Friday, 5 August 2016

Potty Training Diary: Week 3

At the end of Week 3 of potty training, I feel like we've pretty much cracked it; Emma has been making great progress and seems to be much more at ease with using the potty or the toilet.  Hopefully from now on it will just keep getting easier, but of course, I could be wrong.

I could be very wrong.

If there's one thing I know, it's that you never know - especially with a two year old!

Before I tell you about how we got on this week, you may want to catch up on the previous episodes of our Potty Training Diary in Week 1: Days 1 & 2Days 3, 4 & 5Days 6, 7 & 8 and in Week 2

Potty training diary


I don't think I need to go into so much detail about each day as it will probably get a bit repetitive and boring, so I'm just going to summarise Emma's progress this week and give you the most important points.

She was eating quite a bit better than she had been the previous week, and drinking a little more liquid, though I still think she probably needs to drink and eat more.  There's room for improvement, let's just say.

This week she did between one and four wees per day, most of them on the potty or the toilet.  We just had two accidents all week - one on Tuesday when Emma was playing downstairs and didn't tell us in time that she needed to use the potty, the other on Friday morning when there was suddenly a puddle on the bedroom floor.  Both times she got very upset about it.

She was suffering from constipation for a few days then was mostly back to normal.  When she did do a poo she used the potty.

What I thought might complicate things was a trip to Mexico City at the weekend.  On Sunday, we went to Emma's cousin's fifth birthday party and stayed with family there, coming back on Tuesday morning.  I decided it would be easiest for Emma to wear pull-ups while we were away, but in fact, they stayed clean and dry for the whole trip!

The journey there took about three and a half hours, due to some heavy traffic, but Emma slept for a good part of the journey and never once said she needed to pee.  When we arrived at the party and lots of people - some she knew, some she didn't - were coming up to her to say hello, she suddenly started crying inconsolably and clinging to us.  I took her to the bathroom, thinking she had probably done a wee, but the pull-up was dry and she didn't want to sit on the toilet and didn't want to wee, so I didn't force her.  She had calmed down by then and we went back out to the party.  She was happy for a while eating a bit of chocolate cake, but was still clingy and on the verge of tears.

A bit later, she suddenly cried out, "pee pee!"  So I whisked her into the bathroom again, found her pull-up dry and sat her on the toilet.  Actually, I think I asked her if she wanted to sit on th big toilet and she said yes.  She did a wee immediately, with me holding her up - she didn't seem to mind the precariousness though.  I was so proud of her for using the big toilet!

After that she was back to her normal self, playing with her cousins, running and jumping around and not letting go of her balloon.  She used the toilet once more while we were at the party and I could hardly believe what a big girl she was being.

We stayed at my husband's cousin's home and Emma used the toilet there several times, successfully. She also used the toilet in a restaurant we went to.  When we got back home on Tuesday she happily sat on her potty and did a wee!

This is why I'm now feeling very positive about Emma's potty training progress.  Since we got back from our trip she's been using the potty more frequently, and sits for less time on the potty - now she usually does a wee almost as soon as she sits down, whereas before it would take a bit of time before anything came out.  I guess that's a sign that she feels more comfortable with the whole idea of peeing in the potty.  She is also going much sooner after getting up in the morning, so is not holding it in unnecessarily.

We'll see how she continues and how she gets on when I go back to work next week (too soon!), but I'm definitely feeling optimistic!

So, what happened next?  What was the next step in our potty training journey?  How did we manage night time potty training?  Read my last post in the series to find out:  Successful Potty Training - How we did it + 5 Essential Tips for Potty Training Success (with the benefit of hindsight!)


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15 comments:

  1. Aw good job! This time can be so difficult but looks like you are both doing amazing! #KCACOLS

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    1. Thanks! It's been a challenge, but I think we're most of the way there!

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  2. I am also potty training and am happy to say we are 95% of the way there - I've written about my most hilarious moments over on my own blog. Glad it's working well #KCACOLS

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    1. Well done! I have to go and have a look at your post!

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  3. Sounds like fantastic progress! I am absolutely dreading potty training when the time comes, although she already hates her nappy at 15 months so you never know. Keep up the great work :-) Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday xx

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  4. Sounds like fantastic progress! I am absolutely dreading potty training when the time comes, although she already hates her nappy at 15 months so you never know. Keep up the great work :-) Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday xx

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  5. Wow, sounds like she's doing really well! Do great that she did so well at the party too! x #KCACOLS

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  6. Well done, sounds like you've cracked it. There will always be little accidents but you definitely have turned a corner with it all and that's the hard bit won! Congrats! Thanks for sharing on #fortheloveofBLOG X

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  7. Well done to your little one! We are having mixed success here :/ We had an absolute disaster in a public loo this week!! #KCACOLS

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    1. Eek! I guess it takes time. Good luck!

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  8. Sounds like Emma is doing great. I remember cracking daytime with my eldest but took us ages to get dry at night. That could have benefits my fear though and sticking with pull ups for too long!! #anythinggoes

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  9. Sounds like Emma is doing great. I remember cracking daytime with my eldest but took us ages to get dry at night. That could have benefits my fear though and sticking with pull ups for too long!! #anythinggoes

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    1. I'm really proud of her, she's been doing really well. We haven't had any accidents in ages now!

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  10. I'm so pleased, Emma is progressing really well. My girl was quite quick to learn but my boys took longer and were a lot later at learning. It's great that she's not peeing in her pull ups as I had to stop using them, because my girl was lazy if I used them. We only used them overnight in the end! :) Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes Janet :)

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    1. Generally Emma only uses pull-ups at night now, but they almost always stay dry.

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