Or I was waaaaay too lenient with the positive reinforcement jelly beans.
Anyway...I originally began the potty training with them sitting down and purposely chose potty seats with tall splash guards. Then hubby changed course on me, "Because its more manly to have them pee standing up."
While this is a little more fun for the boys, it's entirely too much work for me and I put my foot down.
There is plenty of time for them to be manly and stand to pee. We'll get there when their willies are over the top of the bowl.
In the meantime, we all struggle with the twin thing of trying to get two kids on the potties at the same time.
The Stuntman prefers the training potty on the floor but the Engineer prefers to sit on the big toilet with the insert because he has unlimited access to the flush handle.
Hubby and I have learned that the first release is not the full voiding of the bladder and they need to be encouraged to sit, relax and let it go.
This lesson was hardest learned by hubby who had brought the Stuntman into the powder room to pee. After the initial pee pee hubby prematurely removed the Stuntman from the potty set him on the floor where he proceeded to empty the rest of his bladder. At that very moment the Engineer exclaiming, "Pee pee!" stepped across the threshold and pushed hubby, in his stocking feet, into the puddle and closed the door behind him!
The powder room is a total of five and a half feet long and only 35 inches wide.
Hubby was now trapped in a puddle of urine (at least it was warm) with two two-year-olds one of whom is without pants and a diaper and the other wants to pee on the potty.
He'd reached overload!
What did hubby do? Scream for me.
What did I do? Laugh.
For some reason, he did not find this to be anywhere near as humorous as I did.
Anyway...he was in complete panic mode and practically stuttering when I came to his rescue. I joked that I do this all day long and don't see what the problem is. He replied that he can handle the peeing part it's the "multiple thing" that he has trouble with.
Once I could finally breathe again I reminded him that we've been doing this for two years now so he might want to hurry up and figure it out.
Pooping on the potty has not been anywhere near as successful.
In fact it's happened only once with one of the boys and only because he had the runs and the timing was perfect. The problem occurred when the other one wanted to pee because the first one was on the toilet.
I was already in the powder room sitting on a tiny little stool across from the toilet in front of the sink when the Stuntman, not to be left out, pushed his way into the room yelling, "Pee too! Pee too!" and closed the door.
I was trapped!
Picture the scene here...
The Engineer was sitting on a Cars toilet seat insert that has handles on the side that when pushed make race car sounds. The Stuntman is sitting on the training potty next to me on the floor. Remember the room is just over five feet long and is only 35 inches wide.
Just about the same time I have the thought, "If he pees and his willy's not behind the shield I'm..." AAAACK!
He's peeeeeing......ON ME!!!
I put my hand up to block the stream which deflected onto the Stuntman. Both of the boys started to laugh and we were all in a fit of giggles when I whipped the door open and called to hubby. His response was that he could hear what was happening and I told him that he really needed to see the seating arrangement to truly appreciate it.
Getting peed on by the kids is nothing new. We went through the first six months of their lives in a defensive posture while changing diapers.
You just never knew when one was going to let loose.
It's been quite a while since I've had to be on my toes to keep from getting peed on.
I've yet to get either of them to poop on the potty again so I have no doubt that this will not be the end of the potty training stories. I am however, letting them control the pace that they are potty trained. I've read and heard more nightmare stories about people who pushed their kids and had accident after accident not to mention the stress for everyone.
It will happen in their time no matter what I do anyway.
That being said, I have learned my lesson.
I sit in the doorway when they are on the potties...safely out of the line of fire.