Friday, May 23, 2014

I am amazed

Potty training.
It's that thing that every parent dreads, hangs over your head for months, until you finally have the courage to start...and sometimes it takes months (many months!) and many thrown away pairs of underwear, before the child finally learns to go number 2 on the potty. Yes, I speak from experience.

Potty training was the pits our first time. I was bribing with entire cakes by the end. Seriously.

So, naturally, I dreaded training Ellie.
I am shocked.

We started last Tuesday. Here's how it went:
Day 1: four (or more) hours sitting on the potty. Nada.  As soon as she got up?  I found myself rinsing out four pairs of panties in one hour's time. Thought we'd try again (maybe) the next day.

Day 2: I put on her panties in the morning. While I was upstairs I heard Nick shouting "she did it!"
Yep, she had. All by herself.
She had 2 accidents (one at Target, but I was prepared with a towel, grocery sack, and clean clothes in my purse), but also used the potty completely on her own 4 or 5 more times.

Day 3: she's trained. Really. She goes when she needs to go, without telling me until she's all done.
We even spent the whole morning running errands and she successfully used the potty at home depot and the cupcake shop.

We have the occasional accident, but mostly, she's got it. And all I ever used was a couple of chocolate chips to reward her.

I'm pretty much in shock.
Maybe it was because she's a girl? The timing? Her personality? Or all three?

I don't know, but I'm incredibly happy about it.

4 comments: said...

hip hip hooray

Savanah said...

Lucky! I have heard from so many people how much easier it is to train girls. I am so jealous, but completely happy for you at the same time!! That's awesome!

heidi said...

that was me

Shannon Brown said...

Hooray!!! That is so fantastic! Potty training Conner was a horrible months long chore, so I totally understand. Kids 2 and 3 were much easier. I don't know what the magic trick is, but when you get that child who potty trains in 3 days you pretty much want to throw a party! Haha! Great job Ellie!