Training to Potty

Sometime ago, I wrote about buying that toilet seat for kids that you place above the adult toilet. My son was able to poop on it and I was so mighty proud. Little did you know that he did that only once. Since then, that toilet seat has become just an point of reference on where people should sit when they need to go to the bathroom .

For months since that successful event, we have tried to make him sit on that toilet seat and see nothing happen. We would still end up with soiled diapers for he refuses to poo sitting on that high toilet seat.

Now at 1 year and 9 months, I need to get some intervention. My son’s change of diapers have increased and that’s because he urinates more and poos as much as twice in a day. I know my son is very smart, but on the potty a bit lazy.

It was last week that I went to the baby store to see the kind of little potty they had. I needed my son and husband help me make the decision on what to buy. And we finally did our purchase — the Safety 1st Comfy Cushy 3-in-1 Potty.

We brought it home and Josh kept playing with it like a new toy. He would open and sit and then close his potty. We also kept instructing, “this is where you pee and poo”.

However in the evening, I got frustrated because despite the push to use his potty he still chose to soil his diapers. I decided to not let him wear any diaper and just walk around the house in his shorts. It was only then that he wet himself and the floor. It became our teaching moment. We explained to him that when he feels like peeing to go to the potty. His daddy also demonstrated what Josh should do.

In my frustration, I really prayed out loud. “Lord teach me what to so I can effectively teach my son to potty!” I was losing my patience over this, so I rested from the potty training obsession.

The next morning, after Joshua wakes, he tells me to change his diaper because it is “puno” or full. When I was changing him I saw he was ready to pee again. So I raised him out of bed to his potty. Then with time and encouragement he finally succeeded! His smile was ear to ear with all the words of praise and high fives.

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He was so happy with his achievement he called his Yaya and showed her his potty. Then on his own, he sat on the potty and also poo-ed on it. What a bonus! I thanked God for the blessing and I pray that my son will be potty trained fully. As they always say repetition makes perfect!

A Season to Stay Put

Everyone goes through different seasons in their life. As for me, I am currently in gestation and it has made me less mobile. I have to prioritize my time according to what I am able and to what is most important. I don’t get to attend many events. I don’t get to socialize as much. I must admit, I feel like I am missing out on many things. But, I know this is my season to stay still.

There are blessings that do come with this season. I get to spend time with my one year and nine month old baby. I also get to see him reach his milestones. Today, Joshua began counting not just verbally… but he took his play nails and counted them… He set aside one after saying the number 1, 2, 3, & 4. He also knows their colors when I ask him. Deep inside me I am overflowing with joy.

My son enjoys conversing. He also pretends that he knows how to read. He would get my bible and scan it and then stop and point his fingers on the page while dabbling along. Not everything I understand yet, but I affirm him that I am listening.

My mornings are filled with delight. As Joshua wakes up, he would walk around the house and sing. Currently in the repertoir are the theme song of the cartoon “Boboboi”,”Let it Go”, and “O Holy Night”. He makes up his own songs sometimes too. He has a pretty good voice and he sings in tune.

There are more things that fills my heart each day with gratefulness and joy. I thank God for the privilege of being a mother. I think about Mary how the bible described her feeling when she was raising up the child Jesus.

Luke 2: 51 Then he returned to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. And his mother stored all these things in her heart.

Imagine unlocking what is stored inside every mother’s heart? There are so many memories, so many stories, and so much love. And to think, I am just at the start of this journey… there will be so much more in the days, months, and years ahead.

While everything seems to stand still for me, God is showing me that I am not missing out on the most important things he wants me to see and experience. A great reminder for me is this verse, 1 Thess 5:18 “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

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