19 February 2009

Fewer Diapers, More Lysol Wipes

The day has, at long last, arrived! Judah is finally interested in using the big boy potty. Frankly, I thought it was going to happen earlier than it did since he has a potty-using sibling and generally tries to emulate her in so many other ways. But here it is, a mere month before he turns 3, and he has embraced the notion of wearing big boy undies and all that entails. With two kids in diapers putting us in the poor house, it couldn't come soon enough.

Of course, potty training is not without its pitfalls. We don't leave the house without two extra pairs of undies and two pairs of pants, just in case. I've also realized that I need to pack extra shirts. I didn't have to do that when Charis was potty training, so it didn't even occur to me that along with different physiology comes different spray patterns. My laundry has increased, and I've been wiping up lots of "almost made it!" accidents. But all in all, I'd say Judah is doing quite well. We've been using a sticker chart/candy reward system with some success, but mostly, I'd say he is doing a great job self-motivating. I've had to be a bit more vigilant about the whole thing today because he wanted to emulate his sister's leotard-wearing habit (leotards are tough for anyone to get off, especially 2 year-olds), but so far, so good! He still gets a diaper for naps and at night, but he's off to a great start!


sarahdv17 said...

Woo hoo!!! Samuel also potty trained right before his 3rd birthday. I hope you have great success!!!

Donna Koehn said...

It just takes boys longer to care. Congratulations on fewer diapers!