For the last month, we’ve been having a big underwear party. Yes, indeed I was stupid enough to dive into potty training while taking care of a newborn. But we’re getting through it and Kayden has been a champ for the most part. Yesterday we asked him to go get some clean underwear to put on—we didn’t specify that he only needed to get one pair. He came out with a whole pile proudly saying, “I got underwears!” When he started to put them on his head, we just made a big party out of it.
We started exposing Kayden to the little potty when he was 18 months old. The pediatrician recommended it since he was already communicating so well. He thought it was fun and exciting at first. We had a brilliant idea for a potty training method: let’s just put him in underwear and that should do it. Surely he won’t like the feeling of being dirty and having an accident, so he’ll learn to do it in the potty. Well, it worked at first…and then stopped working. And then it got ugly, so we took a break for a few months. After Griffin joined our family, I found myself absolutely disgusted when changing Kayden’s HUGE diapers and smelling his definitly-not-baby-poop-anymore. It was so gross in comparison to the little newborn diaper changes that I committed then and there that we were DONE with size 4 diapers. Going back to the wearing underwear technique failed again. So, I tried letting him go naked. That kid definitely responded to not having anything to “catch it.” He’s NEVER had an accident when he was wearing nothing. So, gradually, we’ve been able to have him wear underwear and he still remembers when he needs to go. He’s been pretty awesome. Oh, and my favorite part? He calls the excrement “poop” and “peep.” So logical and totally hillarious! His nursery leader brought him in to me in the relief society room yesterday and (of course during a silent moment in the lesson) he loudly exclaimed “I have peep!” meaning “I need to pee.” It got a good chuckle from the women in the room.