Potty Training Day 1


I’ll admit that the idea of potty training has been terrifying me. I’m not exactly sure why… maybe I just had fears of cleaning up feces all day. I read the “potty training in less than a day” book and I was skeptical. I finally put today on the calendar to start our adventure. Manny will be 3 years old next week and I’m having a baby in 3 months so I guess this is as good a time as any.

We’ve been trying to hype him up about the idea… without a ton of luck… he usually responded with a casual “no” when we asked him excitedly if he wanted to use the potty like a big boy. So today we began… I was more than not looking forward to today… especially when it took over a half hour  just to get Manny to wear the underwear… ha, but he taught the doll how to potty… and refused to sit on the thing himself… I would ask him to… and he would pull down his underwear… and I’d ask him to sit on the potty and standing right in front of me with his pants down he would say “I did!” Eh… so it was going to be a long day… he went through 5 pairs of underwear before nap… he definitely didn’t like wetting his pants so he let me know right away when it was happening…

We finally had a victory when he used the potty chair twice before nap time. He took advantage of having a diaper on at nap time to drop a steamy one… can’t blame the kid…

But after nap time… my shock set in… he started using the potty chair… first prompted by me… then completely on his own… it’s about dinner time now and he has used the potty chair (with and without prompting from me) a dozen times… I’ve watched out of the corner of my eye several times when he has just meandered over there… dropped his shorts… then announced that he needed help emptying the potty chair… ah, be still my heart… I didn’t know if I would survive this day… but it has been much better than I thought…

I know we still have many days… and some accidents… and a few bowel movements ahead of us… but today has gone so much better than I ever thought… I’ve glad day #1 is over… I survived… and my toddler is becoming a little man… love it, love it, love it.


About roadtoadoption

We are Alan & Julie Briggs. In June 2010 we brought home Bethlehem and Emanuel from Ethiopia. We're enjoying this new family thing and will attempt to document some of our journey here. In July 2011 we added Eli to the family. No kids to 3 kids in 13 months... possibly some sort of record. :)

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