There are signs. There are always signs. When my son was a baby, he would nod his head in the direction of my boobage with his mouth wide open to signal to me that he was hungry. When he started to eat food, he gave signals. His little mouth would water with anticipation of the food that was coming his way. He was ready to eat. When he started standing up in his bed and we saw how easy it would be for him to fall out – that was a sign to lower his mattress. He was no longer a newborn.
Yes, there are always signs. As we approach his second birthday I am seeing yet another sign. Many of them. He tugs at his diaper a bit at times. Other times he blurts out the word “boo boo”. That outburst is later followed by a stench. This kid knows what he’s doing. I am getting the tell tale signs that my child might be ready to use the potty. Part of me is happy. He’s moving on to another stage. He’s becoming a big boy. I’m sad for the very same reasons. I’m scared because I don’t know how the heck to pull this off. We’ve been “ready” to potty train him since he was about 18 months. We bought a potty almost 6 months ago. His school doesn’t start kids until their two so we felt like we’d be working backwards to do it before then. So we’ve waited.
He’ll be two next month and I’m thinking it’s time to pull the potty out of the box and introduce little man to his new buddy. I have read a few things about how to go about this. I even have a potty DVD and a potty book to help in the process. Will they really help? I don’t know. I’m willing to try just about anything to make sure we do this right. He recently made it very clear to me that he was ready. I said to him “your diaper seems a bit full, what’s in your diaper?” Without missing a beat he looked at me and said “boo boo”. I think that’s enough confirmation for me to sit little man down on the potty! I’m more than open to suggestions for making this a smooth transition. Give me everything you’ve got!