Sweet pea just turned one a few weeks ago, so what am I talking about? Potty training? Well, we haven’t really been training her strictly, but we’ve had a potty for her since she was able to sit. During my maternity leave, I noticed that I could read her signs when she had to go, so I started to hold her on top of the toilet whenever I saw the signs. Then once she started to sit pretty well, we got her a potty. I don’t know if you can call potty training, perhaps it’s more like elimination communication as we don’t train her to do it on the potty but train ourselves to catch her signs. We also put her on her potty first thing in the morning, so she’s gotten into a morning poop routine, which does save us from a lot of yucky clean up.
And since we haven’t been doing it so strictly, we did not always catch the signs and she only sometimes “requested” to go. But over the months, I think she’s definitely learned what a potty is for and knows that it feels better to eliminate in a potty than in her diaper.
This past weekend, miracle happened.
First of all, she did not wake up once from 8pm to 7am (perhaps I was in too deep a sleep to hear her cries), which put me in a great mood in the morning. When I picked her up from her crib and tried to give her a sip of water (yes, even with a powerful humidifier, it’s still quite dry that she sometimes wakes up in the middle of the night to demand a sip), she pushed it away and pointed to the door. She either wanted to go to the living room or to the bathroom. I decided for her that she wanted the latter. When I took off her diaper, it was all dry, not a drop (after 11 hours!). The moment she sat down on the potty, the pee shot out at full speed. She proceeded to pee an epic amount! I was so surprised that she knew she really had to go and she actually held it in until she sat on the potty. I was so happy all the hard work had paid off!
It was a one-off thing…
The next night, she woke (me) up twice, woke up before 6am in the morning, and with a full to the brim diaper. Oh well, I guess she ain’t got it after all. I guess we will continue to use the potty in the hopes that one day when she’s able to walk to the potty and take off her pants and diaper all by herself, she will already have been potty trained, naturally.