I've been thinking about potty-training for a while now. John started showing interest in using the potty shortly before his second birthday in March. We bought a potty seat and he peed in the potty once or twice a day for a few weeks. He even pooped in it once. Then we went to Virginia for Easter and he lost all interest in the potty. When we got home, we didn't push it because we knew we had a lot of change coming with Norm soon to arrive and the move to happen shortly thereafter.
After we moved to Texas in June, John became interested in using the potty again. He would use it as a stalling technique before naptime and bedtime. What mom can say no to her two year old telling her he wanted to pee and poop in the potty? Since then John has used the potty before almost every naptime and bedtime. He usually pees and poops. It's great! I've had to change less than 10 poopy toddler diapers since July.
We've since bought some underwear (Sesame Street, of course) and we talk a lot about when John is going to start wearing underwear and putting ALL of his pee and poop in the potty. John really wants to wear his new underwear although he sometimes wants to wear it on his head.
I keep delaying the move to underwear. I didn't want to do it right after Norm was born or right after we moved to Texas or right after we moved into our house or right after John started school or right before we went to Virginia for the triplets' birthday. We had family in town with us this week (Brian's sister, her husband and 14 month old son--we had a blast!). I had decided that after their visit I would bite the bullet and put John in underpants. They left yesterday.
In general, I feel we're off to a good start with the pooping and I just want to get the whole thing over with. Potty-training is like this huge mommy hurdle that I have to jump over, another big test of motherhood I have to pass like getting him to sleep through the night. I'm anxious about it and I just want to get it over with. However, the time has come and I just don't think either of us are quite ready. John pooped in his diaper at school today. Last night he was sitting on the potty, but still managed to pee all over the floor. I was not as calm and supportive about it as I should have been (he does know how to get it IN the potty). No, we are definitely not quite ready for underwear yet. Damn. I was really ready to get this over with. Hopefully sometime soon. Hopefully.