I’m going to try not to be overly graphic, but I feel this is something that needs to be recorded and commemorated.
Previous efforts at potty training Elspeth have been half-hearted at best, and led by her rather than encouraged by us. I’m not really sure why that is; possibly a combination of uncertainty, unwillingness to pressure her, and – honestly – a bit of laziness.
But today I am flat out refusing to put a nappy on her. It’s underpants or nothing, mostly nothing so far.
The first three wees were on the floor. Each time I got her to help me clean up, then reminded her to sit on the potty next time she wanted to do a wee. The next two were on the potty. I didn’t need to prompt her, remind her, or ask her if she needed to. She called out, ‘I’m doing a wee!’ and I looked up from something else to see her sitting on the potty of her own volition. The second time was the same.
She loves her chart, and is keen to choose a sticker and stick it on after each go. She’s looking at it right now, saying, ‘A heart, a flower, a flower, a flower, a star. A beautiful chart I got!’
I’m really proud and happy, I’m hoping this is a definitive turning point. I’d love to have one kid out of nappies, not least for the sake of our poor overflowing bin!