1.19.2017

Those Kids.



This month at our Church we are doing 21 Days of Prayer and fasting - Madison wanted to participate and decided to give up desserts. For the past 2 weeks she has stuck to her word, even when Oliver and I weren't around. She was on a playdate at a friends house and the Mom texted me that Madison turned down dessert because of her fast, I totally didn't even think to mention it. I completely left it up to her, she's been a rock. I can't even express the amount of respect I have for my 7 year old right now. I know adults that can't stick to this for a week, shoot, myself included! 



More than anything I want my children to be polite, respectful, and true to their word. I struggle with all of these things often, so to see my baby girl holding true to her word makes me want to try harder in my own life. 

Hat from Jennifer Ann Style.

Now this little turkey right here. Sigh. He's turning 3 in March and we've been debating potty training him, but I wasn't 100% sure he was ready. Then last week at school his teacher said he asked to use the urinal and went, so I took that as a sign that he was ready to let go of the diapers.

So I got on Amazon, bought a Mickey Mouse potty and underwear. The day we opened it he insisted on taking his diaper off and sitting on it - he actually went too! I was like - heck yeah! We got this. 

The next day I opened his new underwear and let him pick which one he wanted to wear - once he had them on he started crying to take them off... "TOO TIGHT, TOO TIGHT" which is what he says anytime he doesn't want to wear certain things {like any shoe except his light up Batman shoes}


With Madison we used the 3 day method - you stay home for 3 days and literally drink and potty all day long - now we have tutoring, soccer practice, crossfit kids, etc and staying home for 3 days is not very feasible. I don't know what to do about longer car trips? I'm not a fan of pull-ups, they are really just diapers, but do I just stop frequently? Am I overthinking this?? Do I really need to train him at all?! hahahaha. geez. You'd think I never had a kid before!

Also. That pee is everywhere!!!! I'm like - hold it down, but he doesn't get it. Then he gets upset that there is a mess on the floor, he's very tidy. Yesterday he refused to walk through a puddle, he made me pick him up and carry him so his shoes wouldn't get wet. Can I just use a piddle pad under the potty chair?! Someone said to use the regular potty, but he seem scared of it.

21 comments :

  1. Haha, potty training, let him pee outside on a bush or flower for a week and then he'll have more control when he sits down to hold "it" down. Worked like a charm for my son.

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  2. "Too tight, too tight!" Oh my gosh, my 2 1/2 year old daughter says the same thing!!!

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  3. With Noah I used those puddle pads in the car seat and just made sure I had a change of clothes on me. He never had an accident in his car seat though!

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  4. Do they make boxers in his size?

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  5. Boys are hard! My son decided he was ready about a month before he turned 3. He got the hang of it pretty quickly, but it took a LONG time to learn to point it down! He did better with just scooting back on the seat and learning forward. He was also terrified of the big potty. It was about 6 months before he would use it, but we bought a toilet seat that has a built in kid seat that just folds down over the big seat and he loves it! He still won't stand up to pee but it's whatever lol. It goes in the toilet and not on the floor about 85% of the time. But it will be all over the seat always lol until they're like grown and move out.

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  6. I have two daughters and a son. My son was the hardest to potty train by far. He was 3-1/2 before it clicked for him. It was literally like a light bulb went off and boom he was ready. I was just messing around one afternoon and told them we could go to McDonald's to eat and play but you could only play if you were in the potty club. It totally worked 😂 From that day forward he was a member of the potty club! He's 12 now and we still tease him and ask him if he's a member! So with all that, don't stress about it, he'll get it in his own time. Boys are slower 😜

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    1. This cracks me up -- my parents trained me the same way, but using Chuck E Cheese instead.

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  7. My son is two and we are potty training! It's horrible going anywhere with him while he is in the car all he says is "I need to go peepee" until you pull over and let him potty on the road! A 2 hour drive the other day we had to literally stop 5 times! ��
    I will even put a diaper on him in the car for a "just in case" and he will not potty in his diaper he would rather get out and pee. It's very frustrating considering we are on the road a lot! Other than that it's been pretty easy! I introduced him to the potty not long after he turned one and he would use it sometimes but we didn't really start full blown potty training until after he turned two in October. The easiest thing for me (I also only have one kid) was staying home with him and letting him be naked �� Once we got down the feel of having to go I then let him wear undies and he gets to choose which ones he wants to wear that day MMCH, Spider-Man, or Choo Choo.
    He gets 1 candy for #1 and 2 candies for #2!
    Good luck! I have loved arching your journey!

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  8. OMG! Cracking up about your potty training life because it's my life right now! We used the 3 day method with my daughter who is now 8. Easy peasy. My son is 2 1/2 and I keep telling myself, 'get your crap together. This ain't your first rodeo.' But for real. I don't even know. I'm like, he'll figure it out eventually right? Lol. Good luck!

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  9. With our oldest son, we initially used one of the little kid portable potties, but it became clear pretty quickly that our son wanted to mimic how my husband did it. So we bought one of those toilet seats that you attach to your regular toilet in place of the one that is on there that has an adult ring, but it also has another little small ring that you can pull down for little ones to use. Then we just got a stool and put it up in front of the toilet so that he could get up there and do it all on his own. It worked so much better and made him feel like he was doing it just like his daddy and there wasn't any other sort of "device" he had to put up on the toilet since the seat was already attached. Plus, it saved SO much on clean up because there wasn't a mini potty to have to rinse out and disinfect all of the time. You can buy those toilet seats at places like Home Depot and Lowes. We started off with just getting one and putting it on the toilet in his bathroom, but quickly figured out it was just easier to get one for all of the toilets and since it literally looks like a regular toilet seat, it doesn't stand out.

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  10. http://www.homedepot.com/p/BEMIS-NextStep-Children-s-Elongated-Closed-Front-Toilet-Seat-in-White-1583SLOWA-000/206113103

    This is the one that we used. They make them for round toilets and elongated toilets.

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  11. I have 2 boys - they both learned to pee standing. It was so much easier. Just get a stool and keep cheerios on the back and throw them in the potty to aim at. Also much more sanitary when out and about. I had them stand on the potty seat and it was fine. Good Luck!

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  12. All of these pictures just melt my heart. And Madison <3 She's such an amazing little lady :)

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  13. So proud of Madison!!! She reminds me of my Madison, also 7. Such a pure heart.

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  14. For long trips when we were potty training, we would put underwear and then a pullup, so if there happened to be an accident, she would still feel it but the carseat would not be a mess, because who enjoys laundering the carseat pads regularly? NOT ME! Good luck - love your blog! :-)

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  15. I decided when my son turned 3 that I wasn't going to buy any more diapers, read up on potty training, and started setting the timer for every 30 minutes with him in his new undies. He never ever made it 30 minutes. I had a one-month-old baby, my husband was out of town, and it was just the worst timing. I went out and bought more diapers. :) A month or so later, we found out we were going to move quickly for the military, so I just decided to wait. Right after we moved (he was 3 years, 4 months at this point), he just potty trained with zero effort (but wore pull-ups to bed because he didn't stay dry overnight for several more months). I felt like I had waited until he was "really old" to potty train, but I really think it was just when he was ready.

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  16. My sons learned by sitting backwards on regular toilet seat, straddling it and facing towards back. Our daycare provider told us about it and it worked well. Somehow they felt a little more secure or something? Plus they were leaning forward so everything went in not out! Also was easier when out and about because they weren't used to a special potty and were pretty good about using bathrooms. Trips, well, cross your fingers? We stopped a lot but it goes quickly, he'll get then hang soon!! Enjoy reading your blog! Still expecting to bump into you at a race as we seem to be at a lot of the same ones :)

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  17. Ok, TMI, but we have the Mickey potty too and I can't figure out how to make sure both (ahem) holes are over the hole in the seat! I'm just at a loss with a boy in general and I'm totally feeling the pressure to potty train since he'll be 3 soon! He knows when he goes potty, he just won't tell anyone beforehand. Too bad there aren't people you can hire to come in and figure it all out for you and then give them back fully potty trained, lol.

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  18. Maybe get the potty seat that goes on the regular toilet. That might make him less afraid. Also maybe just buy bigger underwear in case they really are too tight or different characters? Kids are so funny with how particular they are. Its fun to see how their personality develops.

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  19. Sounds like Baby A is going to be a boxer man....

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  20. I didn't read through all the comments so someone might have already mentioned this but...with my little guy (one boy out of four kids, thank goodness for Daddy!) we sat him backwards on the potty to start. It gave him a natural tilt towards the water so we didn't have a mess. I'd put hot wheels on the back of the toilet to keep him entertained and make it feel less awkward. Once he mastered that, we started working on standing. That may or may not have included his Daddy letting him aim at things outside first... ;) Good luck!!

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