Monday, June 14, 2010

Adventures in Potty Training: Boot Camp

Well...we survived! (and so did the kids, surprisingly!)

An entire weekend of POTTY TRAINING!  We marked it on the calendar weeks ago and decided we were not going to leave the house for the entire weekend.  We would solely focus on getting Maria to use the potty, and nothing else. 

Every 30 minutes (we set a timer) we would take her to the bathroom.  Sometimes she went, sometimes she didn't.  We had a few accidents but she started to get the hang of it.  She even pooped on the potty, which was beyond my expectations. 

I'll be honest.  By 9 am on Saturday, I was ready to give up, throw in the towel and put her back in a pull up.  We were giving her tons of milk, juice...whatever she wanted to drink.  It was going on 2 hours and she hadn't peed.  Every time I took her to the bathroom, she wouldn't go.  She would just play around.  I was so frustrated. Just when I was about to call it quits, Gerry stepped in.  He gave me a pep talk and said we just had to push forward...not give up.

He started taking her and I stayed out in the living room with Naomi.  Then, Maria actually started going.  Her confidence started growing and I think she realized that she could do it!

Fast forward to Monday...

Now Gerry goes off to work and I have to deal with it all by myself.  I'm dreading this day.  How do I keep Maria from goofing around in the bathroom and keep Naomi safe and happy out in the living room/kitchen area?  The day started off the same way...I called Gerry, almost in tears, by 9:30 am.

Luckily, he gave me the same pep talk.  So, I pushed forward and got the job done.

Overall, I'd say Maria has had a very successful experience.  We finally crossed over to where she was asking me to go, instead of me telling her.  I am beginning to trust her a little more on how long I think she can hold it.  I've started to notice that she walks on her tippy toes when she has to go, which is kind of funny!  And tonight, when Gerry and I were cleaning up dinner...she went completely by herself.  She was running around playing in her room and the next thing we hear her say is "I did it all by myself!"  So I ran into the bathroom and - sure enough...she was sitting there all by herself going pee!  I have to say that I am one proud mom.

Now tomorrow will be a new adventure: we are leaving the house!  Maria is going to "camp" at her pre-school.  They are equipped to deal with this stuff, so I am packing 20 undies and shorts, just in case.  I really don't want to go back to pull-ups after all this hard work. 

I really hope this is the beginning to a whole new world!  She will be 3 in July so (hopefully) there's no turning back now!!!

Wish us luck! (I am going to line her car seat with a trash bag before I go to bed...ha ha)


Rebecca said...

You (and your husband) are an inspiration...I am petrified of potty training. Since I never remember anything, how old are Maria now? I'm not sure when I want to start...petrified, I tell ya!

Danifred said...

Horray for potty training! That's awesome!

Cara said...

I'm not sure how this commenting back thing works. Not sure if you will get this or not. But to answer your question...Maria will be 3 in July. Things are going really well in this department. She only wears pull ups during nap and bedtime. Sometimes she even wakes up dry...
We're still working on #2, if you know what I mean. She's hesitant to tell me that she has to go when it's time for that. But we've got the #1 down...almost! Good luck with twins! Maybe it will be easier with 2!

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