Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Potty Training Trials #2

So when I left off, I was really wondering if we should keep pushing forward with potty training. It wasn't feeling productive, and I was starting to wonder if Honeygirl just wasn't ready. By the time she was in bed that night, I had HAD it! My wonderful husband reminded me that we were already a week in and in some senses, there was no going back. She knows when she needs to go even though she doesn't always go in the toilet. So do you stick the child back in diapers and ignore them when they cry and want to sit on the toilet? He said we should stick with it and give it another week.

First thing Monday morning, I got out the underwear she had picked and told her that if she could stay dry all day, she could wear those the next day. And then we proceeded to have a completely dry day. Are you kidding me? Is that all it would take?! Overall, the week went really well. We had some little accidents here and there, but nothing major.

Then for the weekend. I wasn't sure how it would go, but we were planning to drive 3 hours north to visit family for Christmas. A long drive, unfamiliar surroundings, lots of excitement... I was hoping for the best, but realized I might be sorely disappointed. Shockingly, Honeygirl did amazing! The diaper we put her in for the drive stayed dry the whole way there. We made multiple stops along the way for her, but she didn't have any accidents! She had a couple little accidents during our visit, but managed to stay dry the whole way back home. I was so proud of her!

By the end of the weekend, I was convinced I was a lucky mama with a child that caught on overnight last Monday......

Unfortunately, yesterday, as we started week #3, I was reminded that my child is like many others and I am not as lucky as I had hoped. Accident after accident after accident. Today hasn't been any better. Here's to hoping we'll both be refreshed after naptime, and that the laundry I'm doing right now will be enough to get us through the rest of the day....

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Potty Training Trials

Is potty training this hard for everyone? Ugh! I find myself so frustrated right now! Let me back up a minute though and recap the week. If you find yourself easily offended, don't read this post - it's not for you.

Last weekend I prepped Honeygirl, telling her that on Monday she was going to be a big girl and wear big girl panties. Grammie was kind enough to join us for the entire week to be an extra cheerleader and help Honeygirl when I was busy with Sweet Pea. Monday, I took took Honeygirl in the bathroom as soon as she got up. She got to wear her big girl panties and we tried to sit on the toilet frequently. For every "success," she got a sticker on her sticker chart and a "treat" (M&M). At the end of day one, we'd gone through 10 pairs of panties, but had 6 stickers. It was a start.
Tuesday we ended the day with 7 stickers and had gone through 9 pairs of panties. I figured it was an improvement.
Wednesday we decided to set the for 20 minute increments. Honeygirl quickly figured out that the beeping of the timer meant it was "time to go potty!" We went through even less pairs of training pants, and she had 18 stickers by the end of the day! (I didn't even know it was possible to eliminate that many times in one day!)
Thursday we changed things up and went to Grandma's for about 90 minutes. We didn't do a very good job of keeping track of successes or failures, but we were hanging in there.
Friday was another day of LOTS of stickers, but still plenty of accidents.
Saturday, Daddy got to be home and find out just how challenging this project is....
And today, Sunday, I'm wondering if we keep going or take a break. The day started with Honeygirl refusing to try to sit on the toilet, followed by three big accidents all over the floor and Daddy's jacket (which was on the floor). Unfortunately, the high schooler in the nursery at church didn't catch on to the importance of taking Honeygirl to the bathroom, so the poor baby was soaked when we picked her up. Then we came home and had two more accidents no where near the toilet. Why?? Hopefully we can all regroup after naptime....