Sunday, August 28, 2011

Potty Time!

I'm dying to update everyone on recent goings-on, but this OCD.....I want to have things documented, and I want them in order!

So I've made a deal with myself.

I am going to post current stuff AND older stuff at the same time, but I'm going to pre-date the older stuff, so it will show up in order on the blog. What does that mean for you? Probably not much, but those who are using a reader or otherwise "following"the blog might be a little confused over the next week or so. I'll try to keep it to a minimum--I promise!

Now for the big news: Gabriel has started potty training! I know what some of you may be thinking--too soon, right? That's what I thought. He kept showing all of the signs of readiness and I kept thinking "No. There's no way. He's too young. He can't be ready yet....can he?" I guess so. He started showing signs around 16 months or so. There were more and more as the weeks and months went on until it got to the point where I knew he was ready.

For those who may be wondering, here are some of the major signs of readiness:

-Stays dry for two or more hours at a time [Check!]
-Has regular bowel movements [Check!]
-Wakes up from naps dry [a lot of the time, yes]
-Stops an activity while peeing or pooping in diaper [Check!]
-Stands a certain way and holds on to diaper while "eliminating" [Check!]
-Wants to imitate parents using the toilet [Check!]
-Is able to understand and follow simple directions [Check!]

Other (secondary) signs of readiness:

-Can sit and play quietly for five minutes [Check!]
-Can put toys and other possessions where they belong on his own [Check!]
-Can dress/undress himself [uhhh....sorta....but not really]
-Has a name for urine and bowel movements [he does the signs and repeats verbally whatever we call them]

I did some homework and that really solidified it for me. Gabriel was ready. Holy cow, my baby is growing up! Lately, he comes running to the bathroom whenever he hears someone going and he wants to watch the whole process and then he asks to sit on the potty. When he is going in his diaper, he signs "potty", and if he's doing number two he says "Poop! Poop...." and grabs his diaper. He has actually been doing that one for a few months now.

I hopped on my favorite shopping site (aka - I'm an Amazon Mom! Are you?) to find a good training potty. I finally decided on the Fisher Price Ducky Fun 3-in-1 Potty. So far we really love it!

 It plays music when he pees in it and the seat comes off and fits on th big toilet for when he's ready to transition. The lid also folds down and it turns into a step stool!

We also ended up getting him a potty seat for the upstairs bathroom. We let him pick it out so, of course, it has Elmo on it.

So far, he has gone pee-pee in the potty 2-3 times in two days. Things are looking pretty good! That is not to say that we haven't had any frustrations....we've started just having him run around naked at home in the evenings. If he starts peeing (which isn't a big deal--there's no carpet downstairs), we grab him and put him on the toilet. It's working okay so far.

Keep your fingers crossed! Do you think we can have him potty trained by the time he's two? I think so. He did number two in the potty today!

Monday, August 22, 2011

In my absence....

...SO much cute stuff has been happening since the last time I posted. Take, for example, the following:

I die every time.

I just need to gather my thoughts and (lets face it) my pictures and I'll be up and running and caught up in no time! Thanks for your patience and support!