The baby eagle tests his wings, staying close to mama bird until he's ready to fly.
n 1: any new participant in some activity [syn: newcomer, fledgeling, starter, neophyte, freshman, newbie, entrant] 2: young bird that has just fledged or become capable of flying
I think that we are potty training here. Kyle is 2 1/2. He has been showing signs of readiness for several months actually (and I know that all kids aren't ready at this age, but I think he is), but it just sort of hit me recently, "He's two and a half! It's time." My daughter was already out of diapers by 2 1/2 (although not at nap or night time, I'm sure). I just kept thinking, "He can't be old enough already?" Where does the time go? He's my last, but I've seen him getting those wings ready to fly in the last few months--talking more, playing and exploring in new, bigger ways, helping me get himself dressed. . . . He's growing up.
Preschool is next, friends, riding a trike and then a bike, and before I know it, I'll be marrying him off. I'm sure that those of you whose children have left the nest can testify to that. He's my last, and it's been a while since I had a toddler in the house, so I can appreciate it for all its wonder (and frustration).
We bought the potty chair today, and he likes it, but it's still a game. A game that he is very much in control of. I'm going to really give it a try this week. I've been reading Potty Training for Dummies and even though the couple of reviews on amazon aren't very favorable, I have loved it. It is the perfect combination of really practical advice and recommendations (on potty chairs, books and more) coupled with inspiration and motivation that I need (because, like most moms, I hate potty training). I have bought several of the Dummies books, and let me just say, that even though I'm no dummy, I love the books in this series.
So, if you have any potty training encouragement, advice or commiseration, let me have it. This is one step in Kyle's learning to fly on his own that I can gladly accept with no bittersweet wishes that he would stay little, so let's do this thing!