Thursday, July 26, 2012

Here we go again??

Please forgive my potty mouth - this post is about toilet training. ;)

Emmett will be 20 months next week, and I'm starting to wonder if he'll soon be ready for potty training.  WHAT?!?!?!?  I know, right?  I always thought that boys trained later than girls (Annika was 2 years and 4 months when she trained), but lately he's been giving off a lot of signals that make me think he might soon be ready.

For a while now he's been able to tell us when he has pooped in his diaper (he pats the front of his diaper), and lately he's also been doing it with pees (not always, but sometimes).  He's actually trying to say the word too - it usually comes out sounding like "bee bee", but I know what he means.  We've been spending a lot of time outside, in the kiddie pool, so he's been having a lot of "diaper-off" time lately, and it's funny to watch how he acts when he has to pee.  One time he peed in the kiddie pool, and that seemed to upset him quite a bit.  The next time, I watched as he got out of the pool, and headed for the house.  He seemed to be quite intent on going inside, and then I noticed him peeing on the deck (which also seemed to upset him).  But it was almost like he knew he shouldn't be peeing in the pool (or maybe I'm reading too much into things, which is quite possible).  No matter where he is, though, he seems to not like the feeling of the pee running down his leg, which I hope is a good sign for potty training. 

One other thing happened last night, which made me think that the time may be near.  After supper, I jokingly asked him if he had to go pee, and he headed into the bathroom and tried to lift the lid on the toilet!  So, he obviously knows what goes on in that room!  I actually got out the little potty for him (boy, I haven't missed that thing!) and he willingly sat on it for a few minutes, but nothing actually happened and I didn't push it.  I remember sitting with Annika in the bathroom, for what seemed like hours and hours and hours, just waiting for something to happen, so I wasn't quite ready to start doing that again.  Really, there's nothing that makes you want to pee more than waiting for a kid to do it (especially when you're also reading "I have to go!", which was Annika's favorite story to read on the potty).  But I left the little potty out, and I figure we may try again, if he's willing. 

I'm in no rush to go through potty training again, but I don't want to discourage him, if he's ready for it.  Of course, now that I've written about it, he'll probably stop doing it and not train until he's 3. :P  That's usually how it goes, right? ;)


Anonymous said...

Hi Pam,

Just a thought, but I went through something similar with Alex when he was about 2. I started using training pants rather than diapers, and that seemed to help the process as they get damp, rather than the dryness of diapers. Of course you have to be able to find the training pants which seems to be harder to do now than it was a decade ago.


Gin said...

I know nothing about potty training but the signs that you're describing make me think that he's got the right idea. I'd keep doing what you're doing!!

pam said...

Hi Debra,
Thanks for the suggestion. :) We actually use cloth diapers, which lets him feel more wet (compared to disposables), so I think that has helped. If he's really ready for using the potty, I'm going to get a bunch of cloth training pants rather than "investing" again in Pull-Ups. We spent WAY too much money on those with Annika. :P