But enough was enough, I had to do it before J started Kindergarten. So this was the day, I have had it on my calendar for about a month. (We just got home from vacation Saturday night.) As we got closer to the day, I often got nervous. Until yesterday, I was excited. My daughter was going through the rite of passage to become a big girl. Honestly, I went to bed with anticipation for what the new day would bring.
As a mom things went terrible with the first child. I think he probably did an excellent job as a barely 2 year old boy, but as a mom I had stupid expectations from reading parenting literature. Honestly, potty training three years ago, was probably one of my lowest moments as a mother, once again by no fault of my son.
So this time things where going to change. I read no literature. In fact yesterday while talking to a friend, I realized, I had bought no juices or salty snacks. I was ill prepared. But this morning, I realized we would survive. Turns out, we had apple juice, kool-aid and orange juice. We have goldfish and ritz. I think pretzels would have been enjoyed if I had them, but we survived without them.
I had been saving M&Ms for months in anticipation. She didn't care about them, luckily her dad had bought her a couple of pounds of gummy worms a few weeks ago.
But like I said I had done no preparations. I put the baby potty in the kitchen, and we fed betsy wetsy water, and watched her pee in delight. My children love to watch betsy pee. Every 5 minutes I put Nan on the baby potty. Two hours later, betsy had gone more than anyone could count, I had gone, but Nan was dry as a bone.
I was getting bored, so I called my mom to see if I had missed a step. She said five minutes was a little excessive. Twenty minutes is plenty. So we upped the timer, which was good advice, Nan enjoyed the first hours, but was also getting bored. My mom also read me Teresa's advice:
An hour after that, she had a mini accident, the only time she ever left the kitchen floor and ventured into the living room she peed. She doesn't like pee running down her leg, and she has female muscles because she is female so she will stop once she realizes its not being adsorbed in her diaper, and running down her leg. Other than her one escape on to carpet, when she of course had her accident, we spent the whole morning on hard floors. We played dulpo legos in the kitchen, played the ipod, sang songs, took care of baby dolls, etc. Turns out, have a huge kitchen, and a powder room right off from the kitchen all with hard floors, is invaluable during potty training. It was so much better than being stuck in a small bathroom with a yellow shower.
I think finally a half hour after her accident she peed in the toilet!! First time ever in her life!
Funny thing is, we were using a little potty, because I kind of hate seat covers on large toilets, I hate pee dripping everywhere. But she didn't want to sit on the little potty by this point, she was watching Dora in the kitchen, so I said do you want to sit on the Dora potty seat? Well of course, so she did, and the washer was going, and low and behold I heard drips in the toilet. We jumped up and down, and called Grammy, ate two gummy worms. After finished dora, eating lunch, she then wanted to take a nap. It had been a full day. I think that is a great record. Once accident, one potty. My children have the hugest bladders on the planet.