After a pretty good start on the potty train, Isaiah stalled. I'm sure that's because we were being inconsistent. Nanny Amy did a great job in the mornings, but then in the afternoons we would often just leave his naptime diaper on him. Our afternoon babysitter is only 13 and I just don't feel like she can handle the nuances of potty training. But I realized this inconsistency was a problem when I heard Isaiah say to Amy, "I not need go potty, Daddy say I just pee in my diaper." - even though he was actually wearing underwear at the time. Also, I realized Isaiah was hesitant to sit on the toilet long enough to give it a good try because he's so small that it was uncomfortable and scary. So I ordered a potty seat, a special book for him to read while he waits, and extra Hot Wheels as motivation. The potty seat is the kind that sits on top of the regular potty seat to make the hole smaller. The book makes him slow down and wait. And the Hot Wheels get him excited about actually peeing in the toilet as opposed to just trying. He gets candy for just trying.
Anyway, with this new scheme, plus me cheating on my bed rest a bit each afternoon so that I can be sitting outside the bathroom talking to him while he does his thing, we've been having a lot more success. In fact, we haven't had an accident since the box from Amazon.com arrived yesterday with the seat and book. I'm hoping this is the turn-around, the click, the last piece that makes it work, that happens with every kid who goes through this.
Or maybe we still have a long road ahead of us. But I'm trying to stay positive!
***This afternoon, after nap time, Isaiah ran to the bathroom all on his own, hollering "potty! potty!", took off his nap time diaper, and peed in the toilet! It's really looking like he's got it!***