Grace has been ready for months. But honestly? I've been avoiding it. She wakes up dry every morning, pees when I put her on the potty, and tells me that she needs changed. A week ago, on Thursday morning, she asked to go potty and I decided that we were done with diapers. We talked about how she was a big girl and didn't need diapers anymore.
Being the person that I am, I've researched potty training a ton and decided to go with the letting her run around diaperless approach. I put her little potty in the living room for easy access and set a timer to go off every 15 minutes to remind her to try to go potty. She did amazingly well the first day and only had one accident. On Friday she started going without me reminding her and again only had one accident. Saturday, no accidents at all!
Sunday, we decided to get brave and go on some short outings. We went to church, Lowes and the park with her in big girl panties and she did perfectly! She even went in the public bathroom at Lowes with no trouble using a foldable potty seat.
So by the end of Sunday, I was feeling pretty good and was fully prepared to write a post about how EASY potty training was. Yeah, that was wrong. Since Monday she has been having accidents constantly. I will admit that I have not been as good about reminding her to go. And we have been playing with her friends so she is pretty distracted. There have been several times in the past couple of days where I've just wanted to give up. Today is one of those days. But I'm pushing through. Going back to diapers now would make potty training later even worse. Please tell me it gets easier? Right?
So far, my best investments for potty training are flushable wipes and the fold up portable potty seat. Buy them if you are or are thinking about potty training in the near future. Trust me.
Oh, so I said on Facebook that I would share the comedy of errors that happened on Friday that really grossed me out. Yeah, stop reading if you are squeamish :P
While I was trying to rock Connor to sleep (he was having a very fussy day) I heard Grace running around and then get very quiet. When you have a toddler that generally is a sign of trouble. I go out to find her playing with the maple syrup. Let's just say the fridge now has a lock on it. She was extremely sticky so I plopped her in the bath. About an hour later Connor wakes up and I have to change his diaper, clothes, and sheet because he has had a massive pooplosion. So I get him all cleaned up and attempt to do the dishes while they play in the living room.
Well, if you remember from earlier, her little potty is still in the living room at this point and all of a sudden I hear splashing and giggling. I run out to find Connor happily splashing in pee. Oh yes, she had gone while I was cleaning up the poopsplosion and hadn't told me and I stupidly hadn't checked. I was horrified. So I immediately strip him down and put him the bath. Grace continues to play in the living room. I get Connor all cleaned up and pull him out of the tub when I see Grace start running towards me with the potty seat in her hand yelling "Mama, I pooped! Ice cream!!" (she gets ice cream when she poops, yes we bribe her!) So I have a wiggly, wet, cold baby laying on a towel in front of me with a toddler running at me with poop in a very shallow potty seat. I felt like I was in a Clorox bleach commercial. Of course when I told her to give me the potty seat, she ran the other way laughing. I finally got it from her, got it clean, got Connor dry and dressed and all was good with the world again. And yes, Grace did get her ice cream. It was not a proud mommy moment let me tell you. Mike was horrified by this story and I'm sure both kids will hate me some day for posting it. I am not generally squeamish but I am DONE with bodily fluids. I don't know how nurses do it!
The joys of potty training.