Tuesday, May 12, 2009

potty time!

At nearly 3 years old, it's time to give potty training some serious thought for twins Frank and Rosie. We've talked about it a lot, and they've given indicators that they're ready, but I've not really pushed either of them yet. That is, until today. They both wore big-kid underwear from breakfast on. Rosie took to the idea right away, and by afternoon, had peed 3 times, and even pooped on the potty without accidents. We have several little potties here...one in the bathroom, one in the kitchen (they tend to sit longer, if they are where the action is) and one out on the patio (cause sometimes it's a long way in to the bathroom!) I was cleaning up the kitchen after lunch when I heard Rose hollar from the back yard "Mom, I pooooooooped!!!" I peeked out the kitchen window to find her sitting proud as a peacock on her little pink potty chair...right in the middle of the patio for God and everyone to see. Little turkey had snuck outside for some "private" time and did her business just like a big girl. Our backyard neighbors got an eyeful for sure, but what the heck...we were all little once, right? It went down hill from there, with several accidents throughout the afternoon and evening, but never-the-less a thrilling first day I think. She ended on a good note by climbing on the big potty and peeing all by herself at bedtime. Frank...well, lets just say he was back in diapers by noon. He had 3 or 4 accidents by then, that didn't even bother him. He's still perfectly content to sit around wet all day if I'd let him. Oblivious...all boy. He still enjoys sitting on the pot every time Rose does, but has had no luck just yet. We'll see what tomorrow brings. We made a trip to Dollar General this morning as reward for Rosie's first success, she picked out Dora panties. I should have been able to predict the day for Frank when he put his Spiderman's back on the shelf and said "No thank you." (At least he was polite about it.)
All of the twins in this house trained at their own rate...I had wished there would have been some friendly competition to encourage each other on, but that never happened. So, who knows, I may just leave Frank in diapers for another month, till Rosie's a pro. I've been known to tell a few other boys in this house that "They don't make diapers for boys who've had their third birthday." August is still a couple months away. I can be patient. In the mean time, I'll be cheering Rose along, and praying for another successful day.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

you may have missed your window at almost 3 yrs old....good luck tho

Anonymous said...

Good luck and God Bless! I understand!

blessed to be a Mom said...

We have been dealing with the potty thing off and on with Ethan. My Dad just puts him on every hour at his house, but we are not as focused in the evenings at home. Like Frank, he could really care less about being wet or poopy. Know we need to try harder, but I need to be willing to work hard on it, too. Good luck, Jami! Let me know if you find anything that works to motivate Frank.

Anonymous said...

Jamie - I feel your pain! Alex is just over two and we tried on a fluke to have him go potty. He will go as soon as he sits so I know he "gets" it. For a week I kept him dry by taking him non-stop throughout the day. He still will not "tell" us when he has to go and I got so burned out on taking him all the time that I have stopped - I DESPISE that phase of when you have to take them and they do not tell you. Every week since I have been like, "ok on Monday I will be serious again (Funny, that is how I am with my diet as well!!!) - MOnday comes and goes and I just do not have it in me!!! Good luck! Maybe you could just throw Lucy in there with Rose and then you would still be down to just one in diapers!!!

By the way - I just ordered diapers for Tristyn this morning at diapers.com and they have $5.00 off the large box of pampers right now - just thought I would share! Love that place!!! (especially since that is the only place that carries size 7!!!!)

4prettybabies said...

Don't worry about "the window." Every child will eventually get it. The more you stress, the longer it takes, it seems! My oldest two girls were around 2 1/2 when they potty trained and my son was almost 3 1/2 when he finally "got it." What finally did it with him was taking him to see his preschool room and telling him he couldn't go there unless he wore big boy underware all the time and had no accidents. The thought of not getting to go to that school with all the cool toys really did the trick! I seem to have missed "the window" with my 2 1/2 year old when she appeared ready in December. Who has time to deal with potty training in December? I figured I'd wait until January to get to it. She decided she wasn't interested anymore. Now I am waiting until school is out and her two big sisters can sit in the bathroom with her and read her books to keep her on the potty! I am praying that she'll catch on quickly, like Rose, without too many accidents to wreak havoc on my floors!

I like the idea of putting a potty in the kitchen where I can keep an eye on her...I might have to try that! Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Peeing outside - that's the motivation for boys!

We had one that took a little longer. We got him a nice new shiny John Deere "tractor" that had to sit untouched until he/we were potty trained. Didn't take long after that.

If you don't have bed wetters - consider yourself super lucky!

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.