Great news!!! Katie is completely potty trained!
Ha ha. I am NOT serious. April Fools!
On to the real post:
Remember how I said I was done being superwoman? Scratch that. Since I am pregnant/selling our house/potty training I was planning to ask my mom for help with making some meals this week. She, um, started packing and made up this crazy story about having planned a trip to my sisters long in advance. Like I am going to buy that! (Love you, Gigi)
So, no help on the meal front and I don’t want to let my groceries go bad. Have I mentioned yet that Daddypotamus is sick? Yeah, that too. So it is me vs. potty training/keep house clean so it will sell/make meals. Bring it on!! Just kidding, I am so scared I am about to pee my pants (but I won’t because that would be a very bad example!)
Last night I tried to do some prep ahead of time to keep things simple, if you call simple grinding wheat in your front yard at 10pm because it’s too loud to do in the house. The upside of making mayonnaise and starting the pizza and tortilla dough is that I got to see this:
Nice view for grinding wheat, don’t you think? Now, jumping right in . . .
I sent this question to Lora Jensen a few days ago:
How do they transition into sensing when they need to urinate while they’re asleep so that they wake up and go to the restroom? Not sure if this would affect anything but we do co-sleep with her.
Julie Jensen responded (her daughter, maybe?). Here’s what she had to say:
Co-sleeping shouldn’t have a large effect on the training, however, you just have to put up with accidents in your bed. If she does have accidents during the nights, the best way to teach her how to wake prior to when she would release is to pin point when the accidents are happening. Once you have an idea of when they occur, then you should begin taking her to the potty just prior to those times, before the accident takes place. If you do this consistently to where she has multiple dry nights, then she is going to learn to wake herself and go potty before releasing in her bed. It could take a few nights to get your times accurate enough, but once you do, it will be smooth sailing from there.
Last night Katie stayed dry from 7pm – 4am. Nine hours! I checked her at 4am and she was dry. I asked her to tell me if she needs to go potty she was so out she didn’t even respond. Five minutes later she started moving around and was sopping wet. So now we’ve pin pointed “accident hour.”
Today we prepped for night time training by laying in bed and pretending to be asleep. Then I would say “Katie, wake up. Tell me if you need to go potty, ok?” She loves this game, and I hope it helps because so far she has simply ignored me every time I try to wake her.
Move move move!
Katie was dry for 2 hrs at naptime until I dawdled in bed for 30 seconds after she woke up. Sheesh, no margin here!
When will it “click”?
It’s obvious: there is no going back now. Unfortunately, I don’t think Katie has connected the urge to potty with the need to tell me and hurry to the restroom. We have been mostly accident free because I constantly say “Tell mommy if you need to go potty, ok?” She has yet to volunteer that she needs to go potty at any other time than immediately after I say that to her.
As part of our Day 1 ceremony we packed away all of Katie’s cloth diapers and put the changing table in the garage. Lora says the purpose is to communicate the end of the diapering stage to the child, but I think it is really for the parent. Katie has made a lot of progress in the last 3 days, but I don’t feel very confident going back to life as normal, especially to run errands and such. In some ways I’d love to go back to diapers because it is predictable, but I won’t. So I have a few questions for you moms who have already blazed this trail.
- How did it “click” for your child?
- How did you handle going potty away from home? I don’t go many places but I am considering taking a little potty chair everywhere with me because public toilets are gross!
Thank you in advance.
Love you, wise mommies!
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