Jumpin' On the Potty Train

I'm soooo tired of this:
No, we didn't get a new puppy - that puddle is Cameron's doing. It's one of many that I've had to clean up in the last couple of weeks. Why? Because he's gotten into the habit of taking his diaper off. And no matter how many times I replace it, or try to secure it under a pair of hard-to-remove pants, he manages to wriggle out again and inevitably pees somewhere - gleefully announcing, "Pee-pee!" in his chirpy little voice as it soaks into my poor carpet.

I'm confused, really. He's only 18 months old, and not quite showing all the signs of readiness that the experts traditionally suggest. But I can't deny that his behavior lately is a pretty clear indication that he's ready to move beyond his diapers (and plus, I think some of the so-called "expert advice" I read is bogus). So I was happy to find this article about potty training younger kids - in three days, on average! Pretty interesting stuff! It wouldn't work too well if you're not a stay-at-home Mom, but it's perfect for us: Curtis is working for the next three days, so we won't be going anywhere anyway.

So last night we introduced Cameron to the potty chair. He seemed to enjoy sitting on it, but no matter how much we waited in eager anticipation - looking for that first drop to fall so we could dance around like fools and praise him to high heaven - nothing happened.

And then he got off the potty chair and pooped on the floor while we were putting it away. Ugh. One step forward, one step back ...

Anyway, today officially marks Day One of our odyssey into three-day potty training. I'm optimistic: the baby comes in a mere ten weeks, and I'm willing to try anything that increases my chances of NOT having two kids in diapers at the same time.

Three days of urine-and-feces-soaked fun. (Can you tell I'm being completely sarcastic here?) I hope I can handle it.


  1. Oh crikey - good luck honey! I think you're gonna need it! And just a little word of warning - if you do somehow manage to get him trained before the baby comes, then be prepared for him to regress once baby is here - it's very common! Other than that, go for it. My thoughts and sympathies are with you xx

  2. Thanks! Yep, I thought about the regression thing. I got Colin potty trained about a month before Cameron came, and he didn't regress ... so I'm hoping Cameron won't either. If he ever gets potty trained, that is. ;)

  3. I can't wait to see how this goes. it was a snap training my daughter, but I am so nervous about working with my son (who is 22 mo) cause I hear boys are harder and take longer. I was kind of planning to wait until he is closer to 3, but I really don't want to wait another whole year since I already have two kids in diapers. If this works for you maybe I'll give it a shot!

  4. oh the lovely wet patches! I have wooden flooring which came in very handy when potty training i can tell you! Good luck with it and hopefully it will happen for you xx

  5. I'm trying so hard, you guys, but it's SO frustrating. I don't know what I expect, since it's only our first day and all ... I guess I was hoping Cameron is some sort of potty training prodigy (LOL!). But whew! What a day it's been - and it's early afternoon.

    I'm keeping a "diary" of sorts, so I'll share after the potty training marathon is finished. :)

  6. What about if you have his big brother Colin "help" you out. Like take him in the bathroom and have him use the potty and show Cameron how to do it. I don't know. I don't have boys. I have a girl. And she basically decided very early on that she hated being wet. The fact that she was in cloth diapers aided that decision, I think.

  7. ICK to the pooping on the floor! LOL and OMG 10 weeks.....it will be here before we know it! YAY!

  8. Thanks Jess! :)

    Charisse - I think that's part of the reason he's showing signs of readiness so early. He always watches Colin in the bathroom and says, "Pee-pee!" It helps!

    Denni - I know! Actually a little less than ten weeks ... and knock a week off of that if they consent to inducing me on the 9th. :)

  9. Good luck! Can't wait to hear how it goes! I just know it's going to be successful!


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