Underwear, really?

Our son’s love of underwear didn’t last. At the end of the day, he was already asking for his diaper back. I suspect he’s just lazy and found that sitting on the potty every 30 minutes was just too much work – and too much of a distraction from his play. So he started peeing in his training pants. The pants are made to hold one small pee, so it wasn’t different enough from his diaper to make our boy overly uncomfortable.

We figured that we didn’t have enough training pants to change him with every pee, so we went back to diapers. We’ll get him some real underwear soon, and then when the pee runs down his legs maybe he’ll get it. That remains to be seen. But on the bright side, so far, he has continued pooing in the potty. As much as I love cloth diapers, I have to say that I don’t miss cleaning poopy ones. Just this little change makes a huge difference.

So for now I’ll accept the partial potty training and count myself lucky. After all, he’s not quite two and a half, yet. I know that a lot of kids potty train earlier, but then a lot of them (especially boys) potty train much later, too. So I’m taking it in strides. I have so little time for my family these day’s, it’s just not worth the fight!


Yesterday, our boy suddenly asked to wear underwear. Well, it wasn’t that sudden; Sunday we went for a hike with friends who have a boy the same age as ours, and they were talking about how he wears underwear when at home and diapers when out. Our son must have heard it. Anyway, we had one training pant, so Zak put it on him with great expectations of future messes to clean. Well lo and behold, he stayed dried pretty much all afternoon and evening.

He already used the potty regularly when we asked him to, which we would do when we changed him or before naps or bedtime. But he had never gone without a diaper and he had never asked to use the potty himself. So yesterday we put him on the potty every 30 to 45 minutes with great success. Then after supper, suddenly, he said he needed to use the potty. I found that he had started to pee in his pant, but caught himself in time and finished in the potty. We were really proud of our son!

Of course, after that, we were stuck since we have only one training pant. So we promised him that he could go out with Zak today to buy some more. He was delighted, especially since the store that sells training pants also has toys he can play with! When he went to bed, he was still talking about how he would go buy underwear today.  Trying to convince him not to get up again after going to bed, I mentioned that the faster he fell asleep, the faster tomorrow would come. I never thought it would work, but for the first time in months, our boy stayed in bed and slept through the night.

When he woke up at 6:30 and I said “Hello, it’s morning”, the first thing out of his mouth was: “Now we can go buy underwear!”

Who would have thought that underwear could be so much fun? Well, ok, lots of people, but usually to be fun they need to be black lace or something! But our boy is proud of himself and proud to be a big boy now. And so are we!