I was quite nervous during my weekly call this morning. Jordan's been potty training and though he's had success, it's been met with accidents as well. He had pooped once in the potty but who knew if it was luck or not?!
I came out of the room in between calls and noticed he was already in the bathroom...on his own. What? Kristy, Andy's cousin who comes to help me out during my conference calls, was nowhere near. I saw she was in the living room but wasn't sure why she wasn't in the bathroom with him. I had given her explicit instructions to continually ask him if he needed to go pee pee or poo poo and advised Jordan that we do not pee pee or poo poo in our undies. Maybe he was playing "pee pee" or "poo poo" (where he goes in and makes a sound like he is peeing but nothing comes out, takes some toilet paper, puts it into the toilet, and flushes). I asked him if he was pee peeing and right as I did, I heard a tiny tinkle and then he said, "yeah, but I done" as he started to go for the toilet paper. As I reached over to help him, I noticed some pretty big poop in the toilet! How happy I was... not only had he PEED and POOPED, but he had gotten the initiative to go ALL ON HIS OWN. I couldn't believe it. I've never been so proud of my kid. So I figured... if this is how poop feels like... I wonder what everything else feels like! I'm hoping it's not the peak, but it sure felt good.
Of course, we're still having accidents - but the fact that I didn't have to clean up poop from the undies today makes it a great day. I can't wait to see what it feels like when my kid accomplishes other milestones just as great and independent as peeing and pooping!
For the record, he has been potty training since Thursday, and has gotten 11 pee pee stickers and 2 poo poo stickers. Way to go Jordan! Keep it up because potty training while we travel is going to be quite interesting....
The scary thing is.. Andy and I got to talking and we discussed how you really just have to wait until the child is ready. Our kid was clearly not ready the other 3 times because even after preparing and reading all the 3 day training guides and forums online, our child was simply not ready. We aren't really doing anything differently, but he seems to get it now.
If that's the case... is that how the rest of child raising is going to be? Will my child need some time to be ready to go to college and become financially independent and responsible? How much can I prepare and help him and how much will it be just him deciding yes or no? Kind of scary to think we are just a bit of an influence (we certainly kept talking to him about being a big boy and using the potty which is more than not talking about it at all right...?) - give 'em wings and let them fly... but fall they may and crash they might. Yikes! Parenthood is one scary feat and the learning curve sure is steep, but boy does it feel good to know they've accomplished something that you helped encourage.
p.s. He decided to stop using that little potty (thank goodness!) and instead use the big boy potty with one of those lil seats that go on top - much easier to clean and the restroom has stopped smelling like a typical public mens' restroom (used a pretty solid combination of baking soda, lemon juice and vinegar to wipe down that bad boy), and when we're out without the seat, he likes to stand on the seat (though I've been afraid of his shoes falling in a couple of times).