I am in no hurry for Judah to grow up. Both of my boys, for that matter, but this is about my big boy. I nursed him until he was 12 months old and I was 3 months pregnant, he took his first step at 12 months, but didn't start walking until 14- I was quite content with carrying him, we converted his crib into a toddler bed after he turned 2 because he started climbing out. And, potty training? Well, we're starting that today. Starting about 6 months ago he would go pee-pee and poopy in the potty chair. Eric would encourage it, but I wouldn't. Not that I discouraged it, I just didn't push the issue at all. He was probably 100% ready and able to potty train, but I wasn't. It's inconvenient to have to run to the toilet, bring changes of clothes, etc.. but more than that it's just another step towards Judah becoming a big boy. I love having a big boy, but I miss my baby, too!
Yogurt for breakfast
This morning I put Judah in his big boy undies. He picked out red elmo ones! As he was eating breakfast he started going pee-pee in his undies a little bit. He immediately stopped and told me he had to go pee-pee. I took him in the bathroom, put him on his potty chair, and he finished going. I ignored the fact that he went on his chair (no biggie!), but made a HUGE deal about him going on the potty chair. Samuel and I clapped and cheered, and seeing as I didn't have any treats, I gave him a bite of his favorite mint chip ice cream.
Judah with his #1 Fan
After breakfast I got the boys dressed and ready and headed out to Kmart. (Not the same as my favorite store, Target, but much closer to our house). Our mission was to buy potty training supplies: apple juice and chocolate (for chocolate milk) because you're supposed to have them drink a lot, to give them lots of opportunities to know how it feels to go pee-pee, two toy motorcyles- one for Judah as a prize for the end of the day and one for Samuel (Judah insisted), a bag of m&ms as a treat each time he goes, a new sippy cup, and Superman big boy undies (picked out by Judah himself).
When we got home I took off his pants and started doing something else. Judah came in and told me he went poopy in the toilet. I went in there and saw that, indeed he did, without even telling me he went into the bathroom and went all by himself. I made a VERY huge deal about that! He stopped and said, "It's a hotdog poopy." Too funny!
"my mommy loves me"
I took a handful of m&ms (suggested by a friend) and threw them on the floor like a pinata. The boys picked them all up and had fun with the poopy reward.
He went pee-pee one more time right before going down for a nap, with the total being (3) pee-pees and (1) poopy on the big boy toilet. YAY JUDAH!!!
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