Saturday, January 15, 2011

Our Big Girl is Tinkling in the Potty!

You have all heard my potty training whoas over the last several months. I've gone through frustration, disappointment, confusion, a state of wondering what I'm doing wrong... and then I just gave up. Around Christmas time Katelyn started peeing in the potty all on her own. Of course, she did this the night before we left on our 4 hr drive to Big Bear. So naturally we went out and bought her pull ups the next morning and packed her little potty in the car for the trip. I think all of the excitement from our family, turned into too much pressure for poor Katelyn and she refused to use her potty the whole time we were in Big Bear and then didn't even want to talk about the potty when we got home. In fact we got to the point where she was saying, "stop telling me to go pee pee in the potty." So we did! We put it away and vowed not to mention it until she was curious again.

So this past Tuesday I took Katelyn to watch {through the window} a ballet class at a local studio. I've heard great things about this studio, but didn't want to sign her up for classes unless I knew she was interested in taking them. She loved it! Then on the way home we drove by one of the preschools we've been looking into. She was so excited we had to drive by twice. I explained to her that when she's ready to go pee pee and poo poo in the potty she can go to school. That night she told Kyle all about her fun day watching the ballerina class and going by the preschool. She told him she needed to tinkly in the potty to go to school and he told her she needed to pee in the potty to go to ballerina class too.

That was it. On Thursday night Katelyn started peeing in the potty again. Ah, it was awesome!! Well we had a birthday party that next morning and dinner with friends that night. Instead of panicking or putting her in a pull up I gave her the choice. She choose panties and I went with it. I packed 7 changes of clothes and off we went! She pee'd 3 times at the party, once she even told me she had to go and then that night she pee'd at the restaurant. So ever since Thursday night we've been diaper free, except at nap time and bed time. Although she has not pee'd in her pull up during nap time. We are so proud of her. She's only pooped in the potty once, the 2nd time she had to go she had an accident, but we told her not to worry, it was fine!

Our baby girl is growing up. We are so excited for her and so proud of her making this big decision. In the process we've decided that if she's comfortable going places we're not going to stay home just because we're potty training. It's important for her to learn to go wherever we are and not just get comfortable going in her potty at home.

Great job big girl. Mommy & Daddy love you so much!