Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Observation about potty training

Maxfield is pretty much completely potty trained. There are the occasional accidents but for the most part he is diaper free and has been for over a month.

Call it advice for people that may be potty training their boys or whatever; I just wanted to document a few observations.

1) A few weeks ago, Max and I came home from the playground, both of us covered in sand. We hopped in the shower. While I was rinsing him off he told me he had to pee. I told him it was okay for him to pee in the shower, which he did. For the next two weeks that is the only place he wanted to pee. He would walk into the bathroom, pull down his pants and pee on the shower stall doors.

2) When a three year old says he has to pee, he means RIGHT NOW. Not in a minute, which is the time it takes to walk to the bathroom and pull down his pants and get his aim lined up. It means right now as in you have 10 seconds to do all of that.

3) When a tree year old says he has to poop, he means in about a half an hour. And although you rush to get him to the bathroom once he tells you he has to go (see #2 ((pun totaly intended)), he will just sit on the toilet and hang out, swinging his feet, chit chatting about Diego. And just when you think it was a false alarm, and you try to remove him from the toilet, he will go. I do realize it is better to err on the side of caution with this one. It is better to wait it out than to have an accident.

4) Toilet paper is so much different than wipes.

5) Discussions about who has a penis and who doesn't, are almost a daily occurence.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Does Diego have a penis?

Effie said...

hooray Maxfield!

LOL about the shower...

Susie said...

#5, here, too.

bbsgirl said...

Oh geez...not in the shower!!

Adam said...

Other than the humor, is there something we're supposed to take away from #1?

Anonymous said...

in response to #4....there are flushable wipes. I think they are wonderful, so does my 6 year old who refuses to use regular toliet paper....LOL

Oh, The Joys said...

I don't have a penis because I am a "grill".

sari said...

Once you go wipes, you don't go back.

My five year old has to strip nude when he goes #2. My best friend calls it "The Costanza".

This is in any and all places he may happen to go, home, someone else's house, the grocery store. Doesn't matter.

Makes for fun, it does.

Stacie said...

Oh the days! LOL, I got a kick out of this.
Stacie

Nancy said...

Reminds me of the little boy in Kindergarten Cop (with Cali's Gov Arnold) ... announcing in the classroom his discovery that "Boys have penises and girls have Vagina's"

platypus said...

Ah, the potty training days... I thought they'd never end! Fortunately for all of us they did though - the screaming whenever she was taken near a potty was not a fun time.

amelia said...

The "pee pee dribbles" in the underwear that come as a result of I have to go NOW get better in the middle to latter of year 3.

It really is a joy when your 3 year old runs off to go #1 or 2 all on his own!

Mine still has his own little quirks when he poos...He likes me to sit in the bathroom with him with the bathroom door partially closed so that he can't see me but he can talk to me. He also likes to "play" a yahtzee handheld game. I think he got that from his dad.

Christie said...

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Michelle said...

WARNING on the flushable wipes! I'm currently potty training my 2.5 year old daughter and we were using the flushable wipes. We stopped when our drain became clogged and it cost us $500 to have our cast-iron sewer pipe so the plumber could snake our drain under our house. The guy pulled out 3 softball-sized balls of the flushable wipes. He said that the flushable wipes are keeping them in business. 90% of the clogged drains that he deals with are from the wipes because they don't break up as quickly as normal toilet paper and end up clumping up. We of course no longer use the flushable wipes!

Mainline Mom said...

Thanks for the tips...they will certainly come in handy very soon :)

kalki said...

Changing the litter box once a week isn't seeming so bad right now...

Football Widow said...

I have tears running down my face! We are attempting potty training with our two year old and it is so very painful. Good to know about the shower thing. I can see where that would happen. We aren't discussing Diego right now. We are singing our ABC's. Thanks for sharing your wisdom!

Nilbo said...

You are raising a shower pee-er? Ick.

NO PEEING IN THE SHOWER AND NO POOPING IN THE BATH.

B said...

Oh goodness. Last night, our 2-year-old remarked on the absence of a certain body part for his babysitter, who had left about 20 minutes beforehand. I can only assume that he asked her directly at some point during the afternoon.

Happily, she's also a teacher at his daycare, so I'm sure she's unfazed by this line of questioning.