Lennox you are four years and one month old….
The newest development with Len is his growing enthusiasm for Star Wars. For his birthday, we gave him the Playskool Heroes, Millennium Falcon which came with Chubacca and Hans Solo, he’s gradually gained some more characters from us, as we’ve been bribing/encouraging him to work through his toilet training regression.
When we moved house Len began wetting himself numerous times a day. He is the type of child that simply can’t be reasoned with by using logic. He began trying to cover up the wetting and wouldn’t talk to us about why he was doing this, no matter the approach we took. Remembering that bribery via Thomas the Tank engine trains worked to get him using the toilet the first time, I hoped the enticement of Star Wars dudes would give him the motivation he needed, which they did. If he went two days with dry pants he scored a new dude but if he wet himself he would lose one and have to win it back.
Len had also been putting off night time toilet training, he would tell me “when I turn four I’ll start wearing undies to bed.” I didn’t push him at all, but made sure he knew the time was nearly here, I prepared him for the changes in his routine and told him we’d begin when he felt ready. Last night was his first time in undies and he woke up dry! To help him transition I bought one pack of training pants and told him they were just in case he did a sprinkle during the night, I told him that they wouldn’t hold a big, purposeful wee so he would have to go to the toilet when he felt it. He tested theory out on the first night, knowing he shouldn’t have he changed his own pajamas himself in an attempt to hide the evidence. I’m glad that I waited for him to decide for himself to begin this new task, so much of his life is stressful and the last thing I wanted was to make bed time un enjoyable as he’s always loved his bed and gone to sleep easily.
To celebrate his big achievement we marathon watched Star Wars. I’m showing him in the reverse order of release so that he can understand the story rather than get confused with plot twists. We watched 4,5 and 6 today and he did very well to follow the story and keep up with who is who. He’s been re enacting scenes from the movie with his light saber and has recruited Alex as Padmé, Zoe as Chubacca and I’m Yoda, we are referring to Len simply as Jedi Master as he wants to make up his own name and character.
It’s during these times, when he is inspired and his imagination is creating battle ships out of pram seats, light sabers out of card board and planets out of rocks and plants in the yard, that he is happiest. He becomes a chilled out kid with no hang ups, he forgets that he doesn’t like certain things and just plays.
Four year old Len is pretty amazing.