Progress* is pretty much the name of the game these days. Starting with…
Nolan’s 2nd birthday
Here’s a slideshow of some of my favorite pictures. (Photos by KT Nichols)
The party went really well. We had a great turnout and the weather was beautiful, if a little windy. No complaints here. The only thing I would do differently would be to have less food next time. I don’t think people were expecting a “meal” at this time of day (4-6) and we had tons left over.
I really appreciated everyone coming out and celebrating with us. Every year I tell myself the next year will be smaller, but then when I think about it there’s nobody I invited that I wouldn’t want to be there next year. If anything it might get bigger. Back to our house, next year, so we don’t have to worry about how many people we can invite.
Other points of progress…
We got rid of the paci a week or so ago over Labor Day weekend. We had always said that age two was our deadline, but I was reluctant since he only got it at night and for naps (on the weekends), but finally Josh and I agreed to go for it.
I threw away all the pacis I could find except one (so I couldn’t weaken and give in). That one I cut the end off of and put in his bed. When he went to get it before bed he said, “uh oh, broken!” We said, “Oh, no! it’s broken. You better put it in the trash.” He cried for a minute and then threw it in the trash. He then reconsidered and though about getting it back, but didn’t. He asked a few times that night and for a few more nights, saying “Paci broken?” I said yes and he seemed fine with that.
He has seemed a little off the past week, crying in the middle of the night (not enough to go get him), up a little early, shorter naps, but who knows if the two things are related. On Labor Day he had an elevated temp and was really grumpy so he may have just not felt well.
Also, there’s the other point of progress, that could be affecting his mood…
I dropped Nolan off at daycare last Tuesday and his teacher told me that had a potty training “opening” so if I wanted we could start the next day. I agreed, a little caught off guard, but not wanting to let a window of opportunity pass. He’s been pretty good about going when we randomly put him on at home, so I figured we’d go for it.
We went out to Target as a family for some big boy undies and easy on/off (and cheap) pants. Nolan is pretty small for his age so I was worried we wouldn’t find any undies that fit. I bought some 2T/3T from Gymboree earlier in the day, and the same size in Hanes boxer briefs and Disney Planes at Target. After washing and drying they all fit him, surprisingly. (We have some from H&M that are too big).
Wednesday went okay, with 4 accidents at daycare (one where he just peed on his clothes while on the potty) and none at home. Thursday he had 5 accidents (some, again where he was on the potty but peed on his clothes) and another two or three at home (but Josh had him, not me, if that matters). At this point I decided to go get a bunch of bribes at the Dollar Tree: stickers, candy, and toys. He gets stickers for sitting on the potty (his stool and potty seat are now covered). Candy or a toy when he pees or poops, although by the end of the weekend if he didn’t ask I didn’t give him a reward.
Friday at daycare he had 3 accidents and none at home. Saturday 1.5 accidents (he peed outside so who cares, but it was still an accident). Sunday only one accident.
This morning was our first poop accident at home. He pooped in the potty and said he was all done so I took the potty insert downstairs to clean and told him to come with me, but I should have kept him on longer. He already said his tummy hurt. He may have pooped on the stairs. Then he pooped MORE on the potty. Poor guy. It was partially because I was in a rush to get to work. I’m going to start getting him up a little earlier if I want to be on time to work while we’re in this process.
So, we’re definitely making progress. The key for us seems to be regular undies. I mean he ran around naked plenty, but the undies seem to be a reminder not to pee unless on the potty. Trainer undies, though, are too absorbent and he’ll pee in them and doesn’t care. He can easily get regular undies off and yesterday I walked into the playroom and he had taken them off and was sitting on the potty and had peed. Yay! We’ll see how it goes at daycare today when he has more clothes one, more distractions, less one on one attention and no candy/toy rewards.
I’m sure I’ll keep you posted on how he does (luck you!). In the meantime here are his 2 year stats:
- 24.8 lbs (10%) weight
- 33.16 in” (24%) height
I’m trying not to stress about it. He hadn’t felt well the day and hadn’t eaten much the night before or that morning so I know he was down a few ounces. Also, they did the laying measurement for height which is so inaccurate it’s ridiculous. The doctor wasn’t worried, but it’s hard not to get stressed when he refuses everything for dinner (or barely eats breakfast and lunch).
So that’s the progress we’re making round these parts. Stay tuned for more exciting potty training adventures. (Like this morning when he went to flush the toilet, slipped and caught himself by putting his hand in the unflushed bowl. Ew.)
*Josh is encouraging me to call it progress so I don’t get sad about my baby growing up. It’s not working. ha.