Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Dedication Pays Off

Towards the end of our summer there were many days that Kylee and I stayed home.  We didn't leave to do anything.  Well.. we played out back a little bit.  But mostly we stayed inside.  Why?  Potty training!  She's been casually training for a couple of months now and doing alright.  But, we finally ditched the pull ups because she was just treating them like diapers.  We did the run-around-naked-and-hopefully-make-it-on-the-toilet method.  We put her potty chair in the living room right in between the couch and the tv stand.  I would put her on it every 30-45 minutes and we would talk about going pee and poop.  We would read books. We would sing songs.  And sometimes it would only take a minute or two and she would go.  Other times it would take 10 minutes before she would go.  (Of course there were times she didn't even go at all and then would stand up and pee on the carpet.  Fun..)

Anyways.. a few days of that and lots of carpet cleaning and one weekend it just CLICKED!  She started using the potty all on her own!  I kept it in the same spot for a week and then moved it back to the bathroom.  She didn't dig peeing in the bathroom on her little potty chair.  So I put it back in the living room.  I mean.. people that come over won't mind watching my 20-month-old pee.. right?  *sigh*

Fast forward a couple of weeks and we were planning a trip to the zoo with some friends and their cute kids.  I didn't want Kylee to wear a diaper to the zoo.  I didn't want to send her mixed messages.  SO.. I took the seat part out of her potty and put it on the toilet.  I figured if I could get her to pee on the big potty then she could wear her underwear to the zoo and use the toilet.  We had ONE day to get this.  The morning got crazy hectic so I actually didn't end up putting the seat on the toilet until the early afternoon.  And wouldn't you know.. she went on it with no problem!  Like she'd been doing it for years.  SO.. I dressed her the next morning and went the underwear route and packed 2 changes of clothes and a diaper. (Just in case)  Grabbed the potty seat and crossed my fingers.  And my girl.. did PERFECT! Asked to use the potty and everything! No accidents!  Even drank 2 full sippy cups of water and stayed dry!  I cried a little on the inside (and outside).  Because during the day... we are now DIAPER FREE!!

                                            Good job, K!  Mommy is so proud!


Jessica said...

awesome...and um, ethan? he'll probably wear diapers til he's three.
cause i'm lazy. and he screams. and i'm lazy.