When you have a three-year-old that's a question that you get a lot. We tried potty training Jay last summer before Em was born, and we decided that he wasn't ready then. I had also just spent the last six months of my life watching my best friend potty train her son, and she admits that it was one of the worst things ever, so to say I was super unmotivated to put myself through the torture was an understatement.
Also, I had read up on all the signs of potty training readiness, and if we're being honest, to this day Jay isn't showing a single sign of readiness other than age. He doesn't hide when he dirties a diaper. He wakes up in the morning with super drenched diapers. He doesn't want to use the potty. We heard when he can go up the stairs one foot after another, instead of using both feet on each step, that it was another cue for potty training, and he still isn't doing that either.
All that being said, we've spent the last month of our life trying to potty train a kid who wasn't showing any signs of readiness and it's been, less than fun. The first few weeks were raging fits every time the potty was mentioned. There have been so many loads of laundry every other day to clean the 14 pairs of underwear he has. There have been tears, screams, wet floors, poopy carpets, and lots of chocolate consumption. (Bribery for Jay, survival for me). My favorite part of the day has usually been nap time and bedtime when we put a pull-up on him and get a rest from our labors for a few hours.
This weekend though I think we finally turned a potty training corner. Jay still definitely can't signal when he's about to soil himself, but he's been less resilient toward using the potty. He's been holding it for longer periods of time. He stayed dry through three hours of church yesterday, and through two hours of errand running this morning. And so far, as of 4:33pm, he's only wet himself
once twice today. Which is basically an anomaly when compared to the last three weeks of our lives.
I know a lot of people would suggest for us to just lay off and wait it out a little longer. The only problem is that when Jay gets used to something, the longer you wait it out, the more resilient he is to change. This is the kid that at age three has still never once tried to climb out of his crib. So it's kind of on us to rip off the potty training band-aid.
I will admit that this entire adventure hasn't been nearly as terrible as it could be. I'm grateful that each day I can see improvement, and that I always have Huggies Pull Ups to fall back on during bedtime. I'm also grateful that for a limited time, Huggies Pull Ups are on sale at Family Dollar when you text CARE to 28767... because I know we're not going to be night trained for probably another year, so stocking up is probably a good idea.
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