Where to begin..? We decided a few weeks ago that we were going to go for it over Easter, as we would both be at home and had no plans for outings, but on Monday March 7th I decided that I was going to venture into it alone. 😳 Clark seemed ready. He had showed a lot of interest in toilet training before hand and had managed many wees on his potty before a bath. Well… it was possibly the hardest day of my entire parenting life. Asking Clark for what seemed like every 30 seconds if he needed a wee or not to just get a reply of “No!”, his favourite word. As the day went on I began to regret it as tempers frayed and we were both struggling to get to grips with it. After we’d all had lunch and Cain had gone for his nap it seemed to calm a little and he managed 2 wees on his potty so at least we managed that. Overnight I couldn’t stop thinking about whether he was ready or not and whether to continue.
The next day I got up and put a nappy on him for nursery as I was so unsure what to do. I explained to nursery what I’d done and I was almost desperate for them to say “yes go for it” or “no he’s not ready”, but I didn’t get much response. So I spoke to his key worker later on that day who said just to do it and they’ll help as much as they can to my relief. Also speaking to another friend on the phone who very recently had done it with her son helped set my mind at ease so I decided on the Wednesday I was going to do it and stay calm and hope for the best.
On the Wednesday I was armed with 700 peppa pig stickers (for encouragement) and a rough chart to gauge accidents vs successful potty wees. Altogether it was a much better day. He did have three accidents to be precise but nine wees on his potty. 🙌🏻 Hooray! I did have my friend come round with her son so that helped too just to keep us both going.
On the Thursday he had no accidents so I was thrilled, but still he was incredibly stubborn on using his potty because he still hadn’t figured out to say he needed to ‘go’ so it was a mission to get him on it. The calmer I was the better he became!!
The days passed reasonably well. There have been accidents. But it’s mainly him just not getting there quickly enough. It’s helped enormously that we moved the potty to the toilet so we have somewhere to go rather than it in the living room, but the last few days he can hold it much better. I’ve googled sooo many times about potty training and read a book too but today we both said its just time he needed and the last two days we’ve had no accidents and he’s told us he needed a wee. 🎉🎉🎉 👍🏻👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 We’re so thankful for that as its worried me as to why he’s not said anything and that maybe he wasn’t ready but, in fact, he’s done it. I can’t tell you how proud of him I am and the first phase is over.
Now we have to get him to do no 2’s on the potty/toilet and not in his nappy before he comes out of his room first thing in the morning. Then for him to actually use the toilet!!
One step at a time but he’s certainly on the right track now.