Tuesday, April 1, 2008

We are so not ready for this!


Tanner said look mom I'm a deviled egg. So cute Tanner, but that is a toilet seat you are putting around your head. Gross! I thought that yesterday might be a good day to start potty training. I would really like to just work with Tanner right now on this issue. He turned 3 in December and is definitely old enough to go potty in the toilet. One of my problems is that Gemma thinks that potty training looks like fun and she wants to try too. At first I thought it would be great to train them both at the same time, but after yesterday, I don't think so. I let Tanner run around in underwear all morning. Which isn't any different than what he usually runs around in. Tanner HATES wearing clothes, so he's always running around in a diaper. I would put him on the toilet every hour to see if he needed to go. Apparently Gemma saw all this going on and so she took off her diaper. I didn't know that she took it off because she was wearing a dress. The kids had just gone into the backyard when Mason came running in to inform me that Gemma had just pooped outside and that he had accidentally stepped in it. Disgusting. I got it all cleaned up and put underwear on Gemma. I figured I might as well see what happens. I put Tanner back on the toilet. Nothing. Five minutes later he wet his underwear. Thirty minutes later he pooped his underwear!!! While cleaning up that mess Gemma wet her underwear. 2 poops + 2 pees + nothing in the toilet = 2 diapered children. I don't remember it being this hard with Mason. I don't really even remember having to potty train him. Mason went to his Grandma's at least two days a week while I worked. Maybe she is the one who got Mason potty trained. That sounds like a good idea. Lets go to grandma's house everyday for a couple of weeks and see if she can help me get these other two kids trained. Tanner absolutely positively has to go to preschool this fall, and I would love to get him into a summer preschool, so really I only have 2 months to get this all taken care of. Oh man! This is not going to be pretty, but so worth it when we wont be having to buy diapers and wipes anymore.

8 comments:

Bethany said...

For me, potty training is the absolute worst part of parenting, hands down. I hated it!!! :P

Good luck!

Amy said...

Oh Boy! I thought I had it hard. I have been working with Hallie on and off for 9 months! (Having Abby kind of put a hold on things.) But also, Hallie is so stubborn. I can't imagine having to do 2! Wish I had some advice, other than be patient!

Staci said...

I just hope you have it perfected by the time Parker is old enough, so I can just ask you what to do.

Matt read this & was laughing out loud, imagining Mason stepping in Gemma's poop. YUCK!

Shanell has a good book that she swears by, something like How to Potty Train in One day? I don't know how they do it, but she said it took one day for Sophia. You might ask her about it?

Kylie said...

Oh the joys of potty training. It was a headache until I just finally gave up on it and ran out of diapers one day and just told Powell, we don't have any diapers, so you'll have to go in the potty today! And he did it from then on (it still took a good 2 weeks for him to poop in the potty). Now if only I could get him to put the lid down so Mia won't play in it, flush it and wash his hands!

Spencer&Heather said...

Oh the joys of potty training... I am so glad that I have about another year before I have to do that. Good luck to you :)

Becca said...

I remember the potty training...I don't think it never ends though. And you have now shattered my delusion that baby number 2 will be easy because he has big brother to help him along! Good Luck!

Jim and Brooke said...

I'm so sorry for you, but I laughed out loud when I read your story! Potty training is never fun. For me the only good part is the huge sence of acomplishment when it is over. For each of my boys totally different things worked. They will get it! You are amazing!
I do like the idea of Grandmas house!
love, Brooke

Casey said...

LOl, I totally agree! I am NOT looking forward to potty training, we are starting slowly but only because Riley seems interested! :) thank goodness for that! Good luck!