It is with serious dread and trepidation that I am here to inform you that potty training commences tomorrow. We have a relatively quiet week with not much planned away from home, so it’s perfect timing to “batten down the hatches.” I’m rolling up the rugs, and heading out to purchase some prizes, pull-ups and tarps (ha!). Do they sell patience at Target?? I think I’m going to need to stock up.
We’re actually going to use “training pants” here at home, and just use pull-ups for when we have to be out and about where a bathroom might not be readily available. Jenna’s totally psyched about her new “grown-up” underwear and her princess potty seat (above), so hopefully they provide some good incentive. She loves stickers, so I’m stocking up. I’m making a “Potty Party” chart and we’ll log each success with a sticker. At first, three successes will earn a prize, and we’ll gradually extend the number of successes required to cash in. Since Jenna hates sweets, we don’t have the usual advantage of bribery rewarding with candy, BUT…she DOES love popcorn, so I think I’ll stock up on that too. Food in general isn’t a big reinforcer for her, however, so I need to have more goodies in my arsenal than that. Why do I seriously feel like I’m preparing for battle?? In all honesty, I’ve been putting this off, not so much because I didn’t think Jenna was ready, but more because I KNEW I wasn’t ready. Jenna has now started to suddenly stand still and announce, “I’m pooping, Mommy!” (although she resists any gentle suggestions to move to the potty) and she wants her diaper changed IMMEDIATELY when she’s finished. My little neat freak HATES being messy. All good signs that she’s ready, but I feel my shoulder muscles bunching with tension when I even think about it and I think I’m developing an eye twitch. Sigh. I’ll be very glad when this stage is over.