We've taken the casual approach to potty training around here. For a few reasons. One is that I'm in the camp who believes starting too early will only prolong the process and I have no interest in prolonging any parenting process that requires me to spend half my day in the bathroom keeping one toddler out of the potty and the other one on it/bribe him into pooping/do more laundry than I already have to do. Two is that we had our hands full in recent months just getting the kid to SLEEPFORTHELOVEOFGOD, so I wasn't feeling like we should add another major transitional milestone to his plate (or ours). Three is that I know my Bug, I know he's smart and capable and he'll do it when he does it. No use pushing him on the matter. Not that we haven't encouraged him. We've had a potty available for a year now, a cool stack of Sesame Street underpants at his disposal in his dresser drawer, and we've cheered on (quite enthusiastically) any and all attempts to utilize these tools ... but we just weren't going to push it until he seemed truly ready.
Well, I'm thinking he's ready. He can get his pants on and off. He seems to prefer the potty over the diaper. He's asked the gym daycare teacher to help him use the bathroom the past two times he's been there. He'll get up after his nap, remove his diaper, and pull on his Elmopants (all underpants are Elmopants, so says A). And the past few days, he's done really well keeping those Elmopants dry. At home. We haven't let him out of the yard sans diaper just yet. Until this afternoon, when we went to go pick up J from work. I tried wrangling him into a diaper before we left, I really did. But he wanted his Elmopants on, and THAT WAS THAT. "Promise you won't pee in the car, A? Go one more time before we go. Now one more time. Promise no pee-pee in the car? PROMISE?" He was resolute. No pee-pee in the car.
So obviously, he peed in my car.