Monday, August 9, 2010

Operation Potty Training 2010

It's midnight, I am exhausted after doing EIGHT loads of laundry, keeping up with Walker and saying "Do you have to potty" every fifteen minutes so this is gonna be short. I also watched The Bachelor Pad and I am feeling like a rebel so I may not even spell check. Yeah that's right I watch trashy reality tv. Sue me! Now back to the potty training cause it's way more interesting than the bachelor pad. ;) Saturday Walker did great! No accidents, woke up dry from his nap, yada, yada, yada. Sunday not so much. It was kind of touch and go. Today he did FANTASTIC! He even went to the potty without me having to ask. I told him when he woke up if he used the potty all day I would take him to get a surprise. This ALWAYS works with Walker. The last day of swimming lessons I offered him a surprise in exchange for no crying during the lesson and he looked like Micheal Phelps out there. So at six this afternoon I told him it was time to go pick out a toy. Marcus was working late so we were having dinner a lot later than usual and I basically wanted to get out of the house for a few seconds. I take him to Wal Mart and convince him to get a $6 fire truck. We are leaving the aisle and he spots a $25 monster truck that he had to have. So to avoid a total meltdown in Wal Mart during the first of the month I gave in and let him get it. As I am buckling him in his car seat I remind him once again why he was given this toy and I said "Are you going to keep using the potty?" and his answer was "NO!". We arrived home and three minutes later he wets his pants. I just had to laugh. Tomorrow he goes to MMO and I am hoping he does as good tomorrow as he did last week. If not the truck is going into the closet.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Beginning of the End

of diapers that is...or so I hope. Today we started potty training. My plan was to wait until Walker was two and a half before I even started but a couple of days ago things changed. Monday I was putting sheets on his bed and I turned around to find him standing in the hall holding a toy four-wheeler and the four wheeler had, ahem, "muddy" tires. Like REALLY "muddy" tires. His exact words were,"Mom my poor(four) wheeler got mud on it!". Thing is we had been inside all morning so the only way Walker could find mud was to make it himself. So that's precisely what he did. The boy is smart I tell ya. In the middle of the playroom floor stood(I say stood because it's possible it had legs, hair and a heart beat) a big pile of mud aka poop. Unfortunately for him I was not quite as excited about the "mud" as he was. It took me a good hour to clean him, the floor and the carpet. An hour that I will never have back. The four wheeler was thrown in the garbage and after I regained my composure I called Nonnie to tell her what had happened. Nonnie informed that it was time to start potty training him. Not what I wanted to hear! I was really hoping that one day he would wake up, look at me and say, "Mommy today is the day that I start wearing big boy underwear!" and that would be it. And that could have eventually happend. It may have been on his tenth birthday but I was willing to wait. So I have taken my mother's advice(shocker I know) and I went to Wal Mart yesterday and purchased everything necessary to convert our guest bathroom into potty training central and today I showed him the ropes.

If he potties when I ask him to he gets M&Ms.

If he comes to me and says, "I need to potty" he gets a toy.

If he does number 2 he gets a toy.
If you could have seen his eyes light up when I pulled out that basket of toys for the first time!!! It was the same look his daddy had on his face the first time he walked into Bass Pro Shop. Complete and utter amazement!

Now he has been using the potty before bath time for several months now and isn't afraid of the potty. He just hasn't started telling me he has to go. I am hoping this goes well. I am not going to stress out about. If it happens it happens, if it doesn't it doesn't. But for the sake of my sanity I hope it does because I don't think I can clean up anymore "mud"!