Ivan has been so different from Owen in so many ways. Potty training has followed this theme. He has struggled with it but his attitude is completely different than his older brother’s was at this time two years ago.
The past few days he has done very well. He’s had minimal accidents and acquired the ability to tell me when he has to go. I’ve been up and down this week with my own frustration with the process. I really haven’t gotten upset with him, just myself. So often the accidents have been when I got too busy to make him or remind him to go. We started this week with me telling him to go every time the timer went off. We stayed in the kitchen where the floor is easier to clean if needed and he really did well. Slowly I’ve given him more freedom and he’s really impressed me with his desire to get this done.
Yesterday we drove to Franklin for Chloe’s birthday party. It’s a good 45 to 50 minutes to get down there so I put Ivan in a pull-up instead of underwear. When we were about 5 minutes from Chloe’s house, Ivan told me he had to go potty. I asked him to try to hold it until we get there. This was the first time that I asked him to wait. Usually it’s more like…”you have to go…let’s go now!” So, I wondered how he would do. Owen, who was sitting beside him asked me if Ivan was in a pull-up and encouraged Ivan to just go. Before I could argue, Ivan shouts from the back…”I GO IN POTTY!”
While at the party, he had gone in the back yard (they were playing in swimsuits on the slip-n-slide) and when he came in and got dressed came to the realization too late that he had to poo poo. So an accident was had at Chloe’s house. It was a small accident and easily cleaned up. He was again determined and before I could reprimand him or explain that this wasn’t good, he pointed his finger and said, “I not poo poo again!”
So…I think we are on a good road to success with this. I’m very proud of my little underwear clad boy.