Tuesday, June 7, 2011
For the past 2 days I have been working on potty training Aidan. Yesterday there were lots of little accidents where he would start peeing and then I would rush him over to the potty chair to finish. Today he actually started to get it and would say, "pooping!" This was my cue that he had to pee and I would yank down his pants and put him on the potty. We actually made it all afternoon, from nap until bedtime, without any accidents (except for poop!) and we didn't just sit at home! I had Aidan go on the potty right before we left the house to run some errands. About an hour after getting in the car, we arrived at the restaurant for dinner. I immediately took him to the restroom and had him go before we even sat down to order food. After going out to dinner, we went to my in-laws to go for a swim. Aidan had gone on the potty before we got into the pool, but an hour later Randy thought that he smelled poop. My first mistake was that I asked Aidan if he had to poop! Of course, he said no and we continued swimming. A little while later I grabbed him off of the ladder and felt something warm in his suit. I immediately got out of the pool and took him into the bathroom. I pulled his suit off in the shower and set him on the toilet. He didn't poop anymore, but he did pee. He was so proud of himself, he pumped his little arms in the air and exclaimed, "I did it!" It was so cute! I cleaned him and his suit up and we went back to swimming. We returned home in time to have a snack and get ready for bed. I put Aidan on the potty before taking him upstairs and he went. I put a diaper on him because I did not want him to have an accident in his bed overnight. After tucking him in he cried histerically for several minutes. Finally, Randy went upstairs to check on him. Aidan was pulling at his diaper and screaming, "Diaper, diaper!" He wanted the diaper off and underwear on to sleep in! Randy finally got him calmed down and convinced him that he could put his underwear back on as soon as he woke up in the morning! Knock on wood, but I think that we may have created a monster! I am so proud of how well he has done in just 2 days! It really goes to show how much better potty training can go, when the child is ready for it. I think that I tried too early for Reese (started at 15 months after finding out I was pregnant again, in hopes that we would have her out of diapers before 2nd came along) and it ended up being a very frustrating experience for both of us. Besides being the right time for both of us, I think that I am more patient and knowledgeable having been through this stage before. Whatever it is, I hope that things continue this well!