Saturday, May 19, 2012

Big Boy #2

Guess who is diaper free?

I tried to replicate this wonderful photo of Trenton from his potty training post 18 months ago. Chase wasn't quite as cooperative. Smiles for the camera are harder to come by with this busy body, but he is still adorable. We love this boy so much! 

He had been able to use the toilet for a couple of months, probably because he has watched his brother do it a thousand times. But I noticed him starting to refuse using the potty—insisting instead that he be "changed"! His attachment to his diapers seemed to be growing, so before he could dig in his heels anymore, I hid all the diapers and told him they were gone. 

Even now, if you ask him what happened to his diapers, he'll give you a forlorn, "Gone." 

Surprisingly, he didn't put up much of a fight after that. :) 

I have been so lucky to have had two great potty training experiences so far. (Knock on wood!) I honestly enjoyed it with both boys. Once again, we stayed home for a couple of days, wearing barely anything (the boys—not me!) and drinking lots juice. Trenton, who participated fully in Chase's potty training, thought it was awesome! He was over the moon about the abundance of juice! They each got a paper to put stickers on after Chase went potty, but T was definitely more excited about his sticker chart than Chase was. :) 

Eventually we ventured out to friends' houses and preschool. We showed Chase the toilets wherever we went, just so he would get the idea that everyone has one. :) He would usually say "M-K" (I'm okay) when I asked if he'd like to try, but it only took a few days before he was comfortable using toilets other than our own. 

For the first couple of weeks I had Chase go out of the house commando-style. Having no underwear and loose-fitting shorts helped him remember he wasn't wearing a diaper. Those loose-fitting shorts gave me (and my girlfriends also at the park!) many a view of that cute little crack. :) 

He is an underwear-wearing pro now, with a pull-up at night. Congrats, Chase!

*Thanks for letting me use this as our family journal and for reading far more potty details than you  probably wanted to hear! 


  1. Way to go, Chase! And Erica. You're a natural at mothering. Wish you were my friend when I took a year to train your brother! ha ha

  2. Congrats! This is seriously awesome. I am trying to imagine my life without buying any diapers.... It sounds wonderful and much cheaper! :)

  3. I am so glad you are my sister, you are not only creative but you are a great mom and will have so many ideas for me when I get to that stage in my life. Its comforting to know that I have someone I can go to with every question!

  4. Man, that's awesome. I can't wait for that day. I just bought a little potty seat. He isn't ready for it yet but he was excited enough to actually sit on it instead of running away in terror. I'd say that's a step in the right direction. You must be doing something right if you actually enjoyed it! Way to go!

  5. You inspire me. Potty training strikes fear into my heart.

  6. Hooray! I'm sure I'll be frantically calling you for advice when the day comes for me sometime. You sound like you got it all figured out! Hooray!

  7. So glad this has been smooth sailing for you! I'm sure your approach and attitude has a lot to do with it.