It was a big month for Jude.
I woke up one morning and decided to go for it. He’d been showing a lot of interest in the potty again. The first time he showed a lot of interest was when he was around 16 months old. I decided against going for it then and I am so happy I did. Waiting was the best decision. Most importantly, he now has the language ability to tell me when he has to pee or poo. He has also displayed bladder control by waking up from naptime with a dry nappy. He is also a lot more settled than he was at 16 months (as we had Toby on the way).
So, I took off his diaper and and whenever he said he had to pee, we ran over to the potty. The first few weeks I would ask him a million times but then realized it wasn’t necessary as he eventually started telling me.
The second week, I introduced Jude to underwear and he has had a lot of fun getting to pick out a pair everyday. He’s been trained now for about three weeks and I feel totally confident taking him wherever. I still put him in pull-ups for naptime and bedtime but probably 80% of the time he wakes up dry and asks to use the potty right away. The whole process has been way easier than I expected. I still expect that we will have to deal with future accidents, especially if he super absorbed in play. But for now it is nice to have one out of diapers.
We woke up as the eye of the storm was passing over us to find our apartment had been flooded. We had about a cm of water covering our floors. The drains on our outside decks couldn’t cope with all the rain and so as the deck filled up, water would come in through the door. It was a long, exhausting day mopping up all the water. We kept Jude in front of the iPad and Toby in the highchair and Ergo while we worked as we couldn’t have them running around.
On a calmer note, we noticed that Jude is starting to enjoy longer, more detailed books. It’s been fun for us to read him proper stories. He is in love with his Richard Scarry word book. It’s such a great book, with so much detail. It’s easy to spend a 1/2 hour on one page looking for things or making up a story.
His car-craziness has calmed down a lot. He still loves playing cars but he no longer carries them around everywhere or brings them to sleep with him. He is really into role-playing now. We make a car out of pillows and he will sit in it for hours pretending to drive and push buttons. He also loves to sit on our laps and use our hands around him a safety belt. He will push the moles on my body (while saying ‘this button’) as I make funny car noises or bounce him up and down. Rocket ships have also featured big this month. He loves the ‘3,2,1, blast-off’ as he goes running through the house and then yells ‘mayday, mayday’ and crashes onto the couch. Both Toby and Jude love when Dad is the rocket and flies them around, always ending with a big crash and eruption of laughter and Jude saying, ‘again, again.’
We’ve had one big, bad incident this month, which ended in a trip to the ER for Toby, but thankfully no broken bones. I will write about it on Toby’s update. Besides that, there were a few other incidents of Jude pushing Toby out of the way or grabbing something from Toby’s hands and bringing him to tears. But for most of the time they play pretty well together.