“Did You Eat a Battery?”

22154707_1665271673537643_1894196492494654355_nWe I We spent half of our day making sure none of our children ate AAA batteries. It was certainly a day for the books.
I put the triplets down for their afternoon nap today and let’s just say their “nap” was certainly not my version of a nap. I had to go in their room a couple times because of fighting. Once it finally got quiet I went in to check on them and make sure everyone was asleep.
I found all three kids quietly playing with their night lights and the batteries that went with them. I was mortified. I frantically picked them up.
“Did you eat a battery? Did you put this in your mouth?” I asked relentlessly over and over.
They are two years old. The boys told me “No, Mama” and Charlize just said “Eat a battery.” All the batteries were accounted for, but l was worried. The night before I switched out the dead batteries with new ones. What if I forgot to throw them away? What if there was a loose one? I was frantic. Terrified. Guilt struck. I felt like I couldn’t even function.
I called my husband. I don’t even know how he understood what I was saying through my cries. He immediately left work, called our Doctor, and we took our kids in for x-rays. I’ve read several stories about kids swallowing small coin batteries and the dangers of batteries in general. Although I didn’t really think they actually swallowed a AAA battery, I knew it was possible and our Doctor of course agreed that we had to be certain.
“What are they here for?”
I was embarrassed to even say it out loud. “We are here to make sure none of them swallowed a AAA battery.”
They had their x-rays. Everyone was feeling normal. We waited for our Doctor to call with the results.
Relief. I felt like I could breathe again.
No one had swallowed a AAA battery.
“How did they get the batteries,” our Doctor asked.
I could feel the shame in my voice.
We used to have night lights that plugged into outlets but the kids messed around with those so we got battery operated night lights. I usually always stick them on top of the changing table out of arms reach. They have never tried climbing the table and so to be honest I never was really concerned… until today, when I found myself in the pit of my stomach terrified that one of my kids ate a battery. The triplets used their book basket to climb onto the the table. And they pushed just the right spot on and they had their hands on the batteries too.
I was naive to think that my kids wouldn’t do this. And there are a million things running through my head of what I should and shouldn’t have done, so I don’t really need anyone to tell me.  But, I have to remember that this job, being a Mom, is challenging. You are constantly making mistakes, learning, and growing. Being responsible for other humans is hard sometimes. Even though I am embarrassed and absolutely mortified of what happened that day; I am also relieved. I am thankful. My babies are safe. They are alive. Praise God.

Operation: Potty Training the Triplets

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This is what we did, what we are doing, and how successful it has been!

  1. Our best approach was Go WITH THE FLOW

When the triplets were about 18 months old our Doctor recommended we get the potties out and see if it sparked any interest. Sure enough, it did, and one night both of our boys pooped and peed in the potty over and over agaub.  They were so excited. (And so were we). We praised them like you wouldn’t believe and that kick started it all.  We didn’t want to force potty training on them because we they were still so young, so we decided to try potty training with a go with the flow attitude knowing that if it was more of a struggle we wouldn’t push it. We have been “potty training” for probably about 2 months now.  It has never been stressful for us because of the approach we have taken.

    2. Should have bought lots of underwear! 

When we decided to potty train, we didn’t buy underwear right away.  We would ask the babes if they would want to use the potty frequently and at one point they would tell us they needed to go potty and rip the diapers off themselves. That’s when I knew we should buy underwear.  However, I only bought two packs of underwear (probably about 7 to a pack). I am not sure exactly what I was thinking because sometimes I would be behind on laundry and have no fresh underwear. It also didn’t help that Charlize was just wearing underwear for the fun of it and going “potty” even though nothing came out. Not to mention, there could be 7 accidents in a matter of 5 minutes…so lots of underwear is certainly needed. 

3. Praise them like crazy.

Anytime, one of the babes would go potty we would cheer them on.  We taught them that after they go potty to cheer and shout “I did it.” They are so proud of themselves, as well!!!  Charlize was a by stander for awhile and watched the boys pee on the potty until she finally went for it and is now actually using the potty as well.

4.  Don’t force them to wear underwear

Perhaps, if the triplets were older and we did potty training in three days, I would have done things differently.  However, I can only share from our own experiences and because our babes are still pretty young, we chose not to force them to wear the underwear and I think it was a good decision for us. We didn’t want them to have a negative connotation towards wearing underwear so if they weren’t feeling it, neither were we. We did this for about a week and now our babes ask to wear the underwear.   We still do diapers at nap time and bed time, but like I said this has been a go with the flow approach and I am okay with conquering nap and bed time at another time. We also have put the potties outside and let them run around naked and in underwear.

5. Pooping on the potty is just harder

It is interesting because the first time our boys used the potty, they pooped and then never did it again until last week.  Charlize still has a hard time with it, but like I said that’s why we are going with the flow.

That about sums it up. We are still potty training and the babes are still learning, but for the most part they get it and we are so proud of them!!! Potty training is pretty tough and their lots of accidents and lots of learning (on the both sides), but for us this has been a pretty good experience.  I am proud of the trio and proud of us, as parents too!

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