After a better than expected day one, I was pumped for day two. However, by naptime, I was almost ready to throw in the towel. I don’t think we had a single hit on the potty in the morning. In fact, he’d sit on the potty for 5-10 minutes, then get up, hide, and pee. We also had more stepping in poop, and Nic was even a little bratty (defiant and hitting). I could tell that my husband thought we had made a huge mistake in trying to do this.
If you follow our Facebook page, you may know that I made a mid-day plea for suggestions and reassurance. You ladies did not fail me! You told me to hang in there, and I’m so glad that I did.
The afternoon was kind of amazing. He had a few good pees in the potty and then all of the sudden while he was playing with his auntie, he stops, walks over to the potty, sits down and pees. All with absolutely no direction from us! SELF-INITIATION! He knows when it’s coming and he understands what to do! For the rest of the afternoon, all but one of his pee pees were self-initiated and we didn’t have any complete misses. He even tried to self-initiate a poop, but I think he was a little stuffed up.
When he did his first self-initiated pee, I was standing across from him a few feet away. While I was cheering hysterically, he looked up at me with the biggest, proudest smile on his face. It makes me beam just to think about it.
I know that tomorrow morning may not go as well (mornings seem to be tough for him), but this afternoon was so much validation. He is capable, he does understand, and maybe he’s actually going to get this.