Friday, August 6, 2010

Exciting stuff!

My husband and I have been struggling with potty training our 3 year-old son, Timothy. We would go back and forth between undies and pull-ups and utter frustration. I really think we were confusing the poor kid.

Yesterday we had to go buy more pull-ups. I always hate doing this because even the off brands are expensive. With a huge sigh, I purchased the Target brand pull-ups (my fav) and said to myself... I will only use these at night.

Now, I have said this before, but always ended up putting him in pull-ups all day. Essentially they were just another diaper (they had a jazzier name though). But yesterday I stuck to it! I took him out of his pull-up when we got home and told him, "You are a big boy, so I am going to put you in underwear. You know what that means, right?" To which he replied, "I have to go pee-pee and poo-poo in the potty." OK, concept down.

I was hesitant. I even got the rug cleaner out to clean up accidents. I kept asking him, "do you have to go potty?" The answer was always the same... NO! But he didn't have an accident.

Later that day, I was folding laundry and I heard the bathroom door open. I peeked around the corner to see who it was. It was Timmy. I didn't want to scare him, so I stayed where I was and listened in case he needed me. I heard him lift the toilet seat (excitement) and then pee!!! OMG. I waited until he was done and walked over to him, got down on one knee and said... "I am SO proud of you. You went pee-pee all by yourself. You are such a big boy." He looked at me and smiled and said "I am a big boy." I swear he gave me the biggest hug. It was definitely a proud mommy moment.

The rest of the day he didn't have a single accident. I really think that he is getting the hang of it. And with mommy and daddy's support he will get very confident in his ability.



  1. Yay for Timmy! That's pretty much how it went with James, too. It was at this point that I made him his little reward poster and gave him stickers every time he did it...surprisingly that was a pretty good motivator. And we've only had maybe 3-4 accidents since. You're in the home stretch I think!!

  2. Timmy, what a MOST EXCELLENT day you had! Nanny & Papa are SOOOO PROUD of you (OUR BIG BOY)!!

    Amanda, thanks for bringing tears of joy to your old mom's eyes! You will have MANY, MANY, MANY more"Proud Mommy Moments!" I've just had another thanks to this BLOG!