From the moment Colton turned two, I was laser focused on one goal: potty training. I read books, researched blogs, talked to friends and ultimately decided to go with potty training boot camp style. Crazy schedules and weekend commitments forced me to hold off until Colton was two and a half. Finally, all the stars aligned and I had THE weekend inked on the calendar – November 14-16. There would be no going back.
As mentioned, I read a lot about potty training and the so-called potty training weekend so I had an idea of what I was getting myself into. I was prepared as much as anyone can be. I purchased a variety of delicious juice boxes to keep him hydrated, special treats to keep him motivated, indoor activities to keep us entertained for THREE straight days and most importantly removed and/or covered the surfaces in our family room in preparation for numerous accidents.
Day 1 – Friday November 14th
We woke up at 6:15. After eating breakfast and bidding Daddy farewell (lucky SOB), Colton and I were ready to begin our mission…
7:15 AM – Colton and I collected all of the diapers and wipes in our house and threw them away (errr…put them in a trash bag that was later delivered to cousins) before putting on brand new underwear
8:55 AM – pee pee accident #1
9:30 AM – pee pee accident #2 (1/4 made it in the potty!)
10:00 AM – pee pee accident #3 (Entirely on the floor)
10:20 AM – pee pee accident #4 (Entirely on the floor)
10:50 AM – Colton stated he needed to pee pee and did so entirely on the potty
11:15 AM – Colton stated he needed to pee pee and did so entirely on the potty
11:45 AM – Started to pee pee in his underwear before catching himself and running to the potty
12:10 PM – Pre-nap pee pee in the potty
12:15-2:25PM – Nap
2:25PM – Woke up from nap wet and by wet I mean 100% positively soaking
2:30 PM – pee pee accident all over the floor (very upset)
3:20 PM – pee pee accident all over the floor
3:45 PM – Colton requested to pee pee and did so on the potty!
4:20 PM – Colton requested to pee pee and did so on the potty!
4:55 PM – Colton requested to pee pee and did so on the potty!
5:20 PM – pee pee with Daddy
6:00 PM – Poop in pants
6:30 PM – Pre-bed pee pee in potty (went to bed in underwear…eek!)
Mommy proceeded to drink half a bottle of vodka (just kidding…ok, fine, one-quarter of the bottle….give me a break it was a stressful day) and was in bed by 8:30. Potty training is exhausting.
Day 2 – Saturday November 15th
6:15 AM – Woke up a little wet (more laundry, sigh)
6:30 AM – pee pee on potty (insert crazy Mommy excitement)
8:00 AM – pee pee on Potty (more Mommy excitement)
9:20 AM – started in pants finished in potty
10:30 AM – Full on accident on the floor – mommy lost her cool completely (sorry buddy)
11:00 AM – Two drops of pee pee in the undies before screaming I need to go potty!
11:20 AM – Half on floor and half on potty
11:55 AM- half in underwear and half in potty (can you sense my frustration)
12:45 PM – pee pee on potty
12:45-3:15 PM – Nap
3:15 PM – Wake up dry from nap and immediate pee pee on potty ( I may have actually scared him this time with my over-the-top excitement)
4:05 PM – pee pee on potty
5:15 PM – pee pee on potty
6:00 PM – Poop in pants
7:15 PM – Poop in pants (can you say deja vu?)
7:30 PM – Pee in Potty before heading to bed
I was too tired this night to even have a drink…off to bed I went immediately following Colton.
Day Three – Sunday November 16th
6:15 AM – Wake up DRY! ( you would have thought we won the lottery with amount of cheering in our house)
6:20 AM – pee pee
6:50 AM – pee pee
7:50 AM – pee pee
8:55 AM – pee pee
9:48 AM – pee pee
10:15 AM – Poop in pants (really, kid?)
11:18 AM – pee pee
11:53 AM – pee pee – eating lunch and screams Mommy I have to go potty!
12:35 PM – pee pee
12:45 PM – pee pee
12:45-3:20 PM – nap
3:20 PM – pee pee
4:25 PM – pee pee
5:05 PM – pee pee
6:22 PM – pee pee
7:15 PM – pee pee
8:35 PM – pee pee
After three days, he definitely mastered number one. Number two, on the other hand, was still a constant struggle. It took two additional weeks and a lot of accidents before something clicked.
It has been five months since we quit diapers cold turkey and while there have been a few accidents and a week-long regression, Colton is a potty rock star and we are no longer spending money on diapers…hallelujah! Added bonus: Mommy finally had an excuse to buy and watch Frozen!