Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Stop & Smell the Roses {Week 14} Potty Training

Seriously...HOW has another week already come and gone? I feel like I was just linking up with House of Rose yesterday and now here we are...week 14!


There are a few things you should know about this video:

1. I know it's supposed to be something we are thankful for and even though I can't say I'm thankful for the whole potty training process...I can say that I will be VERY VERY VERY thankful to be done with diapers one day soon :-)

2. The lighting in my office was a crazy mess, and so was my hair, but the video got done so that's all that matters :-)

3. I was serious at the end of my video...I would LOVE some boy potty training advice. Addie pretty much woke up potty trained and all it took was a few weeks of a sticker chart and she was completely out of pull-ups. Blake is not motivated by stickers and he is a stubborn little stinker. 

4. I apologize to all of you stopping by who could CARE LESS about potty training. But it's all I have on my brain this morning :-)

5. I couldn't love this thumbnail any more. Me holding a pair of little boy undies. This is going to be the story of my life this summer. Ha!



Happy Wednesday Vloggy Friends!



15 comments:

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  2. I am not sure if this would work for Blake, but with both Parker and Bentley...we went straight to undies. No pull-ups. Pull-ups to my kids were just like diapers. In fact, at daycare they forbid pull ups. You have to sign a "potty training agreement" that says once you agree to potty train they will not put your child back in a diaper until they have had 5 accidents that day. And no pull ups are allowed. Phew! I was so nervous at first, but Bents was potty trained in about 3 weeks. He does wear pull ups to bed. It sounds like Blake is ready. I think it's more work on the parents then on the child. My suggestion...MAKE him try to go every hour. Yes, A LOT of work...but it will be less mess to clean up and he will learn faster. :)

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  3. Potty training Nathan was the most challenging thing by far I have faced. He went bare bottomed at home all day. And I had a potty seat in the living room where he could see it all the time. As soon as he would start to go I would grab him and put him on the seat. The first week we didn't venture out much. And when we did I put him in just loose fitting pants. He does still wear a pull up to bed (he's almost 4) but we are close to beIng done with that too! Hang in there. Maybe you'll get lucky and he'll be super easy too!

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  4. Haha I love that Blake is showing you when he's gone potty! Cracks me up! Oh and I totally agree that little boy undies are probably the cutest thing EVER!

    Now, while I've not yet had kiddies and can't yet offer any advice or tips - I can stop to say that you're soooo adorable in glasses (you pull off the 'hot secretary' look like no one else) and that your dog made me laugh - out loud - yet again. He's like a little teddy bear and when he climbed up on the couch I was laughing hysterically.

    I heart you xoxo

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  5. My only advice is patience! Parker started showing interest in the potty right after his 2nd birthday, but we weren't fully potty trained until his 3rd birthday! He picked up the whole peeing thing pretty quickly, but the pooping was an entirely different situation! Took forever!! Good luck!!

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  6. I agree with no pullups. We had to go with nothing below the waist and then just shorts and then shorts and undies. And he got a hang of it in about a week. But you can't go outside, go on errands, or do fun things - THE task has to be potty training. If you slip a pull up on him for a playdate that he will regress - at least it's what my kid did.

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  7. Okay, the best part of this whole video...you holding up the boy undies. SO CUTE! I love them. Good luck with Potty Training!!

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  8. I am still kid-less so I have no tips but I was laughing at your dog the whole time I was watching your video. It was like a little mountain goat climbing up the couch!

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  9. I totally agree with no pull ups during the day. Isaac was a BEAR to potty train, and wasn't fully trained until I would say 3.5 where we were going weeks with out accidents. But we did do the pull ups first and I think that was the worst thing we could have done. He just called them his big boy diapers. UGH. Just thinking about it makes me want to drink. Anyhoo, Isaac also wears a "goodnight" to bed because he still doesn't wake up all the time to go potty..... good luck friend. I wish I was more help!

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  10. PT is such a hot topic! Nickolai has been going on the potty for almost six months. His parents started well before his 2nd birthday. But, they have gone the whole Pull Up route. My SIL is stubborn and wouldn't listen to me or my other SIL suggesting the whole naked at home during the day thing. So, basically, we have spent six months making him go to the bathroom every 20-40 mins to potty and we have pretty well figured out when he goes #2. He started by getting an m&m every time he went and still does get a treat. So, by doing this he knows what it is, when he needs to go and what it is all about. But, because he has been wearing a pull up for six months, even at home, he still goes in it just like a diaper if we aren't diligent about asking him. Now, for the last 2 or 3 weeks SIL has decided to let him go naked at home. He 100% goes on his own to the bathroom and sits on his potty when he's naked. I haven't had an accident with him yet. However, we are still in pull ups out and about (and he doesn't tell me he has to go when we are out & about). So, that will be the next hurdle. I, personally, really feel it would have been more beneficial to forego the pull ups for a chunk of time while we were home because I think the past 6 mo has been a lot more busy work for parents/me rushing him to the potty every half hour when he knows and can feel himself going without one on. Does that make sense?

    Every kid is different, but with PT I do believe in most cases it is a lot of work for the parent and more about consistentcy with the kid. I suppose that could be said about LOTs of parenting topics, huh? Haha!

    Elaina was fairly easy too. We kind of did the same thing but her mom had her naked from the get go. I think my theory proves true here though bc Elaina is with her Grandma 2 days a week and her Grandma never allowed her to go naked while PT and I truly think it set us back. :( But, oh well. She is 3 and wakes from naps dry usually and still wears a PU to bed.

    What a FUN summer project! ;-)

    If blogger eats this comment, I will kill someone! (Copying and pasting...)

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  11. And, how cute is Mr. Howard?! Haha!

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  12. Lol! Such a joy in life! :-) After having two boys and then a girl... I have learned one very important thing. Boys will potty train when THEY are ready. Unfortunately and to my extreme exhaustion, both my boys were just over 3 before they potty trained. Avery was just under 2. The boys just didn't care. And one day when they decided to care, they woke up potty trained. Nothing I did, said, rewarded, or threatened made it any better. So be patient! He will get it!

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  13. You look great this week! Missed linking up, but glad we talked a bit after I ordered my necklace! :) I got it in the mail today and I'm la-la-looooving it! Thanks again lady! XO!

    Kenzie

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  14. Good luck! We stocked up on the same Cars potty seat and underwear! Kaden just turned 3 in April and has been potty trained totally since about September. He loves any kind of cars, so we would buy the set of Matchbox cars and use them as prizes when he told us all day that he needed to go to the bathroom. He still sleeps in pull ups.

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  15. Cute post! I have an almost 3 year old grandson who was not interested. He knew what it was, knew he'd get a treat, and just didn't want to do it. Enter my aunt who was visiting and had raised 2 boys. She said she let her boys go outside and 'tee-tee' in the grass or on a tree. My daughter has a privacy fence in the backyard and we asked the question, 'Do you want to tee-tee in the grass?' Lo and behold that little stinker did it! And boy did he ever get a potty treat! So he started wearing his big boy underwear and it all just clicked as we transitioned him to the potty. He was trained in about a week. We think he learned the sensation when he got to tee-tee in the grass because he wanted to do it so badly. Anyway, Aunt Peggie gets the credit and she trained her boys 40 years ago! Good luck!

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