A Day without Diapers.

August 13, 2013

Potty training is no joke.

But I was prepared for this messy undertaking. I had my potty training kit ready to go:

potty training essentials

I just finished day 2 of a three day training method. Let’s recap the day shall we? Of the 8 times my son went to the bathroom only one of them was in the toilet… on a Cheerio… I got my kid to pee on a Cheerio. The other 7 times were inside and outside, on hardwood floors, and carpets. One even took place in the bathtub (and not the fun kind either) which is where I stuck him so I could clean the floor around him. This is what my house looked like today:

potty training

And this was me:

potty training

Let’s be honest. I have no clue what I’m doing. I have no clue if I started training too soon and if I should stop? I have no clue if I try just one more day that it will click? I have no clue if I should force him to sit on the potty or empower him to do it himself. I have no clue if he has any clue as to what I am trying to get him to do. I have no clue if I should hit up for another shipment. I JUST DON’T KNOW.  What I DO know, is that I ended the day covered in pee and poop and just took one of the best showers of my life. And I have 10 hours to figure all of this out before he wakes up. It will be a game time decision friends. Until then….

potty training humor

  • Casey Leigh
    August 13, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Don’t give up! You can do it!

    • sisterstosons
      August 14, 2013 at 8:09 am

      Thanks, Case! Ruby is next! At this rate, she may be potty trained before R!

  • Lindsey
    August 13, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Been there before Linds! Peed on Cherrios, crushed an entire roll of Clorox wipes in 24 hours. Only I did it pregnant and that bottle of wine pictured above was, unfortunately, not waiting for me at the end of the day when I REALLY needed it most. Hang in there. I doubted every hour of the three day method (like seriously doubted it and my commitment to this insanity) until, day three. By some miracle, my son woke up after his nap on the third day and it all just clicked. He went in the toilet every. single. time. and he was potty trained. I was amazed. Of course there were accidents for a couple months after but we worked through it and he did it. I couldn’t believe it worked! But until then…. I highly recommend investing in a couple tarps. Yup, tarps. They literally saved my carpet and furniture in the process of potty training. My husband walked in the door on day one, absolutely horrified and claimed that our house looked like a scene from Dexter, but our furniture remains in good condition to this day. Best $20 I spent. GOOD LUCK!!

    • sisterstosons
      August 14, 2013 at 8:06 am

      So funny, Linds!! Tarps are actually a great idea. My entire house is hardwood except for 2 area rugs and of course he goes for those spots…ahhh!Today is Day 3 so hoping I have the same luck as you. Thanks for sharing your experience!

  • mom
    August 14, 2013 at 7:42 am

    is that an either…. or …i would go for the vodka and potty training

    personally i don’t think he gives a hoot about the potty but carry on…. you are doing

    a great job!!!

    • sisterstosons
      August 14, 2013 at 8:08 am

      Seriously….Vodka during potty training might be an even messier event. Today he told me he wanted to wear underwear so that’s a step in the right direction!

  • Noelle (@singerinkitchen)
    August 14, 2013 at 10:45 am

    LOVE the post!! I am so not looking forward to this with my 21-month old. Love the caricatures. I can’t imagine the messes. ugh.

    • sisterstosons
      August 14, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      Thanks, Noelle! If I figure it out by the time your 21 month old is ready I will promise to share!

  • Nataliealie
    August 14, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    drink the vodka and keep potty training!! 🙂

  • Natalie
    August 14, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Drink the vodka AND keep going! doing great!

  • Jo-Lynne {Musings of a Housewife}
    August 14, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    LOL. I can so relate. Here is my advice. I’ve done this 3 times. DO NOT GIVE UP. With the last one, I wanted to give up SO BAD. I did what you did – stayed home for a few days (I crossed a week off my calendar, just in case) and by day 2 I was ready to give in. I threw a full fledged temper tantrum (no lie) because I hate potty training so bad. But my husband got on the phone and encouraged me to keep it up and told me I’d be SO HAPPY by that time next week if I saw it thru. And you know what? I did. And I am so glad. Hang in there, friend!! And yes, stock up on vodka! (to drink after bedtime, of course, lol)

  • Gina B
    August 14, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    LONGING to have potty training adventures like these, LONGING!! My kid just howls bloody murder anytime I get her in the bathroom, never mind putting her delicate toosh on the bowl. Oy. Enjoy it, it’ll be over soon. I guess, what I do I know?? lol… Can I borrow your image as my AVATAR??

  • Aida Ingram
    August 14, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Keep on trying! It’s tough but you’ll get through it!

  • aninspiredyou
    August 14, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Heep trying! You’ll get there!

  • Carrie @ Chockababy
    August 14, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    I agree with most of the other suggestions. It’s so EASY to give up. It’s HARD to keep going. When you feel like giving up, call in back up. My hubs would step in when I was crying about the poop on the Oriental rug and change everyone’s mood. It’s important to have back up! Good luck!!

  • aninspiredyou
    August 14, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Keep trying! You’ll get there!

  • Janeane M. Davis
    August 14, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    I wish you well with your potty training. All four of my chiildren trained themselves when they were ready, I never tried to train them so I have no advice to offer, but I do wish you the best.

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