Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Potty Training Newsflash

Smiley Meggie
After 18 long months of on-and-off, try-this-and-try-that, frustrating, puzzling, and discouraging potty training with Meg, it appears that we may have had a breakthrough. Just before we left for Louisville last week, we started a new sticker chart for our girl. When she reaches a certain number of stickers, she gets a prize (such as a date with Daddy, or the head bands that she wanted from the drugstore). We hoped that this would help both with consistency in the fluids department (since she's been able to do that on the potty for a long time but often didn't want to), and with motivation in the solids department (since she's been terrified, apparently, to even try that). So the day we started the sticker chart ended up being the day before we left for Louisville. When we came back, I was hoping to jump right back into it, but I didn't know how Meg would do.

Well, last night as we were getting Meg and Matthew undressed for bed, Meg announced, "Tonight's the night that I wear my underwear all night long!" Quite honestly, my heart sank, and I rolled my eyes at Dave behind Meg's back. I didn't want to stifle her enthusiasm or discourage her from trying, but it seemed like lousy timing. We just moved Matthew into Meg's room about a month ago, and they've required frequent intervention to smooth out the bumps in that transition. Now I was picturing myself doing multiple, groggy sheet-and-pajama changes in the middle of the night, having both Meg and Matthew awake in the wee sma's, trying to get them back to sleep after a big to-do...

Oh, me of little faith! After one well-intentioned but ill-fated attempt at a preemptive strike (Dave and I dragged Meg out of bed last night before we went to sleep to give her a chance to pee), our girl woke up this morning fresh as a daisy and accident free! She was declaring herself diaper-free forever, but I wasn't sure what would happen at nap time, which is when she usually... well, you know.

So nap time came and went, and when it was over MEG HAD POOPED IN THE POTTY! I think she woke up having to go, and she must have raced down the bunk-bed ladder and hit the potty just almost in time... I had to toss that pair of undies, but the bulk made it into the bowl. (I know, I know, this is just way too much detail for some of you [cough, cough Dad Wilcox].) But I have been waiting and praying for this for a loooooong time now, and I must commemorate and celebrate this day!

We are SO proud of our girl, and so grateful to those of you who advised us to give her space and encouraged us that it would "click" for her one day. It looks like that day may have come... I'm cautiously optimistic, and very, very grateful (thank You, Lord!) for this sign of hope.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Meg got it!!! YEAH for the parents too!! She is just beautiful!! I can't wait to hear Grandpa Don's comments when he reads this! Jan

Mike and Sarah said...

Wuhoo! I'm reminded of a message by CJ that a faithful friend recently sent me...

Nicole said...

Brady just started going potty in the last month. We had a sticker chart, too. He got 1 sticker for #1, and 2 stickers for #2. It didn't take long before we went to Chuck E. Cheese's.

Congratulations, Meg!

Eva & Solomon said...

Yay! Great news:)

Shannon Anderson said...

Yeah Meg. Way to go big girl.

christy said...

Interesting...we had a very similar experience with Maddie. Then Caleb up and potty trained himself at 2 1/2. Maybe Matthew will do the same for you!