Houston, we have some pee

I don’t mean to get all excited and stuff, but I just gotta gush.? You all know my struggles.? Months and months and months I have tried.? I’ve whipped out every trick in the potty training book.? I’ve tried the candy incentives, I’ve tried stickers, I’ve tried everything.? Who knew it would take money.

Tonight, like every night, we asked the boy if he wanted to go on the potty.? “Sure,” he replied. Normally he sits on the potty and plays around.? Tonight we had a bit of a behavior struggle that resulted in both quiet time with daddy and mommy.? Finally, during the mommy shift the trusty husband came in to tell us it was bath time and ask if the boy wanted to sit on the potty.? Only this time… this time he actually peed!? This isn’t the first time he’s done this, but it is the first time that it was mostly his idea.? To add to it he did it while I held him on the potty.? Most of the time he does not like that and he has a potty seat at home.

I am convinced that it is the trusty brother-in-law who is the magic weapon here.? He is the one who got our niece potty trained.? Although, he had nothing to do with today’s success.

I actually almost got him to pee on the potty this afternoon after nap, but I was a little too late.? We went to put swimsuits on and he said he had to go potty.? We got up to go and he was peeing in his diaper right as I was taking it off.

If for some reason this kid potty trains by Sept. 11th it will be a miracle.? That is the day he is supposed to start preschool.? Of course I’m not counting my chickens before they are hatched, but man, I’ll take any progress that comes my way.

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  1. Bev says: Reply

    Give our favorite grandson BIG hugs and tell him Grammy and PaPa are SO proud of him going potty on the BIG potty – we have a surprise for him when he gets home! And tell Wayne, great going . . . you gave the “home team” a little support, maybe less tension which released the boy’s . . . well, you all get the idea! :-)) Have a great “rest of the time together” and we’ll see ya at the airport Sunday evening!! Much love to the whole gang – wish we were there to enjoy all the excitement. Grammy and PaPa say “hugs and kisses” to our sweet kindergartener, too!! Hi, Bethany!!

  2. DebiP says: Reply

    Elle it is all all about when HE wants to do it…..this may be the moment you have been waiting for…does he have to be trained to start preschool?

  3. Wendy says: Reply

    Once I knew my 2nd daughter was capable of going and controlling it, I had to come up with a way to motivate her to want to do it. Nothing worked. Candy, stickers, prizes, clapping. Nada. Until I thought about the pool. Kids who pee in their pants will pee in the pool, so I told her that as long as she was a risk for pee in the pool (ie peeing in her pants not the potty) she couldn’t get in the pool. One day of sitting out and she begged to pee in the potty and never looked back. Each kid is different and each one has a different motivation. It’s amazing, though, that once they ‘get it’ they are off and running. (or peeing…hee!)

  4. Rhonda says: Reply

    Way to go Oleg!! You know, we trained Clyde on the toilet also. Something about knowing everyone else uses it seemed to click. I am keeping my fingers crossed for Sept 11th.

  5. Mom says: Reply

    Wouldn’t it be so sweet…..if he continues using the potty. No more diapers!!! Things kinda have a cycle though when it comes to potty training so don’t be discouraged. It’s not about bribery but a matter of concept and control. Sounds like he’s catching on so I’ll keep my fingers crossed. Go Oleg!!!!

  6. Jenny2 says: Reply

    Miracles do happen and never under estimate the power of the all mighty dollar!

  7. Dana says: Reply

    Woo Hoo!!

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