Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Life With Twins

**This post is all about the potty. Be warned.

This week we were thrust into potty training unexpectedly. You see, we've been doing a lot of naked time, wearing undies and "getting to know" the potty, but I really haven't done much else. Naomi had other plans though and went for the first time on her own Saturday. Since then, she's been obsessed with trying it out and has been pretty successful. Hollis on the other hand is taking his time and really only wants to flush or play in the shower. I imagine that this will be long road ahead with him. At least, that's what you hear about boys. They will do it in their own time.

To be honest, this might be one of the scariest things I've had to face in a while. Potty-training one is hard enough. But two?? And one being a boy?? I'm totally out of my element. I don't remember what it was like to potty train Mia. I had help because she was at day care during the week. I remember her Dora potty but that's about it. In my head it feels like one day she just woke up potty trained. I know there must've been things we did with her, but I can't remember for the life of me.
So, until we've got this thing figured out it'll be a lot of "practicing." I have a feeling this won't be the last time I take about potties on the blog.

Here's what I'm doing so far:

1. I bought superhero undies for Hollis. They are his favorite thing in the world and will often wear more than one pair. He's also been known to take them in the stroller for walks. And leave them in a pile on the kitchen table after eating lunch with them.

2. When we had the toilet replaced in the kids bathroom we had them install a kid seat that sits within the regular seat. It's pretty much the best thing ever and if you can get them, do it! It saves having to empty basins and it's really easy to clean. Plus, they learn to use the real potty. I also have a little step stool so that Naomi can crawl up on her own. Hollis can't ever figure out how to turn around. (Are you getting the idea of my boy/girl dilemma?)

3. However, we don't have have a built in seat on the toilet downstairs. So, I bought the Prince Lionheart potty seat. Quick note, it was not this expensive at Target. There were a couple cheaper options, but they had air fresheners attached that I could totally see the kids taking out and eating or flushing. I love that the "guard" on it comes pretty high so Hollis won't have to worry about splashing out.

4. I am totally bribing them. I had a box of sweet tarts left over from Christmas. Yup, I'm totally that parent that gives their children old candy. I swear, the moment candy became involved Naomi was all over it. She is pretty sneaky though and has figured out that if she goes 3 times in a row she'll get 3 candies. Stinker.

5. I decided to buy one package of pull-ups to help with the whole process. I'm quickly learning how unnecessary they really are because at this point naked it easiest. Plus, unlike the pretty gender neutral diapers, pull-ups come in either blue or pink designs. Do you know how frustrating that is as a parent of boy/girl twins? At nearly 10 dollars a package, I'd have to buy two in order to dress them in the "appropriate" colors. Well, around here there is no such thing. You'll often see them wearing each others undies, playing with dolls AND trucks, and wearing princess dresses. So, I bought the pink Dora ones this time and will get Diego ones next time.

So that's where we are at right now. I am open to any suggestions you can offer with my sweet boy. But, I'm not too worried about it all because they are still young and we have all the time in the world.

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