Wee wee

3 Sep

Way back when, when I was compiling my travelling to do list, one of the items on it was to potty train the boys, day and night.  Our backpacks aren’t huge, and we’ve got a lot of stuff to squash into them.  So taking a big old pack of nappies too, would not be ideal.

At Christmas, both boys were still in nappies at night.  Dickon forced the issue first, by announcing that he didn’t want to wear nappies any more one evening.  We were sceptical, but he amazed us by being dry.  Not wanting to be left out, his elder brother also said that he’d like to stop wearing nappies at night, so off they came.  It turns out we’d had our last dry night for quite some time.  For two weeks, one or both boys, usually both, wet their beds.  The already unmanageable ironing pile climbed ever ceilingwards and our house started to smell of wee.

We suggested to the boys that they go back in nappies for a little while.  Dickon happily acquiesced, but Ned was determined to stay without.  At just five, he was certainly old enough, so we agreed, but with no obvious sign of improvement I was starting to lose the will to live.

And then, without warning, Ned started being dry in the mornings.  Every morning.  How we rejoiced!   He’s almost never had an accident since.

Dickon carried on wearing nappies for a while.  A couple of months ago, we were nearing the end of a box of nappies and I resolved to try again.  For two months he’s wet himself almost every single night.  Back to the ironing mountain and eau de wee.  I’d resigned myself to carrying bulky packs of nappies in my backpack.  Until this week.  This week, he’s been dry every night except one.  He’s never been dry so many nights in a row.  Never.  The washing line is currently empty.

Now, I don’t want to incur the wrath of the parenting gods by speaking too soon, but *whispers* I think we may have cracked it.

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15 Responses to “Wee wee”

  1. PK 03/09/2010 at 1:42 pm #

    A huge well done to the boys from us at DadTalk. Somethings in life take a while to master, blader control and understanding girls are 2 of the biggest!!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 03/09/2010 at 3:09 pm #

      I hope it’s a long time before we’ve got to worry about girls!

  2. Alethea 03/09/2010 at 2:09 pm #

    Congratulations *tiny quiet hi-5 so as not to alert the parenting gods*.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 03/09/2010 at 3:09 pm #

      *whispers* thank you

  3. Kate 03/09/2010 at 2:34 pm #

    I am going to try with mine again soon. It’s driving me nuts as Missy has been dry completely barring the odd wetting incident since before she was 3. Monkey just sleeps so deeply but his nappies have been dry in the morning for the past few days.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 03/09/2010 at 3:08 pm #

      That’s a good sign. I do think they’re all different.

  4. New Mummy 03/09/2010 at 2:37 pm #

    Yay!! I’m leaving BG a little longer before I attempt potty training

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 03/09/2010 at 3:08 pm #

      I’d wait a LOT longer 😉

  5. PK 03/09/2010 at 2:45 pm #

    ps – we are still lifting our 6 year old boy nightly but our 4 year old boy has been dry for over a year.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 03/09/2010 at 3:07 pm #

      We lift them both nightly. Ned, the elder one makes it almost through the night and wakes himself, but it’s at about 5am, and he then doesn’t settle properly. Lifting’s better!

  6. Marina K. Villatoro 03/09/2010 at 4:39 pm #

    A little patience is all you need… Before you know it will all be done.

  7. andthenallithoughtaboutwasyou 03/09/2010 at 10:10 pm #

    We are just going down this route with Baba he is beginning to say when he wants a wee wee, so we have put him into pull ups so that we can go to the toilet when he asks. But I think it will take a while before he gets there. xx

  8. TheMadHouse 03/09/2010 at 11:34 pm #

    Well Done to the boys. It just shows you that they can. Maxi was dry at 3, but MIni shoes no signs yet! More room for something else in that backpack

  9. soultravelers3 04/09/2010 at 12:29 pm #

    Good for all of you! I can’t imagine traveling the world & dealing with this at the same time with 2 kids in tow.

    I think this must be a bigger problem for boys than girls, as I remember my brothers having this problem looong after I.

    Can you believe that my child has NEVER wet to bed? Even as a baby who nursed half the night, she just never wet her diaper until a little after we woke up in the morning.

    All of that was soooo easy for us, but never fear, we had many challenges with her feeding problem, not needing much sleep, and ever moving like crawling all over at 4 months & walking all over at 6 months.

    Perhaps we had to be spared something, eh? 😉

    Her endless energy was hard as a baby, but it has been such a blessing on our open ended world tour. She ( even at 5 when we begin in 2006) can out walk ten adults and that often comes in handy!

    Hope we can meet somewhere along the way. When do you leave?

  10. Tracy Burns 10/09/2010 at 1:33 am #

    We’re still filling our packs with night nappies unfortunately. We’ve just been buying small packets of nappies as we travel and try to make sure we’re almost run out before any flights. Keep working on it while your home – with access to sheets, washing machines and extra clothes. Its hard on the road. We’re starting again tonight with our two in the hopes they’ll be ready before we hit the road again. Miss 3 is ready. Even last week when she had a fever she woke up during the night to go to the toilet if she needed to, but most nights she’s dry. Mr 5… well that’s another problem! I forsee many middle of the night laundry loads and sheet changes!

    Enjoy your final eight weeks! See you on the road

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