Thursday, August 14, 2008

Update on potty-training...Updated

***Updated...If you do not enjoy reading about the trials of potty-training, then I suggest you find another blog to read for the next few days. It's what is consuming my life, so it will consume my blog. You have been warned.
Today was a fantastic day! No accidents at home, panties were dry the whole day, she woke up DRY from her nap (she wears a diaper to nap and bedtime)...and then, we went to the grocery store. I put her in a Pull-Up and told her if she needed to potty she needed to tell me. All through the grocery store, I reminded her and asked her. Each time she told me that she didn't have to go. Went to Chick-fil-A after that and repeated the same question and answer series. We were sitting there, I was feeding Elyn and Nora was eating her chicken when she looked at me and said, "Tee-tee!". I scooped up Elyn as fast as I could, asked the ladies sitting at the table beside us to watch my stuff (they looked honest) and ran Nora to the Ladies' Room. I sat her up on the potty and she went!!!! Yea! AND her Pull-Up was dry! And when Matthew got there, after his meetings, she said she had to go to the potty again! She went to the potty and still had a dry Pull-Up! I was so proud of her!!! I was a little concerned though because she hadn't pooped all day! I kept telling all day that if she needed to poop then she needed to go on the potty. she kept telling me no. Fast forward to bathtime...she pooped. AND she blamed it on Elyn! Hahahahahahahaha!!!!! Apparently my girl has a case of the "shy poops". I'm hoping it does not lead to constipation! Any suggestions?
Overall, I feel like today was a success!

Ughhh...I am exhausted! Potty training is not a bed of, if you think it is you are a LIAR!

Yesterday, as I mentioned before, was a beating. She had FIVE accidents in the morning and I was ready to call it quits. Thankfully, Matthew came home for lunch and brought some sanity with him. I sure appreciated that dose of sanity.

The afternoon was much better! She was accident free...until we got to church.

I decided to stay in her class with her because I didn't feel it was fair to saddle her teachers with the load I had brought. I constantly asked her if her panties were dry and they were. The problem happened when I started feeling smug. I looked over and saw an odd look on her face. Yep, you guessed, she had pooped in her panties.

This was the first time she had pooped all day and didn't quite know what to do, what with her being in panties and all.

We cleaned up and 5 minutes later it happened AGAIN!

I cleaned her up again and put on the last pair of panties I had brought.

I continued to ask her if her panties were dry when all of a sudden I saw her grab herself and say, "Potty!". Sadly, we didn't make it in time and her last pair of panties was wet. I put a diaper on her and left the room. I mean, there was no need for me to hang around anymore.

I wasn't sure I was up to a repeat from yesterday when I woke up this morning. So, I put a diaper on her first thing (I know, I'm a quitter). But, low and behold, she announced she had to tee-tee a few minutes after.

So, at 2:26pm, we are accident free. We'll see how the rest of the day goes, but I am feeling a little bit more optimistic.

I feel like I am training for my own Olympic medal.

Day one: not too sure about this!
Since all training is happening in the kitchen, we have spent the majority of our time playing on the floor. Elyn is just happy to have something to destroy.
Nora wanted to get in on the picture action too.
Day two: a little bit more confident.
Cute little panties!
My house is a disaster area, I have not showered today, both of my girls are still in their pajamas, and I have three loads of laundry waiting to be folded. See, I told you diapers were easier!

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Summer said...

Way to go. I am proud of you for sticking with it! Don't you think it would be great to hire someone to potty-trian our children???

Mary Jo said...

I am sooooo proud of you too! I totally AMEN Summer's comment. I would go without so many things if I were allowed to add that to our budget. Hmm. If you do get good at it, you could hire yourself out!!! What would be the going rate???

Danielle Balentine said...

OHHHH Yeah! Things are looking up! Stick with it, girl, you got her whipped. Now she needs some more motivation to stick with it. Motivate her with a day at the park, chuck e cheese, or something fun that she would absolutely love IF she can keep her panties dry all day long. You got it! I'm so proud of you -- Oh - and Nora. Remember, consistency pays a huge reward. I will keep you in my prayers.

Danielle Balentine said...

I forgot to say, I love that 4th picture down. That look on Nora's face is priceless. That is one for the annual picture album! Love ya!

Brittney said...

WOW...this is NOT making me feel good about things! I do not want to do it. Jillian may just be in diapers until high school or when she realizes how NOT cool they are! YIKES...when you are done with Nora, I will pay you to come down and train Jillian as well!!!

Whitney said...

I am laughing OUT LOUD at the pics of Nora on the potty- her expressions are priceless! She's going to LOVE those pics someday- maybe at a rehearsal dinner?

Marty Rhea Hill said...

Dallas, That is hilarious. So cute!!! Keep up the good work.

Jenn said...

Keep it up, girl!! She is getting better...I'll tell you what my mom told me, "Don't stress...Grace won't go to college in a diaper!" Sometimes it feels like they will, but pretty soon you'll look up and it will be time to train Elyn! GO NORA!! (and mom!!) Love the pictures!!

Brad, Amy & Sadie said...

Nora is doing GREAT!!! I am very impressed. It just takes time and A LOT of patience...

Kim said...

Hey, it sounds like she's doing good. Expect "those" days to happen. I gave Kennedy 1 M&M for peeing and 2 for a poop. Maybe that will help? However, I do remember her being scared to poop. What's up with that? Oh well. Good luck!

The Brown Family said...

YAY Nora! I am DONE trying to potty train Sterling! Since you've been so sucessful...I'm sending Sterling your way! :)
LOVE the potty pictures...priceless!

Kristen OQ said...

That is one of the hardest things I have done as a parent -- Sam was a tricky kid to potty train. Good news is that Seth was a breeze (so maybe Elyn will be too).

I do have a poop on the potty trick that worked with Seth (that was the one thing he didn't like/want to do). Too long to write, but if you start getting desparate, email me and I will let you know!

Good luck!

Elizabeth said...

I am telling you that bathwater should be marketed as a laxative. Happens every time.

The Hales said...

It is so hard....we are still working at it...I just hate having to take Taylor to a public restroom...nasty...the whole time I am saying don't touch this and don't touch that.

Lisa said...

Hey, a little tip, always, I mean always have towels and trash bags in the car....really good for putting in the car seat (trash bag first then towel) while on the ride and if she has an accident, just change out the towel, plus you won't have to wash the car seat cover.

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