Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Potty Days


So here is Josh and his teddy modeling the latest addition to his wardrobe...BIG BOY UNDERWEAR! I have to say I truly never thought this day would come. After Christmas I decided enough was enough and it was time to potty train this kid. He would say, "Mommy, is it time to ride the potty train?" I think he was a little disapointed when the potty train turned out to be the toilet.
So I camped out with him in the bathroom for a day, pumping him full of fluids so that he'd have to go. I have to say, this was a pretty frustrating day! He just wasn't getting it and he was having accidents. I was thinking maybe he wasn't ready, but then by the end of the day he was telling me when he had to go!
So he had the pee thing pretty much down by day 2, but the much larger battle was ahead of me....that's right, poop!
If I thought day one was frustrating then I had no idea. Josh pretty much had been holding his poop in for a day because he was scared to do it. I was doing all I could as far as bribing him, but then he starting screaming at me, "No, I don't want treats! I don't want treats!" So then I pulled out the big guns. I found a toy horse catalog that came with one of the horses he got for Christmas and told him to come sit on the potty, poop and pick out the horse he wanted for his prize. This got him pretty excited, but shockingly, not enough to go through with it. Finally, it got so bad, and so comical actually, that he was running around in circles holding his bottom, jumping up and down and hopping from one foot to the other because he had to go so badly. He screamed, "Mom, if I poop I won't have a body!" Well no wonder he was scared! This literally seemed like a life or death decision for him! Anyway, in the end he sat on the potty and picked out the horse he wanted (which just arrived today, Bayberry is his name!), and finally went #2!
I wish I could say that was the end of the drama, but everytime it was time to poop we were faced with a lot of screaming and a lot of running around and hopping on one foot. But one week later, I am happy to say that it looks like Josh is pretty much potty trained! HOORAY!!! Oh and let me tell you I have been peed on more times then anyone should and in an unfortunate turn of events, I knelt in poop! Other than that, it wasn't too bad. So I am officially done with diapers! (For now I guess...that's kind of depressing!)
ps- This Hellogoodbye song is in tribute to Joshy, he loves to get crazy and dance to this one. Great job buddy!!

11 comments:

Linfords said...

Good to have you back Gretta. We need to get together soon because it has been forever. Also I am proud of you tackling the potty training it sounds like it was an adventure. Yeah for no diapers!

Chelsey said...

I am not looking forward to potty training days! Great job! 1 down.

The Reichmans said...

Yea Joshy!!! I am so amazingly proud of you for posting again-I thought you disappeared. I miss you-it has been since the Christmas party since I saw you. I am glad that everything is getting worked out with his potty training-I was laughing out loud as I read your post. Joshy is hilarious-I loved that he thought his body would disappear. You will have to give me some pointers on potty training when Ryan get ready for it. We have such a struggle with getting diapers on him now he pees and poops on the carpet way too often. I am sorry that you got peed on. I can' t wait to see you some time soon-anne

gina bina said...

I'm so glad you found me!!! It's been a long time since we caught up. Send me an email at ginaduncan at gmail dot com. You are the cuttest!! And you little guy is so big now, I can't believe it.

Corinne said...

Welcome back Margaret. Gotta love potty training...can you believe what you sacrifice just to have your child potty trained...like living in poop and pee! I love your story, so funny!

Christensens said...

Wow I am so impressed that you decided to potty train him and a week later it was done. Hooray for you and Josh! Lets get together soon!!

Sarah said...

Hi Margaret! It's Sarah. I am inspired, and a little frightened by your potty training experience. We are getting ready to potty train McKay this weekend. Scary! So glad for blogs to keep us in touch. Ours is briandsarah.blogspot.com.

Mary and Ryan said...

I have got to say that I faithfully checked your blog about a million times while you were on vacation from blogging world, Im so happy you are back!! Im scared of potty training, good work on getting it done!!!

Allie said...

Congratulations! I've been working with Zack on using the toilet over the past two days. It has been complicated, because just as he was making progress he came down with the flu! Curses! Foiled again...

megan&steve said...

That 'potty train' would be a disappointment to a child. Smart thinking with the horsey bribes. I'll check out my ipod for some pump up the jams workout tunes. P.S. you don't need to slim down

Jess Perry said...

I am really not looking forward to these days, but way to go Josh! What a big boy!! I have gotta learn lots of tips and tricks for this one because we will be hitting the pot with Bryn in just a few months!