Potty Update

Did I hear you ask how Tad is doing in the potty training department?

No? Well, here’s an update anyway.

He’s doing… really, really well. Yes, he falls off the wagon occasionally (don’t we all?), and he doesn’t yet ask to use the potty anywhere. Here at home, he will just take himself. He also has it mostly figured out at Grandma and Gichan’s house (where he has been known to use to potty in order to delay or avoid a time-out). Potty time is also a regular feature at preschool, and he either has magnificent bladder control (which is a real possibility) or he’s using the potty at school, because he’s routinely coming home dry every day (on Grandma’s advice, I’ve been marking his Pull-Ups so I know it’s the same one he left home in. Grandma’s a genius).

We’re also working our way out of the “treat” aspect of using the potty. Once the bag of candy corn ran out (I pray that my dentist is not reading this), Tad pretty much quit asking for a treat every time he peed in the potty. We still hand out a treat for pooping, but as this is a once-a-day event (mostly), the treat incentive is greatly diminished. Potty usage has now become a trade-off. For example: “You want to watch your shark documentary? Go potty first.”

What, no one else uses a shark documentary to bribe their son into using the potty? It’s Tad’s current favorite DVD – and that particular documentary is only 25 minutes long. It’s pretty great – for me. Oh, and he adores it. I have a budding marine biologist on my hands.

I’m thinking that in another month, it might be time to seriously discuss his potty training with his teachers and talk about sending him to school in *gulp*.. underwear.

IF everything continues to go as well as it has been. I expect that he will still have the “off” day, and we definitely have to work on the concept of asking to go (and exposing him to the bathrooms in the places we routinely frequent, like church, and Friend and Doc’s house). But the distance that he has come in just a few short months boggles my mind sometimes.

I am so proud of my big boy.

2 Responses to “Potty Update”

  1. Ressis
    September 23rd, 2009 07:28

    We’re proud of him too. But tell him we need him to be a mechanic when he grows up, not a marine biologist. A mechanic is more useful to the family. I want one of my kids to become an orthopedic surgeon, we’re definitely going to need that down the road. 😉

  2. Aunt Lynda
    September 23rd, 2009 08:12

    Oh, Ressis, that”s a good idea!
    And it looks like you, Deanna, might have a few months without pull-ups and diapers on the grocery list!