Saturday, March 30, 2013

36 weeks and potty-training!


That's me a couple of minutes ago! I thought I better take a pic of the belly given that the one with Oliver the 36weeks one was the very last of the pregnancy...which I only manage to post with the birth story. All is well, getting over this last cold/cough combo and managing a bit more sleep. Regular baby movements keep me happy and I sure hope he's still growing. No fluid retention to speak of this pregnancy which is fantastic and I can still wear my rings which are only marginally tight in the morning. Looking forward to friday OB appointment and I decided that I better have a bag ready for the hospital...with Oliver I didn't! So this is what I'll do this afternoon.

Kitchen is almost finished, in fact it's finished but we are trying some methods to darken the added granite top to make it more similar to the rest, so a post will definitely come soon!

The biggest news of all though is that we started yesterday potty-training Oliver. We have 4 days of holidays and it was my neighbour who suggested to give it a go. We skipped pull-up pants and went straight to cotton underpants as soon as he woke up yesterday morning. I bought a Star Chart to mark his progress and we also skipped the potty altogether choosing the toilet seat reductor instead. We made a big ceremony yesterday morning of how he was a big boy and to tell us if he had to pee. Remember it's been 18 months that he poos only in the loo (ok, of course occasionally he would poo in the nappy but very rarely) so he has the association of loo-poo but not so much for pee which is mostly accidental when it happens in the loo.
Anyway, yesterday morning we had 3 accidents to which he reacted very surprised that he was wet! And immediately he would say "I do popo..." no worries, we reassured him, changed his underpants and pants and kept bringing him to the loo at regular intervals. He was mostly successful and seemed to really enjoy this new thing. He never had other accidents till after dinner. I had read that it's important to wait for the child to realise that if you have not brought him to the loo and he needs to go, he has to tell you, so letting him wet occasionally is a good thing. He did pee a bit, wetting the pants, but stopped immediately, called me saying "popo!" and off we went to finish the business in the loo! By the end of the day we had so many stars in the chart he was delighted! We are not worrying about nights for now, with Phoenix on the way in a very short time I don't think i'd have the energy of getting up and changing beds! Daytime is huge already!
Then today we NEVER had an accident (yet!), he told us twice he had to go BEFOREHAND! So so happy and he really seems to understand this is what mamma and papa' do all the time given that we don't wear nappies! I put on a nappy for his afternoon nap, telling him this is just in case he pees while sleeping and not to worry we'll take it off as soon as he's up and we'll put the underpants back on. He seemed happy with that too.
If this works out as I hope it will, I will resize all our nappies to new-born settings for Phoenix so that he can enjoy them for very early on!

7 comments:

  1. Wow! I'm so impressed!!! On all fronts!!! Everything seems to be going so well!!! When do we get to see pics of the renovations?

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  2. I'm so impressed that potty training is going so well!!! I hope your doc appointment goes well and they send you home, not to the hospital!!! :)

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  3. Thinking of you lots lately, Fran. So glad all is well (what a beautiful big belly you have). Congrats on the potty training success - I hear it can be quite a challenge for some, so good for Oliver!
    XO
    Love,
    Maddy

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  4. Fantastic job on potty-training! :)
    Cute baby belly!
    I can't believe you are almost full term. Time has been flying. I am soooo very excited for you:)

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  5. Fantastic job on potty-training! :)
    Cute baby belly!
    I can't believe you are almost full term. Time has been flying. I am soooo very excited for you:)

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  6. Your belly is beautiful! Oliver seems off to a great start with potty training! Isn't it wonderful when they are excited about their achievement?

    We did the same thing - went straight to cotton underwear (no pull-ups). Except that now, Scout is more interested in his play than in being dry, so many times I find his pants are damp and he doesn't care! Ugh.

    Get that bag packed! It won't be long now. :)

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