Monday, July 19, 2010

I Pee Pee

There is a storm on the horizon. We know it's coming, and we can actually jump start the storm ourselves when it's time. The only reason we would ever start this storm is because of the relative calm that will follow.

Typically these types of storms are followed with clear blue skies. The high pressure will cover our little world and bring beautiful weather every day.

The looming dark cloud is potty training. It's not time yet, but things are happening that bring the thought to mind. Braden now understands what is going on in the way of using the bathroom. He no longer carries on like nothing ever happened when his diaper is filled to capacity.

The first signs that he might not be thrilled with pooping his pants came in the form of pulling at his diaper. As anyone knows a toddler adjusting his diaper is not a good thing. You don't want your kid messing with his Pampers when they are full of toxic waste. When he starts adjusting his drawers either Arica or I will ask him "Did you poop?"

Braden responds, "I poop."  He is accurate too, unlike those bozos on the Weather Channel.

Braden also knows a little about peeing his pants. You can ask him if he pee peed and he will say yes or no. The accuracy of this one is not as easy to check, but I assume he has a fair idea about his diapers moisture content.

The best thing is that Braden likes to sit on the toilet already. Sometimes for no reason at all he just comes up to me or Arica and says, "I pee pee." As usual there is no ignoring his request. Either you take him to the bathroom or he repeats, "I PEE PEE!" until you do.

I think more than anything he likes to play with the toilet paper. He will sit on the porcelain throne and wipe a few times before he is done. Then he flushes and goes on about his day.

I have never been excited about the prospect of potty training, but it will be coming soon. And now that it approaches the whole thing leaves me a bit hopeful. After all diapers aren't cheap.

After conquering all the accidents and toilet training we can say good-bye to $20 boxes of diapers and hello to $20 boxes of beer.

At least that's the plan from my point of view.


Katherine said...

haha! Love that last bit!.

We, too, are about to embark on the world of potty training. Ethan has started telling us when he's pee-peed, so we're going to get him some pull-ups and just start encouraging him on the weekends. He likes to sit on the potty, too.

I'm with you, I'm not looking forward to the storm, but the extra cash will be nice!

Spencer Park said...

It is all worth it - when you finally pick up that box of beer!!

Brandy said...

that's awesome that he's already on that road. G never lets me know when he is stinky - i only know if i catch a whiff.

but y'all should just have another one. that way you are already budgeted for diapers.

Que said...

I have 3 other blogger friends (as well as myself) going through this right now. There must be some cosmic thing going on. It will be good to hear about others having the same problems we are having. So write on!

SurprisedMom said...

I just love the fact that the next time I have babies around the house they will be grandchildren and I WON'T HAVE TO POTTY TRAIN THEM!

I read what you're going to buy with some of that cash you'll be saving, not that you don't deserve a box or two of beer, but I'm wondering what Arica's plans are for that all that extra cash? :)

Anonymous said...

We are getting close to that too. We just stocked up on M&Ms for bribery. Good luck!

Manic Mommy said...

Potty training is like Groundhog Day. Ugh. Don't be too quick to move away from the diapers. And yeah, it's still sometimes about playing with the toilet paper.

WeaselMomma said...

You're right on the money. If Braden is starting to show interest in the bathroom and discomfort with dirty diapers, now is the time to start seizing the day.
It's a rough hike, but well worth it in the end.

Tom said...

M&Ms for sure.

These worked like a charm for all our kids.

Just remember, it's a process. Patience, perseverance, follow-through are the keys. If he's taken an interest in the toilet, then you're a jump ahead already.

As for the collateral damage (e.g. the wasted toilet paper) just realize that there may be a large bump in your toilet paper budget for now, but it won't last forever. The novelty will wear off eventually.

Good luck and hang in there!

Eric said...

When my oldest daughter turned two, we tried to get her started. Then her brother was born a couple weeks later and we took focus off her. She has since learned. Now we're trying to get my son to go but he has no interest. My middle daughter is all about sitting on the potty. Even though nothing ever happens she still tries.

PJ Mullen said...

I wish my son showed interest in potty training. I'd like to get one out of diapers, especially since the other one is only beginning!

James (SeattleDad) said...

It's a long strange journey. Good luck with it. I like the beer idea.

cool dad said...

For us, it came down to a battle of the wills. We halfway potty-trained him for months, but were never consistent. Then one morning, I just took a stand and after a debate of a couple of hours, he conceded and went poo-poo in the potty. I was never so happy to see someone take a dump in my bathroom.