fun with the cleanups in the days to come! They pass by so fast.

I briefly tried the potty training thing, and of course was made to realize that it was all up to my daughter, not me. When she eventually decided to do the potty thing, she did it with no mistakes, it just took her making up her mind. Why do we rush growing up?!

Lynn said...

Congrats to you and your little boy! And kudos for letting him doing it on his own time. We will be facing this challenge this year, I think. My boy is 3 now, and like you said, has been signaling for ages (with poop anyway, not for pee). He'll happily sit on the potty and read books or play on the computer, but nothing comes out. His pediatrician was quite firm this week that it IS TIME, but I have a more relaxed attitude about it. He just became a big brother last month - lots of changes all at once. I'm sure he'll figure out the toilet before he's 10. :)

Ticia said...

That is a big one.

Basia - United Teaching said...

That's fantastic! Connor is also doing potty training and knows what to do. He has used it successfully many times, but is now refusing to do it. He tells me he likes nappies! I hope this passes soon.

Christy Killoran said...

Congratulations! How exciting.

The Adventurer said...

This is a huge milestone for you and your boy:) Goodbye diapers LOL

Stopping by to say thank you for leaving such a positive comment for my daughter regarding her lapbook. It has been a real confidence booster:).
Thank you!

MaryAnne said...

How exciting! Congratulations to both you and your son!

Sandy @ The Mommy's Place said...

Congratulations, that is great. I need to get mine trained now too. I might have the oldest boy in diapers soon. :-(

asliceofsmithlife said...

Hi Kylie!
Yeah! That is so exciting about your son's potty accomplishment! I know when our son (now 9) was first training he hit the carpet lots and I knew then he wasn't ready so I didn't push it :) But, like all things, kids are eventually going to learn to walk, ride a bike, and potty on their own on their time, not ours :) This is a great post and I hope you would like to link it up to the No Ordinary Blog Hop I'm co-hosting so others can comment on a job well done. Also, Lynda has a new blog hop, " A Day in Our Life" Blog Hop and this post would be perfect to link up since you did a great job describing your day filled with p and poo :)
Just go to my current blog post and find the blog hop buttons to link up if you are interested! :)
Tracy at A Slice of Smith Life

asliceofsmithlife said...

PS: I clicked a vote for you on the Picket Fence :)

trooppetrie said...

I think this deserves a party. I love when they realize how much easier it is to use the big potty. And I agree, I do not like little potties, who wants to clean them out

Anonymous said...

Yay to our clever little man!!!

Debbie said...

Congrats! We used the same method with Selena and it just always works out in the end.

Michelle said...

Yay!!!! Congrats! My little one turned three last week and finally decided on Friday that she wanted to use the potty and stayed dry all day. She has refused to use it again since then, but hey, it's a start! :)

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