Today we had a Pirate Potty Party for James to celebrate his graduation from diapers to undies! James started off the day discovering a present in the bathroom... a wrapped plush Captain Hook who talks and wears underwear! James also woke up to balloons, streamers, decorations, and a ton of fun food. He kept saying "WOW!!!" over and over, he couldn't believe it.
We spent the morning with him still in diapers and him teaching Hook how to use the potty correctly. By noon, James could tell me where he should go, well, you know, and was, gosh darn it, HAPPY when he talked about it! He got to share Hook's treats and stickers all morning when he was dry or had a potty success, and this layed the groundwork for the afternoon.
After his nap is when he got to unwrap pirate undies and put them on and try the potty himself. We had limited success at first, but it got better in the afternoon. A few accidents and a few successes... baby steps. We will be working intensely on this for the next few days (or weeks, whatever he needs). He was SO proud of himself when he got it right though. And we were darn near giddy that he actually did it.
In the evening we hosted a Google hangout with the family and had a blast opening some small pirate gifts and tossing away his old diapers (well, really just giving them to Ellie, and he probably could have cared less about them because he wanted to play with his Pirate toys). We had a Cake Boss cake and pizza (Eliot and I ate while sitting in the bathroom with him... as parents you have to make some sacrifices) and celebrated James becoming a big boy.
I know this is just the beginning, but I am so glad he is not resistant to the process and is instead quite excited about it. He still has a long way to go, but we've made great strides today.
Yo ho, Way to Go James!!