Everyone told me potty training can be hard. Everyone told me boys are harder than girls. Well, of course it’s going to be hard to teach my tiny humans to suddenly stop peeing while playing and- stop, tell mommy they have to go, get to the potty, and complete the process in the proper place. And as to the “boys are harder than girls”- I say every kid is different, period.
So a few weeks ago (maybe a little longer), we decided that we were going to begin potty training D2. He showed us that he was most certainly ready in more ways than one. Since then, we’ve had our fair share of ups and downs. We haven’t really pushed him to go, and some days have been marginally better than others. We’ve made trips to the grocery store and home in dry pants, and barely made it to lunch without getting back into a diaper. But today, I think he’s finally turned the corner to success!!
This morning once we got breakfast started, off with the diaper we went. I don’t really monitor him the first hour or even two in the morning, since he’s gone roughly 12 hours with no fluids. But around that 2 hour mark, he told me he had to pee. So I put him in the bathroom, on the potty (he refuses to use the baby potty, so ok..) and he went!! Yay! No prompting from mommy! He got his candy (yes, I like the reward system) and back to playing. About 45 minutes later, he did it again, and about a half hour after that! I am so excited for him!!
This will probably be my last potty training post since I feel like it’s a bit of an overshare. But I wanted to say that I really thought for awhile that D1 had “spoiled” us with being so easy. It turns out that D2 really is as well, we just hadn’t hit the right time for him (even though he had every readiness sign in the book and more). So if you’re currently struggling a little with potty training, I recommend taking a step back and stressing a little less. Make it more of an “if they want to go they can” rather than an “ok we are doing this today” attitude. If they have the idea, they’ll tell you exactly when they’re ready to GO!