Now that our boys have turned two, we are doubling down (no pun intended) on potty training them. At the beginning of summer, things looked bright for doing away with diapers altogether. The boys were using fewer diapers, going on the toilet, and even starting to stay dry throughout the night. Savvy and I had visions of getting them into underpants over our summer holiday and how perfect the timing was. Then we left Beijing.
All seemed fine until we got to that first restroom in the USA at the Portland airport. We took them to use the potty and the moment they heard a toilet flush they both started chanting, “No pee-pee on the potty!” We failed to take into account the noise level of public toilets back home. The sound was so loud that they usually flat out refused to enter bathrooms and one nameless boy would go so far as to immediately pee in his diaper whenever we headed near a restroom. My plan of saving the money that went into buying diapers got flushed away (okay, that pun was blatant).
Thankfully, the trials of our summer travels are over, life is back to a normal routine, and the boys are excited about wearing underpants; they are even asking for them. The progress made over the past week leads me to believe that maybe, just maybe, we have ordered our last box of disposable diapers. If so, then that’s one more huge milestone that we can put behind us.
Photo: Todd Morris (Flickr)