Monday, September 03, 2007

Toilet Training in a Day?

Not quite.
But, this toilet training endeavour has gone better than I could ever have expected. I should back up and explain that Matt is 3 and a half, and about a year ago we decided to try potty training. And then 6 months ago we decided to try it. And we've had a potty for at least 2 years.
It's not like we're toilet training gurus.
But, this time it seems to really be working.
We started toilet training last Monday. We agreed with the daycare that we would all be on board and all support it. And then we got Matthew on board. I'm not sure how. I guess he was just ready to be a "big boy". His friends are in underwear so he wanted to try it out.
Truthfully, I think his body has been ready for a good year. He wakes up dry pretty much every day. And, he has been telling us for ages when he is peeing or pooping. He also just kept telling us that he "loves peeing in a diaper".
And, when your child is as stubborn as Matt it's hard to fight with that.
But, his stubborness is now working for us because he has decided that he is not going to have accidents.
For the last 3 days he has been accident free. He's telling us when he needs to go to the bathroom and willingly goes when we remind him. It's bizarre.
We decided to try bribery using licorice and stickers. He wants none of it. Really he just doesn't care. This morning I brought him licorice for peeing on the toilet and he said "I don't need it, Mommy. I'm a big boy now."
Tonight he convinced us he needs to wear underwear to bed.
Neither of us was really keen on the idea, but it seemed a little weird to say no to our child asking us to wear underwear.
I'm seeing an end to diapers. I really am!!!!!


Haley-O said...

Wow! That is AMAZING, LD! I'm so excited for you!!!!

SciFi Dad said...

That is excellent news. Good for Matt and good for you too.

Next stop: wiping themselves!

AndreAnna said...

Oh yay! I will pay for your plane ticket to come potty train my beast in a year or so!

MandyPoo said...

Wow - sounds like potty training wasn't too bad, afterall!

mighty morphing mom said...

Woohoo! One day we will be done with diapers too... I hope...
Good for him, it is so nice when they want to be big.

Karen MEG said...

This is huge progress - great for you guys!! Little G has been pretty dry for the last 3 days too - she just doesn't like #2 on her own yet. But it feels great, doesn't it. Big brother, such a fiscally responsible kid, says "Hey, we're gonna save a lot of money on diapers" Hallelujah!

Teena said...

Wow! How exciting!

Can you believe I've never changed a diaper?!