Warning: this is one of *those* posts! You know the ones. The ones that most likely will embarrass my poor children terribly when they find out about this ol' blog. Yes, there will be poops and pees in this one! Consider yourself warned! But continue on to get a good laugh! There are not many things Carter can do that he doesn't make absolutely cute! Biased? Maybe! But the kid is too darn cute with everything that he does! So why would I expect anything different with those 4 words that mothers all around the world look forward to hearing during the war called "Potty Training". It was a hard fought battle. One that I was apprehensive to start in the first place. But I was just down right sick of diapers (not that visiting EVERY public restroom on EVERY trip out of the house is much better) and maybe a little bit up for a game of "who could be more stubborn." He was MORE than ready. I have to admit, I thought Carter was gonna beat me! I mean, I don't know who's kid he is and where he gets that stubbornness from, but he is one hard kid to break! So I had to bring in the big guns!
Yes, I have said it before. I am so not above bribing my kids! I mean, if I can win a battle with a little bribery, why not? So I scoured the internetz to find any of the Disney Cars (1) characters that we did not have already! And let me tell you, those above 6 plus 2 I couldn't find pretty much completed our collection. Man! I am slightly out of control. I admit! Don't judge! Anyhoo, to start the battle, Carter threw me a curve ball. He would only go pee IF his daddy was home. So for a WEEK he would HOLD IT until a.) I put a pull-up on for nap time or b.) his dad came home! Go figure - little brat! Oh but I wouldn't let a little bit of power struggle do me in! Oh no! I played his game. Knowing that he couldn't hold it forever, I made him run around with just his undies and a shirt and made sure I was giving him plenty to drink ;-)! Oh he caved when he realized I would let him skip the whole "sitting down" part and let him go straight to standing like a man! What ever! If I knew that is all it would take then I would have done that months ago! But it took him a WEEK to tell me he wanted to stand "like Evan".Once he realized that he could be a man in the restroom, the power struggle was over! It now became cool to pee in the potty. And besides, he got a new Lightening McQueen each time he did it himself! Then there was the TOILET PHOBIA! Let me just say for the record, Evan never had it! Oh man, but Carter on the other side. WOW! The kid has hated the thought of being on one. It didn't matter which one. The real one, the cute toddler one! There was NO WAY, he was getting on the toilet. Even after the success of doing number #1, he still was very adamant that he would go poopy in his diaper. Yes, he did tell me on several occasions to put a diaper on him and leave the room! And yes, we had several accidents while wearing underwear! Needless to say, those undies landed straight in the trash! GROSS! I called his bluff and he won on several occasions!
I even raised the stakes on the bribery! If he would do the deed, he'd get a remote controlled Lightening. Fortunately, Babci scored some super cheap ones (Mater too) months ago and I had them hid for a special occasion.
It took every blood, sweat and tear in me to get him to just do it! And even after he did it once, he made it very clear that he would not be doing it again.
But last week, he and I had a date night-in on Friday. He was sick and I didn't want to take him to a birthday party. So Jeremy and Evan went to the party and he and I stayed home, ordered pizza and watched Cars.
All of a sudden, he told me he needed to go poop. We jumped up and ran in only to get him up on the potty and he freeze up. The phobia took over. We played out this scenario for over 2 hours. He would ask to go potty, I would prop him up, he would clam up, then off to continue watching Cars. Finally, he couldn't take it any longer.
FINALLY! FINALLY! FINALLY! The kid ASKED to go potty and pooped all by himself. Of course, we both were super excited. Probably more me than him. I *may* have taken a picture of it and sent it to Jeremy. But I will spare you all that one. But here is the celebratory *after* picture:
Notice his Lightening McQueen pull-ups? I am so thankful that Cars 2 coincided beautifully with potty training. Because once we got a hold of those Lightening McQueen's he didn't want to make the wheel disappear. Woody and Buzz didn't really cut it!
So there you have it folks. It has been over a week and only one accident - of course it was after I was bragging to Jenny that we hadn't had any accidents. But whatever! I am victorious. As if now, getting to check out every public restroom stall, is considered victorious. And of course all the "I gotta go potty" just to get attention breaks in the day. Those are fun too! But it is official, the kid is potty trained. I can now scoff at the diaper isle. And commence shifting my complaining from diapers to public restroom trips!