When all is said and done, I will have purchased 8 potties.
Three for upstairs, three downstairs, one for the car, and that damn Spanish-speaking Elmo potty I blogged about a few months ago. Because for right now at least, when one boy sits on the potty, everybody wants to sit.
Let me back up a second. I am NOT officially potty training anyone right now. As I’ve mentioned previously, it’s kind of my worst nightmare.
My plan has been to start this summer when everyone’s in shorts and tees, and I'm much more mentally prepared.
But (*sigh*) the boys started to show a little interest a few months ago, so they’ve had potties in their bathroom for a while. And for the past month or so, they all sit on the potty before taking a bath, and usually, 2 out of 3 will go, and then they get rewarded with 2 M&Ms. (And I reward myself with a handful.)
Tonight, Zach sat on the potty and a few seconds later, jumped up shouting: “Yay Zach! I get candy!” I gave him the M&Ms and tried to put him in the bathtub. “NO! I go more potty!” He sat back down, and about 3 seconds later jumped up: “Yay Zach! I get candy!” He’d gone another teaspoonful, and was rewarded with 2 more M&Ms. Again, he refused to get in the tub - sat right back down on the potty. Then he peed another teaspoon, cheered for himself (again, in the third person) and demanded more candy. Then it hit me. Stinker was controlling his pee to get more candy. Unreal.
I told him he needed to let ALL the pee out next time. He looked at me sheepishly and let it flow. “Look at all that pee!” he told me. Guess this means at least Zach is more ready for the potty than I thought. Hmmmph.