Yesterday Bella went pee on the potty.
It was a really big deal here. We’ve been doing some casual (super casual) training for the past few weeks. Basically by training I mean I let her run around either with just pants or a dress on, no diaper, and then she pees. And I explain that pee-pee goes in the potty, she helps take off her clothes (or watches me clean up the small pee) and we go from there. She would want to sit on the toilet every so often, but nothing happened. I wondered what it would take for her to understand what the sensation of peeing in there, or just the act, would be.
Quite honestly? I had no idea what on earth I was doing. And everyone seems to have a different way of training, so it confused me even more. All I knew was we didn’t have the money to spend on cloth trainers and I wasn’t going to start disposables full time now.
So we just bare bottomed it.
Then today, in the bathroom, she started to pee and got upset. (She hates pee.) So I whisked her up even though I thought she was done, and set her on the potty. Usually she grunts and sits there. Today – lo and behold – things happened.
There was pee. A lot of it.
I was so shocked. She got a treat and we made a huge deal over it. I let her run around this afternoon naked, asked her every so often about having to go (which she would say, “No pee! NO pee!”) and after dinner she announced she had to pee again.
And did so.
I think my plan at this point is to simply keep going on the track she’s set. Ask about her wanting to use the bathroom, let her decide, go from there. I’m also going to get her a small potty for when she wants to go on her own, and maybe a sticker chart? A lot of parents are wishy washy on rewards/treats but I know from experience as a teacher – it’s one of the fastest ways to get things moving in a positive direction, as long as you aren’t bribing your kid with a half dozen Krispy Kreme’s at the age of 9 to do their homework.
So yay us! We have a potty trainer and with any luck she’ll be all set to go long before the twins make their arrival, even with a possible setback at least I won’t have to start from scratch.
One thing down. Just slightly over a billion more to go. I’ve got 4ish months though. And things tend to work out.
Now if only I could get Bella to learn how to cook meals…