Everybody say pot-ty!

by , posted on April 11th, 2012 in Parenting

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.

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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.

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23 Responses to “Everybody say pot-ty!”

  1. Cameron Says:

    April 11th, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Ah yes, stress-depletion of bribery currency… I recall that problem with a work-child and her M&Ms…
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    Cheryl Reply:

    He seems to be forgetting about the jelly beans…


  2. tracy@sellabitmum Says:

    April 11th, 2012 at 9:13 am

    YAY! I haven’t bought diapers in 4 months. I am so damn happy about it. OMG so damn happy.
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    Cheryl Reply:

    We’re not even going to have to buy pullups again since he’s dry at night and wakes up in the morning ready to pee!


  3. Kim Tracy Prince Says:

    April 11th, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I came to this post to test a theory. And you know? It’s true. Good writing about potty training never gets old. xoxo
    Kim Tracy Prince recently posted..Sh*t I Say: “I’m Going Upstairs To Stretch and Get Dressed”


    Cheryl Reply:

    Phew. What if I had failed the test????

    Also, I miss your face! xoxo


  4. julie gardner Says:

    April 11th, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    You had me with the very first line.

    And the jellybeans. Of course.
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    Cheryl Reply:

    I would pee for jelly beans.


  5. Carrie Says:

    April 11th, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    my oldest waited FOREVER to potty train. She was a month before she turned three and she just “did”. Started using the toilet and never looked back.

    my youngest also took FOREVER to be interested. We tried just after she turned three and ended up in the emergency room with constipation and horrible blisters on her bum from acid build up. Not fun. So we backed off and tried again around Christmas. Took some time but we are FINALLY pull up free as of last month and she is dry through the night.

    Definitely one thing about babies I will NOT miss :)
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    Cheryl Reply:

    Every kid has been so different. Sawyer decided at 3 years and 1 week that he wanted to wear his “big boy underwear.” Two days later, we were done, including at night. Sage trained herself at 2 years, 9 months, but was in pullups for another six months.

    Xander showed zero interest, but we did it anyway. Now if we can just get him to poop in the potty instead of his underwear…


  6. John Says:

    April 11th, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Somewhere along the way, just as I was thinking “I wonder when we should start potty training CJ,” he asked to use the potty. Now, he’s asking to use the potty more & more. I’m not pushing him in the least . . . he’s, simply, decided to potty train himself.

    Leila, on the other hand, has declared the potty her mortal enemy.
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    Cheryl Reply:

    My pediatrician says it’s a spectator sport. But with #3? I’m all into audience participation. :)


  7. Arnebya Says:

    April 11th, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    We haven’t bought diapers in a few months, but we do Pull-Ups still at night. He can stay dry all day (as long as we keep asking if he needs to go; he’s getting better at telling us, though). Poop is still being worked on, but I’m just glad he’s trying. My girls trained themselves, both before they were 2 1/2. At 2 1/2 with him halfway there, I figure it’s better than nothing.

    Isn’t it funny how different these little people are? That he likes the seat the others never did? Z is like that too; the girls never wanted to sit on the potty seat and luckily for us, neither of them ever wanted a character toilet seat topper or underwear. This boy, though? Buzz, Woody, and Mickey Mouse have been my saviors! No pee pee on Buzz, Mommy, Buzz dry. Because him no like-a the pee.

    Um, ok then.
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    Cheryl Reply:

    Hee! Xander has been great at telling us. Except for the poop. Sigh. And he loves his froggy potty chair. Don’t know what we’re going to do when we actually have to use a public restroom.


  8. Jen Says:

    April 11th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Oh the dreaded potty training… SO glad this part of my life is over.

    Not that I don’t at time wish for diapers back.
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    Cheryl Reply:

    You had to train triplets. You deserve a trophy. Or a truckload of jelly beans.


  9. Jo Says:

    April 12th, 2012 at 8:15 am

    I remember those days …. so glad it’s over.
    Hope it goes well, and quickly
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    Cheryl Reply:

    Thank you – me too!


  10. Jenni Chiu Says:

    April 12th, 2012 at 10:45 am

    I did a number two today.
    Where are my four jelly beans?
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    Cheryl Reply:

    Actually, for poop it’s a tootsie roll. Obvs.


  11. Jessica Anne Says:

    April 12th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I’ll be following his progress closely. My number 3 is in the pull the poopy dipaer off and drop it on the floor stage and I’m in the denial stage that I have to potty train again.


    Cheryl Reply:

    ack! xander would probably sit in a poopy diaper all day long. He has pooped in his underwear. Still waiting for the first one in the potty. Otherwise, he’s doing great. Tells us when he has to pee and is dry at night.


  12. Mimzy Wimzy Says:

    April 14th, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    I am not ready to start potty training again. Lucky for my my granddaughter is only going on 4 months old so I have a while. With her being with us most of the time, it will all fall on me & I’m sure my daughter will not keep up with my pace. It took her a month to finally start giving the baby cereal after I’ve already gone through cereal & 2 fruits!
    Go Xander!!!
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