I feel we are making a breakthrough

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I feel we are making a breakthrough

Yesterday I was taking DS1 to preschool. I said to Tobey "come on, lets put your shoes on" and he said "no mummy, I done a poo". So I sniffed and he had. Then today I could smell something and I asked "who smells?!?" (I live with boys, it could be anything...) and he yelled "It me!! I done poo!)

Normally when ever I ask he just automatically says 'no', which is his automatic response to any question right now.

He has become obsessed with toilets but hasn't used one yet. He has to know where they are where ever we go and has to go and look at them (and flush them if he gets there before we do). DS1 was pee PT'd by now. I'm not rushing things, I know he'll get there, he's only little. But he's a smart boy and I don't want to miss the opportunity (a friend of mine did with her son and he's still not completely day dry and he's the same age as DS1!!!!)

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I think he definitely sounds ready to try. Awareness/admission are a GREAT start. That's actually what we're still struggling with over here. Addy is out of diapers, but I have to remind her or just take her regularly...she holds it enough to trust her to make it to the next mommy-initiated potty break most of the time, but she isn't good about admitting she has to go or ever telling me she's already gone. Although now I know to check her pants when she starts saying "Mommy, are you happy?" (sigh...)

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That's fantastic! I agree to take advantage of that and see what he thinks of the potty. Don't stress about it, just test him out. Smile
Aiden answers no to everything right now too. lol

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That's a really great sign of readiness. In that Oh Crap PTing book she says the progression is "I peed" to "I'm peeing" to "I need to pee" and that telling you they need to pee often comes later (same for poo). I really recommend picking it up. Its helped both Leigh and I and we were dealing with different issues. Teagan still only tells us for poop consistently and pee semi-consistently (more often as a stall tactic). We take her regularly and that's how she stays dry throughout the day. One of the main tenants of Oh Crap is to quit prompting and instead just bring the child to the potty. Toddlers will fight you at every turn so its best to avoid the "no" you're undoubtedly going to get if you ask. We forget this occasionally. I'll ask her and she'll say "NO" just to turn around and take herself to the potty 30 seconds later. If we're out I absolutely don't ask. I tell her its time for potty. Now that things are really well established we've been working on getting her to prompt herself by telling her (when we're home) to go pee (on her little potty). If she says no I'll say "OK. Go when you need to. Your potty's right there." 9 times out of 10 she'll wait a minute or two and then announce "I go pee" and then take herself to pee on the potty.

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I think the thing that is confusing me with it all is DS1 wasn't talking so he just did as he was told with no answering back Lol When I PT'd him he did a dance when he needed to poop and just took himself when he needed to pee. He was bottom half naked for months though. And was day and night PT'd in 3 days. I just decided to go for it, no confusing and we did full stop no more nappies. I think for Tobey it may be more gradual. He's very head strong and if he doesn't want to do something he won't.

I'm off work for a couple of months so I might warm the house up and leave him bottomless and see what he does Smile

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I think the thing that is confusing me with it all is DS1 wasn't talking so he just did as he was told with no answering back Lol When I PT'd him he did a dance when he needed to poop and just took himself when he needed to pee. He was bottom half naked for months though. And was day and night PT'd in 3 days. I just decided to go for it, no confusing and we did full stop no more nappies. I think for Tobey it may be more gradual. He's very head strong and if he doesn't want to do something he won't.

I'm off work for a couple of months so I might warm the house up and leave him bottomless and see what he does Smile

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DO IT. I think it's much, much harder to PT in diapers. Taking them off and dealing with it cuts through a whole lot of crap (pun intended, lol)

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I really wish I could have stuck with PTing Aiden when he was doing so well this summer! But I know it was better for my sanity and the possible regression to wait it out. I'm hoping it'll go fast and smooth when I'm willing to tackle it again. We'll go back to underwear and no pants like we were doing. Aiden only asks to use the potty maybe once a week right now. He does still watch us go and we go through the routine with him so he doesn't forget the point. He likes to clap for me. Lol

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His head strong attitude is even more of a reason to just rip off the bandaid and go at it full force. If he's determined to stay away from using the potty (at this point he definitely knows what its for) and he has his diapers as on option he's going to use his diapers. "Just waiting" may turn into a nightmare situation in which you're still struggling when he's 3.5. Go for it!

I so wish my daycare had been able to get on board with PTing when Teagan was closer to 18 months. She was doing so well and hadn't developed the toddler angst yet. I feel like we'd have accomplished full PTing in a 10th of the time if we'd done it then. I'm half considering taking Sprog out of daycare around 18-20 months JUST to get PTing finished and then returning him/her when he/she is old enough to transition up to the potty room.

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I totally agree. Addy hit a sweet spot around 22 months that I REALLY wish we'd been able to take advantage of. When they're old enough to get it, it's time to take the diapers off and deal.

Barring, of course, gigantic, significant life changes like having a baby or moving. Then yes, it's best to wait until you can all focus a bit.

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Sounds awesome! Good Luck!!

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Yay that is great news!!!

My house will be going through potty training boot camp for Odin next weekend during the the long Thanksgiving Holiday. Poor kid tells me when he is peeing so I know it is time but I haven't been able to help support him with it yet.

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Yay for a breakthough! Still potty-resistant here.