Have I thanked you guys, my wonderful friends who spend your valuable time reading my ramblings on motherhood and crazyhood? Thank you. And I’m not just saying that because I need some help…Um, but I do need help in the form of advice from my smart mommy friends. And you, too Mr. Donohoe, if you read this. I do think you are my only regular male reader besides Zeke who is contractually obliged to read every post and I don’t want you to feel left out. Particularly because you’ve done the potty training thing once already.
So. Potty training. Seems like we are finally ready. I mean, I’ve been ready for over a year. Think Z has been ready that long as well. But now T is on board. On Friday he told me he didn’t want to pee in his diaper. Each day he has been peeing in the potty more and more. Yesterday he asked to wear big boy underwear, which stayed on his bottom for less than 10 minutes. He spent the morning in a shirt and socks, peed 6 times on the pot and only had one accident-conveniently on the hardwood floor for easy clean up.
At nap time I told him he needed to wear a diaper and I zipped him into his footie pjs facing backwards. He’s been wearing that getup to nap and sleep in for over a month, since he figured out how to take off his pjs and diaper and pee and poop all over his room. He cried for a bit about injustice of having to wear the pjs, which he hasn’t done before. And when he woke he had pooped in the diaper. After I cleaned him up I told him he didn’t have to wear a diaper if he didn’t want, but he wanted a pull up. Throughout the afternoon into evening I asked him again and again if he had to pee, but he always said “No!” Then this morning he went comando again until it was time for school. I told him he had to wear pants to school (I know, I’m a bitch), but he could wear big boy undies or pull ups. He opted for the pull ups, although he carried the underwear. And as soon as we entered the classroom he full on blew his nose into them, which is another matter altogether.
Here’s my questions, folks: I don’t push it, right? If he doesn’t want to use the big boy potty in the afternoon I need to not press the issue, right? What did you guys do for naps with your kiddos? If I give him the option to go to the bathroom during nap he’ll use it as an excuse to not nap at all. And he needs to nap, not just for my sanity. Dude still sleeps for two, sometimes three hours in the afternoon. If he doesn’t he is a wreck. He needs his sleep, just like mommy. What did you guys do at night? What did you do when you needed to leave the house (like for school, or for the dreaded airplane trip on Saturday) in the middle of potty training before the kid really got it?
Please friends, help me. Because this feels like a mine field. I don’t want to screw it up, I don’t want to pressure him, I’m cool with cleaning up accidents and all that jazz I just don’t want to do something that is going to freak him out and make him regress.