We've hit a really good "midpoint" of our potty training adventures, so I thought it was a good time for an update.
As you may recall from previous episodes, we're doing the anti-potty training method in that we're not actively potty training. If Thatbaby wants to sit on the potty, great. If not, then he doesn't. My instinct is that eventually he'll want to wear underwear instead of diapers. And I'm not going to force it, he'll do it when he's ready.
Our big turning point came when we were in San Francisco for Bay to Breakers. Out of nowhere, Thatbaby announced he wanted to go "poo poo on the potty." This was a pretty surprising move for us, because everyone I know who potty trained their children had real issues with bowel movements. About half of them still can't get their child to poop in the toilet. But Thatbaby hasn't pooped in a diaper since. Which was a lot of fun in the airport, and in gas station bathrooms, but hey - the day had to come sooner or later, right?
Going pee in the toilet came a little later. It was underwear driven. He wanted to wear underwear, and knew that if he wanted to wear underwear, he had to pee in the potty too. So he started peeing in the potty. And at that point he also started waking up at night to pee.
So potty trained, right? Not exactly. First, he's still sporadic enough with the night wakes that we keep him diapered. (In fact, last night he woke up crying at 1am because he had peed and wanted to know if he was in underwear or a diaper) Second, Thatbaby is "weekend potty trained." All weekend he wears underwear and stays dry, but during the week, when he's at school, he asks to wear diapers. And at this point, we're going with it. The kid potty trained himself, but for some reason he's still not comfortable at school. Whether it's the fact that he's still adjusting to the new school, he's afraid of having an accident, or he likes the privacy that the school bathroom doesn't afford. I have faith he'll get there on his time. So far he's proven me right that kids will potty train himself, and it's been a really easy process for us because of that. And that's why this is only Part 2. We've got one more chapter left to go!