Saturday, July 25, 2009


Warning: Okay, if you're not into toddler toilet-training stories, it might behoove you to skip this blog post. :) I (Amy) PROMISE not to be the parent that updates you on every single bowel movement, and I know even this is probably TMI (too much information) for almost all of you dear, faithful blog readers, but I think today's milestone is worth reporting and recording. (And you'll be glad there's no pictures...)

So, everybody's got their own theory on potty training, right? And even at the doctor's office they tell you not to even start potty training until kids are around 2 yrs old. Well, Marc's parents had given us a little Elmo potty for Caroline for the future, and we just so happened to get it out yesterday & attach the little seat on top of the big toilet. (in the formerly pepto-pink bathroom, nonetheless...) Granted, Caroline is only 17 months, and I'm in no hurry to pressure her to do anything, especially potty training, before she's ready.

Well anyway, after changing one of Caroline's diapers today, I just thought it'd be interesting to see what would happen if I set her on the potty. (I envisioned it perhaps taking weeks or months just to get her used to the feeling of sitting down while she would want to squirm off of it.)

"Do you want to go sit down on your potty like a big girl?" I asked.
She seemed interested. Afterall, we've read books about using the potty, and those of you with kids know that they like to be close observers of everything YOU do throughout the day... :)

So I sat her on there bare-bottomed, and said, "Do you want to go tee-tee?"
We talked & smiled for another minute, and all of a sudden I heard the sound of peeing!!! We both laughed & celebrated! Marc rushed up to see what all the commotion was about and then we celebrated right there as a family together.

And as if that wasn't exciting enough, after lunch I noticed some, um.... grunting, shall we say, so just out of curiosity, I said, "Do you want to go sit on your potty and go poopy?" and she walked to the bathroom ahead of me.

Same story. Sat her on there, talked & relaxed for a minute or so, and then her eyes got a little bigger than normal as she looked at me and we both heard plop, plop, plop! :) WOW!

Is this just beginners luck? I am in shock that she even knows what to do on a toilet! I mean, she wasn't showing the "classic" signs that you look for to begin potty training, but hey- while it's an enjoyable "activity" to her, why not take a few fun trips to the potty a day?? :)


  1. Girl - all you can do is try. We started this with E at about 18 mos and she showed great interest, but then she wasn't fully trained until right at her 3rd birthday. But you never know until you try....keep it up! It's exhausting work, but SO worth it!

  2. infant awareness...i think that's what a lot of folks are into now...also it's what most of the world uses with babies/toddlers. my nephew was essentially trained that way.

  3. Nanny & PapaJuly 26, 2009 at 1:30 PM


    I knew you were ready to try it. It may not work every time and there will be set backs and disappointments, but that is a great start!!! We are very proud of you. Be consistent mommy and daddy. It will pay off.

    Yeaaaaaaaaa, Caroline.

    Love y'all,

    Nanny & Papa