Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Potty Training, the Beginning

Well, for the first time ever, I can say that Russell is still wearing the underwear that I put on him at 7:30am this morning. And it is still clean and dry.

When we first started setting Russell on the toilet (we bought him a Disney Cars potty seat) in early November, you could hear the yelling from down the block. He progressed slowly as he realized that when he sat on the potty for two rounds of me singing the Alphabet, he was rewarded with three M & M’s. Long story short? He now can sing the whole alphabet with exception of ‘l-m-n’. I guess it wasn’t all in vain! In the last few weeks, he has been asking to sit on the potty so he could get the candy reward. Time for step #2.

Last Thursday and Friday, I cleared my calendar to attempt potty training. The first day, we had three puddles on the floor and one successful pee in the toilet. Friday, we had two puddles and two pees in the toilet. Saturday, one pee, one poop (the rest in the diaper since we were out and about).

I think we have a system going. Russell tends to drink continually throughout the day, totting his milk and water cups around with him, so I have to put him on the potty once an hour to pee. If he doesn’t pee on that hour-mark, I put him back in 30 minutes and he will do it then. He doesn’t mind doing the poops, either, for which I was worried, since some kids are scared of that, but Russell likes to flush the toilet so it is a win-win for both of us;-)

I am proud of our little guy in his journey so far. With the holiday travels coming up next week (we fly to B.C. from the 24th- 1st), I don’t want to put him back in diapers and/or pull-ups since he’ll get used to peeing in his pants again, but I can’t see myself hauling around a red potty seat everywhere we go, either. We’ll see, I guess. I also don’t want to be dealing with wet pants and lots of laundry.

The last concern I have is the extent of peeing during the night. Russell’s diapers weigh no less than 3lbs in the morning. Alysun told me that the kids eventually learn to hold it during the night, so here’s hoping that he’ll catch on. Even when I used cloth diapers on Russell, I would put a disposable on him at night because of the large amount of pee.

And, lastly, speaking of cloth diapers… When I first did the math in 2005 and purchased the Kushies, I figured we’d save $2500 using them for 2 ½ years, for which I did. What happened to the extra money? Well, a fraction of that is sitting in my dining room area in the form of an elliptical machine. Yup. All 150lbs of it. I recently cancelled my gym membership (which I really enjoyed) since I no longer have childcare for Russell now that Dan's on a regular work schedule. Dan himself has been complaining of feeling lethargic. This way, we can both get some exercise.

I love elliptical but like any tool, it is only useful if it’s used;-) So here’s to a healthier new year!


Photogrl said...

The joys of potty training!

Yay for staying dry so far.

Good luck!

Fie upon this quiet life! said...

Wow! Good luck with the potty training!! Hey, if Zach and Beth could carry around a potty for their 5-month-old, maybe taking the red seat to Canada will work out for you too. :) Gotta be proud of Russell! Maybe he can give Will a tip or two!

I hope that he's starting to feel better too. Poor little guy!

Hey, got some good news. I got another interview request -- well, I now have three interview requests total, but I can't remember when I last updated you. So one school in LA, one in Bloomsburg, PA, and one in Bethlehem, PA. I'm getting nervous! Wish me luck!

Kevin, Jennifer, Hana & Alaina Norman said...

Yay! I wish you and Russell the best of luck during potty training. So tough! Hana's been trained since Jan. and has gone diaperless at night for a few months now and all was amazing but I am now frustrated with a new issue. In the last couple of months, her attention span is so minute that she dribbles in her underwear on the way to the potty because she gets distracted and stops to play with toys or something....aargh!! This coincides with the relocation of the potty from the living room (gross, I know) to the oh-so-far bathroom.

Grad3 said...

The only thing that really intimidates me right now about parenthood is potty training. So good luck with it-- perhaps it will help me when we are on that path :)

Thanks for your comment-- I have actaully done some very brief consulting with SIRM. The pregnancy where we had Lil' P we had done Ivig w/ our local RE. Right now we are just trying to see if we can get a healthy pregnancy without it. It's extremely expensive and insurance didn't cover anything. But his pregnancy was the only one where our numbers tripled every time-- so we'll see.

Aly sun said...

Potty training is TONS of work, every mom out there who's attempted it feels for you! Keep up the good work. It will come eventually with persistence and patience. I'd invest in a kid's toilet seat for your travels. It sits on a regular toilet and is easy to transport, I think about $7-$9 at Target. I'd let you borrow ous, but that would mean you would have to come and visit me :)

PS Great news on the Elliptical! I would love to have one. Good for you.

Choco Girl said...

Yay for mom and child! Ha ha! And for the elliptical training machine for you, in a Napoleon Dynamite-like voice I say, "Luckyyyy!"

C. Beth said...

Yaaay, Russell! That's great!

Chickie is no longer afraid of pooping, which is HUGE. She is still afraid of going poop in the potty (goes in a Pull-Up), but I figure having her pee pee trained is a good step, at least.

I'm wanting to get into the habit of not giving her anything to drink for an hour and a half or two before bed so that she can wear panties to bed. I just need to change my habits!