I wish I could say that Anna was potty trained in 3 days, but we are almost a week in and we are still just truckin' along. There has been lot of whining and crying over at our house lately. So...potty training? I. Hate. It. It's not over yet, but I thought I would write down some of the details before I forget.
Last Wednesday, after a successful pee in the potty, I put Anna in underwear. That day, I sat her down on the potty every 25 to 30 minutes. I was surprised and happy that she pee'd nearly every time! And every time she did, I cheered along with her and awarded her a sticker. She was all smiles and loving it!
Gradually, I increase the time between how often I put her on the potty. Now we are up to 75 to 90 minutes. While she still doesn't tell me when she has to use the potty, if I ask her if she needs to use the potty, sometimes she will respond with a yes! She had accidents the first few days. When that happened, I used that as a learning opportunity and rushed her to the potty so she could finish there. The big good news is that she hasn't had a pee accident in the last two days!
Poop training, on the other hand, has proven to be the biggest headache ever. Anna is constipated that she has a hard time using the potty for number two. So far, she has only pooped in the potty three times. Twice she started pushing in her underwear and Grandma acted fast enough for her to finish in the potty. The one other time she actually sat on the potty and pushed. All the other times? Not so successful.
Every day is the same: Whenever she feels the urge, she whines and cries and says, "No panties. Panties off." This is my clue that she needs to poop. I put her on the potty and she wants down because it hurts to push. We try to be patient and have her just sit for a while, but nothing happens. So we put her down. Whines and cries resume. Then FINALLY, she either goes in her underwear or starts pushing in her underwear and finishes in potty. But TODAY, she finally sat on the potty and pushed, from beginning to end. Not without many tears, though. It was so sad to watch.
So yes, it has been rough. We have been housebound for a week now (except for the art class on Sunday). I think if it wasn't for her constipation, we would be much further along! If this continues, I will need to talk to the doctor. Anyone has any ideas? I know prune juice helps, but girlfriend doesn't drink much of it.
Oh, and she only gets diaper during nap and night. Since Day 1, she wakes up with dry diaper after nap, but full diaper in the morning.
I am not ready to give up yet. We are already a week in....I can't imagine starting from scratch again a couple months later. Potty training has pretty much taken over my life. I can't wait until we are done. I am sure Anna too.
Celebrating with balloons after collecting 11 stickers.
Stack of panties // Homemade reward chart