I have been working with Cohen for a few months in preparation for this time. We would wear our big boy undies in the afternoons and evenings when I'd pick him up from the sitter and practice using the potty before bath or just randomly when he'd tell me he'd have to go. What I have found with Cohen, however, is that if I put a diaper or Pull-Up on him he doesn't even attempt to go to the bathroom. So my goal was to spend the first week of break tackling the potty training since I knew I'd be able to be home with him the entire time.
Wait they go where?
Here's the run down of it so far:
Sunday - Day 1: Surprisingly we had very few accidents. Our biggest one was when he got mad and wanted to have a popsicle for lunch. So he decided it would be appropriate to just pee on the floor by the window Let's just say there were no popsicles the rest of the day for that tantrum. However we did attend a graduation Open House and he actually told me he had to use the potty while we were there thus scoring him an extra M&M (which were ironically used at centerpieces on the tables).
Monday - Day 2: Still, not too many accidents but luckily I make him sit on the couch with a blanket or I would've had a huge mess to clean up. Cohen really seems to be responding to the M&M technique as well as the fact that he's earning a new game on the iPad for a day when he can make it accident free.
Tuesday - Day 3: Today we have only had one accident and actually I was really proud of him because he stopped himself to go run to the potty. To me that's a huge accomplishment! However, we have yet to have had a number 2 -- I'm still waiting...
Overall I'm pretty proud of my little man. We do use diapers or Pull-Ups at bed or nap and refer to them as our "special night night undies." I'll tackle that one later on. But what kills me is he always wakes up with a poop in the morning or after nap so I haven't had a chance to have him try to use the potty for the poop. I asked him why he doesn't want to use the potty when he has to poop and he told me, "I'm too big." Honestly I think he's afraid but that's okay, one step at a time.
This mama is three days into the training and I'm going to attempt a Target trip this afternoon. I now make sure I care a spare change of clothes with me whenever I leave the house just in case. Overall I'm really happy with his progress and just cross my fingers that we don't have any set backs.
I'll update you all later on how things are panning out in the next few week!
Happy TWOSday! :)