Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Confession #20: Shh don't tell anyone, but I'm just winging it

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 Well, a friend of mine recently, after seeing my facebook update on how well my daughter is doing with potty training, told me I should write a potty training blog. Honestly, I laughed. I don't know what I am doing when it comes to parenting. My husband and I was constantly asking ourselves "Was that stupid?" or "should I have said that?" So the thought of me knowing enough to write about this subject just seems ridiculous. Nevertheless, I found myself here, blogging.
I want to just make it clear that I am no expert on this subject. I am a mother of only one 18month old and I myself am a younger sister, so I didn't get much training until now. Everything that I say it just my opinion. Nothing more. Take it, or leave it.
First time on the big toilet
I had been playing with the idea of potty training my daughter since she was able to walk. But didn't really put much effort into it. Let's be honest, I was too lazy. All I really have done for the past few months is let her get used to her little potty (with and w/o clothes). And I also let her come with me most of the time I go to the bathroom. Not may favorite part of parenting but I believe it has helped. I always remember to say "pee" while I am peeing. My thought here was that she might associate the sound of my pee with the word "pee."
Over the following months Liana (my daughter) has gotten pretty good about saying "pee" every time she sees me go to the bathroom. She showed a lot of interest in it so I started sitting her on her toilet when I am going. Most of the time she would just sit there, and say "pee" but nothing would actually come out.
Then about a week ago, she did it. We were on our potties, like normal, and I heard it. She did too and right away yelled (at the top of her lungs) "PEEEEEEE." She was super excited and proud of herself. When she was done she looked in a saw the pee. And gave me the biggest smile ever. We dumped the pee (which was just as exciting), washed our hands and I gave her a high five. I then tossed her diaper in the hamper (I use cloth diapers), replacing it with underwear.
Liana at 6 months (Crazy what a year can do)
Since that day she has gone in the potty more often than not. She lets me know she needs to go (sometimes after the fact) and runs to the potty. She doesn't really know how to pull her underwear off yet so I still need to help her. But she is using the toilet. Today she wore the same diaper the whole day until she went number 2 (something that hasn't happened in the potty yet). I was half tempted to put her down for her nap in her underwear. But don't want to get ahead of myself.
So that is my story. It really isn't anything I have done or anything. It's just my daughter. She is just done with diapers.
I should mentioned because I use cloth diapers, they don't wick like normal diapers. Some people say this helps with potty training. Who knows. I don't. All I know is that my daughter is one step closer to adulthood and I am one step closer to saying "I miss my baby!"
Now if only I could get her to sleep through the night....

(no shoes were worn in the making of this blog)


  1. ooh! Gotta try that! Thanks for this. George is 2.5 years and has gone potty in the potty just once and I think it was an accident!

  2. Yeah, it feels wierd peeing in front of her, but she is learning. Actually she is peeing in the toilet with my husbands help right now. :)