Potty Training

This post has been a long time coming and I am happy that I am finally able to tell you all that Hannah is in the works of being potty trained!

We started two weeks ago and she has been doing wonderfully! Only two small accidents and those were on day #2. She has done so well telling me when she needs to pee and holding it until she gets to the potty.

We still wear training pants during nap time and night time and when we're going to be out and about for a long time. I will slowly start taking her places in panties, as long as I know that we'll be by a bathroom. And actually, during Colson's 6 month photos, Hannah was wearing training pants but told us that she had to go pee and she actually went potty at JCPenney. I was pleasantly surprised! :o) But I am loving these diaper free days!

Here is how it all went down. :o)

I had been very lazily trying to potty train Hannah for 3-4 months. My goal was to actually have her potty trained before Colson was born but by the time I was 7 months pregnant, I quickly gave up on that dream. A couple months after Colson was born though, I figured it was time to try. I would ask her if she had to go pee in the potty and she always made an excuse and told me 'no, I have to do _____ first'. I just kind of let it go. Shame on me! There were other times I would ask her and she would actually sit on the potty. She wouldn't go though. At least she was trying, right!? *sigh* I was beginning to think that my child would be going to school in diapers. She just didn't seem interested.

But like with everything in her life, Hannah did everything on her own time. She was a lazy crawling...only ever army crawling. One night she just decided she wanted to talk in three and four word sentences--a total shock to mommy and daddy. Another night she woke up at 1:00 screaming and decided that she wanted to walk for the first time (having never taken any steps prior) and has been on the go ever since. So why should it surprise me that one day she would just go pee in the potty???

Well, let's go to two weekends ago...We were swimming at the in-laws and usually Hannah will get out of the pool and then 10 minutes later, have an accident. She never told us she had to pee so she would just go in her bathing suit and all down her legs (gross!). Well, for some reason 2 weekends ago, she was swimming and I noticed she was crossing her legs. I asked her is she had to go pee. She told me yes. Ummmm...OK, then let's go on the potty. She didn't want to at first. She started screaming. But she was still crossing her legs. At one point she actually demanded a diaper. Ummm...NO, that's not happening! We finally forced her to go sit on the potty and she finally went pee. She was so proud of herself!

The rest is history. I have been putting her in panties ever since and, like I said, only two small accidents on day #2.

I decided to go at potty training full force since that day in the pool and I am so glad I did. From the moment that Hannah first peed in that potty, something clicked with her and she got it. I stuck her in panties every time she was awake and she did not want to go pee in her panties. She would actually tell me that she had to go and we would go into the bathroom.

Quitting diapers cold turkey like this might not be for every child, but it definitely worked with Hannah. And I cannot begin tell you how happy I am to only have one child in diapers! It is so nice not having to change my almost 3 year olds diapers. SOOOO nice! I should have tried this cold turkey thing 7 months ago!

But we are so proud of our BIG girl and I think Hannah is proud of herself every time she goes in the potty. :o)

And now that we are diaper free (for the most part), Hannah's already too big 24 month and 2T shorts and pants are now WAY too big when she's wearing panties. I am actually putting my little peanuts butt into 18 month shorts. Hannah definitely does not get this 'no butt' thing from her mommy! :oP

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  1. Way to go, Hannah! Don't their little biscuits look so adorable in undies? :)

  2. Undies are the cutest on their little butts. We just went through this with my 2.5 year old. She still does pull ups at night, but otherwise, she's doing great. Good for you!


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