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the one where potty training kills me

I’m quite certain that potty training is the worst, most stressful thing a parent has to go through in the first 18 years of a child’s life. Though I say that in the midst of it, in the trenches of wet Spider-Man underpants.

I don’t even remember much about potty training my girls. I remember frustrations, but I don’t remember the actual process. But, somehow, neither of them were in diapers when they entered kindergarten.

Actually, I think my mom potty-trained the first one. I was at Briercrest and my mom missed Kaylie desperately, so I agreed to let Kaylie fly back with my parents to Terrace after Nick & Teresa’s wedding, and I’d pick her up again at Christmas. It was a full month she was gone. (Noah says I wasn’t a very nice person when Kaylie was gone, which, you know, I missed my baby!) Anyway, she came back potty-trained. Six years later, I think I remember threatening to send Liliana to my mom, too.

The biggest difference between now and when I was potty training my girls is that now I am home full-time during the day. With the girls, I was either working or in school full-time. Being home makes it so much easier.

Let's do this thing.

That being said, potty training is anything but easy. My sister-in-law Teresa said something a bit ago about potty-training my nephew Tucker, and filled me in on the method she used: the Three-Day Potty Training Method.

I won’t explain the method here, but if you’re interested, let me know.

I can't get enough of this dude in his Spider-Man underpants.

I didn’t have high hopes. I didn’t understand how a kid could go from zero interest in potty training to potty trained in three days. Yesterday morning, Preston didn’t even notice he was wetting himself. But by the time he went to bed, he’d been hours without an accident, letting me know every time he had to go. And then he stayed dry all night. Miraculous, as he usually wakes up with a full diaper.

This morning it’s a bit like starting at yesterday’s half-way point. Accidents out-weigh successes, but we’ve still got one and a half days to go. I know he can do it.

Preston doesn’t care too much about the rewards. He got Smarties the first couple times he used the potty, but then he lost interest in them, favouring the whole dump-the-pee-in-the-big-toilet-and-swish-it-all-around-with-his-hand thing.

There’s a lot of hand-washing going on here.

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  • Juanita Thursday, July 11, 2013, 1:47 pm

    My K didn’t care for the candy, new toys, treats, bribes, whatever. He LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the potty dance we made up. If he would do something successfully in the toilet we did a chant/song thing. He would ask every time, “I pee in toilet, we do song?” That was IT for him.

    That being said, child #2 was a whole different set of rules. Or no rules. Lol. It takes ALL kinds. :)

    • jen Thursday, July 11, 2013, 2:06 pm

      Oh, my girls were ALL ABOUT the treats. And they didn’t care about dumping the contents of the potty. Every kid is different. :)

  • Cynthia Thursday, July 11, 2013, 4:11 pm

    Thanks for posting this!
    I am getting to the point where I feel so damn desperate cause F will turn 3 in September and we are not even close to be potty trained.
    It’s so hard with both of us working full time. I am thinking on asking for a couple days off and try the 3 days method.
    It was so easy to get rid of the bottle, pacifier, and to get F sleep trained. I always thought potty training was going to be as easy as all the other stuff. Was I ever wrong!

    Go Preston! Go!

    • jen Thursday, July 11, 2013, 8:17 pm

      My girls were about 3.5 by the time they were potty trained. :) But yea, it’s not easy!

  • Angella Friday, July 12, 2013, 11:02 am

    Way to go! Both my boys were three by the time they were trained. Miss Emily, at two and a half, simply said, “I don’t want to wear diapers anymore.” And that was it.

  • Louise Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 11:08 am

    Oh boys. They surely make the potty training SO MUCH FUN (insert sarcastic tone). Good luck to you. I hate it more than night waking. Really. Just went through round four here.

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