Tonight Sam pooped in the potty for the first time! Like a real full-size poop. I was so excited!! I'm hoping this means we won't go down the major fear of pooping road that Jackson went down. Jack wasn't poop-trained until this summer when he was just a month away from being 4! And even now, we still have to keep a close eye on Jackson. He'll hold it in for a few days and then really get constipated and be afraid to finally let it out because it hurts a little.
As far as potty training goes, I really haven't pushed it much with Sam. We tried it out this summer, he didn't seem interested, so we abandoned it. Then a few months ago, he started asking to wear underwear, so we did for a short period of time during the day, then we'd go longer and longer periods of time. He still has accidents from time to time, but mostly he has the control thing down. His weakness is stopping play when he has the urge to go. He'll go potty if I tell him to, but if I forget and it has been too long, a lot of times he'll have an accident unless something reminds him he needs to go. But we have gone out to run errands for hours several times with Sam in underwear and he hasn't had an accident. And now, he pooped! Yeah! I think we are getting closer to having 2 out of 3 of our kids out of diapers! WHEW! Maybe one of them will get to go to college after all! ;)
For a child who used to be the biggest daily trial for me, he is now one of my biggest sources of pride and joy. Oh he still has his moments, don't get me wrong. He is still a fairly stubborn eater. He still screams bloody murder when he gets frustrated or mad at his brother instead of using big boy words and asking for help, and he still craves a LOT of attention, but overall, I am so pleased with how far his behavior and demeanor has come in the last 6-9 months. We love you, Sam!