I don't think I have ever talked about wee and poo as much as I do these days I am constantly asking Thomas if he needs a wee and not to forget he needs to wee on the potty and not in his pants. Whenever I talk to Thomas's dad our main topic of conversation is wee or poo related. It has seriously taken over my life!

Potty training has been one of the most frustrating things I have had to do as a parent. Like how do you make a toddler understand the feeling of needing to wee and then make them understand that after 2/3 years they have got to stop just letting go in their nappies and they have to do their business in a potty.

After feeling like Thomas would never get using the potty this last week he has done brilliantly we there has been 1 or 2 accidents at nursery which may be down to not getting there in time but at home we haven't had any accidents, I don't really have to remind him about using the potty either he tells me when he needs to sit on the potty. The only thing we are having a little problem with is pooping he's still not keen on doing that on the potty and gets himself worked up so I have to sit with him and hold his hand and try to keep him on the potty until he's finished but we will get there I'm sure.

I am so proud of my little man and how well he is doing and you can see on his face that he is proud of himself. If you are struggling a bit with potty training keep with it! You will be pleasantly surprised at how it all just clicks with your child.



Thomas is still not potty trained and he is 34 months old, now I'm not sure whether that's the norm or whether he's a little late. I know people always say it's better to wait until boys are a little older before you start trying to potty train them as they can be a little slower to grasp it than girls. I have tried potty training before with Thomas on a few different occasions but soon stopped as he just didn't seem to be getting it at all.

People at nursery and members of my family have now started to make comments about when is Thomas going to get out of nappies and I'm beginning to feel under pressure to get Thomas using the potty. I recently made the decision to get Thomas out of nappies and this time there is no going back. I do feel Thomas is more ready now to be out of nappies but at the moment I'm dealing with Thomas just being very stubborn as he doesn't want the inconvenience of being in his big boy pants because that mean's he has to keep stopping what he is doing for me to plonk him on the potty for 5 minutes.

Thomas has been wearing his pants for about 2 weeks now, I have stopped putting him in nappies at home now except for over night because we definitely aren't there yet. Like with anything we are having good days and bad days. One day I will pick Thomas up from nursery and he will have had 1 accident all day and then the next day I pick him up and he will have had 3 or 4 accidents but we are persevering and we will get there eventually. Until then the washing machine is on every single night.

It's hard work this potty training lark is and definitely the most stressful thing I have had to do as a parent so far, does that sound mad? I am constantly on edge worrying if he will wee on my settee or if we will get to nursery in time and hoping we wont get stuck in traffic on the way. Every 10 minutes I find myself reminding Thomas he is wearing his big boy pants and to tell mummy if he wants a wee. I wonder if it would be a good idea to record myself and then play it on loop?
From the 5th April 2015 parents will now qualify for Shared Parental Leave which means that parents will be able to share parental leave during their baby's first year of life. This is brilliant for families where the mother is the main breadwinner if she doesn't want to take her full maternity leave she can share the leave with her partner. So you don't have to spend your maternity leave worrying about money.

It would also be great to help with family bonds, I know sometimes dads can feel a little left out when mums get to spend the first 9 months of their baby's life together and the dad only gets evenings and weekends.

What do you think, would it suit your family to share parental leave?


Mother's Day is another one of those commercialised days to make money but it's one of those days where I would still feel pretty bummed if I didn't get anything from Thomas. 
I'm pretty lucky now as I actually get more from Thomas than I did when I was with his dad on Mother's Day. The one think I don't get is breakfast in bed but to be fair I only got that once anyway so that doesn't bother me anyway. Instead I got breakfast on a tray which was one of my favourite breakfast some nice buttery Roberts bread toast and 2 hard boiled eggs and a nice cup of tea.on the settee in front of Fireman Sam.



It's a myth that Mothers day means you have a day off, for me I had chores to do after my breakfast and then I had to tackle the weekly shop. We had a nice afternoon though we had a little trip to the park so that Thomas could use up some energy and play on his scooter for the first time outside as we hadn't got round to taking it out before.