This week was all about our brand new venture: POTTY TRAINING!! Some days Mr. President #2 is a pro at using the potty, and other days...well, let's just say he'd rather squat in the corner of the room and go to the potty the "old fashioned way." Earlier this week, we finally found our sweet spot when it comes to potty training, and here is a little background for you:
"Never mind patience being a virtue...let me introduce you to Potty Coloring Time! Thanks to Auntie F., we now have Mr. President #2 on the potty, distracted, engaged, and going pee pee or poo poo ever single time!! Woo hoo!! So how did I do it? I taped a piece of paper to the inside of the toilet lid, sat Mr. President #2 on the potty backwards, gave him a dry erase marker (in case he colored outside of the paper for easy clean-up), and let him scribble his little heart out! What a genius idea! Now the key is getting him OFF of the toilet, but that's where the bribing comes in! Oh...and don't forget you can't leave the little ones unattended. After all, they are sitting on the potty backwards!"
Now that we've discovered potty coloring time [which, I should add, is one of Mr. President #2's favorite activities], we have no trouble at all getting the little guy on the potty. Since Mr. President #2 is doing something so fun and engaging while he's going pee pee or poo poo, he's on the pot long enough to make sure something magical happens every single time.
The other day, I sat Mr. President #2 on the potty, gave him a crayon [which I also found to be pretty easy to wipe clean], and let him have a good time, per our usual routine. As I turned around to sit down on his stool, he reached out his hand and yelled at me, "No! No! No mommy!" When I asked him what was bothering him, you probably won't believe this, but he immediately looked up at me and said, "Mommy! I need some privacy, please!" I could not believe those words had just come out of his mouth, but after all, I'm sure he's heard me say that a thousand times.
When I so graciously obliged the little guy's request and started to leave the bathroom, Mr. President #2 yelled, "No, Mommy! Sit down!" I put on my "mean face" and said to him, "Okay, buddy. We have a little dilemma. You can't have me stay here and have your privacy at the same time. Pick one!" Well, Mr. President #1 was home sick from school that day (which broke his kindergarten perfect attendance record), so he came up with a brilliant idea: he suggested that I put Mr. President #1's hooded towel on him so he could cover up his face, and then he wouldn't be able to see who was in the bathroom. Well, voila! What a great idea because IT WORKED!
Everybody was happy that day thanks to Mr. President #1. I was able to sit my butt down, Mr. President #2 was able to get his privacy while he colored and used the potty, and Mr. President #1 was feeling pretty darn good about himself because he realized he had just saved the day. He was my little assistant that day, and I can always count on him to have my back.