Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Potty Training Continues

Potty training is going exceptionally well---I'm impressed with him! We had a little bit of a setback when he was sick for a week and the in-laws were here, but he's back on track.
In the beginning of this, he would often pee just for the sake of peeing. Now, he is able to hold it for usually a couple of hours. We've even made a couple of trips to the store with underwear instead of a diaper. We also go on our long walks without a diaper.
One thing that has changed recently is that he's not as willing to go whenever I say, "Do you need to go potty?" It's like he realizes he doesn't need to go all the time! So some of the times when he gives me his "," I've honored his request even though it's been a couple of hours. Sometimes this results in him doing just a little in his thick underwear, and then he proceeds to take them off. When I see him getting undressed, I always check the underwear, and if damp, we head to the potty where he does the rest! Now, him taking off his clothes doesn't necessarily mean he's wet them...he prefers the "no clothes" look. We're working on that.
As far as poop, we win some, we lose some!
What happened today was UNBELIEVABLE!
He was wearing underwear and a onesie...the easiest way to ensure that some clothes are on. He hadn't been in a while. I was in the kitchen, and I heard him go into the bathroom. By the time I got there, there he was.
Sitting on the toilet.
Without his Elmo potty seat.
Hands on the toilet seat and bottom in the water!
Amazingly, he wasn't too upset about it, but I think it startled him a bit. While trying not to laugh, I gave him lots of praise and took off the wet stuff. Then, after sitting on the Elmo potty seat, he went! I have a feeling he had already went a little, but not all of it. :)
Not sure how he got on the toilet. His stool was by the sink.
What I need to do--should have done already--is to take picture of the toilet. We haven't used any pictures for communication, but I think we need it in this case. Signing bathroom doesn't seem to be working--yet, and he doesn't have any word for it. A couple of times, he has come to me and I could tell from his body language that he needed to go, but it's subtle--very subtle. I'm not sure what's going to happen when he starts school in a few weeks, but I want to have some sort of system that they can work with that he's already familiar with.
Yeah, he starts school in a few weeks....


FXSmom said...

yeah!!! I am so impressed with him. Those are great strides :)

Queenbuv3 said...

That's great! When my son was potty training we would put him in underwear with a pull-up over it for school and outings. That way he was still getting the sensation of being wet and/or poopy but without creating a big mess in these public areas.

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Laura said...

Nice! One of Brad's therapists used a picture system when we trained Brad. It had pics of potty and faucet for wash hands and a graphic for pull up pants, etc.