Monday, October 15, 2007

Potty Training...yikes

So today was the day...our first day of potty training. Some girlfriends told me about a book called Toilet Training in Less Than a Day. Yes, LESS than a day. I guess the idea is that they get the idea of going when they feel the need. We were all set up and excited this morning. I took Noah to Wal-Mart last week to pick out his big boy underwear, his favorite drinks, salty chips (to make him thirsty so he'd drink more thus have more opportunities to go on the potty), and favorite candy as reward for staying dry and going in the potty.
All the supplies were set out and my heart was prepared for this to be a fun day of laughing and learning to pee on the potty. Wow, was I off. By 10 a.m. I was NOT laughing. Noah was so excited about all the Sprite and Rootbeer that he drank and drank so much so fast I couldn't even clean up one mess before he'd go again all over the floor. By now he was SO hyper and all over the place I couldn't even get him to focus on what I was saying. He couldn't even stand still - honestly he was slipping and falling in his own pee and cracking up the whole time. His usual mellow self was screaching through the house yelling "I go on the potty!!!!!" (Check out the picture of him above holding the soda can - he looks like the Incredible Hulk about to burst out of his skin with soda running down his chest) The fun peaked when he had a "full" pair of underwear (yes, number 2) and I didn't know it so when I helped him pull his big boys down it plopped onto the floor and all over the potty and Noah. :)
Seriously, it was tough but by naptime he got it. He woke up in a Pull Up diaper asking if he was dry. He told me he wanted to go potty so he the potty. Five more times in a row he went in the potty after telling us he needed to go and basically doing it all by himself. We hit a bump in the road when Grandma (Shan's mom) came over, Jordan was restless, the dogs were going crazy, we were trying to clean up after dinner and he had a few accidents.
Overall we are totally hopeful about this potty training business at the end of our first day. We need to just consistently pay close attention to him and help him remember to go (ask him if he needs to go). The worst is over even though it'll be a lot of work still as he gets into the habit.
SO sad that our baby is growing up so quickly.
We'll keep you posted and, of course send updates on Jordan's surgery as things happen. Right now we're just praying that she stays healthy and all goes as planned.


Chiara said...

Oh, Jen! I was crying I was laughing so hard reading this. I can totally picture it. Well, it'll be your turn to giggle at me in about a year. : )

The Seager Family said...

This is hilarious!

Schlabach Clan said...

Oh Jen, you have ALL my praise! I want to start with at least one of my boys, but am totally not sure I'm ready for the non-stop peeing action! I'll keep looking for your updates to hopefully inspire me along.