Wednesday, March 11, 2015

potty training

if you remember,
we started putting brette on a potty at 10 months.
we pretty much had her pooped trained,
but nowhere near full-on diaper free.
i would like to start stock-piling diapers for our next little one,
but my goal is to only buy diapers for one child at a time.
so brette's diaper days needed to be over.
my friend shannon,
who is going on her third kid,
and therefor an expert,
potty trained her kids using the
3 day training method by Lora Jensen.
when she sent it to me,
it said the ideal age is 21 months.
so i waited until march and decided to give it a shot.
lucky for me i have off every tuesday, wednesday, thursday,
and since my schedule was pretty clear last week,
we started it up.
my plan:
stay downstairs where there is no carpet.
pee = a sticker
poop = a piece of chocolate
day one:
morning was awful.
i bought a ton of little panties and by
lunch we had gone through a dozen of them.
i'm not kidding.
12 accidents.
i felt like she was peeing every 3 minutes and
it was nowhere near the potty.
i hated life and pretty much spent the morning
with my eyes glued to her,
on my hands and knees cloroxing the floors.
then she peed her bed at nap.
so i started my first (of many) loads of laundry.
after nap was much better.
she would actually tell me if she had to go and
she only had three accidents.
that helped me not want to kill myself.
ps- she peed the bed that night.
day two:
we started it off with more laundry from the night before,
but only ONE accident all morning.
it was while she was in her highchair eating breakfast
and i think she was distracted...
or hungry.
plus i felt like she could go longer.
we weren't rushing to the toilet all. the. time.
we had my ultrasound that afternoon
so i cheated and put her in a diaper.
(don't tell)
by the time we got home she was asleep so
she also napped in her diaper.
at least it gave me a break from cleaning sheets.
and again, only one accident that afternoon/evening.
night two, she peed the bed.
more laundry.

day three:
one accident in the morning.
she shit her pants.
dang it.
it was her first time pooping in her pants,
and i didn't think it was going to be an issue for us
because of all the prior potty training she had done.
but with only one accident,
i can't complain.
AND she didn't pee the bed at nap.
i felt like i had won.
no accidents the rest of the day.
but she peed her bed that night.
ps- day four no accidents at all.
day five one accident but we had a playdate
with five other kids, so i don't blame her.
day six no accidents
day seven no accidents.
day eight one accident.
side notes:
for bedtime i ended up not giving her anything to drink
for two hours before we put her down.
i also make sure she has gone to the potty at least 2-3
times before i lay her down.
in the end,
i got frustrated and started putting diapers on her
(just for bedtime, not for nap)
and she actually woke up completely dry yesterday,
but not today.
i think i'll continue to use diapers/pull-ups at night
until she can consistently stay dry.
as for nap,
we have not had any accidents since the first day.
she can sleep three hours and still not pee.
its pretty impressive.
but once again,
she doesn't get anything to drink an hour before nap
and she goes potty at least twice beforehand.
as for outings,
brette does pretty well.
i try to make sure not to load her with liquids
beforehand and i always put her on the potty right
before we leave.
i also always pack the potty ring,
so if we're at the store and she needs to go,
i can still take her.
ps- she totally peed at target.
knock on wood, but we have had no accidents
in her carseat or when we're out.
my newest problem is she doesn't really want to use the potty anymore.
i think she's over it.
in fact,
we had TWO accidents this morning. (day nine)
more than we've had since day one.
i'm going to try switching up from stickers to something else.
maybe M&Ms. 
to wrap up,
i did like this method.
if you can get past the first day,
it does get easier.
whatever you decide to do,
potty training is constant and tiring.
but i am so happy not to buy diapers anymore.

scratch that.
i'm happy that i'm not buying double the diapers.
back to newborn sizes.

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