Tuesday, July 21, 2009

It Pains Me To Even Write This

I think we're going to start potty training around here.

Notice that I announce that in a very unsure way.

I think Preston might be ready.

I really don't think that I am. Don't get me wrong, I'm more than ready to be out of diapers. Mentally, physically, and financially ready to be done with diapers. I am, however, not ready to go through the joy that is potty training.

I have heard horror stories. Worse than horror stories. Stories that end with the Mom pulling all her hair out and throwing a diaper back on the offender. With promises to try again next month, six months from now, next year. They'll be out of diapers before elementary school won't they?

I am terrified. And I feel like that is an understatement.

Not to mention, we just put new carpet in, carpet that I would like to keep looking new.

But I really don't think that I can ignore the signs anymore.

Lately Preston has been really acknowledging when he goes to the bathroom. Both pee and poop.

When he pees in the bathtub he stands up and announces, "water, water". And then "more, more". And when he pees in his diaper, he runs over and announces to me, "pee-pee, pee-pee". Granted he doesn't do these things everytime, but I feel like the fact that he is doing them at all says that he's getting ready for potty training.

Poop in an even bigger deal to Preston these days. When he goes he either brings me a poop covered hand announcing, "poo-poo yuck" or he just comes to me announcing, "poo-poo yuck". I'll give you one guess on which one of those I prefer.

Today he really hit me over the head with the I'm ready to potty train announcement. He came upstairs from playing announcing "poo-poo yuck" over and over again. The problem? He was not wearing a diaper and had a small amount of poop stuck to his little behind. And he was very insistent that I come downstairs with him, grabbing my hand and leading me to the stairs. All the while repeating, "poo-poo yuck". He leads me to the play room (luckily one of the three rooms in our house that we did not re-do the flooring in). Sitting right on the floor in the playroom was Preston's poop. In a nice easy to clean up pile. The whole while Preston is pointing at it telling me about his "poo-poo yuck". After cleaning it up, I went in search of the diaper. What was the diaper's offense you wonder? Why was it so hastily ripped off so that Preston could poop on the floor? He'd peed in it.

Potty training here we come. I can't decide if we should start right away or wait until Friday and go at it hardcore. I'm leaning a little more towards buying the potty chair and setting it up so that he can get used to the idea and really going after potty training when Brad is home all day with us on Friday and this weekend.

So until then I'll just lie awake at night wondering about potty training. Is he really ready? Am I really ready? Should I buy him underwear? Is two years old to young to start potty training? Will I survive this? Will my carpet survive this? And most importantly...what should we spend our diaper money on?!


Danemama08 said...

WoW Im crossing my fingers for you! Good luck with the potty training!

Anonymous said...

It's very intimidating, isn't it???

We're sorta halfway in, b/c I can't bear the thought of staying homebound for weeks . . . or however long it will take.

However, Amber can now MAKE herself pee in the potty, so that's a big step. Now, if she could only anticipate it, to avoid peeing on the carpet. We'll have to steam clean it later!!!! Is your carpet white?


Aleta said...

Wow I love the honesty in this post. It's not that the child isn't ready, it's that the adult might not be ready. That's funny and not so funny at the same time. Sounds though, that he will tell you when he has to go and that he doesn't like it on him - the stars might be in alignment for you!

Absolutely Ladylike said...

Good luck with the potty training LOL.
And have fun with spending the extra diaper money :-)

Mom said...

There's a neat little article on potty training in this month's issue of Parents!

Tiffany said...

Jaeden is showing the signs too! He asks to take of his diaper and sit on the potty. So I usually let him. Couldn't find him the other night so I was looking in his room and in our room, no Jaeden. Looked in the dark bathroom where his potty is, and there he was..sitting on the potty. :)

John Deere Mom said...

Good luck! I had to just let my son do it when he was ready which was REALLY LATE! But it's what worked for him. My daughter was much easier. I hope it goes well!

Unknown said...

I saw your late night roll call post on SITS and had to come check out your potty training post. Here is the best tip I got after we had potty trained my 3 year old! But at least I can use it the next time around with my little man. Put the underwear on then the pull ups. They will feel the sensation of the wet first and it won't be all over the carpet or the car seat when you are out. Just thought I would share a tip that may or may not help. Good luck with it. You can do it. Hang in there! some are quick and easy some not so much.

Night Owl Mama said...

I potty trained my 2 1/2 yr old last summer in 2 weeks it was amazing but I think he was ready let me know if you need help I have tons of TIPS :)
Good luck its all fun

YES let him pick out his bIG boy Undies thats part of being a BIG boy

JennyMac said...

Love your son's name. And it is NOT all bad. Our son is doing really well and he just turned 2.5. We got him a special seat that sits on the regular seat but it looks like a football. We made such a big deal about it and he LOVES it.

And diaper money shall be spent on wine. LOL.

Mary-Catherine said...

Lovely space you have here! I also have a two year old who is ready to potty train...but I am like you, I'm terrified to start! I found you through SITS can't wait to start keeping up with you and your family :)

Good luck with potty training...I hope it goes well for you with as few carpet stains as possible tee-hee!!!

Anonymous said...

Visiting you from the roll call at SITS.

Good luck! I was one of those moms that tried then quit after a time. That was last summer and while we're almost there now (only about one accident a week or so), it's been a long road. My son was much more difficult than my daughter.

Check out my review of Potty Training Power. It's an online potty training help that you might be interested it. I wish I had found it last summer. Anyway, it might be something for you to look into.


Lift Like A Mom said...

Good luck! My first is due next month, so I know I'll feel exactly the way you do in a few years. It's dreaded, I'm sure. Stopping by from SITS and hope you have a great weekend :)

Lacie @ Creative Attempts said...

I know I am a little late commenting on this one but I have to tell you my son was so easy to potty train so don't let people scare you with thier stories. What worked for us was positive re-enforcement. We got a bucket of licorice and a ton of new hot wheels. he got a licorice for pee and a hot wheels for poo. He picked up on it right away.