You are not going to believe the success my 16 month old has made today! He stayed clean and dry ALL DAY LONG! I did not expect this sort of progress! I logged every time he went, just like yesterday, but this time I wrote the times as well. I will refrain from sharing that picture though :)
Day 3 Objective: Better bladder control
The time log showed that at the beginning of the day he was going every 20-45 minutes, but at the end of the day he was only going every 45 -90 mins. I would say that the third objective is making headway. I do not, however, want him to make it a habit to wait too long. I’m not sure that is healthy, so I will advocate for at least every 2 hours until he is old enough to decide for himself (my 2.5 year old has been potty trained long enough that I have not needed to remind her in quite some time).
At about 3 PM I was so excited about his success that I took him and Sissy for a walk. It was the first time in 3 days that he wore pants! Again I say, I’m glad I live down south! We then proceeded to celebrate with ice cream, followed by a bubble bath (naturally:).
What I am most proud of, concerning my son, is that he has interrupted: bath time, TV time, ipad time, play time, and meal time to use the potty! That might not sound like much, but those are all very important times as far as he is concerned.
I am writing this post because I said I would the day I began potty training him. I thought that it would be a rough time, and that it would be an interesting prose. I was wrong, this does seem rather uninteresting. I am sure there will be some rough times, I have read many places that children have setbacks. There will be times that he is not in the mood to stop what he is doing and times he miscalculates how long he can hold it. Undoubtedly, there will be church nursery workers who will not understand his words (he is not a clear speaker yet). This is all okay. I am not worried because I know, that (barring some tragedy) he will be fully potty trained well before his second birthday, and I will never have fought him about it, or been frustrated. I don’t take accidents personally, and I intend on keeping this a rather happy, and peaceful subject.
Really, because this has gone so well, I don’t deserve any credit! I prayed for the last few months, that he would be eager to learn, and learn quickly. It appears that Jesus has answered my prayers, and I humbly admit, that my Lord has answered my prayers even when I don’t have the faith enough to believe it is possible. If the journey continues to be even as easy as day 2 for the next month, I will thank God for giving me such a teachable child with such a desire to please.
There may, or may not, be rough days in the next month or two, but it does not matter because I know he gets it. I know his bladder is maturing and he can hold himself; I know he knows how to use the potty; he is not afraid of the potty; he has been trained these things before the terrible twos hit; he knows he can do it; and he knows I expect him to.
I am sorry if this has not been a more interesting journey (at least not yet :). But with these present circumstances, I can only give the credit to God and that makes me feel much better about it!
Previous articles on my son’s potty training adventure:
- Potty Training Readiness (wingsaseagles40.wordpress.com)
- Join Me on my Potty Training Adventure (wingsaseagles40.wordpress.com)
- Potty Training – Day 1 (wingsaseagles40.wordpress.com)
- Potty Training – Day 2 (wingsaseagles40.wordpress.com)