Potty Training Take Two

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!

Sunshine and Frustration in May

I thought for sure that this month would be kind of dull for Ray. The sun has finally started to come out a little more and it seemed that this was going to me just a fun, quiet month. Boy was I wrong! My sweet little boy has essentially become a threenager over night. I not only have a sassy little boy but now he does not want to listen to a word I have been saying at all! Now, he does not turn three until the end of next month but oh my goodness, I was definitely not prepared for this at all. Now that this has been going on for a couple of weeks I am starting to get a handle on it a little bit. Thank goodness for my mom who is taking him for tonight and tomorrow to give me a little bit of a break!!!

Not only is he talking more than ever, we are now having a complete attitude change these past couple of weeks. The biggest frustration for me is that he wants to talk all the time (which is what I was hoping he would do for a long time) but I was not ready for him to talk all day long! Even though it has been a frustrating month we have still been having some fun as well. Since it is finally getting really warm outside we are able to go to the park more often which is a lot of fun. We have also been doing a lot of outside projects such as weeding the flower beds and painting the porch. Ray is still at the age where he loves to help which is great for the most part. He really loves to help me weed! Mainly he loves finding worms and plays with them a while before putting them back in the dirt. A typical boy, right!

This month we have also been potty training which has been going pretty well. Look out for an updated post on how it has been going. (Check out my Potty Training Part 1 post from a little while ago.) We have definitely overcome some of those potty training hurdles this past month thats for sure.

Along with everything else that we have been doing, I have finally got our basement turned into a pretty good little playroom/ office that we are able to do different art projects in. Ray loves anything to do with painting. I have also just got him his first pair of scissors. We got the Fiskers preschool training scissors which are great for his little hands and the metal blades are protected by plastic which is nice. He has been having a blast just cutting up paper whenever he gets the chance.

This month we also went on an impromptu adventure by staying in a hotel for a week where his dad was working. He got to go swimming in the pool and play at the small park in the town. It was a nice change of pace and of course for a little one staying in a hotel is always something that is fun. Now, if only we are able to get him to understand that you have to be kind of quite when we are in the room! Good thing we knew the guy that was staying in the room next to ours.

This month has been full of changes. A lot that we were not expecting. But I guess that just means that we are growing and changing which is a good thing. Even though it is very frustrating at times. All I can say is hopefully some of these changes slow down a little bit throughout this next month so that we can fall back into some sort of groove again. (So we can have that calm before the next storm, ha.)

I hope you all had a great month of May and have some fun times planned for next month now that summer is right around the corner!