Ok, fine. Not only am I going to post about potty training, I am going to post about how potty training has totally kicked my ass. L will be 3 in less than a month and it's time to try this again. We made one very unsuccessful attempt in November and L just wasn't getting it. So, after talking to a few people, I decided to pull back and try again later. L uses the toilet at school when he gets his diaper changed and he uses it at home every night before bath and less frequently in between, but we haven;t put him in underwear since November. Last weekend he told me "I want to wear underwear". I was surprised, and since it was bedtime I talked him out of it, but I know that was the sign I was looking for. Maybe.
I feel totally overwhelmed by all of it. The problem is, since we both work, the weekends are the only time that we have to get anything done. If I am at home with L, it becomes really hard to catch up again. I realize this sounds really selfish and lazy, but there you have it. I am dreading this whole process. I also had to talk with M about really being around to help this time, too. If I'm stuck at home, we're all stuck at home. I need someone to keep E from following us into the bathroom and bothering L.
I have formulated a plan and I would like to share it with you. Maybe that will help me stick to it.
This weekend - put L on the toilet for every diaper change, lots of praise for any results. Talk a lot about being a big boy and wearing underwear. Let him pick out some underwear at Target.
Next weekend - I am taking Friday off and keeping Luke at home. We'll watch movies and I am going to give him lots of stuff he doesn't normally get that might encourage peeing, like popcorn, juice, maybe even some Sprite! I'll let him set the timer, pick out his underwear, and try to make it as fun as possible. This will give us a jump start to the weekend and allow me to concentrate on L rather than trying to juggle everything else.
I've looked at potty watches, but the only one I found got terrible reviews for breaking after two weeks. I might buy a fun timer to use instead. Maybe one shaped like a chicken or something? I am writing this partly because I need to get it done and it creates some accountability, but I also need some encouragement and/or advice. Anything you have ever heard or experienced, whether you have kids or not, is something I would love to hear. This has to work eventually, right? RIGHT?