Saturday, May 23, 2009

Small Beam of Light at the End of a Very Long Tunnel

We were so excited last night. Ben went pee pee on the potty for the very first time! Yes, I know he's not yet two, and no we are not working on potty training, really. We're just trying to get him to go on the potty, even by accident, a couple times to put the idea in his head. We did this same thing with Josh. When he was about 22 months old he started sitting on the potty right before bath. After a little while he started using the potty every day, just at bath time, but it was enough to get him used to the idea so that when we started hard core potty training at 27 months, he got it down in a matter of a couple days. Our method worked so well with Joshua that we wanted to retrace our steps and see if we can get lucky the second time around (so not holding my breath!). So we took the little potty out a few weeks ago and are letting him sit on it before bath. If he doesn't want to, no problem, but usually he loves to sit on the potty. Of course, every night he would sit on the potty for a minute or two, do nothing and then get in the bathtub and promptly empty his bladder. So I decided to try putting his feet in some warm water while sitting on the potty. He really enjoys this, like he's getting pampered (get it?). So now whenever he sits on the potty he wants his feet in the nice warm water. Uh oh. What have I started? Oh well. Whatever gets you going, dude.

So last night, we had just gotten home from Target where we had gotten Josh some new underpants. He was trying them on, when I decided to put a pair of Josh's old (clean) underpants on Ben, just for fun. He looked so cute, and we started telling him what a big boy he looked like in the underpants. Then it was time to get ready for bath, so we went in the bathroom and I asked him if he wanted to sit on the potty. He nodded his head yes and sat right down. I got him his warm foot water and he sat there chillaxing on the potty for a couple minutes when we heard it. The sound of a gentle stream flowing onto plastic. Yay! He did it! It was truly exciting. I think he was a little put off by the big party we threw over him peeing in the potty, so we'll have to tone it down next time. I know this was probably just a fluke but it gives me hope that maybe he won't be as impossible to potty train as I have feared. One of these days we'll be totally done with diapers. This one little pee pee seems like the small beam of light at the end of a very long tunnel, but I'll take it!

4 comments:

heather said...

YAY!!! I'm with you on doing this! We are so ready too! No diapers during the day? A small gift ;-)

Lea said...

I have a potty for Asher, but so far, he only wants to sit on it with clothes on and that's it. Hmmm...what are you gonna do? Good job, Ben!

Lea said...

Update: Asher peed on the potty last night!!

Nancy said...

Good for Ben!!! That's wonderful and the 2nd child is much easier :) Hannah is doing well with it too!