Kids' firsts and other accomplishments

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Kids' firsts and other accomplishments
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Sun, 08-17-2003 - 5:52pm
My son has learned to pee standing up!!!!!

My 2 1/2 year old son has been working on toilet training (seriously) fot the last few weeks. Since he's started going to a FCC based preschool with 3 older boys, he's come home having learned to pee standing up.. .no small feat for a little guy who lives in a home FULL of females. . .even our rabbits are females.

SO, what firsts or other accomplishments have your kids achieved at school or child care or otherwise not in your care/presence?

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Sun, 08-17-2003 - 5:58pm
My DH potty trained our DD3. I had been working on it, she would use the potty for pee but not for the other. She would insist that we put a diaper on her. One day I was out for the day and she was home with DH and she got her fully trained.
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Sun, 08-17-2003 - 6:12pm
whewwwww-whewwwwww!!!! BIG milestone!!! good job mom!

lets see, they all had their first joint while not in my presence.....oh, you mean developementally. sorry. im just so damn full of myself today!

ok, how 'bout, when my dd came home from nursery school one day, i said, "look sweetie, this is "pink"". she promptly said, "yeah, and thats red and this is gray........". she had just turned three, and i wasnt as attentive with she as i was with ds1. i didnt even know she knew her colors. LOL

oh, and when she was 4yo, she could stand up to pee as well as any boy......dont ask....i have no clue how the he!! she did that.

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Sun, 08-17-2003 - 6:26pm
Oh, so now I'm not a good mom because my 3yo son refuses to sit on the potty?

Hollie, who had to get some sarcasm in here somewhere! can't let you continue to wear that crown.

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Sun, 08-17-2003 - 6:44pm
Two things -- one in my care and one at school.

He learned to ride a two-wheeler this week. I taught him how. Next we're working on tying shoes. I want him to know how before starting first grade.

And, he knows how to read now. I take no credit for that. He had a superb kindergarten teacher.

outside_the_box_mom

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Sun, 08-17-2003 - 8:45pm
The preschool toilet trained Joe (my youngest). I went to pick him up from preschool (he had just turned 2) one day and his teacher said to me "You know Joe uses the toilet. We never have to change his diaper because it's soiled. We just change the kids at specified intervals even if they don't need a change. Why don't you start sending him in underwear?"

I was flabbergasted. I had not even introduced the potty yet, although he had seen his older brothers using the toilet. I sent him to school with a wad of underwear in his backpack as I figured there would be loads of accidents. He came home with one wet pair a day the first week, one wet pair every few days the second week and after that wet pair were pretty uncommon. I knew toileting was part of the curriculum, but I NEVER imagined that the preschool would actually train him without any input on my part. It was nice.

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Sun, 08-17-2003 - 9:50pm
Congratulations on the potty training! LOL, you are *brave* - my 2.5 y/o has been potty trained since he turned two, but he still sits down. Dh started trying to show him how to pee standing up, but I nixed that in the bud. He is a tiny kid and I wasn't about to be cleaning up the bathroom every time he pees. I have enough to worry about LOL. I told dh we are waiting a couple of years until he is taller b/f we let him do that.

Aren't you excited he is trained? Seems these days most boys don't train until around age 3. My friends tell me they are so jealous my son is already trained. I actually didn't even encourage it - I was 8 mths pg when he started peeing on the potty. He learned by watching his sister. And even though *I* wasn't ready (he had lots of accidents which were not easy to clean with a big belly!), he just kept taking off his diaper. So I tell them I can't really take the credit - he pretty much did it all by himself.

congratulations!

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Sun, 08-17-2003 - 9:58pm
that sounds just like my ds1. right at his second birthday, he said, mommy, i have to go potty, and has been dry ever since! hes 21yo now, and still doing a good job! LOL. the standing up part, i wasnt even worried about. that will come on its own, and i wasnt keen on it either. dd was 2yrs 3mos, and ds2 was 2yrs 6mos. i didnt push the standing up with him either. that to me is the little perk they can figure out. i would have rather them sit, especially in the beginning. LOL.

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Sun, 08-17-2003 - 10:28pm
I started Matthew sitting down as well. . .and never 'showed' him how to pee standing up. . .he had to have picked it up from 'school'.

His birthday is in late January so due to clothing issues, I didn't really try to check with him then about toileting. . .didn't really 'try' much til after dh had been gone for a while due to the stress/changes.

He's done this very quickly, which I think is attributable to him being really ready. . .if they're ready you really don't have to 'try' hard or for very long.

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Sun, 08-17-2003 - 11:14pm
Dd#1's dc potty-trained her. We had been working on it at home, but only half-heartedly because she just wasn't interested. Anyway, about a month before her third birthday, a couple of other kids in her class had recently moved up to pre-school. So dd's teacher took her to one of the pre-school rooms to visit a few times with these other kids. Naturally, she wanted to stay, and her teacher explained that you have to be potty-trained (and 3 yo) to stay in the pre-school room. Dd asked why, and the teacher told her that they don't have changing tables in pre-school. Again, dd asks why, and her teacher says "because they have computers instead!!!" That was all she needed. She was potty-trained within a week. I've learned the lesson many times that she can do anything if properly motivated ; )
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Mon, 08-18-2003 - 10:32am
Dominic's birthday is early January so he's just a little bit older than Matthew. I know what you mean about the winter clothes - another reason I wasn't pushing it. Dominic was still wearing button-crotch shirts! I had just bought a bunch of snap-crotch turtlenecks for him and overalls - he was so determined to pee like his sister, he would go in the bathroom and yell for help since he couldn't get his shirts undone. Or if he managed to, he'd end up peeing on them while he sat on the potty. Since I knew there was no way he was giving up, I decided to grin and bear it, started dressing him in lots of t-shirts/sweats during that time.

I'm so glad that I gave in to his whim though - it is SO nice having a potty-trained toddler, esp now that I have a baby in diapers. I was concerned that he would regress after the baby was born, but he didn't at all. He is now going on 7 mths of being trained!

You know, I think there are two windows of opportunity and the first is usually when they first show signs of interest around age 2. If you blow it off, the next window of opportunity seems to come around 2 3/4 y/o or age 3, but by then, they are in that control/independence stage, and it is often hard to get them to do it. Seems it is more of a battle. The ones who waited until age 3 to start had a much harder time (though once the kid *agreed* to it, they trained in a much shorter time, like a day or a week). Well, this is just my experience with my friends anyway.

here's to underwear!

~Maureen



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