Saturday, June 5, 2010

Now what?! (*warning* Potty talk!)

Potty training our 3 year old has been an interesting journey to say the least.  We introduced him to the potty well before we moved from our old house over a year ago. He'd occasionally decide to pee on it, liked the novelty of sitting on it, and putting stickers on it when he earned them. We never pushed, and weren't in any rush. Fast forward a year or so, and I think he's had plenty of time to adjust to the whole idea! We started sitting him in regular intervals on the "big" potty, with decent success, and within a couple of months he was getting pretty good telling us when he had to go pee.  The problem was the elusive poop.  I needed a plan!
Kinder eggs to the rescue!  I bought a dozen or so, and put them in a big glass container on our kitchen counter. Ethan understood right away that if he "pooped" on the potty he'd get an egg.  He asked once or twice for one, and I repeated the deal. He ignored them for at least a month, maybe more. Then it just happened- once or twice- then nothing for weeks. When Grandma was about to visit,  Ethan announced that he was going to poop on the potty and " Grandma be so proud of me!" He kept his word, and got a real taste for the kinder eggs. It wasn't so much about the chocolate as it was the toys ( those teeny-tiny-I'm afraid your brother's going to swallow one and die- and the-if I step on another one they are going in the garbage- type toys).

Silly me, thinking it would take forever for him to get through them all, told him he could pick a toy at the toy store when they were all gone.  He talked about the " man an the Hecicopter an the panda" for  about a week until Mark had to take him to Chapters to get his reward (an animal rescue helicopter).

Now that he's got the helicopter, and the kinder eggs are all gone, he's off and on about whether he wants to stay clean. I told him he could only play on the computer on the days he went on the potty, and this was his (repeated) reply "MAMA! THE 'PUTER AND POTTY NOT MIX!" Smart kid- dumb mama!

Now if you actually read any of that, the layout I'm about to post actually makes a bit of sense lol!
 I used this week's sketch by fellow DT member Sasya over at Practical Scrappers.  There's a great prize this month for one lucky gal, so go check it out!
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper
PP: Jillibean Soup, American Crafts, Sassafras Lass, Making Memories +?
Stickers: K&Co, Creative Imaginations, Artemio
Chipboard: American Crafts
charms: Dollarama
Letters: Bella Blvd.

Good Night!


Sasya said...

OH, your LO is just perfectly beautiful!! i love it! ♥

Pam said...

LOVE your layout. The color combo you used is just perfect! FABULOUS!!

gram cheryl said...

Love the layout AND the story. Glad I'm well past that stage...oh wait! now I'm the gram who will be proud.

laterg8r said...

great moment to capture - great lo :D

JJ Sobey said...

You know I have great sympathy. *sigh* wish we could both see the end of the tunnel with that one...

Great take on the sketch!!

Lisa said...

Love your take on the sketch, but sure don't miss those potty training days! Great story to capture for when he is all grown up though!

Robin (Tqmnurse) said...

great layout Sasya....I love your take on it.
Thanks for playing at Practical are a great inspiration

Lynn said...

and Grandma was so proud and still the lo the papers are so nice and bright and the story only makes it better ly