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Potty, Potty and More Potty

Posted Feb 03 2009 1:00am
They always say you can potty train girls easier than boys, right?

I guess I have found that to be true since Payton has picked up on it so easily ... the only problem is that we have not been persistent enough. I hang my head in shame.

We introduced her to the potty several months ago. She has used the potty. She has signed for the potty. But not consistently. I guess it would have helped if we had been persistent.

But she did just turn 3 years old.

After we found out that Payton had Down syndrome, I guess I just expected that she would be potty trained later than a typical child. And I do still think that is true. I dunno ... I also think sometimes I don't give her the credit she deserves because I constantly have the words "developmental delay" coming at me from outside sources.

But I know she can do it. Even though she can't verbally tell me, she can tell me by patting her diaper, which is her sign for "potty". I think it sort of hit me this past week when I saw her diaper ... hanging essentially to her knees. She is a big girl now and big girls produce a higher volume of urine. We gotta get this girl potty trained!

So this weekend I set off to do just that.

I dragged her little potty into the kitchen and put her in a pair of her brother's barely worn undies that no longer fit him. Note to self: go to Target and buy some princess undies. We set the timer and took Payton to the potty every 30 minutes. She did great ... peed and even pooped in her potty ... but she also peed through two pair of underwear. Sigh.

So off with the underwear and back to the pull ups. I guess I figured we should get through our two days of 30 minute potty breaks before we needed to pull out the undies. She has really done awesome and has been signing "potty" in between potty breaks when she has had to go. She pooped three or four times this weekend and each time has been on the potty. Too much information, I know ... but whatever, this is a story about potty training. There was also one point that she was upstairs with Kyle and she got up on the big potty all by herself to do her thing. The only problem was she couldn't get off the potty ... but whatever, I think the fact that she took herself to the potty is amazing!

I'm sort of nervous about how this week will go since she'll be in school four mornings. I know her special needs school will be on this, but her typical preschool ... umm, perhaps not so much. We shall see. Persistence is key, after all.

So tomorrow I'm off to Target to buy some princess undies ... how exciting is that?!
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