About 6 months ago, I briefly entertained the idea of potty training, I felt a lot of pressure like that's what I should be doing. But we decided to wait and just go with the flow. And I'm glad we waited.
Well with Bennett's 3rd birthday right around the corner, my Husband I
thought maybe we'd dip our feet in the water and try potty training. Okay, more like just jump in head first. Where you let them just run around in their undies and pee all over themselves and the floor, taking them to the potty every 10-15 minutes until they "get it".
I went out and bought all of the essentials. A stock pile of underwear, carpet cleaner, and little cookies for "rewards". Saturday morning, when Bennett woke up, we took of the diaper and that was that. We put his big boy underwear on and locked him in the back half of the house. The first 3 times he peed, he was on the carpet and hardly even noticed he was peeing. He didn't have much of a reaction at all, seemed kind of indifferent that he had pee all over his legs. But we'd take him directly to the potty and explain to him that we pee pee in the potty... etc. He was perfectly willing to sit on the toilet and didn't put up a fight at all.
The 4th time he peed, it was on the hardwood (thankfully) and he got really upset that he had peed. Of course, we told him it was okay and we would clean it up, but first we had to go to the potty. After 7 different accidents, he had still never once gone pee on the potty.
By mid-day, it was nap time. We put a diaper on him for his nap.
The second half of the day was actually a little better. I could drag this out and give you every little detail but I will make a long story short. He actually did go pooh in the potty, as well as peed in it a couple of times, and was showing that he had bladder control by stopping midway through his pee. We celebrated a lot and gave him his rewards, and he seemed thoroughly impressed and proud of himself for his accomplishments.
When we went to bed, we felt hopeful that maybe he really was ready.
We wake up Sunday morning, and he wants NOTHING to do with the potty. Nothing. He would throw a fit every time we'd take him into the bathroom. Halfway through the day, it was obvious that he was just not having it anymore.
So we quit.
I will admit, we were a little bummed out. We kinda felt like failures. But the last thing I wanted was for him to resent the potty, or us. I have read and heard that if a toddler starts fighting you about sitting on the potty, that it can just prolong everything. Definitely don't want that.
Do I wish our efforts would have paid off a little more? Yes. But I'm actually okay with it. I will continue to build off of this foundation, I'll take him to the potty here and there and see if he shows more interest. But I have decided that I will not stress out about it, and I refuse to push him into something he's not ready for. Bennett will potty train when he's ready and I'll be there cheering him on.
Until next time little dude...