Well, one day we were enjoying a sweet little play date with Gianna's friend Annie, and her mom asked me if Gianna was potty-trained. With a lowered head and apologetic tone, I shook my head no. "Not yet. I know I should, but...."
And then, my wonderful friend looked at me and said, "Girl, I didn't potty train Annie til she was 3 1/2 and that's ONLY because she was starting school. I just loved the convenience of diapers and wasn't ready to give it up."
I breathed a sigh of relief - completely relating to her philosophy. Well, that was it for me. I decided I wasn't going to push the issue at all. I decided Gianna would train when she was good and ready.
And wouldn't you know? The flippin' next week she started asking if she could sit on the potty. So much for postponing for mom's convenience. So a couple of times every day, she sat on the potty with her books. TONS of books. And she'd stay on the potty for a long time....with absolutely no action.
...focusing primarily on Number 1 and Number 2 (ha!).
Sitting. Reading. Singing. Talking. Sitting.
Divine Intervention or just the perfect combination of motivation and luck.....
we hit the jackpot!
There was dancing, singing, jubilant yells, ponies, candy!
That was a week ago....and we've yet to fill the potty again.
But we still have the memory....and the motivation. Who could ask for more. At least Mommy's a more willing participant in the process now.
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I'm not quite sure how I got suckered into the next adventure, but the day following the potty party Gianna convinced me to haul her potty outside so she could be further motivated. What was I thinking? Didd I really want to start that tradition? Maybe because it was the day she was recovering from her little "eye incident" and I was bending over backward to appease her.
It didn't do a thing for the potty training effort....which is probably a good thing.
I'm happy to report that she's yet to request another outdoor "visit."
So it is that we are embarking on another adventure. (But I'm not saying good-bye to diapers any time soon.)