Thursday, April 30, 2009


We started potty training the Monday after we got home from California. I affectionately refer to that first week as parenting hell week. Seriously, a toddler peeing all over your house, just seconds after you've sat them on the potty for half an hour...not cool, and not fun.
The second week we introduced a timer. Set for every 30 minutes, going potty became fun! And exhausting.

Last week the timer was put away and Sammie learned the phrase, "Mommy! I need to go potty!" Of course, she says it in a cute, sing-song kinda way.

This week, our last hurdle is stopping the daily dump in her pants. Our strategy is the take-away. Sam's prizes of choice are Princess stickers and Whoppers. Each time she goes to the potty, she asks for a "princ-i-ness sticker" and a "chocolate ball." So, this week, when she pooped in her pants, we made her take off one of her stickers from the potty chart. The first time, she cried and cried and cried. Second time...she was just mad. It hasn't happened again.Now, in celebration of being a big girl, we converted her crib into a toddler bed!This is a moment we wish she wasn't so independent! We are really worried she won't stay put...she's always been such a great sleeper. Here's to hoping those days last!


The Walker Family said...

YOur life is about to get so much easier. I have often told myself the hardest part of parenting so far is potty training. Congrats...Sammy on being such a big girl. :)

Kristin said...

good luck!!! I hope she doesn't turn into a carpet sleeper like Avery! Avery wakes up with little divets in her forehead every day!

Ginger said...

WOW Sammy!! You're such a big girl! We had so much fun seeing you in CA and we miss you so much! Have fun in your big girl bed...try not to get out more than 10 times each night, okay?? Love, Aunt Ginger and all your cousins in WY.