Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Potty Boot Camp

Remember a few months ago when we were gonna potty train but had to stop 'cause it was causing trouble at school? (This is where I would add a link to those posts and, you who are new, would know what I am talking about. But, I am tired, lazy and just plain fried. So, no link. Just trust me on this one!) It seems kids with language issues also, many times, have sensory issues. Since potty training uses M.A.N.Y. senses, the whole thing put our girl on sensory overload. She started melting down at school, so we had to step back.

Now that she is out of school for the summer, we are trying again. And we are going all out.

Welcome to Potty Boot Camp - all panties, all the time!!!!

We started yesterday and it looked like we were gonna be in this for the long haul - and I do mean long. Like in "this is gonna take a reeeeeaaaallllyyyy loooonnnngggg time". Every time she would have an accident - or could it be an "on purpose" - she would ask me for a diaper. I told her no diapers, only panties! She was not amused.

After about the third time we had a chat. I explained that no matter how many times she wet her panties she was NOT going to get a diaper. We talked about how she is 4 years old now and knows HOW to potty, now she needs to learn when and WHERE to potty. I reminded her that she is a big girl and it is time to start wearing the panties that she picked out on Sunday (Little Mermaid!!), and that she was NOT going to get a diaper any more. Then we went to look at the diaper cabinet where I showed her that all of her diapers were gone. Only Sophie's "little tiny baby diapers" and a supply of big girl panties remained. NO MORE DIAPERS!

So about an hour later she came to me and said "I wet". I tried valiantly to hold in my frustration as we walked to the bathroom. We got there and I stepped into a puddle and a soggy mat. She had tried to go to the potty, but had not quite made it. I praised her for trying so hard and told her we would try it again next time.

And next time, she made it.

And she has had dry panties ever since - even when we went to therapy today!!!! We used "night time panties" and "car panties" (aka pull ups) but they stayed dry last night and only got a bit wet at therapy because we couldn't get to the potty in time.

I am so proud!!!!!

And so is Hattie - which is even better :)

5 of ya left some love:

Aron, Erica, & Isabelle said...

Great Job Hattie!!!!
We are so proud of you!

Kelli said...

WTG Hattie!! Hooray for you!!!

Fran said...

Woo Hoo!! Hang in there momma!
I didn't like those years. My nerves couldn't handle it. :)

Friend said...

That is HUGE victory for Daughter and Mother! Way to go.. You guys can do it. I miss you!

Rebekah said...

I'm going to file this one away for when it's time! Way to hammer it out!! :)