Unfortunately, that’s the category I fell under this past weekend!! OH.MY.WORD people! I have never seen the side of myself that I (regrettably) saw this past weekend!! If we had done this before adding to the family again, Harrison MIGHT have been an only child!
I kid. I kid.
I did not end up trying to potty train Harrison 4th of July weekend like I had mentioned a while back. I decided that 3 days would not be enough and that we wanted to enjoy that weekend. We just scooted it forward a bit. I figured Labor Day would be the longest weekend we’d have for a while and I will be home MUCH more now that I am part time. We decided to give it a go.
Thursday and Friday were learning days and harder on the two of us than I ever imagined. I kept Harrison bare bottomed around the house and we went potty on a timer schedule. The thing that I did not anticipate in my mommy pre-planning brain, was the fact that Harrison is big enough, strong enough, and opinionated enough to resist sitting ON the potty. and folks, sitting ON the potty is kind of necessary to the this whole potty training line of thinking!
Saturday was pretty darn good and I thought we were starting to see the light. Sunday we weren’t home much and it was terrible at church and at a cookout, so terrible that I was positive that the success Saturday was a fluke and we were never going to get this potty training down, and we might as well quit, and he wasn’t ready, and I'm a failure and on and on and on!
I was majorly second guessing myself but then, my Facebook friends helped to steer me in the right direction. Of course, everyone has their opinion and then there are those who love to share how they potty trained in 1 day, and their child refused the diaper, did not require rewards, went straight to underwear, and all that sweetness! FYI- if you have that experience….it’s best not to share that with a flustered potty training mom who ISN’T having that experience. I mean in any other situation I’d be thrilled for you, but in this situation…it’s salt in the fragile mothers wound! lol!!
The main reason for us giving this a shot now is…well, it’s now or later…very much later!! We don’t want to do it too close to the twins coming home as regression is very possible…even if there is some time in between that is still very likely. Also, once the twins are home…we’re gonna be kind of busy and there will be more distractions for Harrison. So we’d thought we’d at least give it a shot…no harm, no foul!! Once I was in, though, I was really IN!!
I wish someone would have told me that it would make me lose my ever loving mind, but that I would get it back just as quick! A facebook friend said if they aren’t ready, we end up training ourselves rather than the children!!! lol! I could kind of see where that comment was starting to be applicable to me, but in the end, I had to look at the raw data to determine whether or not we should quit.
Harrison only had 2-3 accidents per day (maybe 4 the first day) and had MANY more successes than that. The potty chart is after nap the first day. To me, that means we’re headed in the right direction. For the last two days, he hasn’t had one peepee accident and he has stayed dry for naps, bedtime, and car rides!!
As far as #2 goes, we are certainly looking for pointers here. He just won’t sit long enough to make it happen. I am opposed to forcing him to do so. If I give him something to distract him,
well that distracts him altogether and he isn’t thinking one bit about taking care of business!!
So there you have it!! I felt much better when a friend of mine agreed that potty training was the worst thing we’ve had to face as parents yet (and her son is almost 10)!! and the thing about it is…I know better than to get so frustrated and doubt myself and all that stuff….I just had to bring myself back to center!! Thanks to many helpful friends and a lot of prayer, I was able to do so!!