Sunday, January 06, 2008

Big, no HUGE happenings at the Merrill house

So, after weeks of Elena and Garrett showing no interest in going on the potty tonight we had a breakthrough!

Elena sat on the potty for a while with no success. Of course, once she was in the tub she immediately added her own water. Then after her bath she sat on the potty again because she peed in Garrett's bed. Again no success, but she was very proud of herself sitting on the big potty. Then as she headed back to the bathroom after getting dressed in her jammies, Chris noticed that she was bearing down. He quick grabbed her up and put her back on the potty. She sat and grunted for a while, then SUCCESS! ELENA POOPED ON THE POTTY!!!!! Whoo hooo! Needless to say, she was very proud of herself, and all too happy to receive her congratulatory choco, sticker and prize (a plastic pony from a farm animal set that the kids didn't open on Christmas, reserved for just such an occasion). The smile on her face was just too big and too bright! She kept talking about her pony and choco and sticker and going on the potty. Too cute!

Not to be outdone by his sister, Garrett also had to contribute tonight. Before when Elena has gotten choco for peeing on the potty he has refused to even sit on the potty, though he is adamant that he wants choco too. Well, tonight Chris and I thought that we were facing more of the same and we were all set to not force the issue. Garrett, however, had a completely different plan and absolutely refused to go into his bedroom shouting, "Potty!" Of course, we complied with his wishes, and the little man actually sat on the potty, didn't have to have Mommy or Daddy hold him on, and was very proud of himself. Mommy and Daddy, likewise, were proud of him, so he got one choco raisin for his progress and a sticker to add to the chart. Well, that about did it for him. After finishing, with no real potty results, on the big potty, he kept sitting on the little potty and telling us he was going to go pee-pee on the potty. Then he had to wash his hands and repeat the whole routine all over again.

Dare I believe that my son might finally be willing to use the potty and be done with diapers? Dare I dream that I may soon be done washing diapers every day? Could the end be in sight? I'll keep y'all posted, and for the rest of you out there potty training, how are you making progress???

17 comments:

Our Ohana said...

Come on over to our blog and read about Toby. He actually asked twice today and went (repeatedly) both times. A small but big step. I would love to only have one in diapers. Congrats on the forward motion.

Kim said...

YEAH!!! Alex has started to show some interest - but hasn't done anything yet. He can now tell us when he has gone pee pee or poo poo and sometimes he will even go into our bathroom when he has to go poo poo.

Sometimes he will sit on his little potty, and sometimes he won't. He definintely knows what you are supposed to do!!

I'm not pushing it AT ALL - he's only 20 months. But there will be much rejoicing when he goes potty in his potty!!

Christina said...

Aiden did really good for about two weeks and had his big boy undies on and then it all went downhill. He now will go in the potty but only on his time.

Barb said...

Wow! Good job kiddos! Not much success in our house. Daycare says he will sit on the potty and sometimes pee in it, but they aren't very good about tracking it for me. He's sat on it a few times at home but no luck yet. He definately understands what it is and is starting to become more aware of his bodily functions. Hopefully soon we'll have huge news here. :)

Our Family of 5 said...

YAY! That is a major accomplishment!! Good job Garrett And Miss Elena! I am so proud of you both. Keep up the good work!

Mommy on a side note, did you try RR's different versions of Chicken Noodle Soup? We made the Latin on the other night..FANTASTIC!!

Kim & Dave said...

Wow!

Way to go, kiddos!

2003beachbunch said...

I wish that we were even half that close!! Good job on the trainging though :-)

Katie said...

Good Job Kids !! We have made no progress and are back to showing no interest so I guess I will wait a while ....sigh

Tam said...

That's great news! Congrats!

Kris and Mindy said...

HURRAY THAT IS AWESOME!!!!!!! I am so happy that this happening for you as I can remember how WONDERFUL it was to be DONE with diapers with Alec. He didn't fully potty train until 3.5. It was a looong road for us but we just let him take the lead with it. When I threw that diaper pail out I was one HAPPY mommy. Good luck and I Hope it keeps going well!
Hugs

N & D said...

So happy to hear - congrats to both little ones!!

wahoo!

Anonymous said...

GOOD! Maybe your kids can show mine when we get there. We don't even have a potty yet, haven't even talked about it. We are waiting for the big move to be finished first.
See you soon Merrills!
Meg, Ben and Nathan

Kelly said...

WOOOHOOO you're getting there! Give the big boy and big girl BIG hugs from the Cash crew! How exciting!

The Collins Family said...

Hello??? Seriously, girl. Do you realize how long it's been?

Kelly said...

WTG ELENA!!!! WOOHOO BIG GIRL! And Garrett, BIG HIGH FIVE for trying!!! :)

Christine said...

Wooo-hoo! WHat a great thing.

Kris and Mindy said...

Ok girl..update your blog...I need some new pictures:-) Plus...I am tagging YOU...check out my blog for details:-)
Hugs
Mindy