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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Joining the Pee Wee League

Sophie is showing a huge interest in being potty trained, and has for quite awhile. Except, I have been a little bit hesitant for a couple of reasons. 1) Her speech is not good. We are at the tail end of the gigantic testing process in order to begin with speech therapy. I just worry that, while she is an excellent communicator of her needs and wants, I have no real way to know how well she understands things, since she can't give me much feedback (at least not clearly). 2) The child is Niagra Falls personified. I'm not even kidding. She can soak a diaper thoroughly within an hour. I'm talking so thoroughly that the diaper triples in size, leaks through 5 layers of clothing and weighs 6.3 pounds.

However, those two concerns don't seem to be stopping Miss Sophia. She wants to go "pee wee" (her word....love it!) all the time, and she actually does a great job. She is able to put her little seat on top of the big toilet, get the step stool and climb up herself, go, wipe herself (not really sure how wonderful a job she does of this, but she won't let me do it), and flush the toilet. She goes nearly every time she sits on the potty. Of course, like I said, she is blessed with hyperfunctional kidneys. I've noticed her diapers are a lot drier this past week, due to the amount of times she's going on the potty. I did put her in big girl underwear the other day, and she stayed completely dry, although she did have a number two accident in them.

So, I guess I'm potty training her. While I don't have high hopes for the night training (you should see her diaper in the morning), I think she's just independent enough to pull this off. And hey, I'm not pregnant! That has ruined both of the other girls' first potty training attempts. Bria wasn't trained until she was almost 3, after Chloe was born. She was incredibly stubborn about the whole thing. I finally got sick of changing her smelly diapers when Chloe had such sweet smelling baby poops, and we just went cold turkey on the diapers. She did great, although she did have a bedwetting problem for a bit. Chloe was also close to 3 years old when she was finally trained. I even blogged about it! So, if we're successful with Sophie, she'll officially be my youngest toilet trained child.

Wish me luck! These are the fun times, for sure.

18 comments :

  1. I think as long as you're able to not get really upset about accidents and know that it might take a while, it could be a really good thing for her.

    Also, you could teach her the ASL sign for potty, it wouldn't solve the whole speech issue but would give her another way to communicate about this.

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  2. M is still not night trained, although I hope with a new daycare situation that she will be soon. Best of luck to miss Sopie!

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  3. With all of our traveling and such this summer, Hailey is still in Pull-ups. I can't wait to get to a permanent place again so we can potty train her before this baby comes. Best of luck to Miss Sophie.

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  4. As painful as my procedure was it totally worked, and I had another friend that did it a while ago and she had the same results.
    It's on my blog -- in case you forgot.

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  5. That's great news! Potty training scares me as a hypothetical mother.

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  6. I've heard girls are easier to potty train than boys, and now I have proof. Good luck. I hope you can stop purchasing diapers very soon. Then you'll have money for, you know, your own stuff.

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  7. If you know any good tips, let me know. I HATE potty training. It's the one thing in motherhood that I absolutely DON'T look forward to. My 3 year old was pee pee potty trained over a year ago and then we went on vacation. Needless to say, he is no longer. I guess it's time to get back on the band wagon and start over.

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  8. Bless you, my friend, and my prayers are with you! Potty training has been one of the greatest challenges in my mothering career. My oldest had a bladder condition, and she'd have, no kidding 10-15 #1 accidents a day. Sam, who has high-funcitoning autistim, took 1 1/2 years to potty-train, and made huge messes with #2 for months in every room of the house. He wasn't potty trained until he was 5. Whew... I'm feeling anxious just remembering it all! Best of luck, and may it be VERY easy!

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  9. Go Miss Sophie!

    And go Mom, too!

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  10. Good luck. It is always so frustrating and hard to potty train, but it sounds like she is ready so go for it.

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  11. I didn't realize you were concerned with Sophie's speech. She certainly can tell you what she wants, though! I was really concerned about Gabriel around his second birthday, but overnight-a talking machine!
    (though a lot is not understood by many others, but me & Kanoa, his translator extraordinaire)

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  12. WOW! That's so exciting. CONGRATS to Sophie. I tried to get Sadie to pee on the toilet one time and she thought I was crazy.

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  13. YEAH! Kayleigh is "interested" but still is having accidents. i need to just stop diapers and start panties.. GOOD LUCK!! :)

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  14. Oh man good luck please tell me every thing McKenna still has a problem with going #2 and she is almost 4. I wish you the best of luck.

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  15. I hate potty training and crib/bed transitioning so I always put it off. My boys were both 3 before I would say they were officially potty-trained. But Little Man is already showing more interest in it than they ever did, so maybe I'll get lucky, too, and have an early trainer. GOOD LUCK!!!

    Jaxon had to have speech therapy and I think Mason is going to need to also. But now Jaxon doesn't ever STOP talking, so I'm not really worried about it.

    Oh - and to Rachel above - my oldest would do that until I refused to clean his favorite Buzz Lightyear underwear he had just pooped in and cut them off of him and threw them in the trash. Maybe a little traumatic, but he didn't have a problem after that. At that age it is a total control thing.

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  16. I think it's pretty impressive that she's almost training herself! What a clever girl!

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  17. Wow--good for you. It has crossed my mind already with Jonas, but I can't imagine he's even close to being ready yet (plus he's such a small little guy--I'm sure it'd be helpful to wait until he's big enough to get on the toilet).

    I always think it's hilarious when I take off his diaper a minute or so before putting him in the tub and he stands there and pees. I should probably be grossed out, but it's so funny.

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  18. Good to see you are having success! YAY! I for some reason dread this time for DD...hopefully she will make it easy for me and it will be quick easy and painless! HA!

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