Ok, so I don’t really believe that EXTREMELY pessimistic view but sometimes it seems that way. Hazel did amazing on Monday and used the potty perfectly before nap. Then she woke up. She had wet her pull-up but that’s ok, not worried about that. We were going to follow Teri Crane’s method and practice using the potty all afternoon. She had one accident an hour after she woke up. I thought that was great because after an accident we could work on getting to the potty. Well 3 1/2 hours later was the next time she did aaaaaannnnyyything! Ok, so I got a little discouraged at the lack of pee. I was pumping her full of liquids. Nothing. We had fun. We played. We celebrated. No pee. No poop.
Yesterday morning comes. Same thing. Pee in the pull-up. No biggy. Not worried about overnight. 4 1/2 hours later and she finally peed! F.O.U.R and a H.A.L.F! How in the world are we supposed to practice and learn how to use the potty if she only pees every 4 1/2 hours??? At that rate we would only have what like one accident a day. Hey, I could live with that. We won’t wear diapers OR be potty trained.
So there’s the story and then Mommy had a very slow epiphany. Can you even have slow epiphany’s? I thought of my little scoocher, the girl who didn’t crawl but just got around on her bum and who didn’t walk until she was 17 months old. Some have said that it’s due to her broken fractured leg at one year. I think it’s more because until then she couldn’t do it perfectly. I think she stumbled once when she started walking and then was practically perfect. I have seen other little kids start walking the minute their feet could hold them up. Hazel would never stand for that. Pun intended.
So how do I let her be perfect at using the potty before she learns to use it? How do I encourage her and help her to understand that mistakes are ok? I don’t yell at her or even get upset when she pees on the floor but tonight she won’t even go to sleep because she is afraid of pooping in her bed but doesn’t want to put a diaper or pull-up on. I think she’s trying to please everyone but is worrying too much. Oh. My. Goodness. I have a girl on my hands.