Time to bite the potty-training bullet

I love having twins, they are awesome and unique, and it still amazes me that one tiny little egg could form two such incredible little humans. But there are times that having twins is a major pain in the butt. And I’m thinking potty training is going to be one of those times.

We are going to give it a shot this weekend. We have to. The diaper diving has gotten excessive. When your son comes to give you a hug with the contents of his diaper smeared all over his hand…. well, that’s not cool. At all. So ready or not, let’s do this.

Now I know that everyone says you should just wait until the child/ren are ready. And I get that. I do. But sometimes the child still needs a push in the right direction. Take Connor, for example. He didn’t want to potty train, and it was looking like he would never want to. So we gave him a few little pushes in the right direction. Without pressuring him, we convinced him that A) 3 year olds are not allowed to wear diapers and B) he was about to outgrow his current size of diapers and they didn’t make a bigger size. Of course neither of these things were true, but maybe there are times in life when telling your child a little white lie or two isn’t the worst thing in the world.

And it worked. We picked a day about a month after he turned 3, said goodbye to diapers, and never looked back.

Tomorrow we are saying goodbye to diapers again (hopefully for the last time). And yes, I am playing a little mind game with the boys to get them ready. There is a field trip for Connor’s preschool on Monday, and I am telling Ben and Alex that they cannot go on the field trip unless they are big boys and use the potty. Tomorrow they get to wear underpants and start using the potty, and it is going to be fun and exciting, whoo hoo!

It is going to be a long weekend. I am not looking forward to this. I firmly believe the only way this will work is if they both train at the same time, and that’s where this whole twin thing becomes a very big challenge. What do I do? Take them both to the potty every 20 minutes, but on alternating schedules? I’ll be spending the whole day in the bathroom!!! We have a small toy potty and then the child seat for the big potty, so we could try both at the same time, but then I can just foresee them fighting over who gets to use which one, and madness ensuing. Either way, it is going to be interesting.

Wish us luck! If we are met with utter disaster, then we shelve the potty training for a bit longer. But if at least one of them can get on board, it will be completely worth it. All we can do is try and see…..


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