Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Anna is potty trained!

It's been a little less than a month since we started potty training, and I am happy to report that Anna is a pro at using the potty now! Basically after I wrote the last update, a light bulb must had gone off because everything has been (almost) smooth sailing since. She uses the potty all on her own. She does the number two like it is no big deal. She wakes up dry from her naps. And the other night, she woke us up in the middle of the night to use the potty.

Okay, I will admit it. Sometimes if she hasn't gone in a while, I still need to get on her case about it. Sometimes she will pee RIGHT NEXT TO THE POTTY as she pulls her shorts down. (Seriously?!) But accidents like that are getting fewer and far-er in between and I am pretty sure it will be non-existent eventually.

When we are out, she's good about using public bathroom. Before we go out, I make sure she uses the potty. About an hour later while we are out, I will take her to the bathroom myself. And then again an hour or so later. I am pretty sure she would tell us or hold it if she really has to go, but so far, I just take a more proactive approach when we are out.

Looking back, I think the biggest mistake I made was expecting Anna to be trained in 3 days. When she was still have accidents on Day 4, I was frustrated and impatient. It was also bad timing that we happened to have a house guest staying with us during those early days AND hubs' dad working on the bathroom. With all that going on, I should had practiced even more patience with her. I will do better with Will.

When we decided to start potty training, it wasn't because Anna showed us any signs that she was ready or interested. Like, she would actually go to another room to poop, come back all smelly, and act as if nothing happened. Even after we asked her if she pooped, she still responded with a "no." So yeah, poopy diapers didn't gross her out. But we went for it anyway because we just wanted her trained already. Definitely glad we pushed her because I knew she was capable of using the potty. If we had waited until she was ready, we would probably still be waiting.

I am sure there will still be issues here and there, but I am happy with where we are and I am calling her potty trained. Yay, Anna! Yay, me! :)
I am a big kid now!
I am a big kid now!

7 comments:

  1. Woohoo, Anna!!!
    *sigh* I'd really like to have Ephram trained before baby #2 comes... Next week I'm going to give it my last big try before baby and see what happens. Any tips on how to motivate them to go try to potty? The treats didn't work because he'd ask for one after every push of pee and wouldn't get all the pee out. I may try the sticker chart route.

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    1. That's a toughie since we didn't have that problem with Anna. The not finishing pee'ing part. But as far as getting her to go in the beginning, I just said that we can continue doing X after we go potty. Like if we were reading, I would say, lets go potty first and then finish reading. Or I would say if you go potty, you get chocolate. That always did the trick.

      We only gave her chocolate once a day. For other times, we just gave her stickers as reward too. Then we tell her if you get 10 stickers, then you get a balloon.

      Good luck with it! E is a smart boy. Hope he will catch on. It would be wonderful to have him trained before baby 2. We did 8 months of 2 in diapers. Oh the trash we made!

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  2. Utterly joyful to see her triumph... now she's ready to be a big sister!

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  3. Wow, congrats! I read through all the potty training updates you wrote, and inspired by you we've been potty training Sasha (again) for the last 2 weeks. I think we are in the final stretch this time - she's peeing no problem at home and out and about. Thanks for the travel potty tip - will get that one! However, number 2 is another story - no interest at all in pooping on the pot. She runs and hides, or plays by herself quietly, and does the dirty deed. Also, doesn't like to sit on the toilet trainer - only potty. Oh well! We shall persevere!:)

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    1. I've read a lot about refusing to poop on potty. I thought Anna was going to be like that initially when she had so much trouble. Luckily she came through. Hope Sasha will too! BTW, we are overdue for a playdate.

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  4. Potty training sounds like complete rocket science to me. Good job on getting her through it though! One down, one more to go.

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  5. Hurray!!!!!!

    And doesn't she look delighted!!! :)

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