A couple of Fridays ago, I got up with the kids, had a leisurely breakfast with all of them, and then promptly went outside for the rest of the day armed with a little potty and a whole bunch of extra underwear. Oh yeah, and a 2 year-old :) I decided it was time to potty train Colton. Most of the reason was because he had gotten in the habit of randomly looking at me and telling me he was peeing (in his diaper). I was hoping he was ready, but after our 9 month long debacle with Ryan, I was not holding my breath.
I start out just like I have with every other kid, diaper off, big boy underwear on and I let him go. He plays for a little bit and then gets on the trampoline. I hear something like (from him) "there's pee-pee on the trampoline." I ask him if he peed on the trampoline and he says "yes" with a snarky smile. I believe that was the only full-blown accident he had. The rest of the day I hounded him and hounded him to pee on the potty (total rednecks outside with our little potty in the side yard and a little boy running around in underwear) and he did a great job. I was worried because he didn't pee very often, but now, weeks into this, I realize the kid really doesn't go very often.
The rest of the weekend went just like that...I couldn't believe how easy the whole process was, especially after everything we had gone through with Ryan just a few short years ago! But he was amazing! The only issue that we had to overcome was pooping. Just like the other kids, he had some fear of pooping on the potty. We tried everything. I remember on Josh's birthday John sitting in the bathroom with Colton for an hour, Colton screaming and crying, and nothing coming of it. I took a whole plate of oreos, chocolate coverd pretzels and other goodies in to him while on the potty just so he knew as soon as he went, he could have it all, but nothing. We had a great story about how his poopies want to go down the drain to play baseball with the other poopies (which he loved and we still use to this day) but nothing. The problem was that he wasn't going in his diaper either, so after a few days he was backed up and in pain. He went through a bottle of prune juice and a bottle of apple juice and nothing. Finally I gave in and gave him Miralax and that did the trick!
A few weeks later and he's still apprehensive about pooping, but at least we are not having any accidents with it. He stills wears a diaper to bed at night, but he's in underwear for naps. Even with all this time, I'm still waiting for something to go wrong. I just can't believe that I was lucky enough to have 3 out of my 4 kids be super easy potty-trainers, especially with how similar Colton is with Ryan in everything, I was sure it was going to be another 8 month battle. But he's doing great...amazing! Just another sign that my baby is not a baby anymore. And I can't believe that after 10 years of having to buy diapers, we are finally done!!!
Now if we could just get rid of his stinkin' pacifier...