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Friday, August 30, 2013

Adventures in Potty Training: Day 27348757

Okay so it's not REALLY day 27348757 but it feels like it!  I truly intended on blogging every day/night but there's just a lot going on right now!  Overall, he's doing great with his potty training!  No diaper in 8 days (minus one night but I will tell you why)!  I'm very proud of him because I know if this is hard on me then it must be ten times harder on him.

Last weekend was tough.  I had already had a system in place for two days.  Daddy only really sees him for a short time during the week so when Saturday came around the system changed.  Don't get me wrong here.  Daddy is amazing.  He is on board and working hard on this potty train!  With that said, he doesn't know EXACTLY what my son was expecting.  That meant there was resistance and screaming on my son's part.  But we're plugging along!

On Saturday while they were waiting in the car for me he actually told my husband he needed to go.  When I came out from the store he was sitting on the potty in the trunk!  So proud!  He's also doing well with pee pee during the day and naptime.  After a few days he got angry with the timer and being told to go so much.  I backed off and was worried everything would go down hill.  He tells me when he needs to go or will go when I do eventually ask him.  He only goes a few times a day, like an adult.  I will worry when he's not going at all!

Poop is a whole different story.  He keeps going in his pants.  He actually held it in for 3 days.  Then he did two big ones in his big boy pants.  This time he looked mortified so that's good!  That same night, he was sitting on the potty while I was cleaning out his underwear.  He came running out looking terrified saying he had to go pee pee.  I put him back on the potty and O...M...G.  Diarrhea.  Lots of it.  Let me tell you someone was DEFINITELY watching out for me then!  He looked so scared but we cheered him up by being super excited about poop on the potty!  I think it goes without saying that this was the one night I did put a diaper on him lol.  I'm sure you would have too!

Nights are tough lately still.  He's still wetting the bed.  That's making me debate whether or not I should put a diaper on at night.  I really don't want to go back but he just might not be able to hold it for that long.  Besides that, he's delaying bedtime for like TWO HOURS with all the "I need to go potty!" excuses.  Of course you can't say no, especially when he sounds scared and says he's going to have an accident.  Between that and my three month old there's no sleeping for this mommy.>

Outings are actually great!  That's what I was really scared of!  I took him for his first dentist appointment the other day and he went potty there three times!  Today he went at the car place.  He doesn't fight when you ask him while we're out.  I guess that's good!

Overall, I'm super proud of my munchkin and I want to cover him with kisses!  I will be posting pics soon of my car potty kit, travel potty kit, and the organization of potty stuff in our bathroom (can you say awesome less than a dollar neon crates from Walmart?)

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Adventures in Potty Training: Day/Night #2

Well I was right.  There was pee on my couch *sigh*.  It's okay.  I expected it.  I better make sure those towels are on there real good!  We actually might put each cushion in a garbage bag.  Anyways, I didn't let that ruin my day.  Today was pretty much the same as yesterday.  I set the timer for every 20 minutes and he was really good about going.  There were, of course, accidents.  I would be more surprised if there wasn't!  He still isn't telling me he has to go potty.  I just take him to try when the timer goes off or I ask him if I think he's showing signs of needing to go (he tells me no though).

Unfortunately, the dreaded happened.  As I knew it would.  I tried to put him down for a nap and he really tried to go to sleep.  He just wasn't tired since he slept in so late from waking up during the night.  I told him it was okay and that he needed to play in his room for a few minutes because Mommy needed to each lunch and have a break.  He accepted that a lot better than I thought he would!  I enjoyed all of 15 minutes to myself.  I headed to his room to let him out.  I opened his door and that's when it hit me.  I knew that smell.  I hate that smell.  I closed the door to sigh and compose myself.  I didn't want him to see me frustrated and I didn't want to yell at him.  By the way, not freaking out and yelling is so hard!  I cleaned him up and calmly explained to him that it was yucky and smell.  I asked him where he should go poopy.  He told me he should do it in his underwear (he's fresh).  I said "Nooo where should you go poopy?"  He responded correctly and went on his way.

Night #2 without a diaper was a huge success!  I think it's due to the fact that he's been waking up at night anyways and when he does I make him go on the potty.  Let me tell you this folks, if you think getting your toddler to happily potty during the day is tough, try it at 1AM.  It's a HUGE test of my patience but staying calm and positive will have a significant impact on your child's success.  I let him yell at me and throw his usual tantrum.  However, while he was doing this, he was also doing everything he needed to do.  I just sat on the edge of the tub and continued to cheer him on.  He was happy as a clam after he got his M&M and went back to bed both times.  With that said, he stayed dry from when he fell asleep at 8PM until 5AM!  So proud!  Don't get discouraged if this isn't happening for you right away.  I know it's a fluke and I know it's because he gets up anyways lately.  If he was still sleeping through the night like the sweet little angel I know and greatly miss, he would be waking up drenched.

I will post more on the car potty kit and travel potty kit I made another day.  Right now here are a few helpful tips I've learned the past few days:

 1.  Buy a LOT of underwear.  Every character they have, buy it.  My son LOVES to pick out which one he will wear.
2.  Place a little basket on the bathroom floor with all of the underwear.  Having it in the bathroom makes life so much easier.  Even though his bedroom is right next to the bathroom, I found doing this is just easier!  It's better for him as well.
3.  Buy several mattress pad covers and sheets.  I also put garbage bags between his sheet and the mattress pad.  I even started having him lay on a towel on top of his sheet.  It's easier to yank off than his sheets!
4.  Have several blankets ready to go.  He usually sleeps with 3 little blankets.  I explained to him that it's better if we just use one so if it gets wet we have other backups that he loves.
5.  Be consistent.  The potty routine and reward should stay the same so that your child knows what to expect.
6.  Allow them to be independent.  It takes my son FOREVER to wash his hands.  It drives me bananas.  I want to scream and wash them for him but alas, I cannot.  It also takes him forever to pull down his underwear.  He's finally getting the hang of it but it still takes longer than I wish it did!
7.  BE PATIENT.  I don't care how bad your day was.  I don't care how tired you are.  I don't care if you are running late for something.  You need to be the grown up and stay calm and positive.  Your child needs that.  And guess what?  This is the hardest part for you.  But suck it up.  It'll be worth it!>

To be continued!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Adventures in Potty Training: Day/Night #1

 We've been trying to do the whole potty train thing for awhile now but nothing seemed to be happening. My son and myself never really caught onto it. Well today, after his second, giant, mushy poop, I was done. He always hides when he goes but now he tells me and tells me he pees. Not only has he been doing his usual hiding the past two days but he also puts up a freaking barrier!  That's right. His dump is carefully premeditated signaling that he knows EXACTLY what he's doing!  My son decided to MOVE FURNITURE to block both sides of the dining room table so no one could get to him. My Mom was over and agreed with my decision. We marched off to the potty and put on underwear.

We went through several pairs of underwear. Each time he told me he went. But we also had lots of smiles and potty success. I didn't make a big deal about the accidents. 6PM rolled around and I needed to make a decision. Was I going to REALLY go cold turkey or put on a diaper for bedtime?  Much to my husband’s surprise I went with it. No diaper. While my husband put him to bed I ran out to Walmart. I bought 9 more pairs of underwear, 2 more sheets, and two extra mattress pad covers. While I was out I also purchased things to make on the go potty kits (this will be a separate post).  When I got home my husband was reading to my son. A few minutes later he came running out of his room in just his underwear (apparently didn't want his jammies, just underwear!)  he already peed in bed and my husband had to clean it up. I tried not to get discouraged because he was running around super happy that he went on the potty and was reciting all the steps to use the potty. He finally went to bed.

He woke up at midnight. This is typical behavior lately but because he was up I checked him and the bed. Of course he peed. Cleaning it up at midnight was not fun. Having him try to go on the potty at midnight was worse. He was half asleep and nasty. He wanted a diaper too. I stayed super positive and kept telling him I was proud and he was a big boy. I finally got him back in bed. He woke up again around 2:30 and went to sleep on the couch*. Again, normal lately. My husband got up to put him back to bed and to see if he went on the towels on the couch. He was fine. It's now 7 and I'm nursing our youngest in our room. I'm pretty sure he's on the couch again and I haven't assessed the damage from last night.

To be continued!

*Those of you envisioning a toddler going down a flight of stairs at night to sleep on the couch please don't fret. We live in a shoebox. There are no stairs and the living room is literally across from his bedroom!  All doors are locked and baby proofed along with all other dangerous things. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

More Diphthong Cuties: Ouch! A Diphthong Center

First off, my students LOVED this activity!  Basically, students are writing as many /ou/ they can on the provided bandaid printables or real bandaids (they loved the real bandaids!).  Then you stick it on the /ou/ sheet.  Great for centers, small groups, or partners.  You could also do it with the large /ou/ graphic from the poster set and make it a whole group activity!  If students have trouble thinking of words you could provide them with pictures, a dictionary, or another text.  Click on the picture below to pick up your own copy of OUCH!

Diphthong Cuties

This is one of my personal favorites!  As a reading tutor I needed to come up with a way to get my students to remember the sounds of each diphthong.  I thought it would be a good idea to turn each diphthong into a graphic that would help students envision each sound.  That is how I came up with these Diphthong Cuties!

The first of my Diphthong Cuties will be the posters! Display these in your classroom!  Just click on the picture below to get Diphthong Cuties Posters for your class!