By George, I think he's got it!
I bring exciting news. After a year and a half of cajoling, bribing, talking about it and reading Pirate Pete's Potty book over and over and again at bedtime, until I could probably write you a 10,000 word thesis on it's main themes and imagery, the boy has started to do wee wees on the potty.
Of his own accord. Happily. Without screaming.
He's also suddenly embraced the idea of big boy pants. Previously, when I was trying every single trick conceivable to tempt him to start potty training, I took him to buy his very own big boy pants. We went to the stand where they were and I asked if he'd like the ones with guitars on or monsters on? He actually physically turned his back on the display and screamed NO!!
I had a feeling he still wasn't ready to give up nappies just yet.
But this week, well he's like a different little boy. A switch has gone click in his brain. For weeks we've all been telling him if he does a wee wee on the potty he can have Hiro (yes that is how you spell it) from Thomas The Tank Engine. "Hiro of the Rails" is the film of choice at present so Hiro is a big deal. He knew the engine was upstairs. I'd shown him the bag he was in. Hiro even went back and forth in Nanny P's handbag when the boy went over there in case he suddenly decided to comply at her house.
Then this Monday morning. Eureka! So Hiro was given as an instant reward as promised. The boy had a glazed at us with a look of 'Oh shit, they weren't bluffing. They hung out for the wee wees but now I've got the prize" and this seems to have done the trick.
Of course this first week has not been without it's little accidents.
On Tuesday I took his own potty to nursery and there was only one change of clothes required. He'd done exceptionally well on only his second day without nappies.
Today was a nursery morning again but in my hurry to leave the house in the pouring rain I forgot the potty. What I believe they call an epic Mummy fail.
Never mind, they have plenty of potties at nursery he'll use one of those and I've packed about 5 spare pairs of pants and joggers, he's only there until lunchtime. He'll be fine.
When I went to pick him up at 12.30 he was dressed as a power ranger! He was perfectly happy and greeted me with his usual gusto but he was dressed in a black, rather grubby, power ranger costume.
Something wee based had obviously occurred. At least 5 times.
"Oh hello." said one of his key workers 'I'll just go and get his slip and see what he ate today?"
What he ate? Are you kidding me? With the best will in the world I'm not that arsed about what he ate. I'd rather know why my son is dressed as a Power Ranger. Or at least have it acknowledged as the first thing we discuss as they hand him back over to me.
"He just had the broccoli today I'm afraid. He wasn't too bothered about the BBQ chicken."
"Was he not." I replied "And....?"
" He did have all his dessert. I can't remember what that was. Would you like me to find out?"
"Nah you're alright. Anything else you want to tell me maybe...?
" He's enjoyed "Harry and the Bucket Full of Dinosaurs" story today too."
"Lovely. He rocks a dinosaur does the boy. So how's the.. er... potty training gone today?"
"Ah yes. I'm afraid he wouldn't use our potties so there's been a few accidents."
"Just a few hey."
"Yes. Probably best to bring his own potty in next week. And you can bring... umm that back... when you next come in too" she added indicating the fancy dress costume.
"I'll give it a wash. Bye"
"Yes bye. He's had a lovely morning though."
I'm sure he had. He's been soaked in his own piss and dressed as a super hero for most of it. That's a good morning out for a 3 year old boy.
"Have you enjoyed being a Power Ranger" I asked as we left
"Can I take it off now please?" he said
"When we get home darling"
"Can we go and get a Freddo at the shop?"
"Maybe not today baby. We'll find some chocolate at home for when you next do a wee wee on your potty. Yes."
And to be fair, he's been back to a mean, keen, weeing machine since he got his own throne back this afternoon.
Go, go Power Rangers.....