This is a terrifying time – because I do not have a penis – but I am sick of changing poopy diapers and I swore that I would try to have Miles #2 trained by the time baby girl arrives in January. Sophia was fully poop trained by 18 months and fully potty trained by 2. I realize that for a boy with the equipment and the spray and all that stuff down there that it will be awhile longer before he is ready to pee pee on the potty but we must get this shit (literally) out of the way! One baby pooping in diapers at a time is all I can handle.
The signs? Yes please don’t fret ye who worry that kids just aren’t ready. He knows the sign for poop and he points to his diaper and says something like poop (remember he is a man of few words). This means he gets what it is. I would have some cuter pictures of this momentous first potty time but last night he literally brought the potty, which Sophia has been showing him how to sit on, into the laundry room after dinner.
Ross took down the little man’s pants and he backed up just like Sophia showed him. Yes, as you can see the whole family participated and Sophia coached / cheered him on. “Miles, you can do it!”
Ross then showed Miles how he should put his penis between their legs so they won’t spray. I nearly died hearing Ross and Sophia explaining this concept to Miles. Sophia told him to pull his shirt up and he did. Brilliant! I am really hoping this having a second coach and cheerleader around will help.
I found the hardest part of potty training with Sophia was getting her to wait. At first, kids are not great at having the pee pee or poo poo come out. I think it might be stage fright or nerves – it just gets stuck in there. They need to learn to sit and relax. Ross used to read Sophia books on the potty. Perfect task for a dude if you ask me. I am an in and out kid of girl but dudes spend some major time in the loo already. We just put some children’s books in there with the sudoku ;). Miles thought it was great to sit and make poo poo and pee pee sounds for about 1 minute.
I was so proud of my baby boy even though there was barely one drop of pee pee. He did not freak out and he seemed fairly happy about the whole experience. Now we will start putting him on the potty at the time of day when he normally poops – when he wakes up – and keep going until we “catch” the poopy. With Sophia it only took a couple of times to get the timing right and she was only 12 months old. We’ll see how it goes this time and how much pee I will be covered in by breakfast time every morning.
Wish me luck! I know I am out of my league. More to come in this saga – The Adventures of Potty Training with a Penis!
p.s. Yes, Miles drools that much in just a few hours and yes, his belly is that big. Chubby babies rock!
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