This past weekend we have definitely got into the swing of summer with two celebrations. First on Saturday we celebrated little man’s 3rd birthday. (Even though his birthday isn’t until Friday). I just cannot believe that we pretty much have a three year old already! It is so crazy to think about. It also makes me super aware that he is growing up so fast that I need to really remember to take it all in and not worry too much about all the little things.
This year for his party we had a dinosaur theme. I did not go all out this year because he was more into just wanting a blue birthday cake. Pretty simple and low maintenance right, hahaha. I figured I would decorate with a few dinosaurs that he already had. They make great weights for the balloons on the tables. Then I did everything else in blue. We were even lucky enough to get a cake with a Dinotrux on it which he was super excited about.
It was all pretty simple and not much fuss. For food we had some pulled pork. The hubby’s signature meal to make when we have get togethers like this and some fruit and veggie trays. The weather turned out to be perfect especially since we have the party in the garage. When it is too hot outside it is just miserable.
Overall the party turned out great. Ray got a new bike, a baseball bat and tee, a bunch of play dinosaurs, and lots of other fun stuff to play with. We did ask family to try and only get him something small and then just give him money. We started him a savings account after his first birthday and have been adding to it ever since. I think this year he was even excited about all the money falling out of his cards when he opened them!
Then on Sunday we celebrated Father’s Day with my husbands family. It was a nice barbecue and Ray got to see some of his cousins that he never really gets to see. The whole weekend was perfect and we loved seeing and celebrating with all of our friends and family.
A couple months ago I wrote about how we were working on potty training with Ray (Potty Training Part 1) and that he was just not really seeming like he wanted to even try. He started out really ready to do it and then somewhere along the way just decided that he liked his diaper better. For me this was ok for a little while until he started to tell me every time he was going to the bathroom in his diaper. For me I knew that he knew when he had to go so this was just simply him refusing to use the actual potty.
We had even created sticker charts where after so many stickers he would get a reward. I had went and picked up some cheap toys and suckers and stuff that he normally doesn’t get on a daily basis for him to choose from when it was time to get a reward. This was great for a couple of weeks, then he decided that it wasn’t fun anymore and was over it in a sense. After that I tried to watch YouTube videos of kids potty training and different things like that. Even some Daniel Tiger ones but those still did not get him excited to use the potty like a big boy either.
Of course the next best thing for me to do was to consult Google. I was sick of people telling me that he will “start using the potty when he is ready”. For me I knew that he could do it and that he was just being stubborn. In my search I found a book that was recommended by a couple of different people called Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need To Do It Once and Do It Right by Jamie Glowacki. This book was by far one of the best parenting books that I have read. If you are into a no nonsense approach to potty training this is definitely the book to get.
I took one week to read it and then waited until May 1st to officially start our potty training process. The week or so before we started I made sure to let Ray know what was going on and that we would be saying “bye bye” to diapers. I chose to not only get rid of diapers during the day but also at night as well. Our biggest problem was that he was so afraid to poop in the potty that he would always just wait until we put a diaper back on him in order to go. So I said that we were just going to be done with them once and for all. The first couple days were kind of rough. We did a naked day the first two days then he was able to wear pants but no underwear for a couple weeks. The book suggests to do that for a month, however, Ray started to request to wear his undies so we gave it a go during the day to see what would happen. The only problem we have had with this is that he has a hard time now pulling both his pants and undies back up himself. Other than that he is doing great!
At night we are still doing just the pants no underwear. I will say this about night training, definitely be ready to wake up a couple times a night to sit them on the potty. This is supposed to help their bodies learn to wake up to go during the night if they need to. However, until they can hold their bladders all night you will definitely have to get up with them every night in order to put them on the potty. A few nights I have not gotten up with my alarm and I have had bedding to wash the next morning. I am hoping that here soon he will be able to hold it all night though.
Overall I will say that we have been pretty successful with potty training and have only had a couple major accidents, which really isn’t too bad. I definitely suggest to get the book if you are having a hard time with your little one.
If you have any questions or comments on my personal experience with potty training please feel free to leave me a comment below!