Oh, the dreaded potty training. I can't even describe how much I've hated even the thought of it. We purchased a program called "No Sweat Potty Training" by Dana Obleman, since we had such great success with her sleep training approach.
Well, I'm sweatin' it. Audrey's doing fairly well, I think, but it's still nerve-wracking. There's a system of rewards, of course. She gets one dark chocolate M & M for going, plus two for, well, #2. It's a real treat for her, since she rarely has sweets. She also gets a sticker to put on a special chart, which she really loves.
We started off with the small potty, as Dana suggested, for a week. That first week, we had some great days, and then we had days when she didn't go potty at all...which means, of course, accidents all day. It was (and is) extremely stressful. Then again, there was the day that Gramma fed her nothing but watermelon for lunch, and she went 23 times! Yeah, lots of chocolate that day.
She's doing better, though, since she started using the big potty. Maybe she just didn't want to go in the kitchen with us staring at her. Imagine that. We're using diapers during naps and at night, but otherwise, she's wearing her big-girl underwear. She's still having some accidents, though, which I believe is normal. My problem is, I feel like I can't take her anywhere. We haven't gone to church since we started, because I hate the thought of the nursery workers having to clean up the floor and her, especially since she gets really upset when she has an accident.
David will, unfortunately, be going back to school in a couple of weeks, and I feel like I will be trapped in the house. I'm scared to take her on any play dates. I don't want her peeing on someone's carpet, or worse, pooping. I just don't know what to do. She's having a lot of separation anxiety since we went to Atlanta, and I know it's going to be hard on her when David goes back to work. That's one reason I'd love to get her out of the house as much as possible.
She also won't use her travel potty seat, even though it's just as cushy as her Sesame Street one. But the thing is so awesome; it even has its own little drawstring bag, which is washable, and it folds up so small. But Audrey wants her other one, which does NOT fold up, and she usually wants her stool as well. What am I supposed to do, lug her potty seat and stool around everywhere?
I just need to enjoy the rest of our beach vacation and stop worrying about it, I know. Easier said than done, though.