If you’re a parent of a child over the age of 3 there’s a really good chance you know all about potty training… The highs, the lows, the treats, the defeats….
I remember with my oldest I had a really amazing chart taped to the bathroom window. It was loaded with information on when, where and what kind of potty Taylor had just had.
Fast forward 7 years and I find myself toilet training Ollie….at 7 years old. If you can’t tell already, this post will not be for the feint of heart! So if you get squeamish or grossed out easily, please find another post to read 🙂 But if you can handle it, soldier on…
Last year I realized that Ollie (at 6 years old) was consistently peeing in the bath. I had a little “aha” moment and decided that the next time he did that I would pull him out quick and help him do it in the toilet. It worked great! We did it a few nights in a row and he began to learn the sensation that comes before and he acquired the ability to hold it. We taught him over the course of a few months how to do that all day, every day.
However, #2 hasn’t come so easy. And let me tell you… that has made me sad 🙁 I’m just going to be real honest with ya… changing a big poo is not only challenging physically, it can emotionally destroy. I’m not exaggerating. It is utterly crushing to the soul at times. And it’s not so much the one diaper change in front of me… It’s the possibility of 50 years more of them. We have no idea what Ollie will and won’t do. We just encourage, wait, love and watch.
So it’s with great excitement that I tell you that he’s started going #2 in the toilet! It’s not 100%, but it’s getting closer and closer to it. And when he is “100%” or pretty darn close, I am throwing the biggest party my family has EVER SEEN. It’s going to be grande. Toilet paper will adorn all the walls like crepe paper. I’m going to make chocolate cake in the shape of poo, play pin the poo in the toilet, hang up a poop-nata… the list goes on! It’s going to be epic.
But we’re not there yet. Right now we’re working diligently to help him use the toilet and I am going to rave about the Squatty Potty. For the last 11 days he has not needed his pull up AT ALL. NOT ONCE. Needless to say, I’m excited! And for any of you parents wondering what stool (pun intended) might be best for your little (or big) kiddo, the Squatty Potty has been making me the happiest person in the whole entire world. Overstatement you ask? No. Definetly not. I am EXCITED. It is designed to help a person sit in a squatting position. This makes going to the bathroom more natural and comfortable. I had the hardest time getting Ollie to go on the toilet until I realized his body needed to feel more comfortable. It’s been working like a charm. (Side note and overshare: It’s good for everybody).
One other minor detail in the potty training…I give him a slice of chocolate cake every time he poops in the toilet. This has been a HUGE motivator. Poor Tay Tay (my oldest) only got a chocolate chip. And I’m sure that’s all Henry will get as well. But Ollie… well, lets just say I have no problem with getting him the moon if it means 50 years less of poopy diapers!