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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Liam And His Amazing Potty Powers

In January of this year I had Liam go "diaper free" for an entire day to see what would happen. Liam basically leaked urine all day long and so potty training him was out of the question. So I waited 2 months and in March I again had Liam go "diaper free" for an entire day. That time he would urinate about after 10 minutes of drinking or eating and leaked urine still but not as much as before. So I again put the diapers on and waited. Here we are going into June and I noticed that every morning and after naps Liam was still bone dry. So last Monday we went "diaper free" to see again where Liam was bladder/bowel control wise. He was amazing! He didn't have one accident and he pooped/peed in the potty every single time! WOW! However the next day he got the stomach flu and so we laid off of the potty training thing until this Monday when he was better. He has been officially potty training for two days with us going into the third day today. Monday he had two accidents but yesterday he had no accidents, making it to the potty each time!! My sister-in-law Alexa, whom I greatly admire, who is also the mother of 5 children so she knows what she's talking about, gave me great advice years ago. She told me to wait until Liam was actually ready to potty train. If I waited until he was ready then potty training would be way easier. She was totally right!!

However, I have to say this, I worry that were just experiencing some weird twist of fate or some unusual beginners luck and that soon the bottom will fall out and then our potty training experience will go from amazing to horrible. So if this happens please understand if I start ranting instead of raving here on my blog about the horrors of parenthood and potty training! Whew! For today and right now potty training is going super smooth and Liam is doing totally amazing!!

In this post I also wanted to highly recommend an amazing potty training video. Its called, "Potty Power." In my opinion this video has made a world of difference in Liam's attitude towards potty training and has given Bill and I a new phrase. We refer to potty training as, "Liam your getting your potty powers" or "WOW Liam your using your potty powers" Insert "potty powers" where you would normally say, potty, toilet training, etc. He responds better to "potty powers" verses "potty trained." If you haven't checked this video out I would recommend that you do! Check out your local library, they probably have it there as ours did. So if your wondering where we are and what we are doing, we are prisoners in our own home and trying to teach Liam his "potty powers!"
I forgot to add that as I am helping Liam get his potty powers he is helping his panda bear become potty trained! He will say, "Panda Bear needs to go potty" when he really means, "I need to go potty." So cute!

6 comments:

Rachel said...

Oh, yikes! You have a great approach to the whole thing, good luck! I'm dreading doing it again.

Jackie Clines said...

I'm so glad Liam's doing so well with the potty! I agree with you 100% on waiting until they are ready. Who needs one more battle? Knowing Talton, anything I try to push on him will just go poorly and make him even more defiant. I'm so glad that Potty Power worked out for you. Everyone that I know has loved it! You'll have to give me some pointers when we get together.

Alexa said...

Glad it's going well! Good job Liam! Is it Spring in Logan yet? It's getting green here... lots and lots of rain and clouds. I can hardly wait for some WARM!! Are you guys doing anything fun for the weekend? Love you guys!!
Alexa

Jana Perkins said...

Great job Liam, AND Moana! What a great achievement for both of you. How wonderful! I'm so happy it's such a good experiance for both of you. I too waited for the bottom to drop out thinking it was way too easy and thought it would be much harder, but Tyler was ready too. I'm so glad Liam has Potty Power now!

Courtney said...

I love the Potty Power thing! What a great/fascinating idea. I also have to agree. I am 100% for waiting until they are ready. But I also fear that I will eventually have 5 year old who is still not interested. We will see how I would handle that......

About the madness that you think is coming, just remember, all kids have relapses. Caden still has a bad week here and there. But we push through it and everything is fine again. Good luck!

Murdoch Clan said...

Way to go Liam! You're officially a "BIG BOY NOW" Auntie and her girlers love you, and of course Uncle Pat too!