It is so hard to believe that we are at the point in our lives where our baby is using the big boy potty. This is one of those milestones I’ve worried about hitting. I have a brother who is ten years younger than I am and he was nearly FOUR YEARS OLD before he was officially housebroken potty trained. I remember my mom and dad having such a stressful time over this and I dreaded it. Likely because of that experience, we never put much emphasis on using the potty.
We purchased a potty chair and a potty watch some time ago. We introduced him to the potty and set it up in our living room (don’t judge) and we let him run around naked quite a bit (again, don’t judge). We know that he is encouraged to sit on the potty at school twice a day. Outside of this, we hadn’t tried to ask him if he had to go “pee pee” nor did we suggest that he sit on his potty at home. With no fuss and muss about the potty, one can imagine the surprise we experienced when we found him tinkling in the potty on his very own back in November.
I had just arrived home from work. Myles was running around the house with his bare butt hanging out. I was giving my hubby a download of my day when all of the sudden we heard, “psssssst” and looked over at our son, sitting on the potty and peeing! I literally jumped up and down like I was the next contestant on The Price is Right. I was so excited and got weepy…over pee pee. We gave high fives to Myles, high fives to each other, took pictures and gave him chocolate. We made this a very big deal because it WAS a very big deal.
Those of you who have followed our journey know that many of our milestones haven’t been easy, so I feel I’ve earned the right to brag about my awesome boy who potty trained himself. He is now working on pooing in the potty (which has been moved to the bathroom) and aside from the one accident he had on the floor (that hubby stepped in) that is going great as well.
The irony of what gets me excited now that I’m a Mom is not lost on me. I just want to bottle up all of these amazing little moments and savor every last one in every way possible.
Tena and her best friend (and hubby) had their first child in July, 2011. Their little guy has a congenital heart defect and he is one tough little cookie; don’t ever think about calling him sick though – “his plumbing is just different.” Tena is an animal loving vegetarian and is excited to teach her son about compassion and the importance of volunteer work. She secretly hopes her son will be left handed like his momma. She is the Online Marketing Director for Step2.