Monday, May 9, 2011

Potty-Training War Stories

I don't want to jinx myself, but I believe that Ari is potty-trained! I would like to take a moment to give an extra special shout-0ut to my amazing friend Amanda. She talked me down from a ledge during the first day of hardcore potty-training. I decided to do the three day method. I stuck Ari in underwear and tried hard to stay strong and consistent.

It took every ounce of strength I had in me to stick with the plan. There were times that I'd look at the pee on the kitchen floor, or the poop-soiled Toy Story underwear, and the size 5 Target diapers were calling my name. It was during those times that I called or text Amanda and she fortified me with the strength to make it through.

But now, I believe we've made it to the other side. He doesn't ask for rewards after using the potty anymore! He did pee on the floor this morning, but he woke up in a dry bed.

Potty training is intense. I'm constantly looking for signs that he has to go. I try to take him often, and every time I take him, he at least pees.

The funny thing is, now whenever I use the toilet, I feel a strange sense of accomplishment. I see what my parents must have gone through to get me to be friends with the toilet.

Now it's your turn. Tell me your potty-training war stories. I want to know what it took to get your kid to poop in the bowl. If you are not at this point with your offspring, what are your thoughts on potty-training?


  1. Lyla is on day three and she barely DOESN'T have an accident!!! >:( I HATE THIS!!!!

  2. Oh I feel you girl! Ari pissed all over the floor, furniture everything. Grrr!

  3. Potty training is so intense. Even after it's "over" it's really not over because you still have to watch for accidents and constantly remind them. It's mentally and physically exhausting. I'm glad that I offered you the little push you needed to keep going, I knew you could do's just taking the time and not trying to stress. You can't be half-assed about it. War Stories is such an appropriate title LOL! It really is like fighting a war against diapers....and poop....and pee...haha!

  4. All I know is that I'm not looking forward to it!

  5. I just wrapped up day three with my own son, and it has been intense to say the least! Day one and two he didn't go in the toilet at all! Finally today, he peed 4 times and pooped once. I found that with him, I need to wait until he is about to pop, then sit him on the toilet and distract him into staying on it a few minutes. I know the method advises against this, but it worked all day for me. I wonder how long before he just "goes" the instant he is put on it?? Good job sticking with it! I thought about buying diapers 100 times the last 3 days :)

  6. Thank you! Hang in there, Alaina. Ari is totally potty-trained now! As of 10/8/11! I found that distraction did work, actually.


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