We have delved into the wonderful world of potty training!! I was a little apprehensive because in our discussions before about potty training, Charlotte said she only wanted to go in her diaper, she didn't want to go on the potty.
Tuesday - we went to Target and she picked out her big girl underwear (Minnie Mouse), pull ups for nap time and bedtime, got step stools, prizes for poopies, and smarties for pees. That night while she was sleeping I got the bathroom all ready! Prizes, toys, sticker chart, books, seat, stool, etc. I was pretty excited :)
Our rewards: We have a great sticker chart too, she gets to pick out a heart or butterfly or star to put on her chart if she pees or poops. Then for pees she gets 2 smarties, and poops she gets to pick a toy out of the bowl (I picked up a few toys at the dollar bins at Target) I'm writing this on Tuesday and we have pretty much forgotten about smarties and stickers, just hanging on to the toys for the poops!
Wednesday: Charlotte was actually excited about picking out her pair of underwear when she got up! We set the timer on my phone for 15 minutes and C got to pick out her ringtone noise (the Xylophone) Thus began our day! I read in a lot of books and such that you had to give them a lot of juice so their bladders are full and they get used to the feeling of needing to pee. Its hard to know if it actually worked or if we would have made the progress we made without it - I do know though, that it gave us a lot of huge accidents! Carpet, hardwood floors, tile, her pottery barn chair... I think we had 7-8 accidents all together. I finally made her sit on this little mat to watch her shows. :) It did look like my 15 minute timer worked though! She got all excited when it went off and we ran to the potty. Finally with all this, we finally peed in the potty 3 times! I was frustrated with the accidents - I felt like I was cleaning up pee all day! But the fact that we got 3 times in the potty, it felt pretty successful.
Thursday: We continued with the timer method! She wouldn't go at all in the morning, even through like 3 timer rounds, and then playing kitchen we had a major accident - I guess I learned she can hold it when she wants too! haha. However, once we had this accident, the rest of the day went great! She had no more accidents but went on the potty many times. We are using pull ups for naps and bedtimes, it seems like she is saving her poops for the pull ups cause we had that happen today!
Friday: She has really started understanding the feeling of peeing and gets so excited when she realizes she has to pee, runs to the toilet and hears it hit the water - so fun! I've had a couple times where I've just about cried because she was so happy and I was so happy. We had out first (and so far only) poopie on the potty. I think it was a fluke, she was trying to toot and ended up pooping - she was so very proud of herself and she got to pick out a toy! It was a fitting choice - noise putty that makes tooting sounds, and she loves just throwing it around and squishing it. She really wants the other toys in the bowl but she knows what she has to do to get them :)
Saturday: We stopped using the timer, Jeff and I were both home all day and were able to double team her so we could see when she needed to go and she got really good at telling us too. It was so cute, she even told Jeff "I don't want to pee on your floor!!!" and took off running out of his office to get on the potty. She did tinkle a bit on her way but the fact that she was able to hold it in as much as she could and didn't let go til she was on the potty - 2 thumbs up kiddo! She did start putting up some resistance when we would ask her to go and she said she didn't need to - like we make her go when she wakes up or lays down, its time to eat, etc. I was very proud of another day with no accidents.
Sunday: I was a little nervous because as of yet we hadn't been out of the house with her in 4 days, and we were gonna head to Spring Hill! Jeff was invited to go the the Titans Bengals game, Charlotte and I can't turn down a trip to see friends and family and the potty training was going really well so I thought we'd give it a try. We did put a pull up on for the trip, but even when we arrived at my parents house she was dry and peed on the potty immediately. Yay!!! I don't know if it was intentional or not, but I was happy about it. :) I had packed my bleach cleaner and carpet cleaner because I was so afraid of Charlotte having an accident at my parents or Nana's house, but she was fine!! No accidents either place we went to! What a big relief for this momma :)
Monday: Jeff, Charlotte, and I were all under the weather so Jeff stayed home from work. We watched way too much TV (as we have been since this potty training thing began. Most of our accidents happened while playing and getting side tracked, so Netflix has been our friend) but we just enjoyed relaxing and hanging out together. Again, a day with no accidents! She is starting to refuse to wear pull ups at naps and bedtime, but we haven't gotten up dry yet so I don't think we are quite ready to give them up! (I love her little wedgie in this picture! lol)
Tuesday: We played outside! I have been afraid of playing outside cause we'd get so distracted playing and have an accident. Today we actually were outside for an hour taking a walk, flying a kite, and riding scooters and such and had no issues at all.
So what's next? Pooping in the potty instead of waiting for the pull ups, staying dry overnight, and being able to run errands and go out to eat, etc All in all, after a week of training, I feel pretty darn good about Charlotte and her progress :)