Only two days in and this has been quite the little roller coaster. Two things I have learned to date: 1) Boys are more complicated than girls and 2) 6 pairs of underwear are not enough. well I learned more than that, but those are probably the two most important things.
This post will be somewhat brief, we didn’t spend the whole day training because we met Eric for lunch and then went to Ikea. I just didn’t have the energy to take the potty training on the road and definitely didn’t feel like cleaning his car seat!
We do have a success story to share though! This morning Noah went pee pee in his potty and I figured out a way to get him to stay seated on his potty. I’ll share my story first then Noah’s. 🙂 His is much funnier.
Potty Time with Elmo
So how do you keep a 19 month old in one place for more than 30 seconds??? Oh wait I know this, give him an iPhone!!! Yep I gave him my phone to play with. 🙂 Hindsight being 20/20 I need to give him his phone next time, but hey lesson learned. The hard way. I found my phone in his potty with the lid closed. Lol Luckily I had just cleaned it out with soap and everything. By the way, we did not buy him his own phone or anything, he has my old iPhone. We aren’t that crazy! So since Noah is obsessed with “Melmo” I decided to splurge and spend $2 on the Potty Time With Elmo app. Money well spent if you ask me! Also, since most methods recommend putting your toddler on the potty every 30-45 minutes I found a free app, Potty Baby, that will set off an alarm to remind you, you just set the interval time. It actually does a lot more than that, but that’s the main reason I downloaded it.
So moving on to Noah’s success story. We reached one of the intervals and I led Noah into the playroom and told him to sit on his potty. Now up until this point I had been having trouble teaching him how to “aim” down into the potty. He would get really mad when I showed him what to do, but we had come to a point where I would sit him in such a way that “it” would point down and then I would get him to close his legs.
So Noah is on the potty playing with my phone and I am across the room picking up toys, trying not to hover. I’ve found if I leave the room he will get up and follow me so I try to stay in sight but not too close. Out of the corner of my eye I see him kind of jolt and look down. At this point he has moved my phone out of his lap, thank god, and I realize that he must be peeing in his potty. Hurray!!! He realizes it to, because he opens his legs to check out what’s going on down there. Immediately pee goes shooting across the room! I yelp, unable to stop myself. Lol! I don’t know if it was the pee that surprised him or me, but either way he immediately stopped peeing. I quickly crossed the room and squatted next to him helping him get everything back in order, and exclaimed that he had done a great job peeing in his potty, but he needed to try and do it some more, and he did!!! So even though I still had to clean up pee, I definitely count this as a success and I’m so proud of my big boy. 🙂
We didn’t keep a tally of the accidents today, but there were multiple. We are just going to focus on the positive. Oh and I have also realized that I am way to uptight to just let him run around peeing all over my house, so I am getting some cloth training pants for him. I will do a special post once we get them and he gives them a try. Until then we are confined to the porch and kitchen. I really miss my living room, but at least my carpet and furniture are still relatively clean!!