My friend, A., has a daughter who was potty trained when she was 2 years old. Not two and 11 months, not two and a month, but by her second birthday. I was intrigued. I know that girls tend to be trained faster than boys, but I was hopeful my boys would be exceptional and be trained by two as well. She told me that from the day her daughter was born she had a potty chair set up.
I remember when Derek and I did the baby registry I told him I wanted a potty seat. He thought I was crazy. "No one needs a seat for the first two years," he said.
Derek may be insanely smart and right about a million things, but I got this one right.
So I can't brag that my boys are potty trained by 21 months, but I can tell you a few stories.
A friend was recently over our house. Aaron randomly decided to walk over to the potty and sit down. A minute later we both knew there was definitely a "Code Brown." She asked if he always did that. The truth is he does it quite a bit. Both boys do. They seem to know when they're about to go to the bathroom and they love sitting on the potty to do it.
Also, a few days ago I changed Jeff's diaper. Not 10 minutes later he said "DIAPER!" to me. I thought he was just practicing his words. "DIAPER!" he yelled again using the sign for the word as well.
"Yes, I know. You just got a diaper change."
"Nooooooo! D-I-I-I-I-I-APER!" insisted his cute, little voice.
Fine, I thought. I'll just pull your diaper down and pull it back up. This will fool that tiny, little brain of yours into thinking you got a new diaper and it will prevent a tantrum. Sure enough, though, he knew what he was talking about and really did need a new diaper.
Hallelujah! I'm thinking that potty training might be better and easier than we could have hoped it would be. We seem to have boys who are understanding the concept of a toilet and dirty diapers. We're not pushing it at all because we know it's way too early to really train them. If anyone has any stories about early training or training boys or training twins I'd love to hear them.