I don’t want to jinx myself, but I believe that Ari is potty-trained! I would like to take a moment to give an extra special shout-0ut to my amazing friend Amanda. She talked me down from a ledge during the first day of hardcore potty-training. I decided to do the three day method. I stuck Ari in underwear and tried hard to stay strong and consistent.

It took every ounce of strength I had in me to stick with the plan. There were times that I’d look at the pee on the kitchen floor, or the poop-soiled Toy Story underwear, and the size 5 Target diapers were calling my name. It was during those times that I called or text Amanda and she fortified me with the strength to make it through.

But now, I believe we’ve made it to the other side. He doesn’t ask for rewards after using the potty anymore! He did pee on the floor this morning, but he woke up in a dry bed.

Potty training is intense. I’m constantly looking for signs that he has to go. I try to take him often, and every time I take him, he at least pees.

The funny thing is, now whenever I use the toilet, I feel a strange sense of accomplishment. I see what my parents must have gone through to get me to be friends with the toilet.

Now it’s your turn. Tell me your potty-training war stories. I want to know what it took to get your kid to poop in the bowl. If you are not at this point with your offspring, what are your thoughts on potty-training?