After trying on and off for a year, I decided that last Friday enough was enough and I was going cold turkey with potty training.
To say it's been a stressful week would be an understatement. Whilst we have made headway with it, we are still nowhere near where we should be. For whatever reason, he's developed a fear of the potty and won't go near the toilet - he's taken to doing his wee's on a bin bag! Yes, that's right, a bin bag! He was having quite a lot of accidents and then walking it everywhere after he'd finished, so to try and confine him to one space, I put a bin bag on the floor and it's become like his comfort blanket.
It's been the hardest hurdle we've faced so far, much harder than getting rid of the dummy. I know that once he's cracked it and is fully toilet trained, that I will look back on this time and more than likely laugh at how stressed I got about it all but for the moment, whilst I'm living it, I'm struggling.
I've spoken to several other mummies, our parents, nursery and the Health Visitor for help and guidance because I've been at my wits end. We've now come to the conclusion that he's just going to have to do it in his own time and there's nothing we can do to change him or push him along. This is the longest we've stuck at it, so there really is no way back but I just can't wait for this stage to be over.
The biggest achievement so far is that he's gone from not even attempting to take his pants off to telling me that he needs to go and taking his own pants off. He's now also stopped holding it in on the morning's he's with my in-laws and a couple of times they've taken him out and he's been to them to tell them he needed to go. This is huge progress for him. I just hope that in the next couple of weeks we can get him to use the toilet (we've decided to totally bypass the potty). If only he knew that once he's used it for the 1st time, then the rest will be easy!
I snapped this picture of him once afternoon as he shouted that he needed to go, but then got distracted for five minutes by Toy Story!