a HUGE milestone…

Matthew is potty trained!! Yipeeeeee!!!
I can’t believe it!! I have tried to potty train him a few times in the last 6 months and he just wasn’t interested. He could easily go on the potty but he didn’t care and he wouldn’t be bribed!
My plan was to wait until we got into our own house to start again because I didn’t think it would work amongst the chaos and everything right now. But, things never seem to go as planned right?
Here’s how it all happened:: Brad and Sunny (the bro and sis-in-law that we are living with) have a daughter who is just a couple months younger than Matthew — Haylee. They have been trying to potty-train her and it wasn’t going that well so one night they brought home a gumball machine to use as motivation. So, I figured we might as well try it since Matthew loves gumballs and I figured it might help him along if they were doing it together. The next day we told them that they would get 1 gumball for going pee on the potty and 5 gumballs for going number two! I put Matthew right in some “big boy underwear” and I was taking him in to go potty about every 5 minutes!! lol! He was loving it – gumballs galore!! He had two accidents that day but having the underwear on made him realize when he was going pee so he would run to the potty.
The gumball machine worked like a charm!! He would go in and go potty all by himself and then run to me yelling “I just went pee on the potty, now I get a gumball!!!” We would all cheer and jump for joy!! And the number two issue wasn’t even a problem because he definitely wanted to get 5 gumballs!! He would go off to the bathroom and run in yelling “I just went poo on the potty, now I get 5 gumballs!!”
It’s been almost a month since we started and he even wakes up dry and has only had one or two accidents since that first week!!
We are so proud of him and I just think he is adorable in his big boy underwear!! He is also very proud of himself and tells everyone! It doesn’t matter where we are, when he goes on the potty he runs out and tells everyone!! It is so cute and funny!!
And.. it is definitely nice to only have one in diapers now instead of two!!


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  • Heather D. White
    March 21, 2006 at 8:31 pm

    OMGOSH…we just got Kaden potty trained the past month too! Isn’t it AWESOME??? My gosh….I STILL just about tear up when I hear him going potty by himself. LOL! Potty training is a beast and we are ALL relieved (Kaden included) when he decided he was ready to be a big boy! YAY! Congrats to little Matthew!

  • Laura Vegas
    March 21, 2006 at 10:11 pm

    how exciting for you … and he looks so proud holding his gumballs! too cute! i thought after potty training my 2 girls that i’d be done … but not so! i have helped train so many daycare kids i can’t even count … and i have one of my boys who is just about ready to start. i actually dread the whole process since it can be quite messy … how terrible am i?!?! lol! i’ll have to come up with a cool bribe for him!

  • Abby
    March 22, 2006 at 3:10 am

    Oh my gosh…why didn’t I think of that?! My daughter is 3 1/2 and fighting potty training. To quote her “I hate the potty training!” We have been unsuccessfully trying for the past 6 months. She absolutely loves gum (tried bribing her with gum from the Hello Kitty store but that got too expensive) so now, I am off to hunt down a gumball machine for her. Crossing my fingers that it works as well for me too!

  • Robyn
    March 22, 2006 at 8:37 am

    That is sooo cool! Yeah for Matthew! And what a great idea too!!

  • jill
    March 22, 2006 at 9:13 am

    happy days! i am so happy for all of you. i love how he tells everyone. i always laugh when your in a public place and you hear a little now announcing their big accomplishment. maybe you have to be a parent to think that’s cute. my little girl potty trained herself and she is only two. i love it! it was so easy. way to go matthew!

  • Jessi
    March 22, 2006 at 9:57 am

    It’s a cause for a HUGE celebration!!! 🙂
    Cute bum picture! 🙂

  • Katie Harris
    March 22, 2006 at 11:59 am

    ::cracking up:: at the big boy underwear shot! that is so great, congrats to him. he looks so happy with those gumballs. : )

  • Wendy Sue
    March 22, 2006 at 7:12 pm

    Congrats to you!!! He looks too cute with his gumball machine – what a sweetie! :0)

  • Tracy L
    March 22, 2006 at 8:51 pm

    That is GREAT news! It only gets better from here!

  • Gillian Greding
    March 23, 2006 at 2:16 pm

    Congrats to you!

  • Loni
    March 25, 2006 at 12:25 am

    Okay… he’s going to love you for taking that “bum shot” when he’s a teenager!
    Blackmail! Love it. 😉

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