If there was one central theme to last week, it would without question be: Potty Training. We began on Wednesday and stepped through quite a journey for the next couple of days. I wanted to document it so that I could look back on this one day when I go through it again with future children. And if I'm blessed with another little boy, it might be especially useful.
We were homebound Wednesday through Saturday, working intensely on potty training. I had a lunch date planned with a friend on Friday, so my gracious Mom volunteered to come stay at my house with Levi (Day 3), so that he wouldn't have any setbacks. We wanted at least three solid days at home to get it down. We ended up having four! Even better! So, let me recount those days - for myself and for whoever else may be going through this little adventure.
And boy is it an adventure. :)
We went straight to big-boy underwear all day, and diapers at bedtime.
Day 1. (Wednesday)
I set the potty watch for every 30 minutes. We were in the bathroom a LOT the first day. I took him every half hour and since he had no bladder control at this point, he went almost every time. We got used to sitting on the potty and waiting for something to happen, even if it took several minutes. He had several accidents in between potty times, and would always tell me. When we weren't in the bathroom, I was doing laundry. ;) This was a vital day, because it was his first real and consistent interaction with his potty and relating it to having to tinkle.
Day 2. (Thursday)
This was the hardest day. Levi woke up and had suddenly learned bladder control! I was NOT expecting that. He went when he woke up and then didn't go for a couple of hours. I still took him every 30 minutes, so I was having a difficult time trying to know when he needed to go, since he was now holding it. He had two accidents that day, and it was sort of frustrating for me because I was still taking him every 30 minutes and feeling like I just didn't time it right when he'd have an accident. I didn't show my frustration to Levi at all. I absolutely realized that this is all brand new, and accidents WILL happen. I felt like I was doing something wrong.
I talked it out with Mom on the phone, put Levi down for a nap, and wouldn't you know - HE WOKE UP DRY! I was floored. I took him to the potty and he did his business and had an awesome evening with all but one successful potties. While Husby was putting him to bed, Levi told him he needed to potty, so they got up and Levi pottied and went to bed. Again, we were thrilled!
Day 3. (Friday)
Levi woke up at 3am crying because he tinkled in his diaper. I thought nothing of it and went ahead and changed him to make him more comfortable. He woke up at 9am DRY. He went 6 hours through the night without going. We were so happy!!
He had an amazing day with only one accident the entire day, and it was right before bed.
Day 4. (Saturday)
Levi woke up completely dry. (10.5 hours through the night!) We were truly expecting night training to be a whole other animal that we would deal with when he got older. This was a total surprise to us. A nice, happy surprise.
Levi told us several times on his own that he needed to go potty and the rest of the day, he waited until his watch went off to go. He had an awesome day with no accidents! He also poo-poo'd for the first time in the potty. (Before, he was waiting until it was almost time to go to sleep and he had a diaper on.) Saturday was an awesome day!
And there you have it. Those were our four days of intense potty training. It took a lot of time, a lot of dedication, a lot of patience, a lot of encouragement, and a lot of stickers & treats. :)
We put a Pull-Up on Levi for Church on Sunday, just in case. We were glad we did because when we took him to a big (regular) potty, he would not go. When we went out to eat afterwards, I took him three times to the restroom and he held it until we got home. He seems to have it mastered at home with no accidents, but we haven't really tried the "out & about" training, yet. I guess we'll work on that more this week as we get out of the house ... finally. :)
This very big, very intimidating beast that is Potty Training has been confronted and conquered, y'all. I am so glad because the thought of doing it had my stomach in knots, for some reason. But with all things, we've got to face our fears and cover it in prayer. This was one of the most successful, most stressful, most rewarding weeks of my life.
I'm so very proud of our baby boy! He's our little champion.