Saturday, October 18, 2008

Life with Megan ~ 3 days of potty training

Last week I decided to really work at getting Megan potty trained. She is now 2 1/2 and I thought it would be nice to get it done! I decided to follow a method where you have 3 days of intensive training and then you should be completely done. The child is never to go out of your sight. This would have been pretty easy to do with Mara as she was the first and only child and she did everything with me pretty much. Megan however likes to do stuff with me but also likes to do stuff by herself or just with her older siblings so keeping a constant eye on her was a challenge. The first couple of days were interesting but on the last day she did seem to be getting it for the most part. She still is not all the way there but we aren't having that many accidents and we are certainly over the hump! It is pretty exciting to be done with diapers!

I took a bunch of pictures of Megan helping me and so I thought it would be fun to share.
~Helping to make bread.
~ She helped put together a centerpiece for our table.
~ She and the other kids helped to cut up broccoli (a couple of 5 gallon buckets full from Mom and Dad) to blanch and freeze.
~She enjoyed stirring our laundry detergent.
~Busy scrubbing the stove top.

~Taste testing some raw pumpkin.
~Ready to help make salsa.
~Playing legos out at the table. Usually they play in the boys room and I went in and played with them for a while (Which the older kids thought was pretty neat since I don't do that very often) but then I wanted to get some other things done so they brought them out to the table so I could still keep an eye on her.


martha said...

What a beautiful smile!

miranda said...

she looks like she is a great helper. My Kadence is when she chooses to be. But "helping" isn't really how she would prefer it. She likes to take charge and do it herself. ( I think it is an oldest sibling thing because I find myself like that often). What is your recipe for salsa? I like mine pretty mild, with very few chunks. So we usually just puree the store brand and that does the trick. I would like to try making it though.

MrsMoney said...

WOW you are amazing if you can do all that with the kids!! I admire you!! :)

Angie said...

do you keep clothes on her or just a dipe or what? We are thinking about working a little more intensely on training but I am not sure how to do it I htink I am going to go the sticker chart way to start. HE LOVES STICKERS! We will see. I am ready like you to be done with diapers!

Abbi said...

Thanks everybody!
Miranda, I don't really have a salsa recipe, I just make one up using what I have. Also I don't think you would like mine as I like chunks and spicy!

Angie, For our 3 days of intense potty training we used just shirts and panties. Now she is wearing regular clothes. It was funny becuase she loves to undress and run around naked whenever she can but those 3 days she asked for pants several times. The method we used said to totally get rid of any diapers you had. We cheated a little bit and she did wear a diaper to church and a few other places at first but now she doesn't, though if it is for a long period I will stick to training panties with a plastic outside. We never did try a sticker chart but I think that does help a lot of kids a lot.


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