Friday, April 21, 2017

Potty talk, Max edition

*Millie edition back HERE

Max is a big boy now! We waited a bit longer to potty train him because he refused for a while. I talked it up and told him that when he's 3 and potty trained he can maybe do gymnastics or swimming like Millie does. Between that and some cool Lightning McQueen underwear we were finally in business!

The first two days were ROUGH. Zero success on the potty, just accidents everywhere. It was so stressful. We would try and try and then I'd stop to nurse Harvey and of course that's when he'd absolutely need to go. But finally at the end of day 2 he did it! Max chose jelly beans as a treat for #1 and Oreos for #2. We printed off a chart to fill with stickers and when he filled up the first one he got to pick something from the dollar store.

Lots of toy/puzzle time while we were stuck at home.

The hardest part for sure was staying home. Things just kept coming up that we had to leave the house for and I was never sure how to handle it - put a diaper back on, a pull-up, or just deal with accidents while we're out and about, etc. We spent all of soccer practice in the van with the froggy potty.

It was just hard for a couple days.

And it made him so tired! He hasn't napped for several months but almost every day for a little while he fell asleep at some point.

We kind of relaxed and put a diaper back on for some big events (zoobilee, the arts festival, etc.) but got back on track the next week. Max was super afraid of the "big potty" because "it has a hole in the bottom." I eventually told him that there are no more diapers. He could make a good choice to use the big potty (regular toilet) and we could start going places or he could make a wrong choice and we're stuck at home because he'll have accidents a lot. That seemed to click a little bit and he'll now use any potty! Hooray!

Our only mountain to climb still is #2. Any suggestions on that are welcome. 

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