Monday, October 26, 2009

'I want to do it myself!'

We've all heard that phrase before. It usually comes from the mouth of a 2 yr old. Maybe even earlier, but that's the age it usually starts.

Lily has been potty trained for 2 weeks which is fantastic. I was so resistant to this knowing that it would require much more of me once she decided it was time to give up diapers. And that's just what she did, decided one day she was done being a little girl. Only a few accidents later and no more diapers.

Another one of her big decisions happened today. She decided that she didn't want my help. In fact, she told me multiple times to go out of the bathroom while she goes. My first response was, hey, you don't tell me what to do. The second was, well, she has to go sometime and this means she doesn't need my help.

We did great until 4 o'clock when I heard her scream, I need to go potty and run as fast as her little legs would take her. Then I heard blood curdling screams. I thought she of course fell in the toilet. Nope, she peed her pants. She was mortified.

'Change me! Change me!", she yells at the tops of her lungs in between screams. She only had her panties on so there wasn't too much to change. She then proceed to yell, "change me" as if she wanted me to remove the skin on her legs to free her from the wetness. I was trying hard not to laugh at her response to this normal, albeit, uncomfortable experience. Really, she was this bothered by peeing her pants? I guess this is good thing.

Once off the potty she told me that she no longer wanted to be a big girl. "I'm a little girl mama, put my diaper on". No way, kiddo. You are in this for the long haul.

Now if I could just figure out how to teach my 4 year old not to pee at night. This one is going to take some time. And the solution cannot include a load of dirty sheets everyday.


Bekah said...

Hi there. I'm a friend of Aimee's and a fellow mama of 3, and I love reading about your adjustments, since I am just a bit further along this crazy journey (4 1/2 and 3 year old boys and a 12 month old daughter). Potty training a 2 year old while caring for an infant is super fun, isn't it? :) This story totally cracked me up.

As far as Eloise, do you take her to go potty during the night at all? My mom is always telling me to do this with my boys when they were waking up to go pee several times at night. If you are up with little one, you could just take her on your way back to bed. Anyway, good luck with that!!


kate said...

bekah - that's a good idea. I didn't think about the fact that I'm up anyway. Eloise tried to potty train at night a few months before Sam was born but didn't catch onto it. But I'm thinking the problem is in the morning. She gets up and just goes in her diaper instead of going potty. So I'm thinking about catching her in the early morning to see what happens.

Shelby said...

Lily is such a big girl! I love it!

You know it will all come in due time Kate. All too quickly if you ask me! I still love diapers ):

RachelC said...

Lily is such a trip!

I'm an "all in good time" kinda gal... we're still in pullups (well, GoodNights) at age 7 here! Just waiting for her little body to develop.

Allison said...

That's too funny! Chances are (and fingers crossed) you won't have many accidents with Lily if that's her reaction!

Ellie is still in pull-ups at night. She was dry all night about 6 months ago and then started wetting the bed again, so after two weeks of washing the sheets and jammies every morning we mutually agreed to go back to the pull-ups. But I think the early morning thing would probably work well for us, too.

amanda said...

"I was so resistant to this knowing that it would require much more of me once she decided it was time to give up diapers."

this is soooo me!! everyone is telling me beans is ready - which hello i know! it's me that's not ready!!