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Potty Training in 3 days: Week 4

It’s been 3.5 weeks since we did the 3-day potty training thing. I think there were no pee accidents in the past week.

he still poops quite a bit in his undies and on the floor, but for the past three days half of his poops went in the potty/toilet! Half cause he usually poops twice a day. So for the past three days one went where it should and one ended up on the floor/in the undies. The positive thing is that he goes and sits on the potty on his own when he feels he needs to go, without our suggestions.

What seems to be the problem is that a) it’s quite abrupt when he needs to poop, he doesn’t see it coming, and b) even bigger issue is he seems not to know how to hold it. He has no problem holding pee for hours, but when he needs to poop – he poops. If he’s next to a potty – then he’ll poop there. If he’s not next to one – then it’ll go in his undies or on the floor… Sigh.

I don’t know how to force him to learn how to pull his pants up and down and how to put and take off his shoes. And he can’t move up to preschool before he learns that. He resists. He wants me to do it. He’s seeking my attention this way, I know. But he needs to learn. He officially is the oldest kid in his class, with amazingly advanced speech, getting bored with the toddlers who barely talk 😦

On the bright side, we ditched the pacifier, finally. He only slept with it, and it was handy for traveling and being sick, but yesterday he threw it in the toilet. And we had to say bye-bye. there were tears, but all in all it went well. He had no issues falling asleep.


Potty Training in Three Days: Week 3

On the weekend Timothy pooped on a potty, on his own. He just walk to the potty, sat on it, and pooped, like he’s been doing it all his life. Without our questions, suggestions, and requests. Oh, the cheer of it!

And then we went out for the full day. We left at 9 am and came back at 6 pm, and Timothy didn’t have a single accident! We took a bus and subway to go to a museum downtown (we expected Timothy to be excited, he loves vehicles, but he… wasn’t). He remained dry to whole way there (about an hour) and upon arrival he didn’t pee, either. But then he peed when we were leaving the museum (we brought him to the washroom again).

We went for a walk and then went to have lunch, they went to wash hands but he didn’t pee. He did pee after lunch, though.

Then we walked around and Timothy fell asleep in the stroller, slept, woke up – and remained dry until we stopped for another pee in a mall.

And then he remained dry the whole way home – this time we took a streetcar.

We were so proud of him!

But then he went to daycare yesterday and pooped in his underwear, again. And peed – either while asleep, or right after waking up, they aren’t sure.

So with us at home he’s down to zero accidents. At daycare it’s a bit harder – I guess because it’s a bit harder. The potty is not right in the middle of the room (they have a bathroom adjacent to their room) and he can’t undress himself, so he always needs to ask for help (while at home he just sits and pees).

We’re planning to ditch diapers for night time sleep soon. We just need to get around to removing the front part of his crib so that he can get up and pee if he needs to. And we need to teach him to take his pants off…

I am proud. But I am sad, too. It’s like the last touch of babyhood is gone. The changing chest of drawers is unused and empty now, the drawer full of diapers is full of diapers (with only one a night being used), the half used tube of diaper cream not in use any longer… he’s growing up. Fast.

Potty Training in Three Days – Weeks 2 (continuing from previous post)

Good news: Timothy is learning to hold his poo. No poop-filled underwear today.

Bad news: He can’t hold it all in. Underwear wasn’t poop-filled, but it was poop-smeared.

Good news: No pee accidents today (well, one pair of underwear was a bit wet so they changed it… but shorts remained dry)

Bad news: He hasn’t pooped in 2 days.

Potty Training in Three Days – Week 2

When Timothy is at home, with no pants – he has no accidents. He runs around playing, and then whenever he needs to pee – he just sits on the potty, pees, and keeps running around.

Timothy has no problem napping with no diaper. He pees afterwards.

When we’re out and about, things get tricky. He says he needs to pee – and holds it until we get to the bathroom. But he holds it so efficiently that by the time we’re in a washroom, he doesn’t wanna pee anymore. We leave and then 5 minutes later he pees down his leg, crying because he wanted but couldn’t hold it this time.

He is still figuring out the poop thing. He did poop once in a potty, and he did start pooping on the floor and finished on a potty. But most of the time he says his bum hurts, sits on the potty, pees, and leaves. He doesn’t understand that for #2 you have to sit on a potty for a bit longer…

But all in all, things are progressing nicely, I’d say 🙂

Potty Training in Three Days – Day 7

Timothy’s diaper was rather wet this morning and he didn’t pee right away after waking up.

He peed later just before leaving for daycare – in the potty.

At daycare, he had one poop accident and one pee accident – but the rest all went into potty.

He still goes long in-between peeing. He holds for a long time. Three hours is his norm, it seems.

At home, he wet his underwear a bit before peeing on the potty. Yes, once again I didn’t take his pants off when he got home, but I should have…

All in all, my understanding is that it’s going rather well. Another mom told me today that potty training’s main goal is to get kids to pee when they want, not when you want them to pee. Her daughter pees if you put her on a potty, but if you don’t – she won’t ask for the potty and would just pee in her pullup. Timothy does decide on his own when he needs to go, he just sometimes gets too absorbed in his activities…

Potty training in Three Days – Day 6

This morning his diaper was wet. Not too wet, but wet.

He didn’t pee after getting up (so I assume he peed in the diaper when he woke up, not during the night) but as he was running around naked, he stopped and, sounding distressed, announced that he peed. But no, he didn’t pee. He pooped on the floor. The good thing is we have hardwood floor, and – even better – the turd fell in such a way that it was on one board, so there was no risk of poop getting stuck in between the floor boards (yuck).

Mess cleaned up, he peed in the potty and on he went.

They didn’t put diaper on him at all at daycare today. Even for naptime.

He had another poop accident before nap – he pooped in his underwear. But he didn’t pee, the underwear was dry. He didn’t pee while he napped. Then he peed a lot in the potty – at 1:30 PM. He didn’t pee for like 5 hours! Crazy, for his age.

Then a few minutes later he had an accident (I already noticed at home that he often is too quick to jump up in triumph that he peed, not emptying the bladder properly and needs to pee soon, again).

And then he didn’t pee for the rest of the day at daycare.

Then he peed in his pants at home as he was watching cartoons (that’s IT, from now on we insist he always goes bare-bum at home, as the methodology suggests.

And then as he was running around naked, he stopped in his tracks with his legs together: uh-oh! I grabbed him and put him on the potty and in went another turd. I am not sure if he pooped on the potty, or if he pooped earlier and the turd simply didn’t fall down on the floor, but we praised and praised and praised. First poop in the toilet!

So… we’ll see. I am not sure if he regressed because they confused him in daycare with all the diapers, or if this is just normal (accident are bound to happen anyway… many kids have an occasional accident even when they’re 5-6 years old), so we’ll see.

But there’s no going back. Now diapers are only for night time sleep. And even then I plan to ditch soon.


Potty Training in Three Days – Day 5

Today Timothy woke up with almost dry diaper. He peed in it just a tiny little bit, I’d say right before we came to get him based on how wet it felt on the outside, but light as a feather.

But then while he was proudly running around naked, he started peeing on the floor (although I kept trying to make him go on the toilet after a full night’s sleep). He was a bit upset, but he didn’t pee too much on the floor and the rest went into the toilet.

And then he peed some more into the potty in the living room.

I can’t tell how exactly things were at daycare today – when I picked him up there was only the caregiver with a very heavy accent, I have problems understanding her. From what I gathered, he was in diapers for both outings, and for the nap – and they put a diaper on him after nap so that he would poop.

I was very upset. Why did they keep diapering him?! She asked (surprised) if I want to keep him out of diapers. Well, doh! That’s why we did this 3-day thing! By putting him in diapers they’re sending confusing messages and are slowly undoing what we did 😦 When we got home, his diaper was wet 😦 And once I removed it, the very first time he started peeing into his underwear. So  I took the underwear off, just like the methodology suggests doing for 3 months, and then he was peeing into the potty.

Hubby and I are considering putting him diaperless for the nights and naps, too – since his diaper was almost dry this morning. Leap of faith here. We didn’t do it today, though, for now hubby is sick with a very high fever, so he really is not fit to deal with night time wakings should Timothy wet the bed and wake him up.

I also made a mistake today (I think it was a mistake): I bought a toy firetruck for Timothy and showed it to him and told him he’ll get it once he poops on the potty. Rest of the evening was spent listening to his whining for firetruck and demanding it each time he peed. He was upset 😦 I don’t think I should have showed it to him.

Anyway… we`ll how it goes. I hope too much diapering today didn`t  harm too much…