Pee, Poop, and Potty. Pick one. We’ve been saying them all a lot around here lately.
This past Tuesday Matt came home talking about Transformers underwear. After talking with Miss K, I got to the bottom of what he was trying to tell me. One of the other boys in day care had Transformer underwear when he was learning to use the big boy potty, and Matt got very excited to hear that. He wanted his own Bumble Bee and Optimus Prime undies.
Matt was first interested in peeing in a potty over a year ago. We got a little pot for him to sit on, got some pull ups, but the excitement didn’t last too long. He was back in diapers after a couple weeks, or maybe it was sooner. And while I was getting a little tired of changing his diapers while he was kicking or trying to play, there’s something to be said for having reasonable assurance that his pants will stay dry while we are out and about or doing the dishes at home. But I had heard enough from others to know that when he wanted to try to wear underwear I shouldn’t discourage it. So Wednesday night we went to Target. They had every character except Transformers. Really? There was Cars, Toy Story, Avengers, Spiderman, but none were good enough. So on we went to Kohls.
Jackpot! Found ’em. Unfortunately, we had to pass the toy section to get to them. Grrr. In order to avoid a complete meltdown (it was now 6:00 and we hadn’t eaten dinner yet), we left with Transformers underwear and three new cars. I tried pulling it off like I was planning to get the cars all along and he could earn them by peeing in the potty. But that brought on the tears, and I totally caved. Oh well. That night I frantically read the potty training in 3 day book I had gotten a while ago. It said not to use ANY diapers once you start with undies. I am not ok with that yet. The author will just have to deal with it haha.
The next day I got Matt up and dressed, complete with Bumble Bee. He had one accident at day care, and a couple more at home. I created a sticker chart to try and encourage more sitting on the potty. Every time he tries he gets 1 sticker, peeing gets him 2, and poop earns 3. After I explained this to Matt he declared “I want to poop!” Yup, he understands numbers lol.
Friday he didn’t have any accidents with Miss K. Yay! And he earned his first surprise with 10 stickers – a little Heatwave robot figure. After peeing there, the other kids went over to check it out and said “He really peed.”!! Some of the kids even told him, “Ok Matthew. Now you have to keep Bumble Bee dry!” This is the only time I will condone peer pressure 🙂 I’m also told another time he had been trying for a while, and then he just jumped up, flung out his arms and declared “I farted!!” Too funny.
So feeling encouraged after a good report, I brought him home, had him try on the potty twice within a short time, with nothing to show for it, and then within a few minutes I heard “Mom, I got Optimus Prime wet.” Wonderful. Ugh. It even went into his shoes. Gross. How bad would it be if I bought wrist sweat guard things and put them around his ankles? After his bath I was all ready to get him into a night time diaper and PJ’s, but when I went to put his diaper on he screamed “No Diaper!” I was so torn. Do I cry or celebrate? I went with celebrate. Then a half hour later he peed on the couch. Time to cry.
Today I convinced him he needed to wear training pants over his underwear while we were at gymnastics. Luckily he didn’t put up too much of a fight. I did show him where the bathroom is there and made him try in preparation for another day, but he stayed dry the whole time. While I was in the restroom with him I realized there will be places I’m going to have to take him into a women’s room. That should be interesting… I have to say I have been very out of my element at times while trying to explain how to pee to a little boy. For starters, I frequently have to tell him to let go of himself. We’ll be in there forever with him trying to pee in .. eh hem.. that state. But when I told him to leave it alone – and yes I called it “it” – he told me he likes squeezing it!! What is a mom supposed to say to that??
There have also been times when I’m concentrating on getting him to pee so much, I almost pee my own pants! I wonder if there is a record for how long a toddler has sat on a potty? I feel so bad for him when he sits but can’t go. He asks me if there’s something wrong with him! Pouty lip and all. It breaks my heart. I just tell him he didn’t go this time, but maybe next time. Poor guy.
Today he earned his second 10 sticker prize – a Chase car that actually transforms. For those who don’t have 3 year old boys, he is a police car transformer. So all night Matt his been making a siren noise. He’s really good actually, but I have a bit of a headache now. Probably should have saved that one for last. Oh well, live and learn, and then get Luvs – wait we don’t need diapers anymore!!