Tuesday, November 11, 2008

We laughed.

We (well, really, just me) cried.

We went pee pee on the potty! (11 times today)

OMG. This is a HUGE day for Ella. She (finally, finally, finally) decided to try going on the potty. At almost 3 and a half, so she's decidedly behind the curve for this.

And I am so stinking happy she's doing it now.

We've tried everything. Potties that sing when you go, Elmo potties, Princess potties, pull ups, underpants, special Dora underpants, underpants under the diaper, m&m bribes, the promise of a bike, "Potty Power" DVD, multiple potty training books, telling her she was "too little" to go (reverse psychology), telling her we ran out of diapers, going with her friends into the potty, honestly, everything...

I actually had talked to her teachers at school last Monday to see if they had any advice.
They said just ignore it.
It will come.
Some kids are closer to 4 when they decide to go.
It is something you can't (as much as you want to) make them do.
A control thing.
(They really helped. I was at the end of my rope, feeling like a failure and was really at a loss for what to try.)

I wasn't ready to just give up completely. I had read online an idea that I was willing to give a go. A last ditch effort, so to speak.

So I bought a bunch of really cool toys, toys I know she'd like (moon sand, wall-e toy, care bear dvd, a bead game.) Put them in a basket in the bathroom and told her she could look at them, but couldn't play with them until she went on the potty.

She ignored them for a day or so.
We went away for the weekend.
But, this morning, I don't know why or what happened to click in her head. She told me she had to go pee pee. I said, "remember you have all those cool toys in there that you can have if you go on the potty."

"Okay, I go pee pee on the potty, Mommy"

Just like that. So easy. No crying. No screaming. No fuss. No way this is my kid. :)

11 times later. She's in love. Potty love. I can't keep her off the thing. I am so proud of my big girl.

Her hard earned toy...


Daddy said...

A red letter day for team Parker! Good job Mommy for coming up with the toys bribe. And WAY TO GO E!!!!!! So proud of you for being such a big girl.

It's really the simple things in life.....like not having to change 8 rank diapers a day.

kindzia said...

I keep watching the Dow which results in going poopie on the potty...no toys in there either...just tears... :)

I think I am going to run the Atlanta marathon for a long training day before pigging out.

Come look for me in the finish line framing booth at the expo. I'll be down there the day before.

Later Ms. Pah-kahs.

Mama Simmons said...

Oh boy oh boy... something to look forward to! Glad she finally deicided to go. I've heard that they make that decision on their own when they're ready. I've also heard that 'peer pressure' works- like when they go to day care/school and the other kids there are using the potty... ;)

Danielle said...

11 times?!? Holy cow that is a lot of peeing! Must have been some good toys in there!