a “pee” update

The potty training continues here in Sluiter Nation.

You know that stuff that you think you understand when other parents tell you, and then you go through it and realize you absolutely did NOT get what they were saying, but OH MY GAWD they were RIGHT?

That is potty training.

People said it sucked worse than a vortex.

I thought, “meh, Eddie is really quite ready and he is independent.  This won’t be that bad.  Maybe just vacuum-level suck.”

I would be wrong.

I hate potty training.

And we don’t say “hate” in Sluiter Nation.

Ok so 3 weeks ago (wait. what?  THREE WEEKS ALREADY?) we started for real potty training.

He got the poop right away. In the past three weeks I think we have had a poop accident twice.  Once was so bad it resulted in trashed undies.

Sorry about mentioning that again in this post.

The pee? Oh my Lord.

My child is stubborn.  Have I mentioned this before?

For awhile? We thought he had it.

We provided an array of different, um, methods for him to use to get said pee into said potty.

I did not pose this picture. Our bathroom is always a hot mess of potty training paraphernalia.

He has a froggy potty (which he favored for a while much to our chagrin.  It’s not fun to clean up).

He has a potty seat that fits on the big potty which he thought he liked, but ditched it recently when he figured out he could climb on the toilet backwards on his own.

a less used, much cleaner downstairs can.

Of course he prefers the downstairs toilet.  I think it’s because hardly anyone uses it and it’s next to his bedroom.  It’s like it’s his personal toilet.  Also it’s a little shorter than the upstairs toilet, so he can get on there a little easier on his own.

And “on his own” is pretty much key in this endeavor.

So he was doing pretty well for a few days.  He even stayed dry all day at home, dry over night (with a pull up on), and the dry all day at daycare.  We were pretty ready to start high fiving ourselves for our stellar parenting.

You know what happens when you start to prematurely high five about your own parenting?

Your kid does something to make you look like a fool.

In Eddie’s case? He started peeing on ALL THE THINGS.

Seriously.  We went through 5 pairs of undies/shorts before lunch one day.  The boy has 12 pairs of undies.  In less than a week he went through 11 pairs.  And that is an improvement.

And then he asked for a Pull Up.  And only wanted Pull Ups.  To the point where they turned into expensive diapers.

Um. No.

So this weekend we put a stop to it.  Undies during wake time.  Butt on potty every hour.  Pull Up (or undies if he requests) at nap. For SURE Pull Up at night.

Yesterday we cautiously stepped into the new plan.

We tried to play it off like we so didn’t have a plan.

After Ed got up, Cort told him to pee on the potty and then put undies on him.  About an hour later, Ed wanted to play trains, so Cort said, “you go pee, and then we can play trains. deal?”

And Eddie was up for it.

So that has been our thing yesterday and today.


He even kept his undies dry at nap today, getting up at one point to use the potty downstairs.

And so our journey toward pee control moves forward.

He covered the word “pee” with a “I stayed dry all day!” sticker. But he liked the word “poop”. of course he did.

One sticker and m&m reward at a time.


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