Well, folks. We have embarked on the overwhelming journey of Potty Training.
Levi has shown signs for a while that he is ready to go in the potty, but I have been waiting on a few things before we jumped in full-force. It's funny that it doesn't matter how ready for something a child seems and how you, as his mother, have a greater intuition about it. A gut feeling. I just didn't feel that it was time until now, and I am happy we didn't push him.
That, or I was totally in denial and pretended he was a newborn.
Yeah, that was probably it.
Levi will be 26 months old in a couple of days, and guys, he's .... a big boy. There. I said it.
(Excuse me, I'll be in a corner somewhere shoving Oreos in my mouth to drown the sorrows. It helps. Don't judge.)
Ah*Hmm. Where were we?
Ah-ha! Potty Training!
The other day, I got an overwhelming excitement for potty training! (And, um, a gift card burning a hole in my handbag.) So, I ran out to our new children's store in town and loaded up on gear. He's had his little potty for awhile, but he needed some little extras. Ya know, potty goodies.
I went all DIY on myself and jazzed up the boring little bulletin board that we bought for his charts.
Bumble Bees! This fabric was some I had from back in my apron-making days and it turned out to be perfect because as we sit and wait for the tee-tee to come out, we count the bees!
And the best thing about the whole thing?
The Treat Jar!!
I go overboard on making things cutesy. But hey, it brings me joy. Happy, gaudy joy.
I picked up the greatest invention of all time for my little man in our new adventure together. He loves it.
It's the Potty Watch!
It has 30, 60 or 90 minute intervals and when times up, it lights up, plays a happy little ditty, and Levi screams, "IT'S POTTY TIME!!" with wide eyes and a big smile. After that, he's gone like the wind to the potty. So funny.
It's like pullin' teeth trying to get him to take it off at nap and night time. Dude loves the thing.
I know a lot of people have different ideas of what to do while the child is on the potty. For us, we keep the potty in the bathroom at all times and when he's sitting there waiting to go, we read potty books. It's WONDERFUL. After today, he basically has all of these books memorized, and it's great seeing him understand and relate what is going on in the book with what is going on with him.
When we're not reading, we're rolling toy trains and cars back and forth to each other. :)
I write the day on his chart since we are also working on days of the week. He gets plenty of reminders throughout the day what day it is! ;)
Every time he goes in the potty, he gets to pick out a sticker and put it on his chart, and then get a Skittle. Oh, it's like he's getting a hunk of gold and a banana split. He gets SO excited.
We began this journey around 10am yesterday morning and it was an awesome 1st day! He had 7 successful potties and a handful of accidents, too. Every time he tee-tee'd accidentally in his big boy underwear, he would scream, "UH OH - I'M TOOTED!". Oh, so funny. He's a mess. A beautiful, precious, incredible little mess.
As I wrote on Facebook yesterday evening, Levi and I are definitely both learning the in's-n-out's of potty training. The fun thing is, we're doing it together. Those moments sitting on the bathroom floor today and the inevitable ones that lie ahead of us, are what motherhood is all about. Time, patience, instruction and encouragement. It was a long and hard, special and sweet day. We are ready for tomorrow! :)
So. Potty Training. Any golden tidbits of advice?