With two toddlers, I know I must keep my life simple. James Dobson (Focus on the Family) said in one of his parenting discussions that there are four main areas that cause parents and kids tons of stress throughout the early years. These are: eating, bedtime, potty training, and clothing. Jb and I have decided that we are going to attempt to avoid getting stressed about those four areas ... If we can help it.
With a 2.5 year old and almost 2 year old, potty training is looming on our horizon. However, I have decided that I am not going to stress about it. If they are potty trained tomorrow ... great. If they are potty-trained when they are 3 or 3.5 or later ... great. I am just not going to worry myself about it. It doesn't matter to me. They'll be there eventually.
So we've been just "introducing" the idea of going potty. We have a little potty and whenever the boys want to, they can sit on it. They can sit on it with their clothes on or off. Whatever they want. Sometimes they want to sit on the big potty. Sometimes the little potty. I don't make them. I will sometimes ask them. They'll sometimes ask me. Simple.
Tonight after church, both boys had dirty diapers. I stripped them both down and let them both take turns sitting on the potty. Isaac sat for awhile and like he often does, he talked to his nethermost region saying, "C'mon potty. No, the potty isn't coming."
He jumped up, I picked him up, put him on the changing table, and watched as Elijah sat down.
Right in the middle of changing Isaac's diaper I discovered that little Elijah had gone potty in his little potty!!!!! Half of it had gone on the floor, but still! JB was in the bathroom at the same time (it's a very large bathroom) so we all danced around. We truly partied in the upstairs guest bathroom.
Isaac then wanted to try again, and we made a big point to praise him for trying even though no potty tinkled out. We want to make sure that none of this a competition between the two of our boys. Ever. Isaac is a sensitive, soft soul. Elijah an outgoing, passionate soul. Both souls require careful handling in different ways.
Potty not in a diaper. I know this means very little in the grand scheme of potty training. But it was still way cool!