Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Just like that

I have tried a few times since Jack turned 3 to try and get him to start using the toilet. We've read books, we've watched endless hours of Potty Power (he loves that video), and yet, I was trying not to push the issue. I wanted to introduce him to the idea, but I wanted him to decide when he was ready.

Truthfully, it felt pointless to push. Jack does everything when Jack is ready to do it.

Yesterday, after changing his diaper, I asked if he would like to wear underwear. He always says yes, so I let him pick some, and figured he would come back to me after going downstairs to find a train with wet pants and would go back in the diaper.

But he didn't.

I was tidying up something, noticed he was quiet, called out to him and he answered that he was going potty. On his own. No prompting from me at all.

And so it went. For the entire day yesterday. No accidents, and potty power by the bucket loads.

He is in a pullup today, because he is at school, where the toilets are far away, and it requires asking a teacher. He is still very shy with the new teacher, so I am not sure what will happen there today, but I reassured him before I left that he could either use the potty or not, and that it was perfectly fine by me.

Secretly I am hoping that aside from school and sleeping times, that we are done with diapers. I am so over changing diapers.

But secretly, I am teensy, weensy, very tiny bit sad. Using the potty, well, it's all very grown up, isn't it?

31 comments:

  1. Yay Jack!! :)

    I've been doing the same as you--NO pushing. I know that it will just turn into a huge power struggle between us and I'm just not ready to face that. She's been going on her own for a while now, but it's sporadic enough that she's still in diapers. It's been enough though that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and boy does that help. :)

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  2. They do just do it in their own rhythm - despite all our efforts. Yay, Jack and don't worry, Mom, there are still lots of things that will keep him little and close for a good while yet.

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  3. Yeah for Jack! There was no point in pushing with either of my 2 either. They both did it on their own (and very different) time tables! Here is hoping for your sake it sticks. But yes, it is very grown-up indeed.

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  4. Good for Jack.
    It is funny how they know when they are ready.
    Good luck with it.
    Alison

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  5. Way to go Jack! Love that he just went in there and did it all on his own. :) Must be a lot of candy corn going on in your house LOL

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  6. WAY TO GO JACK!!!! I'm hoping that Luke will follow Hannah's lead one of these days. I've been doing the same thing and he'll happily sit on the potty or pick out underwear, but has never gone on the potty. Someday!

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  7. Wow. That's a big day! You go Jack!!!

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  8. Wow! Good for Jack!
    Great idea to wait till HE is ready. Otherwise we are just training ourselves to take them potty!
    You are such a great Mom Sarah!
    Good for YOU!

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  9. Awww, you won't be sad too long, trust me! Way to go Jack!!!

    Molly

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  10. It so just does happen over night. Blink and you miss something. And, this is a big something. Yeah Jack!

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  11. Oh boy, we are trying to potty train as well. Ella was done by 2 1/2. Miles is 2 1/2 and certainly won't go voluntarily. Congratulations!!! I can't wait for the day!

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  12. Wow, what a big boy and all by himself too! That is great news. I hear you on the sad part too - I'm always excited when Katrina does something new (it is often times a lot of fun too), but just a wee hair shy sad too. That being said, I can't wait until she is out of diapers too!

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  13. It is so very grown up. And, how exciting too! How cool is that, that he went on his own too!

    Good luck!

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  14. Sara, You brought a tear to my eye. I remember being a tiny bit sad when my children outgrew their pullups, especially my youngest. It is so liberating for us but also means they aren't babies anymore!

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  15. That's really awesome!

    The next step in our household is eliminating the bedtime diaper, and I can't fathom that ever happening!

    ~ laura

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  16. Congrats to your little man : D

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  17. YAY! Jack...

    :)


    (and yay! for you, too! No more diapers! )

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  18. Oh how exciting...my youngest did just the same, at first I worried then thought, Oh its not worth the stress, then one day HE wanted to get rid of his nappy...two weeks later he was dry at night also. My older one was dry in the day a lot earlier as I had worked hard at it, BUT and its a big BUT he wasn't dry at night for a couple of years later...You win some you lose some...
    Good on you Jack!

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  19. Both my girls were 4 before they started using the potty. I know that bittersweet feeling. Clarice

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  20. I think I would be a little sad too and be super embarassed when I got caught shedding a tear over the toilet. With that being said; what a good, grown up boy Jack is!

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  21. It is all very grown up and fabulous! Peter's been using the potty fairly consistently for a while, but just recently started asking to go instead of us having to remind him all the time! Hooray for Jack!

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  22. Woo Hoo! Kudos to Potty Power. (And your patience.) That is so great. Yes, using the toilet is 'grown up'. But...that's one aspect of 'grown up' that I can handle. LOL! You'll get used to it. :-)

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  23. Grownup but good! He's a funny little fella, doing it on his own like that.

    Does he get a congratulatory phone call from SpongeBob or someone like that (a.k.a. a conspiring family friend)?

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  24. yay for Jack!

    I remember when the potty training finally clicked for my boys...I thought it would NEVER happen. Ever EVER! pretty exciting stuff.

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  25. So sweet :-) You're little Jack is adorable!!

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  26. Thanks for the advice on my blog. You're right...maybe Cole isn't ready to potty train. He has a very strong will, where his sister is a lot less independent and more teachable. Maybe I should just wait. I guess the reason why I wanted to start potty training him now was so that when summer rolled around, we would have to spend days and days locked up inside with the beautiful weather outside. Well, I guess I just let him do it on his own...seems like that is the right answer for us too!

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  27. Just think about that place in your budget that diapers consumed! More money for projiks! Go Jack!

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  28. It is SOOO up to them to decide and it sounds like he has decided! Congrats!

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  29. Yay for Jack (& for you:)!

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  30. oh, i can only hope it will be so easy here...i seem to have blocked out my other kids' adventures.

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