Well it seems our little guy is getting bigger once again. He's potty trained (both day and night). This milestone comes with a little break in my chores-- no more Cloth Diaper laundry! Not that I minded it, but hey one or two less loads a week is nice. Truthfully, I'd hoped I wouldn't have to pack them up for a long time because in my perfect world we'd be welcoming another baby into our home right about the time Josh was done with diapers. Unfortunately, the path to baby #2 is proving to be a bit more difficult than expected.
But onto the real story here. We attempted potty training over Christmas break, but Josh just was not ready. He could hold it a long time but then he would release the flood. At that point he was not using more than a few words together, so in my humble opinion communication was the biggest obstacle then.
So we thought we'd try again at spring break. Then I got sick and Josh followed suit, so I just figured we'd save it for summer. Then one fateful day, (the Thursday before Good Friday) at Target, Josh found the Gup X. My husband was with me and it was way too expensive. Then the words came out of my husband's mouth. "You can have it if you go on the potty." Ok--we had not discussed that one. So I got down on eye level with Josh and clarified. He could have the Gup X if he gave up his diapers. Boy, did we sucker him into that deal!
We got home and he immediately wanted to take the Gup-X out of the package. I stuck to my guns and told him we had to put away his diapers first. So he did it. He took them all out of his diaper drawer and put them a bag that we put away in the closet. We did keep out his Overnight diapers, but really we did not need to because he hadn't been wetting overnight for months, it's just that first go of the morning that got him.
If my son were a puppy up for adoption, you would see the phase "Reward Motivated" on his info sheet. We started with a sticker chart for pee pee. Once he got to 5 stickers he got a prize. Poop was a bit more messy. After a few accidents and grandma buying some pull ups (we used regular undies and gerber trainers), it was time for another incentive. We made another star chart for poop. We have now been a week without a #2 accident, and only one mess the previous week. Tomorrow I will take him out to get his Bumble Bee Transformer.
We've cleared out two drawers in his dresser, eliminated 2 loads of laundry, and my son is potty trained before age three. I'm a little sad to say goodbye for now to his cute little BG's and Charlie Bananas, but now we have Thomas the Train underpants. Oh and a forewarning to other moms, the Thomas underpants do not include Emily. Josh pointed that out and was quite upset after checking each pair to see if Emily was on them.