Thursday, September 18, 2014

#masontime

This post is random.  But I've been thinking about it for a while and today is the day!!!

Rewind to summer of 2010... Luke had just turned 2 and I decided to potty train him.
He was smart.  He loved books.  Time to potty train :)

I joke - but honestly... I think that I just kind of thought "oh, he's two!  It's time to do this thing!"

And I think I was lured in by how cute his tiny hiney looked in underwear :)

Luke is my pleaser and he was easily motivated by Hot Wheels cars.  He aimed to please (literally and figuratively) and he caught on REALLY quick.  I took him potty ALL THE TIME and NO ACCIDENTS!  Success!!!  

Now let's talk about the pooping.  (Words I never thought I'd type - hahaha).  This was waaaaaaaaay harder for Luke.  He was NOT ready for numero dos on the potty and, this led to close to three years of struggles.  He would wait until nighttime (when I put a diaper on him) to go which led to all kinds of GI issues.

If I'm TOTALLY honest, potty training him at 2 was more about me than him.
We were talking about Baby #2, I was ready to be done with diapers and I think I pushed him before he was totally ready.
  

Now.... let's talk about this kid...


From VERY early on Mason has liked things Mason's way :)

We call him sweet and sour because he can be THE SWEETEST THING EVER and then turn around and give you this face...

I think our motto for Mason is going to be "in Mason's time" :)  

Mason COULD walk starting at about 13 months.  When did he start walking???  The night before his 18 month appointment (the one where they told me that if he wasn't walking full time he'd have to see a developmental doctor).  #masontime


When Mason was 20 months old, we redid the boys room and tried moving him out of his crib (because Griffin was coming!) and into his big boy bed.  We were met with tears and COUNTLESS episodes of getting out of his bed and walking to his crib.  I talked to Miss Lisa (his babysitter) and asked her to please move him into a "big bed" at her house and she informed me that he had been in one for about 3 months with no problems. Same situation when we decided to lose the paci. hahaha


Summer of 2013, I was off for 10 weeks, I felt like I was hitting my stride as a mommy of three and I was ready to potty train two-year-old Mason.  Mason had other ideas.  I gave up for the summer and thought that we would try again in August when things got back to "normal" and we were back in our routine.  Miss Lisa was on board and we tried everything!  Both of us would literally sit him on the potty at least 6 times a day and encourage him to try. He would consistently tell us, "it's too hard" in a super whiny voice every single time.

Not wanting to turn him off to the whole experience, I would back off and then attempt again a few weeks later.  I offered to buy him toys at Target, we had a bowl of M&Ms out and ready and he got new underwear.  I tried to get him to "water the flowers" outside, we did pull ups, he went pantless for 3 days - nothing.  He was TOTALLY not ready.

Fast forward to this past summer.  We're now a full year after I thought he would be potty trained and nothing.  At this point he could explain to me in a full sentence that he would NOT be going pee on the potty.  #masontime :)

I had almost given up hope of him EVER being trained until one morning in July.  He walked into our bedroom, hopped up onto the bed and literally announced to Dave and I that on "this day" he would start peeing and pooping in the potty.  And that he did.  No joke.

He has MAYBE had a handful of accidents since then and he is dry during naps and all night.

 I'm not at all saying that kids should not be potty trained at two (or earlier).  Griffin has started pointing to her diaper when she's wet or dirty - and she might be ready by age two.

What I am saying is that I pushed Luke too early and it was a struggle and he suffered for it.  Mason INSISTED on it being on his time and when he was ready he was ready... and I didn't have to do anything.  There was really no training involved.

There is NOTHING more humbling than being a mom.  For reals.

When you're in the line at Starbucks and your 5-year old announces, "look at that TINY MAN, MOMMY!!!" as a little person walks in.

Or when you have to throw away a pair of poopy underwear in the Chick-Fil-A bathroom (while wrangling a toddler and having a newborn strapped to your chest in a carrier) as another mom watches you and shakes her head in disapproval.

Or when your toddler has a complete and total meltdown in Sam's and you literally strap him into the cart and laugh/cry while you finish your pizza (and nurse a baby) because there's nothing else you can do.

Or when you enroll your 5 year old in a second year of Pre-K.

Or when your three year old is running around your house in a diaper (and people comment and tell you he should be potty trained by now).

If anything - I wanted to share my experiences to encourage y'all in listening to your kids (and your instincts) and not being intimidated or pressured into parenting decisions.

This sweet baby boy (that's Mason!) has taught me A LOT over the past three years... but I think the biggest thing I've learned is that sometimes #masontime isn't necessarily a bad thing ;)


68 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing your mama heart. This world puts so much silly and ridiculous pressure on children and parents!! You are so right about doing things on their time!! Your babies are beautiful..I really enjoy reading your blog!!:)

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  2. Thank you for this post - I love it! My 3 year old is not trained yet and oh boy, the comments I get about it! She is quite similar to Mason. Lily does things when she wants to. She is also "sweet and sour" - love that description. I have learned so much as a parent from her. And, I have learned to pick my battles (big time!). Thanks for sharing this.

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  3. Such a great post Andrea!! Being a mom is so humbling and so many times, I've thought I had things figured out only to have my kids show me that they were going to do it their way (which often times is way better than my way). I'm so glad you did this!!

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  4. The.Best.Post!!!! Thank you~ Same experiences here, and I totally agree!

    Elizabeth
    www.allkindsofthingsblog.com

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  5. Great post , Mama!!! Such wise words!!! :)

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  6. When my youngest was an infant he was suspected of having kidney issues (he didn't, praise God) and we ended up patients of one of the country's leading pediatric urologists. As we were leaving our first appointment with great news about our baby he pointed to my older son (who was not even 2 at the time), looked me square in the eyes and said, "Whatever you do, don't potty train your boy before he's ready. You'll end up back in this office with all kinds of issues. Eighty percent of my patients are here because of potty training issues." Well, that was enough to give me a "wait-till-they're-ready" philosophy!

    My older son wore diapers until right when he turned 4. He never had any accidents and there was really no "training" involved. We got a lot of interesting looks and some judgement from people as he inched closer to 3 and then 4, but I didn't care. I told them what my doctor warned me about and said that's what we were doing. My oldest is a perfectionist and I knew he was waiting until he knew he could stay dry at naps/night and handle everything himself. My younger son just turns 4 today and has been potty trained for more than a year. He is more independent and never minded accidents so I think he was ready to give it a shot earlier.

    Sorry for the long comment, but this is obviously a subject I'm passionate about! I know some people don't have the opportunity to wait their kids out because of daycare etc. and I get that. Our doctor also acknowledged that, but it is a shame because it's really best for the kids if they can do it in their own time. In my experience, it's also a lot less work for the parents because both my kids pretty much handled everything on their own. Good luck to all the moms out there! Motherhood is humbling for sure :)

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  7. Potty training for us has been full of successes and regression and frustration. Not for the faint of heart, haha! Love #masontime! What a funny guy :)

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  8. My son, Levi is my third child, and he does the same thing! He pees on potty all day and then waits until bedtime and poops in his diaper! I have two girls and both were trained at 2 with no problems at all. Do you have any suggestions on how you broke this habit?? Please help!

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  9. So sweet and yes parenting is so unbelievably humbling! Brandi

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  10. I absolutely LOVE today's post!!! I wish I would have had something like this to read about 3 yrs ago ;) Like you, I pushed my oldest to potty train; although she HAD been showing signs of interest. I was pregnant w/ baby #2 and had it in my head "I would NOT have 2 in diapers." She ended up doing great & was trained before she was 2. Baby #2 was a boy & like Mason does stuff when HE wants too. He is TOTALLY different from his sister which I have grown to love, but at first it was a little difficult to adjust to. Those other mothers that you described above that shake their heads in disapproval or give you weird/dirty looks for "letting" your child scream & cry in the store, I say shame on them...it's happen to me as well!! I don't understand why ALL mothers can't help each other out, strangers or not. Women/mothers should be lifting each other up NOT putting each other down in this crazy world.

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  11. So encouraging... :). You are a sweet mamma!!

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  12. Isn't it ironic (or perhaps foolish is more accurate) how we were such experts on parenting until we actually started the job? Or that it takes a second to remove all sense of pride that the first did so well?! :)

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  13. I couldn't agree more, each child has their own #time, especially when it comes to potty training! My three AND A HALF year old finally decided on her own #time to potty train herself in June of this year #thankGod!

    I love this post Andrea-thanks for always sharing your real stories, ones we can all relate to!

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  14. You are so right. I have two boys and I waited to put them in underwear. Diapers were easier and when they each turned 3 and seemed interested I went for it, despite what everyone else had to say. Now my boys are 14 & 16 and it seems like a lifetime ago when I dealt with all of those issues - pacis, cribs, pottty training. Life goes by so super fast, let's all just enjoy our kids and let them be who they are! I adore your kids and your posts!

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  15. Such an amazing post! I don't have children yet but I still depend on my mom for about 95% of my needs. It takes such an amazing,special person to be a mama and you're doing an AMAZING job

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  16. Potty training is the hardest job in the world. I used to wish I could hire it out. ha!
    If I had been in that Chick-fil-a bathroom at that time when you were there, I would have definitely HELPED you out!! Moms have to do that for other moms. Seriously!
    Really sweet post and I know it will help a lot of young moms!

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  17. I love this! I just potty-trained my two-year old son and it's refreshing to hear other momma's stories! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. I have one of those challenging kids, and found myself nodding as I read your post. The whole thing about potty training on #masontime really resonated with me. I was out of the country when my oldest was 2.5 and didn't want to deal with her on an international flight and needing to be walked up and down to an aeroplane toilet, and so I let her be with Pull-Ups. The day she turned three I knew she was old enough to verbalise her need to go, and physically hold it in should we be driving on the interstate with five miles to go until the next exit, etc. She never had an accident, and after a week of dry daytimes, she cruised into the bedtime routine and was completely dry then.

    My middle child (ugh, always the middle child) was my stinker. She was born cranky, because it wasn't on her terms, and was a cranky cranky cranky child up until she turned 13 and then she became delightful. She, too, was toilet trained when she was three and I had obviously had been so proud of my firstborn, that I severely jinxed myself, and had pee-soaked everything at least until she was six.

    My third and final baby was a boy. He was a breeze. Potty trained when he was 2.5, minimal accidents, and while I didn't appreciate doing a #2 on my patio, at least he didn't have issues with *it*.

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  19. It wasn't until my fourth child (my 3rd son) was born 5 years ago that I learned that lesson. My older three kids were a dream. Slept through the night right way, potty trained easily, perfect kids. I often say if I my youngest had been my oldest he'd be an only child! Kids know when they are ready for those milestones. We just need to encourage them any way we can, back off when we need too-which is so hard for us moms. I love this post. Thanks for being so relate-able to your readers!

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  20. Great post. Yes, parenting is humbling. Knocks pride right out of us!!!

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  21. I never comment but wanted to say Thank You for this post. It is the truth . . . Being a mommy is hard and right when i think I have things figured out is when things usually turn into a hot mess. Hang in there and keep on doing what you're doing.

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  22. Could not agree more!!! That's exactly how I felt about potty training and my kids were both 3 before they fully grasped the concept. I got the funny looks and even had a family member make remarks. Luckily I have thick skin, but it is very damaging to force something they clearly are not ready for. Good post!

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  23. I can't tell you how perfect your timing is with this post. My 2.5, almost 3 year old (who reminds me of Mason), wants nothing to do with the potty. He's completely capable, but does NOT want to go. I keep stressing about it and of course feel pressure when other mom's kids are fully trained by this time. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. What you said about potty "training" is SOOO true!!! There is NO training involved if we wait until they're ready. My kids are now 9 and almost 13, and I still try to preach this to any younger mommy who will listen to me! Ha!

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  25. love this so much. being a mom is SO humbling. my daughter went up to a sweet old lady at the mall and pointed to her face and asked what all the cracks were. she loves to (loudly) point out men with no hair and she told me a teacher at her preschool has a REALLY BIG BOOTY. Lord, help us!!!!!

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  26. I pressured my daughter into potty training when she was 2 because we were going on a cruise and swim diapers weren't allowed in the pool. I knew she would be so sad if she couldn't swim and big sister was swimming. She did great with the potty part, but we are still struggling with the poop part. :( (and she just turned three!)

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  27. Weird that one of my favorite posts from you is a post about potty training ;) Struggling getting my 2 year old daughter to start, and she keeps telling me "No!!!!" It's hard to not want to compare her to her older sister and say "But Alli was potty trained at this age." So we wait til Hannah says its her time!

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  28. Thanks I really needed to read this. I have an almost 3 year old who sounds a lot like your Mason, sour and sweet. I am feeling a lot of pressure to get her trained but I know if I just wait it will be a lot easier. She tells me "pretty soon momma."

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  29. Love this post! I've been there and I'm still there with our last one! Thank you!!

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  30. Our experience was so similar. Our first was the same deal. It was over a year before he got the pooping down and I felt like we fought that whole year...not fun. So when it came time to potty train our daughter we let her do it on her time. We never mentioned it and we pretty much did nothing. And she had just turned two. So much easier on us and so rewarding for her. Except when we told her she couldn't peepee standing up like her brother.....

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  31. It constantly amazes me how people feel like they have the right to tell other parents when their children should be potty trained! We went through the same thing with our oldest son when he was three. I was admonished by his Sunday School teacher that he should be potty trained - a lady in her 70s who had never had children. And it is not as if we had not been trying! Fast forward to age 10 and he is a completely normal boy. I only wish that I had given myself more grace in the potty training phase - and I try to do the same to others. I don't know what it is about parenting which makes people so flipping competitive and judgmental!

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  32. Thank you for being real and honest Andrea. Our pediatrician (who has been in the business a LONG time) told us that for boys you don't even think about potty training them until they are 2. I took his wisdom to heart and followed his instructions. My son was not ready until 2.5 and he truly was ready. Boys seem harder to me because their training seems to come in phases. Learning to pee pee (either standing or sitting) and then learning to poopy and having to be wiped. Then if they start sitting (like my son) you have to move to standing up to pee and then the whole learning to pull the pants up and down. It can be so overwhelming. All of my son's little girl friends were trained by 2. Our pediatrician even told us that girls usually train earlier than boys. That gives me some hope for our second child, a girl!

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  33. What a great post! I just love that sweet Mason and I adore you as a mom and how you parent your kids! Seriously, I find so much joy coming to your blog and think you are one of the best moms I "know"! You got this mom thing down and no it isn't always easy but you know that and share the hard times and that's why I love your blog because you are real!

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  34. I have been reading your blog for awhile now and absolutely LOVE it. I have never commented before, but this post hit home. I have a little "Mason" of my own. He will be four in November and we just mastered potty training this past summer. So refreshing to hear/read other people's struggles raising kids. I love that you keep it real! Thanks for such great posts all the time!

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  35. Great post. My son was just like Mason with potty training and everything else. He came out in his own time (two weeks late), he walked on his own time and he used the big boy potty in his own time. I may pull my hair out wondering when he'll be ready, but once he decides he's ready, he just does it and it's not a big deal. While it's hard not to feel pressure from society for what he is and isn't doing, I just remember that he will in his own time and to push is worse in the long run.

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  36. Potty Training was literally the hardest parenting job I've ever had. I still have another to go. I think I'll just wait until he is 5.

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  37. I love this post!! My daughter who is now 25 was completely potty trained by the age of 2. She loved it and was eager to go on her own. My son who turns 18 today was like your Mason and not one bit interested. He was not quite 3-1/2 when he finally decided he would try it and that was only if we would let him go outside. That kid peed on more bushes and tires than I care to count, but at least he wasn't going in his diaper!

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  38. Mom of 5 here...and let me tell you....the more kids, the more you learn. It's not about time tables, and what some one said is TIME for a certain mark. it's about the child. Each one is so different. I can call it on my kids on what they will do in certain grades from watching behavior from babyhood until now. Just a head's up... come high school...you will be even MORE tired and worn out...but in a whole different way :0

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  39. This post was great. As mom's we get so caught up on what people think. I'm currently trying to potty train my 2 year old and so far she just likes to sit on the potty. Thank you for making me laugh and for your honesty.

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  40. Thank you for this post! I have a 15 month old son who, like your Mason, likes to do things when he wants to and is ready. He's not yet walking and doesn't really seem to have much desire to do so. This post has given me the encouragement I need to not stress about it. He will do it when he's ready!

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  41. I don't have kiddos, but I totally agree that we shouldn't judge or discourage others. The world is better when we encourage and support.....and your post did just that! :)

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  42. I understand about doing it on their terms but I used to be in childcare and kids had to be pt before they could move to the 3 yr old room. There were parents who took offense and had to leave because they wouldn't train them, and 3 yr old rooms are not equipped for diaper changing and I totally understand that, they are learning more at that age and the teachers are by no means up for changing diapers. All that said I am assuming the kids potty trained past age 3 didn't go to preschool.

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  43. WOW did I need this post today! We have been battling this issue with Xavier now for a few weeks. He actually showed a lot of interest in using the potty at 2yo and then wanted nothing to do with it so I didn't push it. Now that he will be 3yo in December we are giving it another go :) Daycare and grandparents are on board and have been trying as well. He just does things his way and on his own time. I too offered toys, cars, etc.....nothing works.
    Same with the pacifier that will not go away. I know one day he won't want it, and I am praying every day that it is sooner rather than later.
    And X is the same when it comes to sleeping in his own bed, taking naps, etc. Everything is right on "track" when he is at daycare or his grandparents house, but when he comes home he revert back to being a baby :( Sleeps in a big boy bed or cot, naps with ease. Doesn't even touch the pacifier when he is at either place! UGH! Some days I feel that I must be doing something terribly wrong.
    So again thank you for this post Andrea :)

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  44. I have a Mason at my house - my Will. James is a perfectionist, rule-follower, first-born. Discipline at school has been a piece of cake because he is SO well-behaved they've never had to do anything. Will has come along this year (2 year old preschool) and rocked my little world. He hits, he kicks, he talks back...and he does it all with a smile. We've been in school for a month today and he's lost 11 stamps (they get three each day for being sweet and lose one each time they get into trouble) so far. We've taken things away, threatened that we'll pick him up early, threatened to have him sent to the director...so far NOTHING has worked. But he is the SWEETEST child. I've just chalked it up to learning boundaries. We do NOT allow those things and so he's had consequences, but I also feel like this is just a milestone. He's out to make his own way in the world. (And doing a BIG job of showing us. Wooo!) I was such an awesome mom before I had kids. MY kids would never have acted that way.

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  45. This post was wonderful! I absolutely love how you keep it "real" and encourage other Mom's. Your blog is a joy to read. Thanks!

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  46. My sister was 2 and I 15 when my Mom left her with me during Winter break from school for 2 weeks. I potty trained her in those 2 weeks but not by my own merit, she was ready and it was her time. She also did a similar thing with sleeping in her own bedroom that was painted and ready to go. She wouldn't sleep in it but one day, at age 5 she walked in and told my Mom "I'm going to sleep in my own room now"

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  47. well said! Thanks for the encouragement!

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  48. Thank you for posting this! My son turned 2 this summer and just started "big boy" daycare (he was at a sitters) and they take him to the potty all the time. Sometimes he will go and sometimes not but he will NEVER go for me at home and tells me "not go potty". I'm in no rush and I don't think he's ready but I'm starting to feel a little pressured! so thanks for the encouragement!

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  49. I love this! I have a 16 month old (mason too!) and a 5 month old -- both boys and I have no idea where to begin potty training ..... Hopefully it will go smoothly!

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  50. Thank you for being true and honest! You have been a blessing to me today :)

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  51. Great post! Thanks for being so honest. We took our pediatrician's advice and just waited until they're ready. I've gotten some disapproving looks and remarks from other people, but whatever, I'm doing what's best for my kids. Every child is so different, so what works for one doesn't necessarily mean it'll work for another.
    My pediatrician said, "Do you see any adults walking around who's not potty trained?" :)

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  52. Loved this post! Both of my children were potty trained the week before they turned 4. With my fist (daughter) I tried and tried, cried many tears and heard lots of criticism from people about how she should be potty trained by now. I had friends who had potty trained their kids (but still had accidents and wet during naps and at night) and would tell me that I really needed to get them in underwear. Finally I just gave up and then one day she was ready. And I am not kidding when I tell you, she never had an accident from that day on. She slept with panties and everything. Those same people who were so hard on me and their kids had been "trained" for a year were still having accidents. Then with my second (son) I did not stress and just told people to back off, he would do it when he was ready. And that he did. He did have a couple accidents early on but did so well. I love your honesty. I just wish moms would lift other moms up and give encouragement instead of being judgmental. I love #masontime!

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  53. Yes, my son is totally on his own time too! He gave up the bottle on his own and went to a toddler bed when he wanted so I'm not pushing potty training, some days he wants to sit and others he cries. We've got a couple months till 3 so I'm not too worried. No matter what anyone else thinks, although I would love to be done spending money on diapers lol

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  54. Bless it. People and their blog bullying. I think this is precious. People need to just assume we are all doing our best. The 6 picture baby Mason collage of a breakdown is too funny! (But bless his sweet heart!) Thank you for posting this! I love that when he finally decided to be potty trained he just did it. Maybe he just needed to mentally prepare. I was that way as a kid and even now as an adult, I need time to mentally prepare. I am also the middle child so maybe its a middle child thing ;-)

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  55. Wow! I love this post and I'm totally impressed that Mason basically trained himself! I haven't even THOUGHT about potty training Brady yet {he's a couple weeks shy of 2} and am honestly a bit nervous about the idea since I hear boys are harder. But, I've also heard from many moms like you to wait until they are ready....even if it means they are older. I think the annoyance/cost of diapers is often our motivator when we should really do it based on when we think our kids understand it and are capable! Great encouragement, Andrea! Thanks!

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  56. What a great post! Honestly this sounds a lot like my Mason. He could walk around 13-14 months also but he didn't want to. He would CRY and scream when we would hold his hand and try to get him to walk. I knew it didn't hurt him and his legs were fine, but he didn't want to. Crawling was faster. He started walking after we took him to OT for a couple weeks when he was 17 months old. Fast forward to now and he's not really talking... actually at all. Was your Mason late on talking too? We're taking him to speech therapy but now I'm thinking... maybe he's just on Mason time and he will talk when he wants.

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  57. Thanks for being REAL and sharing your family with us.

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  58. haha - wow! Love this post -- made me smile and laugh! My kids are ages 13 and almost 11 and there have been lots of humbling moments that I would not trade for anything! I really LOL'd at you talking about your moment in ChiK Fil A and Starbucks... hilarious!

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  59. Thank you for sharing this. My oldest son is like. Mason. He works on his own time. We tried potty training last fall when he seemed ready. He refused to wear a diaper, fascinated by the potty, etc. We bought matchbox cars as rewards and new underwear and were ready to go. He even wore underwear only for 3 weeks. Never once went in the potty. We decided he wasn't ready and put him back in diapers. We had our second son in June and have been questioned by well meaning friends and family as to why our 3 year old is not potty trained. He's been showing signs of interest again so we've been trying and still nothing. It's so hard. He also has a speech delay so I feel like we're constantly being questioned. Your story made me smile because I know someone else has been there. Thank you.

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    1. Great post! Love it! Also love your hat in one of the pics! Can I ask where you got it? I love it! You are too cute! ;)

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  60. I had a come to Jesus moment early on in my journey as a Momma. My baby was only a month old and I had brought him to visit at work. Grayson started to cry because it was close to feeding time and so I gave him is sussy (that is what we call his paci) and a comment was made by a co-worker about not knowing how to calm my kid down and giving him a dang paci. I cried the whole way home and then in the middle of praying to be a better Mom a lightbulb went off. I'm his Mom God gave him to me and so he must trust my ability to take care of such a precious gift. And from then on I just let it roll off my back. I have had to put a few people in their place (one time not so nice as in I asked them if they had the c-section scar from giving birth to him hahah oops!) but it's hard enough raising babies that I think we should just support encourage and love one another! Thank you so much for sharing your story and being real about it all.

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  61. Love your blog!! Where did you get your Texas hat! LOVE IT! ;)

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  62. Amen! What a great post. My kids are all teenagers now, but my middle son was just like yours! Love your "realness" and love your blog! ~Crystal

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  63. Thank you for this post. I am mama to 3 too and my #3 is a lot like Mason. It's just nice to hear sometimes that you are not the only one with a child who is both sweet and sour :)

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  64. Needed this post! I'm a mother of 4 and trying to train my 3rd (2 1/2 year old girl). We've been trying since June right before baby brother was born. She was doing alright before and now it is such a fight for her to go to the potty. She can do it, but most of the time she just doesn't want to go. When I change up the rewards a little, it motivates her for a day or so, and then we go right back to begging her to go. My first two children trained super easy. Thanks for the post.

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  65. This is why I love your blog so much! We really thought our first was ready, and he did great with pee but poop was a whole different issue!! I was amazed to find out how many kids have been through similar poop issues! Thanks so much for sharing your experience!!

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  66. I loved reading this. I have been in the throes of potty training my 2.5 year old daughter and she's driving me crazy! She'll tell me in public, like at our 5K this morning, but not at home. Maybe I should call it "Lainey time"! Thanks for sharing, I need to just let her tell me. My 2 boys were so much easier! :)

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