Friday, December 10, 2010

The Potty Training Race Against Time

One of the many challenges of raising twins will be continuing to raise Braden. We will have to be sure that we make time to spend with him. It seems almost cruel that he will go from the focal point of our world for nearly 3 years to a mere third child all at once.

Arica and I have already talked about how we must make it a priority to continue spending time with Braden. We will have to take special Braden only outings so that he can receive our full attention. I need to start practicing that today on this blog as well.

With all the excitement that has turned our world upside down in the past week I have neglected to share some of Braden's accomplishments. Specifically I haven't told any tales about beginning the potty training adventure.

While Braden is at home with Arica these days we have been keeping him in pull ups. Arica will ask him many times a day if he needs to use the bathroom. He will pee almost every time you take him. That is a good thing. He gets excited about the process. Most of his excitement comes from the awarding of M&Ms, but that is exactly why he gets them.

Braden sometimes will even tell Arica or myself that he needs to use the bathroom. Braden will tell you by saying, "Mama. I pee pee." To me that is a huge deal. The fact that once in a while he knows he needs to go to the bathroom is a big success.

We experienced another success when earlier this week Braden told his Mom, "Mama. I poop." Arica took him to the bathroom and Braden did his business. It was his first poop in the toilet. I didn't expect that for months. We were all VERY excited. Pooping in the toilet is a big step in the right direction.

I am aware that it will be a slow process, but we have extra motivation now. The thought of having 3 kids in diapers at the same time is enough to make any parent potty train with the intensity of an Israeli security force. Two new babies will push the first kid right on out of babyhood, whether we are ready for that or not.
 
I once said I wanted to replace boxes of diapers with boxes of beer. Well now I just want to replace them with boxes of smaller diapers. Things change.

10 comments:

Sheila said...

Boxes of diapers for beer? Really?! HA!!! Hilarious!!!
Yes - you will need to have special Braden time! Good that you already know that!
FYI - on the potty training..."once upon a potty" is a GREAT dvd!!!

PJ Mullen said...

Very nice. We were doing alright with potty training. LIttle man hadn't been that interested, then the baby came along. And, well, I kind of dropped the ball on that. We're thinking of trying turbo potty training. A friend of my wife put her daughter on the potty every hour on hour for a whole weekend. At the end of it she was potty trained (with obvious exceptions and/or accidents). We're trying to raise the interest level with our son and then schedule his turbo potty indoctrination weekend. Best of luck with Braden, sounds like you're off to a good start.

Katherine said...

I'm envious. We have M&M's. Ethan could care less. He sits on the potty and tells me that's enough to warrant an M&M. We have different ideas.

Three kids in diapers=nightmare. Sounds like you're on the right track!

WeaselMomma said...

WTG Braden!

Jared Karol said...

great post. . . can't imagine having twins AND a third kid. Our twins are almost two, and we're thinking of potty training soon. You'll do fine, just keep it all in perspective like you're obviously doing. Yeah, and beer is hard to drink these days. Just don't have the energy. . .

david cavaliere said...

Hello there. This may be a bit off topic however it affects many families. We have a four year old with autism we are trying to potty train and a soon to be 3 year old with ADHD who isn’t trained yet. They both disrobe and play in their diapers. We actually invented some clothing that helps the situation. It is an escape proof pajama called The Wonder Jumper and it is a romper sleeper that zips in the back. Our company is called iKids Fashion www.ikidsfashion.com thanks a lot!

Melisa with one S said...

That's awesome!! As long as he wants to cooperate, you guys are golden.

FYI: Don't freak out if he regresses a bit when the babes are born: That's totally normal.

Brandy@YDK said...

good luck with the potty thing. We are trying. G refuses to sit on his potty but wants to sit on the big potty. so if he does pee - it's gonna go straight across the room

SurprisedMom said...

Congratulations to Braden! He's learning and that's a good thing. It will be an adventure for all of you.

BTW, the box of beer is still a good idea, along with the boxes of diapers.

Old School/New School Mom said...

Wow! That's great that he's so aware! YAY for pooping on the potty! He's totally on his way!