I feel like two years old is the magic number with toddlers. It's the age that they really start to do things like the "big kids."
Lately, I'm thinking a lot about potty training. When Bennett was a baby, I always told myself that I would start potty training him when he turned two. And... I kinda did. I put him on the potty regularly and we had success with both pee and pooh. There was even several months that he would tell me when he had to go #2 and I would take him to the potty and he would do his business happily. But... not so much anymore. I'm not sure why that all ended. Maybe I didn't push it enough, or maybe he just lost interest. I'm not sure.
Lately, a lot of Bennett's friends are starting to potty train, which is totally to be expected around the age of 2 1/2. Some have been successful, and some are getting there. And I am so thrilled for his friends, and their parents!! What a great achievement. But with this, I have felt a tremendous amount of pressure. I think to myself "why isn't my kid potty trained?" "what am I doing wrong??". I'm sure that so-called pressure is self-inflicted but it's there nonetheless.
But here's the thing. It doesn't matter. Bennett will get potty trained when I feel like I can be attentive enough to really go all-in. With a 2 month old at home, I just don't know how successful we will be. Plus, I'm not really sure that he's fully ready. And on top of that, what is the rush?? Why do I want my little boy to grow up so fast?? I mean, yes, obviously it would be nice to have to buy less diapers. But really... he's only 2.
I think as parents, we put so much pressure on ourselves to follow trends. Do what other parents are doing. We want to feel like we're keeping up, right? But what's with the timelines and all this annoying pressure? Well, I decided to just go with the flow, at least when it comes to potty training.
In the meantime, I did buy Bennett a pair of "big boy undies". He loves them. And one day, he will get to wear them full time.
But that day isn't today. And that's fine with me.
Oh and a side note: after running around for a while in his undies, he proceeded to sit on the sofa chair and pee all over it. HA!
P.S. I'm guest posting for Ashley Paige over on I Love You More Than Carrots today because she just had her baby boy! Maclane, has finally arrived!! Congrats Mama! Be sure to hop over there and say hi!