So I've been afraid to blog about this for fear of inviting the jinx, but I really think that Stella has it down this time. Stella has been wearing panties since yesterday morning, without any accidents, even at school today! Since last week she's been going at least once a day in the potty, some days twice, completely independently. Like she says, "I have to go potty" and then runs in there and takes care of business. We follow shortly afterwards. Sunday night when Daniel was over, she just went in there with him and peed all on her own! We didn't believe it when she told us, we had to verify with Sean, who was on potty supervising duty, that yep, she did it.
I am soooo excited! Yesterday she suddenly was just like, "I have to go potty" and she peed or pooped as appropriate all day long. I guess it all just clicked for her. This reminds me yet again that Stella will do things when Stella is ready to do them, not when we want her to do them. It was entirely her doing. She is independent and proud and will only do things when she has mastered them. Also I think, as T. Berry Brazelton says, kids can't use the potty before their bladder/brain relationship matures and they can control their muscles/realize they have to go early enough to get it all done. I think that Stella has finally got all the pieces in place. I swear, yesterday and today have been two of the happiest days of my life, after my wedding day and Stella's birth!
Ah, if I can just have 3 or 4 months without diapers, I will be a happy woman!