Everybody say pot-ty!
Into each life, a little pee must fall. Poop, too.
That’s right. It’s that time again, when I get to teach another child that walking around in a diaper with poop stuck to your butt is no bueno.
We ran out of diapers Easter Sunday and told Xander the stores were closed and we weren’t buying any more. That meant, underwear time.
“I’m scared,” he said.
That made two of us. Both Sawyer and Sage were potty trained by the age Xander is now. Sawyer took two days and was dry during the day and at night. Sage trained herself and wore pullups at night until shortly after Xander was born.
Xander had expressed zero interest. The boy loves his diapers. But we don’t love dropping a 30-spot at Target every other week on them. And I’ve had at least one child in diapers for more than eight years. It’s the one vestige of babyhood I won’t be sad to leave behind.
The kids are on spring break and, without having to trek to school three times a day, I decided it was perfect timing for training. My first two kids refused to use the potty chair. But Xander? Has embraced it. Which is great. He can sit on it and watch TV. He brought it onto the back porch while he played at his sand table, and then sat on it on the front porch while Sage played in the yard.
He even dragged it onto the couch. Because when you are the third child, you don’t want to miss anything.
Monday we took it with us to Sawyer’s baseball practice. And after Xander peed his pants – thus resulting in his having to wear solely a pair of boxer briefs and a tee shirt because his mother, while remembering extra skivvies, did not remember extra shorts – he later came running over to say he had to pee. Down came his underwear and, on the concrete bleachers, he sat on the potty chair I brought and peed.
When I and the other two moms next to me cheered him, Sawyer’s team turned around to see what the commotion was.
Hey, it’s a big deal. Plus, he gets two jelly beans for pee and that child is a sugar addict. It’s strong motivation.
Tuesday he started the day 1-for-2, then did a few good pees in the potty. Unfortunately the two poops he did were deposited into his underwear. Perhaps we work on that today?
That would get him FOUR jelly beans.
If I don’t stress-eat them first.