Wednesday, August 31, 2011

And So It Begins

Today James and I embarked on the adventure I have been dreading the most about motherhood...*dramatic pause*...potty training. Yep. I have avoided it long enough under the guise of waiting for James to be "ready".  Fact is, James would be happy to stay in diapers for years to come.  He couldn't care less that he's a late bloomer in this area.  He is, however, ready...and probably has been for some time now.

What with vacations and moving into our house, this summer has been too crazy to take on potty training on top of it all.  But we're here now, and we're settled, and frankly, I've run out of excuses.

Our first day in this new world had ups and downs, but fortunately mostly ups.  This morning we pulled out the Thomas the Tank Engine underwear and went for it.  We set a timer for regular intervals, starting at 10 minutes and gradually adding time.  We settled in at every 20 minutes, stretching up to 30 at the very end of the day.  It seemed to work pretty well.  We only had one accident, and there were even several times where James told me of his own accord that he had to go before the timer went off.

He filled up his sticker chart (which he has been working on since our very first feeble attempts at potty training many months ago) and earned himself a new book which he can read all by himself!

Sarah was pretty proud of her big brother, too:

All in all, it was a good first day.

Let's hope day two (and day three and day four...) goes just as well!


brinestone said...

It sounds like he did awesome!

BusyMama said...

The one advantage of waiting until they're older is that they pick up on it a lot quicker. Hooray for one less in diapers!

Claudia said...

Got your e-mail - I'm glad you've had a pretty good start! I think only one accident is great! Good job to both of you for getting this started! I hope you continue to have success! And I expect to read your notes on the experience so I'll be ready next month!

Paula said...

James looks so old with his short hair cut! I'm glad he did so well on his first day. I hope it is an easy transition for both of you! I'm sure intimidated by the whole thing.

Kristina said...

woohoo! way to go James! (and way to go Mommy!) I think potty training is intimidating for just about included!