Monday, July 20, 2009

Potty Training Success!

This weekend was a real treat. For the past few months we've been working on potty training. It started out we just introduced the idea to Bailey and let her get familiar with the "baby" potty. We had her sitting on it every night before and after bath. Every now and then she would go in the potty and we would offer lots of praise and excitement. Then we started having her sit on it more often, then we moved to the potty seat on the big potty, and then we introduced the reward system. Every time she "went", she got 1 M&M, or "circle" as she calls them. Well, for my poor little sugar deprived child (being that we are kind of sugar-Nazis) this was a real treat. And for some reason she really likes the blue "circles". We had gotten to the point where if we sat her on the potty she would usually go, but she wasn't to the point where she was telling us when she had to go. Then one Saturday morning she looked at me and said "Blue circle momma", I asked her if she needed to go potty and she said "Yeah" and took off towards the bathroom, and sure enough, she had to go! From this point on she has gotten better and better about telling us when she has to go. This past weekend, from Friday at 5:00 up until Sunday night, she only went in her diaper 5 or 6 times (not including naps and bedtime of course). How excited am I?!?!? She is doing so well and I am so proud of her. And every time she has to go she simply says "Blue circle". Which, after thinking about it, is really nice. This should hopefully help us avoid the "I have to pee-pee!" scream out in public. It's like we have our own little code phrase. She even went to the bathroom while we were at Pizza Hut on Friday night and several times at Justin & Shana's house last night. What a big girl! So, this is for you Bailey... I'm so proud of my big girl!!

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