At the beginning of last month, we officially started potty training Lucas. I had been putting it off and putting it off, mostly for my own selfish reasons of not wanting to have to deal with that AND a newborn. But if I wanted Lucas to be able to start preschool, then it had to be done.
So we bit the bullet and did it.
Since then, there have been a number of rather amusing moments and a few different things I’ve experienced and learned…
- I don’t think I’ve ever said the words “pee pee” or “potty” more in my lifetime than I have these past few weeks
- My child prefers fruit snacks over m&m’s for his rewards (is he really mine?!)
- Bribery was used at an all-time high, and there is no shame in that at all over here
- I’ve never been so excited about seeing a turd in a toilet
- Walking into a room and seeing your toddler standing and pointing at his poop on the carpet and asking “mommy, what haaaaappened?” is equally disgusting, frustrating, and hilarious
- There is a LOT of laundry
- Sometimes, the clothes just aren’t worth salvaging
- I was naïve enough to think we might be “done” with potty training after going “all in” for a long weekend. That was funny.
- It’s a good idea to keep your favorite drinks stocked up
- When little boys no longer have a big bulky diaper on, they will discover (and become fascinated with) “new things” they didn’t previously have access to
- Nine times out of ten, as soon as I begin nursing the little one, the toddler will almost immediately have to go potty (thankfully, we’ve gotten to the phase now where I don’t need to follow him in every time now!)
- No matter how many times you ask “do you have to go potty?” they will tell you no…and then inevitably go in their pants 5 minutes later
- The first time your toddler tries to sit on the potty without his Mickey seat and falls in hiney first, you will laugh
- Stain remover/carpet cleaner will be your new best friend
- There will be a lot of incredibly funny conversations to be had about poops and toots and everything in between
All of that said, after about 3 weeks, I think we are just about fully potty trained over here now! Granted, that does not include night time sleep though…I’m not quite ready to tackle that beast just yet.