So today was the first day of Operation Potty Train Stella. I thought the hardest part would be being cooped up in the house with her, but actually the most difficult thing is making sure I am by her side constantly. I can't go to the other room to get water, she has to come with me. If I go potty, she's with me. I can't let her wander off and get a toy while I blog, etc. I have to be there at all times so that can I catch her in the middle of peeing her panties and scoop her up and take her to the potty. Thank God we have hardwoods and tile, I have no clue how someone with carpet would do this without replacing it afterwards! All day she'd start peeing and then be like "pee" or "potty". We started at 10:30 and by noon we were on our 3rd or 4th pair of panties. I started to worry the 12 pairs I had would not be enough and I'd have to send Tim out for an emergency panty run. She stayed dry through her nap and when she woke up I tried to get her to go on the potty since I knew she had to go, but nope. So we went to get the mail. And let me tell you, you feel a little embarassed going outside the front of your house with your two-year-old only wearing panties and a t-shirt. Don't know why this is more embarassing than with a diaper and a t-shirt, but it is! Then we got back in and sat on the couch looking at the mail. Of course this is when she chose to let out the post-nap gusher. All over the couch cushion, the floor, and my foot and flip-flop. Ewww. Later she started peeing right in the middle of me saying "remember to tell mommy when you need to go potty". I was starting to think we'd never get her to actually go in the potty! Then I went to get dinner and left Stella with Tim. And, of course, that's when she chose to go in the potty. I was very excited, but sad that after all my hard work all day I missed it. He's with her for 10 minutes and she goes. And of course, while I went to Target to get more panties and to the grocery store, she peed in the potty again for him. But hopefully tomorrow will go much better now that she's got the whole pee in the potty, get a sticker thing down.
I picked a week when we've got pretty much nothing going on so even though it's only supposed to take 3 days, I'm prepared to have to devote the whole five.
I just re-read my post and I really thought I'd be able to be more clever and wittier when I was thinking of doing this all day. But I think I'm just too freakin' tired! Oh, well, I've got a positive attitude, stickers, prizes, high-fiber treats and low-sugar juice. For Stella that is. For Mommy, I've got a well-stocked fridge of beer for bedtime;)