Our Journey with Potty Training

I did a post on Instagram about our journey with potty training about two months ago and I wanted to update you on our progress. Well…it’s not what we expected but we’ll take it! Read on to hear our story and find out how it ends.

Potty Training! We’re in the thick of it! Currently I’m training both my boys, because, of course, the youngest is curious and wants to join us every time the oldest is on the potty. Why not do both?! 🤷‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️

Stina is also starting with her little boy too. So, we have three boys learning how to use the potty right now under one roof! I’m sure you can imagine the 💩 show around here, literally!

I’m trying everything with my oldest son! He’s coming around but it has taken a month of countless accidents, bribery begging and pleading. I’m pretty sure my house reeks of pee and of course scented candles from trying to hide the pee smell. TMI? 😬 I know there are other parents going through this right now or that have gone through it and are on the other side. It’s no joke, especially with boys!

About two weeks after this post I decided enough is enough! It was too much pressure on everyone and I was really sick and tired of cleaning up accidents. My oldest had zero problem with “going” in his underwear. Confusion, frustration embarrassment and anger set in. I was so over this whole potty training thing and thought this just isn’t for us right now. I took the approach that we just weren’t ready and it was time for a break. We thought ok we’ll try again in late spring.

What I didn’t realize at the time was that my youngest was taking it all in! Every reward I bribed my oldest with, every time I begged and pleaded, every time I did the potty dance when he just sat down on the toilet and nothing even came out, HE WAS TAKING IT IN.

About two days ago my one and a half year old tapped on my leg and said, Mommy pee pee!” I said, “you have to go pee?” “YES!” He said. So off we went to the potty and just like that he sat down and went PEE!!! I couldn’t believe it! We stood up and did the potty dance like you wouldn’t believe and literally had a party. I was so proud! At that moment I realized that it was nothing to do with me and not knowing how to potty train my child. (Yes, I got down on myself about that.) It was about The fact that one of them was ready and the other one was just not. Simple as that. I think we go into panic when our kids don’t keep up with the “milestones” when sometimes it really is just a readiness thing. I have no doubt in my mind that my oldest will go when he’s ready and right now for him, pressure is not doing anything but harm. So as of right now I have an almost 4-year-old in diapers, who likes to, let’s say, encourage my almost 2-year-old to go on the potty so he can get a jellybean too, and an almost 2-year-old who is totally potty trained. Who would’ve guessed?

Here is Wesley using the potty!

Here’s his cousin who’s practicing too!

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