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Naps after lunch are always interesting. For Z, it’s usually around 12:45-1:15pm. For V, it all depends on when her last nap is. If her nap starts at least 30 min after Z’s, I wear her. It’s because he has been having short naps lately and if I’m in bed napping with her, I can’t leave or she will wake up. After waking from her nap, I went to the bathroom mirror where she saw her reflection and was all happy and smiley.

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Potty training rewards do work, especially when there is candy involved. We used to give Z a sticker for each time he peed in the potty. He’s gotten so good at it now that we only reward him for poos. Yesterday, he was so excited to use the potty to poo because I gave him smarties the other day for pooing in the potty. The only thing was that the poo was really tiny –
Ike a nugget. So I explained to him that for the poos to count, they have to be significantly bigger than that. Here, he is counting and slowly enjoying the smarties I gave him.

A Great Oppoortunity

Recently we have been working on potty training with Z. We came up with a reward system in which pees are worth one sticker and poos are worth two. With so many free calendars around the house, we gave him one for his bedroom.

Pees are relatively easy and painless. They usually occur before or after bath time. The important thing is that the potty has to be easily accessible to him. Also being naked makes it a whole lot easier as well. No clothing to fuss with.

Poos, on the other hand, are trickier. Sometimes, when he has the urge and we interrupt it (either by insisting he goes on the potty or rushing him to the potty), he loses the urge and it’s gone till next time. Running around definitely helps to get the poo moving and out.

So today, we decided to skip bath because he was clean. In between diaper change, he decided to run around in his room without a diaper and M caught him doing the “pause” and immediately reacted. All 3 of us rushed to the bathroom and he even was excited. As soon as he say, I feared he would lose the sensation and he did. As he was about to get up and give up, I offered him a book.

Together we went to his room to grab an I Spy book and set him back on the potty. M had left us already to clean up the dining table. I decided to leave him for a few minutes and change my clothing in our bedroom. A few minutes later, I heard footsteps in the hallway. I peeked out and saw him slowly coming towards our bedroom. As he saw me, he also approached our room entrance, which was adjacent to V’s room, he screamed excitedly, “I pooed!”

Ecstatically, I followed him to the bathroom and looked into the orange potty to find 2 lumps. We called M up and we cheered Z on for his excellent potty effort. Z got to flush he toilet and watch his poo go down the toilet. Then he put 2 stickers on today’s date. It was a success.

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