Saturday, May 24, 2008

The Beginning of a Loooooong Weekend....

We picked this long weekend as Katie's potty boot camp weekend. A friend of ours shared a three day potty training method that she employed with great success. Then, another friend just finished her three days in potty purgatory and now we have bitten the bullet.

I am the designated Potty Sargent and Marc is my go to guy when I need a break. He is also removing the mischief man from the scene as needed.

The morning started off with a bang as we put Katie in her big girl panties and said goodbye to her diapers forever. We threw them away or so she thinks. I will actually freecycle them to someone who can use them. We had a lot of them including pull ups. I took her to the toilet where she immediately pee pee'd and she got her first sticker of a reward system that we set up. The method employs focus (I have to stick by her all of the time) and positive reinforcement with a few key phrases that you should say over and over and over...oy!

Katie had another early success about one half hour later and then four accidents within about an hour including a poo poo one. Then we had more success just before and after lunch and she went just before nap. Now she is napping and I am hoping that she wakes up dry.

I am not allowed to ask her if she has to go as she will begin to understand by the phrases and the accidents to listen to her own body. We do that by reminding her that she needs to stay dry. Either way, we are not going to go back to diapers as she is 3 and is physically ready for this.

She will either sink or swim. Let's hope for swimming (Unless of course it is in pee pee :)

Stay tuned for more this evening.....

4 comments:

Vivian M said...

Good luck with the potty training! If it works, we are next...no pressure!

Carol and Taylor said...

Wow, good luck to you! But for the ladies at the daycare who basically potty-trained T, she still would be in diapers! I had attempted a 3-day training quite a while ago, with dismal results. For T, M&Ms worked MUCH better than stickers. We're rooting for you both.
p.s. if I may, I recommend having a HUGE glass of wine, if not hard liquor, later on tonight!

tumbleintodreams said...

Gee, I guess this isn't the weekend for me to come down for a visit.... ROFL! Aren't the poopie accidents the worst thing ever! Keep your spirits up and your head above water....LOL! Keep us all posted about your progress too.

Candy said...

I know exactly how you feel. Keep it up, it works. If you support, just call.