Potty Training & Preschool

I know that I have said this SO many times before, BUT where is the time going?  It feels like just yesterday we were anticipating the arrival of Kellen.  The emotions of it all are still so fresh in my mind.  Maybe it is the fact that I am going through it all over again as we wait for Quinn's arrival, but it truly feels like Kellen was just born.  The sleepless nights, the feedings, the diapers, the tears and the joy feel like it was yesterday!

I knew that this year I really wanted to put Kellen in to a preschool program.  We have heard so many good things about the Weeschool at First Baptist Woodstock and it is so close so we (maybe a little more "me" than "we") decided that was the place for him to go. :o)  We knew when we signed him up that he had to be completely potty trained....

Well we tried and tried and tried and Kellen living up to the meaning of his name (Strong willed) wanted to have nothing to do with it!  We watched movies, read books, talked about it, sat him on the potty, bought a little potty, bought potty seats and NOTHING!!!  He went a few times here and there, but mostly just became terrified of sitting on the potty so I let it go.  It is easy to tell when Kellen is going and he KNEW when he was going.  He would hide when he was pooping and would tell me immediately after he peed that he was wet and that he needed his diaper changed!  At this point I was so frustrated and KNEW time was ticking down....

On July 5th Nana (my mom) watched him for the day...she stuck him in underwear and that was that....we just stopped putting diapers on him.  At first we would take him ever 20 minutes to sit on the potty and sometimes he would go and sometimes he wouldn't.  He told us a lot that he had to go, but it was always a false alarm.  But since then I can count on one hand how many pee pee accidents he has had!  NOW the poo thing is a different subject....at first he would hold it till we put a diaper on him at nap or at night!  Then he just would hide and go in his pants.  It was SO frustrating and I tried so hard not to get mad at him.  Everyone kept telling me that it would just click and you know what....they were RIGHT!!!  In the last week before school started he has had NO  accidents.  He just goes into the potty and will yell "I went poop"....

At first we started with incentives...he got marshmallows if he went potty, but as soon as he started going regularly I stopped and he only got an incentive IF he went poo on the potty AND IF he didn't have any other accidents.  We started telling him he could get a new game for the ipad...and when it clicked he got so excited.  He has done so well.  We still use pull ups during nap and night time, but as Matt puts it we are wasting our money because he wakes up dry every time!  I guess it is me not being ready to let go...I know this is one of the last things that is holding on to the "baby" days!

And it all came down to today....his first day of Preschool!  I was so excited, a little for me, but mostly for him to start!  He is so looking forward to making some new friends!  :o)  I have to say so far I am super impressed with the school.  Two weeks ago I got a call from his teacher introducing herself and asking if I had any questions and also setting up a time to meet so we could meet her and her assistant.  I was SO happy to hear that the kiddos actually get a grace period of a couple months with the potty training thing and as long as they are showing signs of going then they will get to stay in the class.  I was so worried because at that time Kellen was still not going poo regularly in the potty.  Then a week later we got to meet Ms Michelle & Ms Becky!  We also got to meet another little boy that will be in Kellen's class.  I really enjoyed talking to his mom and about her decision to do preK at Woodstock Baptist instead of going through the GA lottery (with her daughter that just started kindergarten this year and is already reading)!  :o)

Then Monday we got to go to the Open house at the school and see Kellen's class room!  He was a little nervous at first then he saw kids coming in a playing with the kitchen and he didn't want to leave!  :o)   Today we actually made it out of the house and to carpool on time (a little worried since Kellen didn't go to sleep till 10pm last night).  I really thought that I would be fine, but as soon as it came time to drop of my little man I was having a hard time fighting back the tears!  He is just getting so big and then he looked at me and said "you're gonna keep me safe right"...I just about lost it!  I explained to him that a teacher was going to come and get him out of the car and keep him safe till he got to Ms Michelle and Ms Becky, then they would keep him safe until mommy came back to pick him up!  As soon as they opened the door and started talking to him he was smiling and talking away!  I made it out of the parking lot and ran several errands before I completely lost it and cried all the way to Starbucks....because in my mind a Chai Tea Latte fixes everything!  :o) Now I am anxiously awaiting the time to go and pick him up and see how his first day of school went!  :o)

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