Wednesday, May 27, 2009

All Aboard the Potty Train(ed)

I wasn't really planning on potty training Finn for a while, but, like, 2 months ago we were just chillin' around the house and I asked him if he wanted to wear some underwear. He readily agreed so we busted out the Thomas and Cars undies and slapped 'em on his cute little bum and he's been essentially accident-free ever since (at 2 years, 4 months old). I kept thinking I'd curse his progress if I posted about it, but I'm pretty confident now that there's no turning back from his "big boy" status. We put him to the ultimate "hold your urine challenge" when we opted for undies on the 7 hour drive to so-Cal we did last weekend (more on that trip later). I was nervous when he drank his full sippy cup twice each way, but no prob. Finn was fine with one scheduled pit stop each way and not even a "pull over to the side of the road pee." He is SUCH a good boy (in every way, not just potty training) and I don't even have to remind him to go.My little dude loves to play frisbee--like his daddy who is known to keep a frisbee convenient.Action shot (look out)!Brad didn't waste any time teaching him to pee in the bushes. A true boy. He loves it. I like the flower placement provided by the onlooking princess. She tried the bush-peeing once and Brad informed her that boys get to pee outside and girls get to wear dress-up, so pick one: pee or princess dress. No surprise which one she picked and she hasn't tried to pee outside since.

Funny Finn story:

So, I'm not an "I'm going to count to 3 and then...you're...er...going to be 'in trouble'" (what does "in trouble" mean anyway?) kind of mom. In fact, I've never tried the counting technique...until tonight. Finn did not want to go to bed because he wanted to keep kicking the soccer ball with me. He's always so obedient, especially when it comes to bedtime, that I didn't really know how to get him from throwing a tantrum in the entryway to cozy in his bed. So I told him: "I'm going to count to 3 and if you're not in your room by 3, I'm going to put you in there and you won't get a story or a song!" This gets his attention so I cross my fingers and start counting. "One...twoooo...." and he says, "count to ten." I cracked up but kept counting all the way to 10. Reluctantly, he made it to bed and earned his story and song. He just needed a little more time.

8 comments:

Dani said...

Sounds like that boy was ready! I'm hoping Andi takes to it as easily as Carter and Finn have. What a relief. Only one in diapers?! Way to go!

Stephanie J. Robertson said...

i know he will.... but i just CANT IMAGINE ambrose EVER being potty trained. ever! haha :)

anyway- hooray for less diapers!

Ann-Marie said...

Yahoo for Thomas undie magic! May May, I love to read your blog about your sprouts! They are getting so big...and doing big people things like peeing & pooing in the toilet (and the occasional bush watering). I love that Brad made Galla choose dress-up or pee outside.
Keep the stories coming - they are fab!

jessyquita said...

YAY! Good job Finn!
I bet you are excited as I am for June 26th!

Pieces of me... said...

Some kids are amazing when it comes to potty training! My little boy was pretty easy too. And by the way, I loved the peeing in the bushes! Alex, will pretty much drop his drawers anywhere... I've finally taught him to be alittle more discreet. :) Your kids are so cute Maylin.

Jaime said...

I was actually jsut checking your blog to leave you a trick that i just learned about potty training boys...funny. Anyway. A trick for "aiming" is you can put cheerios in the potty and have finn try to hit them...maybe it will work.

Kristy said...

May, you guys are the cutest parents and have the most wonderful family! I love Galla's well placed flower...so cute. Love you guys so much.

Aubree said...

I really hope Cohen is that easy to potty train. I am dreading it!

I had fun catching up on your blog! I am so impressed with your marathon time! We need to get together with you guys soon.