potty training

For Labor Day weekend we decided to take advantage of the time to do a three-day potty training program with Liam. I'm not gonna lie, I was scared! But I kept seeing signs that Liam was ready to venture into the world of potty training, so we took the plunge. 

I have to say, I'm surprised with how well he did! Yes, we cleaned up a LOT of accidents, but by the end of day one he was already getting it. I think his biggest problem was he sometimes didn't want to stop what he was doing to go use the bathroom.  

Alex made a cute potty chart and every time Liam peed in the potty he got a sticker (#2 gets two stickers). For every five or so stickers he would get a lollipop. He was really into it and loved putting the stickers on his chart all by himself (he's into doing a lot of stuff all by himself these days) 

We're still keeping the pull-ups to use for nighttime. I'm just not brave enough to let him try underwear all night yet.  All in all, potty training hasn't been too bad. I'm glad we decided to go for it. By the end of day three he had only had two accidents all day (and one of them was a poop accident...it's more challenging to get them to poop in the potty than it is to get them to pee). I'm proud of my boy. He completed his entire potty chart yesterday and was rewarded with some Mini Reese's cups (he looooved it). 

Today he is off to school again and I'm sure he will have at least a couple accidents but I'm hoping he will son get the hang of it. I never imagined my boy would be potty trained already at just 24 months. Everyone always says boys are "slower" but that just goes to show you that every kid is different. Liam was just ready. And I am sooo happy to say good-bye to diapers! Our next challenge: Going out in public in underwear and surviving with no accidents. Gahh! The thought alone makes me so nervous. 

Any other parents out there getting ready to embark on the potty training journey?  Or words of wisdom from veteran parents?

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