Potty Training Diary: Days 6, 7 & 8

Our first week of potty training ended with the realisation that this is going to take a while, probably longer than I'd hoped.  Potty training in three days?  I don't think so!

If you've missed the first two installments of our journey you can catch up here with my Potty Training Diary Days 1 & 2 and Days 3, 4 & 5.

Potty training diary

Day 6 (very successful)
It was a Saturday.  Emma had a dry nappy in the morning, as usual, which I took off after breakfast and put some knickers on her.  I kept asking her if she wanted to sit on the potty, but she didn't.  She seemed to be quite tired still from all the walking and excitement of the previous day and spent most of the morning flopping around lazily on my bed.  She didn't want to play or really do anything.

Meanwhile, me and Eduardo were running around like headless chickens trying to clean and tidy at least the downstairs part of the house (as if it's that big, it's really not at all!) as we were having visitors over in the afternoon and, quite honestly, the house was a tip.  So I was popping in and out of the bedroom at intervals to check on Emma, trusting her to at least get off the bed if she suddenly needed to use the potty!

There was no need to worry.  I lost track of the exact time, but somewhere between 1 and 3pm Emma finally decided to sit on the potty and did a lot of wee.  Yay!  A short while later she wanted to sit down again.  This time her grandmother was with her and I was downstairs when I got called upstairs again.  Emma said "Sorpresa!" and showed me a big poo in the potty!  I made a big fuss of her for this achievement!

A bit later, Eduardo's uncle and aunt arrived ("Tito" and "He-ha" to Emma!) and we went outside to the palapa, a little communal terrace area with tables and chairs next to the pool, to have snacks, a dip in the pool, then lunch.  Luckily it has a roof, so we were shaded from the sun and when it suddenly started to pour down with rain, we didn't get wet!  I put Emma in a pull-up to go outside, I don't know if this was the right or wrong thing to do.  We came back inside quite late and Emma fell asleep early after all the swimming and jumping around outside.

Day 7 (not so good)
Sunday saw a distinct lack of potty action.  In the morning Emma had a wet nappy, then during the day we had two little accidents only a few steps away from the potty. The second one was white we were talking to my sister over Skype, so she got to share in the fun an games, too!  So that meant two puddles on the floor that turned into rivers as I tried to get her to the potty mid-pee and two pairs of wet knickers to wash and a twice-upset Emma.  She really seems to hate it when that happens and gets very upset, despite my trying to convince her that it's okay, we can easily clean it up and get Emma clean and dry.  I never tell her off when that happens or get annoyed.  I suppose it's a good sign that she doesn't like it.  And at least she wasn't holding it in.

Day 8 (reasonably good)
On Monday, she woke with a dry nappy and didn't do anything until around 12.40pm (very precise, I know, I noted down the time!) when she did a lot of wee in the potty - yippee!  I was starting to get worried about how much she was holding in, she was going a long time without weeing at all.  I can't manage that!  However the next 48 hours would turn out to be even worse....

To be continued in Week 2 of the Potty Training Diary....

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  1. so every day turns out differently huh? This potty training doesn't sound like fun at all. I'll wait a while.. even though my toddler is already not a fan of changing diapers I know he's not ready for all that heh. #KCACOLS

  2. Oh gosh potty training sounds really hard, but it is every parent's right of passage. Well done for perservering as I know some people who go back to nappies if it's not successful. It sounds like it's been pretty successful for you, apart from the odd little accident. I hope by now Emma is fully potty trained. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x