Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Whaddya know, when they're ready it really is that easy.

I haven't been blogging in the last couple of weeks because I've been knocking on wood. Crossing my fingers. Warding off the evil eye. Basically, avoiding putting it in print and thereby jinxing it.

J is (for the most part) potty trained. Just like that. Just a few weeks ago I was asking the blog world for advice, and J was screaming and crying and fighting not to sit on the potty. He was soaking his Pull-ups every night and completely mystified by real underwear.

So what happened? We're not sure. The tipping point seems to be our little trip to California two weeks ago. It wasn't the traveling itself, but the traveling companions. The trip consisted of me, TH, J, my twin sister, her husband, and her two kids. The key factor being her 9-year-old son, X. J IDOLIZES his cousins, and when they're together he's the little kid tagging along trying to copy everything they do. Including using the potty. Every time X would excuse himself from the table and say "I'll be right back, I have to potty," (you know, like a grown-up) J would pipe up, "I wanna go potty, too!" Not that he actually went potty with X while we were on the trip, but the day we came back, he kept talking about everything X and his sister did. So on a hunch, with less than 36 hours before I had to go back to work and J had to go back to daycare, we tried the underwear again. J was suddenly all too willing to sit on the potty a bazillion times, and he only had one accident. One. The next day, one accident. The next day, wearing real underwear at daycare, only one accident. Since then, we've gone 8 out of 10 days without a single accident, at home or at daycare. It's like a lightbulb went off over his head, and he it.

That's not to say we're totally out of the woods. All of this talk about him getting it and being potty trained is mostly in reference to going #1. Although J has managed to poop in the potty three times since we started...he's also only gone poop three times since we started. He's actually holding it in and making going #2 extremely hard on himself by waiting until he's super constipated. Not sure how to help that one. He's also still wearing Pull-ups to bed, although the last 3 nights he's woken up dry and stumbled into the bathroom in the morning to pee before getting them wet, so I figure within the next few weeks we'll be totally done with the whole thing.

Huh. What do you know. I guess he was "just ready." (I can hear people muttering, "I told you so" right now. Yeah, yeah, you were right.)


LauraC said...


I'm just waiting for Alex to be ready. Our ped said if he's not ready by 3 1/2 then we need to do something. THat means I have 6 more months!

Julie said...

YAY!! I have heard its pretty common to withhold poop when they first start potty training. Maybe try loading him up with fluids and fruit to help with the constipation. That seems to work well over here, although Lana will NOT even entertain the idea of sitting on the toilet for #2--she asks for a diaper to poop in. Sigh. One day it will just click, as you said. Congratulations to J!!

Angie said...

Great blog! I am the mother of 4 kids, ages 15, 13, 3 & baby. I've been trying to potty train my 3 year old for some time now, with no luck, so I've been getting a kick out of your potty training hope you wouldn't mind if I follow along with your blog? I'm a new blogger myself, but I'm having fun with it..

deebo47 said...

Told ya :) Kids know when they're ready and sometimes, no matter how much you push them, they have to do it on their own schedule. It's amazing how fast they catch on - within a month diapers and pullups will seem like a distant memory (until the new baby comes anyway LOL).