Wednesday, February 9, 2011


After this morning I am throwing in the towel.  Overall Olivia is not ready.  She has progressed but I need to leave my house or I am going to go CRAZY!!!!  Even if she was 100% trained on the potty chair I still couldn't take her out because she won't go on a big toilet. says do not put pull ups on your child or it will confuse them.  I agree but again I need to have a life!  I can't stay in my house 24 hours a day 7 days a week constantly watching to see if Olivia needs to pee. 

Here is how the last 12 hours played out to help me make my decision.

1:40 AM Olivia got herself out of bed and ran to the potty chair.  She didn't make it in time because her underwear was wet but her bed was still dry.  =)

8:45 AM Olivia woke up dry and she said she didn't have to go potty.

Just when I was considering putting a pull up on her...

9:00 AM Olivia said she had to go potty.  (Underwear was still dry) As I was pulling her pants down she started to pee getting  little on her underwear but the rest made it into the chair making it SING!

Geez she is sending me mix signals!


10:00 AM I was doing a load of laundry and Olivia told me she pooped her pants. =(

12:00 AM I noticed she was grabbing her underwear which was still dry.  I tried to put her on the potty chair but she threw a fit so I reminded her to let me know when she had to potty.

12:13 PM  She peed her pants and the floor.

DONE!  I put a pull up on her and told her they were big girl pants and she still needs to let me know when she has to go potty.  I will try again in a couple of months when she is ready.

Thanks for the advice from everyone!  You were right and I was wrong! 

Thanks to Steve, Sasha, Melissa, Elizabeth and Jaimee to help me make that final decision.  After Olivia's nap we are leaving the house! =)

I spoke with Sasha this morning and she made a very valid point.  You can't teach a child something if they are not ready to be taught. (I know Anna and my friend Kelly told me this the other day!  I just wanted to give it more time) I can still work on little things.  Graduate her to pull ups for a while and when she shows more interest in the potty chair graduate her back to underwear.

Steve also made another good point.  Maybe if we stop trying she will want to try on her own.

"I can only speak from my experience with my son....we tried when he turned 2 and it was not working! Then at 2.5 we tried again and it was one day of messes and that was it! We haven't had problems since. It was the easiest thing in the world!"
~Melissa Carpenter

"Parker showed interest a few months before she turned 2 for a couple weeks. Then she wanted nothing to do with it until 6 months later and we had it down in a few days."
~Elizabeth Norris

 "I agree with the other 2 girls. I tried with Brady when he was 2 and it was a disaster. Waited until he was almost 3 and it was pretty easy. With Ella, she had really bad diaper rash when she was a little over 2 and I was going to have her just run around with nothing on to get some air to it...she wanted underwear and the rest was history. I would wait and try again in a couple of months. :)"
~Jaimee Tate

Julie thanks for your encouragement but unless you want to stay at my house until Olivia is trained no thank you!  I need to get of here!  =)

"Keep going! A lot of people believe that you shouldn't start potty training until the child is 3, and by that time they are already set in their ways and the training takes months to accomplish. She is old enough and she will get this if you keep it up.

Again, watch for her signals and draw attention to the fact that she needs to use the potty. Offer repeated reminders and FLOOD her with praises. Give her the opportunity to initiate the potty trips before you rush in and take over. We want to teach her to monitor her own potty cues, as well as teach her to communicate her need to go potty to you so keep it up. She will come through this.

I see that you are giving M&Ms as a reward, which is wonderful. I like to have something that the child can visually associate with their progress so that they can see how well they are doing. If you have the opportunity, setting up a simple progress sticker chart may help motivate her to do better in making it to the potty so that she can put another sticker on her chart.

I am a firm believer in continuing the training until the child has 'got it', unless of course the child is struggling with negative associations and is resisting the training due to fear, anxiety, etc. If she is willing to work with you, keep it up! You can do this and so can she."

-Julie Jensen

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Potty Training Day 5 - OLIVIA


Keep training or pull the plug?  Positives from today: Olivia is waking up dry from nap and bed time and....she finally went poop on the potty and we didn't have to change her underwear!!  Negatives: she is still wetting her pants before she makes it to the bathroom.  If anyone has suggestions on how I can get her to the bathroom in time I am all ears.  I also have a feeling she might not be able to read her body's signals.  I am trying to teach her to read the signals by rushing her to the potty chair as she is wetting herself in hopes she will finish on the potty. 


Good Morning Sunshine!

=)  7:45 AM  Olivia wakes up dry!  YEAH

She would not sit on the potty chair so I didn't force her.

=(  8:15 AM As we are eating breakfast she starts peeing.  Why is she not telling me when she starts to pee? 


10:40 AM Olivia says she has to pee.  She came and told me. =)  However she is a little wet.  I put her on the big toilet and this upset her so I put her on the potty chair and ....nothing! =(  She would stand up and I could see pee trickeling down her leg so I put her back on the potty chair.  She is crying at this point saying she is all done.

10:47 AM She is crying again saying she is all done.  When I ask if she still has to go potty she changes her mind and says she would like to be left alone to keep trying.  I think she has to poop because she did not poop yesterday or today.

11:10 AM  She is still on the potty...nothing.  =(

Peek - A-

During this time I was talking with my good friend Sasha and I thought it might be a good idea to bring Olivia to her house tomorrow.  Why?  Because her daughter Savannah is nine months older then Olivia and is going potty on a regular toilet.  This way Savannah can show Olivia the ropes.  Olivia is more motivated by kids her own age.  I could tell she was way more interested in potty training when her cousins were rooting on Sully.  Without Cullen, Avery, Addison and Sully I need to find more cheerleaders! Tomorrow we are headed to the Speikers for a potty training lesson with Savannah!

12:00 PM Lunch

1:15 PM Olivia says she has to go potty and this time her underwear is completely dry.  I put her on the potty...wait...and nothing.  She says she is all done.

1:20 PM NAP TIME  (I am extremely nervous because Olivia has not gone potty since 10 AM this morning)

3:20 PM Olivia wakes up dry!

I tried to get her to potty and she did not want to sit on the potty chair.

3:30 PM I noticed she kept grabbing her underwear so I talked her into going potty.  As soon as I pulled down her underwear she started to pee making the potty chair SING! =)  She got a little on her underwear but I caught her right in time.



4:30 PM Oliva told me she had to go potty.  Her underwear was still dry.  I put her on the chair and she started to cry.  I left her alone in the bathroom which usually calms her down.  (I don't blame her I wouldn't want anyone to watch me go to the bathroom!=))  15 minutes later I heard Olivia call out.  "ALL DONE!"  Inside the potty chair was a large piece of poop! =)  THANK YOU JESUS!  OLIVIA HAS POOPED IN THE POTTY CHAIR!!!!!  Her underwear was still dry it made it through another round! =)

M&M's and.....


Mommy & Olivia

6:06 PM  Steve and Oliva were playing hide and seek.  Olivia ran in the kitchen and she started dripping pee.  GRRRR!  Steve put her on the potty and....NOTHING! 

7:30 PM Wet her pants. =(

8:30 PM Bed Time

9:30 PM Olivia came running out and said she had to go potty.  She started to pee as we were running back to the bathroom.  =(  She stopped peeing when I put her on the potty chair.  I went to check her bed and it was still dry. =)

I am not sure what to do at this point?  Keep going or try when she is a little older?  My gut still says give her more time....

3 day potty training has now turned into 6!

Potty Training Day 4 - OLIVIA

I am happy to report that the McGee's and my parents are having a fantastic time in Disney World.  After speaking with my mom she said Sully has not had one accident and he is now pooping on the toilet every single time!  My sister and I started training Sully a few weeks ago but I did the 3 day potty training with him last Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  His potty training journey began here.  Sully is 30 months old today!  My sister is still keeping a diaper on him at night but overall I would say Sully is a success!  He did have 3 weeks potty prior to using the 3 day potty training method but some of the concepts we used during those three weeks were very similar to 3 day potty training.

Day 4  Potty Training for Olivia I did something differently. I did not give her liquids all the time. I kept her diet and meals very similar to the normal day to day diet that she is use to.  This means she had less opportunities to use the potty.  She is still not making it to the potty in time but she is starting to tell me when she has to go potty.  Just a recap.  Olivia is 22 months old and her journey began here using

It is 7:40 AM as I write this post I went to check on Olivia and she is still dry.  Three night in a row she has stayed dry.  I am starting to believe she is night time trained. =) 


5:30 AM Checked Olivia ....she was dry!  Yeah!

7:00 AM Olivia came out on her own and peed on the floor.  BOO!  I went to check her bed and it was completely dry.  Yeah!


8 AM Breakfast

10:40 AM She started running towards me and said she had to pee.  Put her on the potty and a little got into the potty chair.  Yeah!

New head bands for going potty!

Olivia loves puzzles!


12:00 PM  LUNCH

1:15 PM Olivia FINALLY told me on her own she had to go potty.  She wet her pants a little so I put her on the potty chair and little got in to the chair.  Yeah!


2:30 PM Nap

4:45 PM Olivia woke up from nap..DRY!  She said she didn't have to go potty.

5:45 PM Olivia kept grabbing her crotch so I would try to put her on the potty and she didn't want to go.  I knew she had to go so I turned on the water in the sink hoping this might trigger something.  She started dripping pee so I put her on the potty and SINGING!  The running water helped to release all of her pee this time.  I have never seen this much pee at once go in the potty chair.  5 M&M's!  YEAH!

6:00 PM Dinner




Olivia loves it when daddy gives her a bath! =)

All Clean!

7:30 PM  I gave Olivia a chocolate chip cookie fresh out of the oven for going potty! =)

8:30 PM  Put her in bed with some books to see if she would come out and poop.

9:00 PM I could tell she had to go potty so I put her on the potty.  It took her a couple of minutes but I heard SINGING!

Olivia would not go  to bed!  I tried laying down and she kept coming in to our room.  Finally, I had enough and pretended like I was asleep.  No joke Olivia walked around the house for an hour with all the lights off.  She finally went to bed at 11:30 PM.  When I went in to her room she was half on and half off her bed.

Olivia did not go poop at all today and I would say she still is not potty trained....

on to day 5!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Potty Training Day 3 Pt 2 OLIVIA - 12 PM - 12 AM

Yesterday was not a failure but Olivia is definitely not potty trained.  She peed on the potty chair three times and the three times she did go potty she still wet her underwear first.  However, I did notice changes.  She only went potty 7 times yesterday compared to the twenty some times she did the day before.  This is telling me that she is teaching herself to hold her pee longer?  I need to try again today to see if this is true. 

It is 5:40 a.m. as I write this post and after checking Olivia, she is still dry.  Two nights in a row she has been dry.  It may be to soon to be saying this but she might be night time trained.  I thought the night time training would be harder then the day time training.  Maybe we are 50% there?  As much as I want to throw in the towel and say lets put the diaper back on my gut keeps saying no....she will figure it out. 

I have a feeling she is retaining the information (I will give examples below) but she still has not processed to fully execute what I am teaching.  I could be wrong it wouldn't be the first time. =)  I think if I am patient and give her more time she will eventually catch on.  I have a whole week to work with her with no distractions and I would kick myself if I stopped now.  All the time and energy I put into this would be a waste and I don't want to stop the learning process.  I could be way off and in one more week I could be saying "you were right and I was wrong".  I am OK with this. 

12:07 PM  LUNCH

12:38 PM Olivia came over and said I went poopy.  I rushed her to the potty and pulled of her underwear letting the poop fall in the potty chair.  How in the heck did I miss that one?

12:53 PM I could hear the potty SINGING. I went to check in to see if she was done and she said she wasn't done.

1:00 PM I check on her again she says she is not finished going potty so I left her alone.


1:05 PM She got off the potty and I gave her a M&M for her reward.

1:10 PM As we are brushing her teeth she starts peeing.  I put her on the potty and it starts SINGING!


1:30 PM NAP TIME!  She would not lay down

2:10 PM I noticed wet spot on her underwear.  Put her on the potty and SINGING!

2:45 PM She finally went down for her nap.

4:30 PM Woke up from Nap


I do have to say hosting a party while potty training is NOT recommended.  I planned this party in hopes Olivia would be trained at this point.  I did not FOCUS on her towards this time of the day.  Which is my mess up not hers.  This is why I want to give it more time.

5:41 PM Olivia peed her pants and it was A LOT of pee....nothing got in the potty chair.


Olivia did not go potty for 3 hours but she did DANCE with Charlie.

to the Black Eyed Peas and

USHER!  They were AWESOME!!!

All Smiles!

Olivia with her boyfriend TRAVIS!

Charlie and Olivia had soo much fun playing with each other! 
Charlie and Olivia were both upset when he had to leave. =(

Nolan & Emmy

Stacy and Olivia

As Olivia says "Chelle"

OLIVIA with Chad and Leah


Last and certainly not least....Steve!
9:00 PM She wet her pants...nothing got in the potty.  Again this was my fault...not hers.  I was not focusing my attention on her.

10:30 PM  She finally went down for bed.

Jake loves to snuggle and say good night!

11:00 PM She came out on her own to go potty.  As she is doing this she starts to wet her pants.  A few drops made it in the potty chair.

Back to Bed for the night.

It is now 7:00 AM as I write this as I heard Olivia get up out of bed and run in the bathroom to potty!  She peed on the floor but her bed is COMPLETELY DRY and a few drops of pee still made it in the potty chair. 

3 day potty training has turned in to 4 and so my day begins! =)

Thanks to Anna and Natalie for your advice and encouragement.

"Hey Emily, Just my 2 cents here...Remembering back to the potty training days about 7 years ago (yikes! time goes fast)...Both of my girls & my 2 nephews were trained at around 2.5 years old. They were staying dry through the night before we started working with them during the day. That showed that they were able to hold their potty for a good stretch of time. In reading your blog posts I'm wondering if Olivia is a little young & not quite able to read her body's signals. Good luck &; don't feel like you failed if it doesn't work just yet! You will get there!"
~Anna Wedberg

"Hi Em, Olivia is adorable! I'm totally following your potty training blog. It's great! I'll need to start the twins here soon. Dreading it! I can't believe your taking care of Angie's kiddos too! Some days I am thankful for my day job:) I can't imagine all that you deal with on a daily basis but I am sure it is so rewarding. Angie is lucky to have such a wonderful sister taking care of all her babies!"

~Natalie Timpone

On to DAY 4

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Potty Training Day 3 Pt 1 12 AM - 12 PM OLIVIA

After I put Olivia to bed last night she slept all the way through the night without waking up. 

6:40 a.m. I went in her room to check on her and she was on the floor completely passed out.  My guess is she was so tired from the lack of sleep she got from the night before she didn't care where she slept.  I checked her underwear and she was completely dry!

I did put her on the potty chair but she didn't have to go potty.  We went out to the family room so she could snuggle with her daddy.  I could tell she was still tired.


I feel like she is regressing after this morning.

7:00 a.m. I gave her a juice box.

8:15 a.m. I noticed a wet spot on her underwear so I put her on the potty and .... NOTHING!

8:25 a.m. BREAKFAST

Pancakes, Blueberries, juice and milk....mmm!

8:40 a.m. Olivia started peeing at breakfast.  I rushed her off to the potty chair.  After sitting on the chair for a couple minutes and nothing...she still says she wants to sit.  I go eat breakfast because I am starving at this point.  I wait another 10 minutes to check on her and ....NOTHING!

CRAP!  Is she going back to her old ways?


Back to eating my breakfast egg casserole

9:45 a.m. She is in the family room and Olivia starts crying.  "I am peeing!"  I run her to the potty and...NOTHING.


Good Lord!  It is a repeat from yesterday!

10:20 a.m. I gave her some juice and I Steve went out to get me a Mocha from Starbucks!  I need something to keep me awake!

While all this is going on I received some exciting news from Michelle this morning.  CONGRATULATIONS to Lindsay and Brent Vodicka who welcomed Jaxon John to their family at 9 a.m. this morning! (7.5 lbs. 20 in.) I can not wait to meet the little guy!

Meanwhile, Steve has been fighting with our washing machine.  Come to find out the 3 1/2 years we have owned this machine we have been using the wrong kind of soap.  I guess we were suppose to use the high efficiency soap.  BAD TIMING since I have been doing at least two loads of laundry since I started potty training.

11:20 a.m.  Olivia is showing signs she has to go potty and ....NOTHING.

Well another unsuccessful morning.  She has not gone pee on the potty all morning!  Why is she regressing?  The one thing I have noticed is she did not have as many mess ups only because she didn't go potty at all.  Hmmm... She was doing so good last night!  Hopefully the next half of the day will go better.

Now I am making my Chili to have people over for the SUPER BOWL.  Hopefully Olivia doesn't pee on anyone!  WATCH OUT for the peeing toddler!

Thank you to Lynn, Amanda, Kelly and Ruth for your advice and encouragement.

"How funny! I was laughing so hard I was crying. You should consider yourself lucky, When I was potty training Caleb, he ended up doing a #2 on my kitchen counter! That may be a difference between girls and boys! :) After that experience I gave up until he was closer to 3. :) Good Luck!"
~ Lynn Nelson

"I chose this same program to potty train Giovanni and had all of the same thoughts, concerns and frustrations that you are experiencing. I would say that by the end of day 3 he was about 80% trained, minus pooping on the potty - that came later. You are doing great - it is soooo worth it in the end and more than anything you get to spend some wonderful one on one time with Olivia. Best of luck today!"
~ Amanda Monterastelli

"OH . . .this takes me back to the good old days. Well, I must say that I may not be the best person to ask about this because I had the great fortune of my daycare lady doing a LOT of the potty training and I just basically followed what she did. I will tell you that I PUSHED Grant on this and I had such a bad time with G that I backed off with Kyle and waited until he was ready. I lowered my expectations for Kyle and we were ALL happier! I know there are books out there that say you can have your child PT'ed in a day or two, but from my experience, I just find that hard to believe - I could be wrong.

This is how it went in the Schneider household. I took the boys to the unfinished basement and set up a potty chair. I put a long shirt on them and had them run around without underwear on and sometimes with underwear on so they would feel the wet yuk! Grant was just defiant and made this harder than it should have been and Kyle didn't like the yuk and picked up on this a lot faster. It took about 9 months for Grant and about 2-3 months for Kyle.

I like the M&M's - we did that and the gifts - I think those are great incentives. Another thing to try is to have Olivia just sit on the potty and read her books - this may take her mind off of having to "perform" as she would be distracted with the books and she also may become more comfortable with the potty by just sitting on it for longer periods of time.

The poop is just stage fright. My pediatrician told me you don't want the boys to hold the poop in for too long or then it becomes painful to go poop and then all of your PT efforts are down the toilet - get it . . .down the toilet?! (I'm so funny!) : ) If they get to the point that it is hard for them to poop - try some water with a little white corn syrup in it (per my doctor) and that might help.

Grant didn't get potty trained over night until he was about 4 or 5 and Kyle still wears a pull-up to bed and sometimes is wet and he is 5. I didn't push with the overnight PT, partly because they were boys and it usually takes longer for boys and also, I didn't want to get up in the middle of the night because I enjoy my sleep too much! I took the philosophy, and I still live by this with Kyle, that he will be potty trained by the time he goes to Kindergarten and sure enough, we have made it. In the meantime, you will need to buy a large bottle of Resolve carpet cleaner, an extra pack of underwear, lots of M&M's for Olivia, and in your case, a STRONG drink for the moments that you just want to pull your hair out!!! : )

I don't know if I have told you anything that you have not heard already, but I hope it gets better for you! Keep me posted. : )"

~Ruth Schneider

"You are so funny! Cm later today and we can chat about this. I've done it twice and have successfully had both of my boys trained by 2 1/2. First of all.... I really think you are starting too early, but cm about the other questions. :o)"

~Kelly Robson

Ham & Cheese Egg Casserole

.25 lbs of Ham
Small package of Velveeta cheese
Frozen Hash browns
6 eggs
2 cups of milk

In a 9x13 glass pan

Spray with Pam
Put hash browns cheese and ham in the glass dish.

Mix eggs with milk.  Pour on top of the hash browns, ham and cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. 

Simple and delicious!  Bon Appetite!

Potty Training Day 2 - Pt. 2 OLIVIA 12 PM - 12 AM

The past few blogs about this potty training process have not been successful.  I am happy to report by the end of this post...Olivia did go potty in her potty chair...not once...not twice but more than 15 times!  =)  I am not sure what happened but something just clicked and now she is going potty all the time. She still has a long way to go as we need to work on getting her to the potty before she wets herself...but it is definitely progress!

Tammi if you need any advice just look over this blog it will definately give you an idea of what you are in for when you are training Mia.  Thank you for your words of encouragement!

"Love your potty training blog posts Emily! When we're ready to start Mia I'm sure I'll need some advice. Good luck with the next couple of days. Can't wait to hear how it goes."

I am using to guide me through this process.  If you want to start at the beginning of Olivia's process click here.  I wanted to keep a detailed report so other parents who are looking to train their child can see the amount of mess ups it takes beore they have success.  I know this doesn't make for fun reading but in the long run I am glad I have kept a detailed blog. 

I also trained my nephew but my sister wasn't willing to stay up all night when she had to work the next day.  I don't blame her.  If you want to see this training it is not as detailed but it starts here.

Starting the second part of the second day with no success is discouraging.  I read in the 3 day potty training guide that the author's son had 30-50 mess ups before he finally went potty in the toilet.  There is hope!

12 p.m. Lunch

12:36 p.m. she starts peeing while she is eating lunch.  Steve rushed her off.  Three drops of pee made it into the potty.  I made a huge deal and gave her a M&M.

#5 Underwear

1:00 p.m. NAP TIME!

1:10 p.m. She comes out of her room crying.  I noticed she had a little wet spot.  I put her on the potty and....nothing!

#6 Underwear

1:15 p.m. Back to bed for nap time.   I can tell she is tired.  She was up all night and she is still crying.=(  She keeps coming out of her room.

1:20 p.m.  Now I know why she keeps coming out of her room.  She had to go potty.  She wet her pants.  I went to check her bed and there was a tiny spot of pee.  She got up on her own..maybe this is is a good sign?  Who knows.  Still no pee in the potty.  Changed her sheets.

Underwear #7

I am still hopeful and get some more encouragement and advice from Jenny which is greatly appreciated.  Jenny is probably a pro by now she has four children of her own. =)

" Emily you should commend yourself for all you are doing to potty train Olivia. From my experiences(4 kids) When I tried really hard I failed and when I stayed calm and relaxed I did really well with teaching them to go on the potty. Some want to learn while others will struggle. I have cleaned up poop on the floor, poop out of underwear...poop everywhere. My first was the hardest plus it was a boy, the next 2 were easier while my last was hard again. good luck and don't let Olivia see you get discouraged, mad, angry etc. or you will be back to square one."

3:30 p.m. I heard a thud on the floor and a scream from Olivia's room.  She fell out of her bed.  UGH!  She needed to get some sleep!  This is all she needs now! =(

3:50 p.m. Tried to get her to go potty...nothing.

 4:00 p.m. SNACK TIME!  Cheese crackers, cranberries and water. 

5:10 p.m. Tried to get her to go potty and she got two drops in the potty chair.  She did not wet her pants so I watched her very carefully because I know now that she has to pee.

5:15 p.m. I gave her a juice box and made her drink it in the bathroom.  She was not sitting on the potty she was just hanging out.

"MMMM....this is good!"

5:30 p.m. She started to go pee on the floor so I pulled her underwear down and put her on the potty chair on time and her pee FINALLY triggered the song on the potty chair.  I have never been happier to hear a dumb song!  I was jumping up and down screaming with joy to let Olivia know what she did was a good thing because she was crying.  I rewarded her with 5 M&M's and a coloring book.

#8 Underwear

5:40 p.m.  I was taking a picture of her on the potty in her underwear for a birthday card I am sending out to both of her uncle Dave's.  I could see a wet spot on her underwear I pulled the underwear off and the toilet started to sing!  Her reward another coloring book and five M&M's.

#9 New Underwear

6:10 p.m. I noticed she had a wet spot on her underwear...rushed her to the toilet and...the toilet sings!  Three in a row!  We are on a roll now!  Five M&M's for her reward.

#10 New Underwear

6:25 p.m Olivia told me she had to go potty and her underwear had a little wet spot.  I put her on the potty and...her toilet sang! More M&M's.

#11 Underwear

6:30 p.m. Dinner - Four cheese ravioli with broccoli and milk.  This was the last time we gave her anything to drink and she didn't drink all that much milk.

6:50 p.m. Her underwear was wet when she told me she had to go potty.  She sat on the potty guessed it....more singing!  More M&M's.

When she said she was finished she stood up and pee was trickling down her leg.  I put her back on the potty chair so she could finish.  She was crying and kept doing this (I counted 7 times) until she was finished.  More M&M's.

#12 Underwear

Did another load of laundry.

7:10 p.m. I noticed her underwear was wet so I put her on the potty and her toilet sang!  She stood up and pee was trickling down her leg again to once more I put her on the potty...more singing!  This upset her but she finished going potty and I distracted her by starting a bath.

7:15 p.m. BATH TIME!

Thank you Jesus!  She went potty on the potty chair! =)

It works!

8:00 P.M. She started wetting her pants so Steve scooped her up and I could hear from the kitchen her potty singing!  YEAH!  More M&M's. She said a a couple of times she has to poop but nothing happened so I took her off the potty chair.

#13 Underwear

8:25 p.m. Underwear was wet.  She sat on the potty for a while and finally she went pee.  She did say she had to poop but by 8:50 p.m. I took her off.

#14 Underwear

We sat on the couch for 10 more minutes.

9:00 p.m. I put her to bed. 

9:10 p.m. Olivia came out of her room and said she had to go potty.  Her underwear was wet but nothing was wet in her bed.  yay~!  Put her on the potty and SINGING!  I think she is getting it....only time will tell.

#15 Underwear

9:35 p.m.  Just when I think the night has ended Olivia came out and says she pooped her pants.  She sure did.  There was nothing in her bed so we sat her on the potty, took off her underwear and let the poop fall in the potty chair.  I had her flush the poop down the toilet and say "Bye, Bye Poopy!"

#16 Underwear

10:07 p.m. Olivia is still up...not because she has to go pee.  She just wants to hang out.  I don't get it?  Isn't she tired?  I am exhausted!

10:19 pm. put Olivia back in bed.

I hope this is it for the night we both need to get a good night's sleep.

I am starting to believe this program works!  Time will only tell.  My goal for tomorrow will be to get her to poop on the potty and get to the potty before she pees and poops her pants.

Does 3 day potty training work?  You be the judge?  So far so good.  ONE MORE DAY!


Saturday, February 5, 2011

POTTY TRAINING DAY 2 - PT 1 - OLIVIA - 12 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Just a recap from yesterday:  Olivia (my 22 month old daughter...well she will be 22 months on this Monday, February 7th) had 14 accidents and still has not gone potty on the potty and she did not poop.  I began this journey yesterday at 8:30 a.m. and ended at 11 p.m. with no success.  I am following the program from  This program says you can start as early as 22 why not start now?  After yesterday and a sleepless night I am starting to have a lot of doubts.

Below is what the last 12 hours has been like.

12:00 a.m. I went to check Olivia and she was dry and went to bed.  (She finally fell asleep around 11 p.m.)

2:50 a.m. She woke up crying - she wet the bed in her sleep.  We changed her shirt, underwear, bedding and I threw in a load of laundry.

NEW UNDERWEAR #1 (Not pictured...I was so freakin' tired at this point I could have cared less!)

3:00 a.m. I put her back in bed.

3:25 a.m. She came out on her own so I put her on the potty....nothing.

3:30 - 4:45 she got up at least 7 times not because she had to go potty just because she was up.

4:45 a.m. she says she has to potty....nothing.

4:55 a.m. Up again says she has to potty....nothing.

5:00 a.m. Up again says she has to potty....nothing.

5:15 a.m. I made the decision to be up for the day.

Thank God for The Hub (Channel 100 on Cox) Olivia watched Chugginton and other cartoons while I tried to nap.

7:30 a.m. Steve came out and Olivia and I were both asleep on the couch. ( I had towels under her just in case she had an accident)

8:10 a.m. Olivia said she had to poop....nothing.

She was crying at this time...I think she is scared to go.

8:25 a.m. - 8:35 a.m. says she has to go potty (specifically poop)...nothing

8:35 a.m. Breakfast - Pancakes, Blueberries and chocolate milk.  She started to pee while she was eating. 

What I don't understand is why didn't she tell me she had to go potty.  Once she started going potty why didn't she say anything?  Steve rushed her to the bathroom...nothing went in to the potty.

#2 Underwear

Minnie Mouse Underwear!

9:00 a.m. Olivia says she has to poop....nothing.

9:25 a.m. Olivia poops her pants.  =(  What am I doing wrong?

Soon after this accident I get a message from a former co-worker Carrie who has twin girls:

"The only thing that worked for me was carving out 3 days where I could be with them 24/7. The more "accidental success" the better. I tried doing the pull up thing and that didn't work. I put the girls in long white tshirts of Kevin and let them feel that they wet themselves. Luckily my girls didn't like it and 48 hours later it worked! Good luck! M n M's are perfect too!"

I am doing all the above with the exception of no pull ups.  Only underwear for this program.  I am just hoping in the next day and a half Olivia will get it!  =)

Thanks for your advice Carrie it is much appreciated.

#3 Underwear

Cinderella Underwear

10:00 a.m. Gave her chocolate milk.

I feel so hopeless at this point until I hear from Misti a friend who actually recommended the program to me.  She trained her son Evan and was successful with the program.  Thanks for your words of encouragement and advice it is helping to raise my spirit!  =)

"Keep up the good work Emily!! You are doing great and I KNOW it can be SOOOOOO frustrating! Olivia is a super smart girl and I have no doubts that she will get the hang of it! Your day one sounded VERY similar to ours! I hope today is much better for you guys! Stay consistent and it will just click!! Have you tried using the regular toilet as opposed to the potty chair?? Evan did MUCH better with the big toilet! Just a thought!!! Looking forward to reading about Day 2!!!"

Reading with daddy!

10:30 a.m. Gave her fruit punch (BTW I don't normally give her fruit punch or chocolate milk)  This program wants you to give your child a variety of drinks so they drink more....for more potty opportunities.

During this time we played a game called Zingo.  Olivia won twice in a row!

Drinking fruit punch and playing Zingo!

Reading a book!

Steve is sleeping?  What?  I was the one up all night ....what is he doing sleeping? 

Olivia started walking back towards her room so I followed.  At this point I know she is trying to hide from me because she has to go potty.  I kept saying "remember to tell mommy when you have to go potty". As I finish saying this she starts to pee.  I swoop her up and rush her to the bathroom.  I put her on the potty and pulled her pants down.  NOTHING got in the potty chair.  OMG!

I change her sheets and do another load of laundry.

#4 New Underwear

I am starting to get discouraged until I get a message back from Julie Jensen the woman who wrote the program.

"You are doing just as you should. The better you do at catching those accidents IN THE ACT and get her to the potty to finish, the better she will do and the sooner she will come around.
The back and forth process is important to the training in helping your daughter learn the difference between needing to go potty, and just thinking that she needs to go potty. Continue to cooperate with her, take her every time, and she will come through this.

Flood her with praises through out the day so that she is motivated to follow your lead due to the reaction she is getting - the more positive words, the better.
Watch for her body language which tells you when she needs to go potty, such as wiggling, dancing, holding herself, etc. When you see this behavior, right then is when you should repeatedly remind her to let you know. Then, wait and watch her like a hawk. Now that we have given her a chance to learn what to do and how to do it, do not take her to the potty unless she tells you or she begins to have an accident - at which time you should rush her to the potty to finish the very moment the accident begins. If you carry out the training this way, then it is going to teach her that you expect a verbal warning, as well as give her the practice at reading her body 'cues'.
You are doing great. Keep it up and let me know if you have further questions."

I am praying she goes potty in the potty by the end of today.  I need some sign that it is working.  =)

Day 2 Pt. 2

Friday, February 4, 2011

Potty Training Day 1 - Part 2 OLIVIA 4:15 p.m. - 11 p.m.

I stocked up on underwear again so I was ready for round two!

4:15 p.m. I went to check on Olivia for the fourth time and she finally woke up.  I thought she was dry until I looked a little closer and there was pee all over the bed and her shirt.   UGH!

At this point I am wondering why she didn't wake up when she wet the bed.  Did I start potty training to early? says you can start at 22 months and Olivia will be 22 months on Monday.  I think she is ready since she is always telling me when she has a dirty or wet diaper and wants to be changed.  She has shown interest in the potty this whole week while I was training Sully.  At this point and time, I have my doubts.  I am still going to follow this program because I know it is only the first few hours of training and I am hoping she will catch on.

Once I get her up she says she has to poop so I put her on the potty and she sits on it for at least 10 minutes and says she is done.  When I look there is only three drops of pee.  While she was sitting on the potty I washed a load of laundry.  It consisted of Olivia's underwear, shirt, bedding, blanket, my pants (unfortunately running a peeing child to the bathroom puts you in the line of fire!) and  three towels to wipe up the carpet and floors.

I put her in her 9th pair of underwear for the day.

4:40 p.m. I gave her a M&M for peeing in the potty (sort of!) and as she is eating the M&M she starts peeing on the kitchen floor!  YUCK!  I didn't get her to the potty in time. =(

10th pair of new underwear.

4:45 p.m. Olivia has a late snack.  Cheese crackers with juice and switches to milk.

I received advice from a highschool friend Traci who wrote on my facebook page:

"I bought small, inexpensive toys and put them in a "Potty Prize" basket. Have her sit down ever 20-30 minutes. The more times she 'accidentally' goes in the potty at first, the more she'll get it."

I did buy her little gifts but I can't give them to her because she has to go potty on the potty chair.
According to the 3 day potty training you are not suppose to put the child on the potty every 20-30 minutes.  The method is teaching your child to learn their own body signs. So for now I will not put her on the potty every 20-30 minutes.  If three day potty training doesn't work I might try it. =)

5:45 p.m. Olivia said she had to go poop.  She sat down on the potty guessed it...NOTHING! 

I had her sit on the potty for a long time because Olivia said she had to go poop and she didn't want to get off.

At 6:25 she finally got of the potty and we ate dinner.

6:30 p.m. DINNER TIME! 

6:50 p.m. I put her back on the potty because she said she had to go poop.

7:10 p.m. I took her off the potty.

7:15 p.m. She peed herself...UGH!  Now she wants new underwear on because I am assuming she wants to pee or poop in them..just a little trend I am starting to notice. 


7:45 p.m. I put her on the potty because it looked like she was doing a pee pee dance and again...nothing.
(My guess is she will sit for a while get up and pee or poop herself)

8:15 I tried to get her to go potty but she didn't go.

I decided to keep her up later then her normal bed time because she still hasn't pooped.  So I put a towel on the couch so she could hang out with daddy!

Reading with daddy!


Strike a pose!  Olivia loves taking pictures!  She asked me to take this shot. =)

9:00 p.m. she had a little damp spot on her underwear so I put her on the potty....of course nothing.

#4 New Underwear

9:15 p.m. Bed time

9:25 p.m. Olivia came running out and said she went potty.  I rushed her to the toilet and NOTHING! I went back to check her bed and get was completely dry...maybe.... THERE IS HOPE!  She caught herself before she went in the bed.  YEAH!

 New Underwear #5 (not pictured)

10:25 p.m. Olivia came running out of her room and said she had to go potty. 

10:41 p.m. Olivia came running out of her room again and her underwear was damp - I went to check the bed and it was completely dry. I think she is catching I have to figure out how to get her to pee in the potty and not in her underwear.

New Underwear #6 (not pictured)

If anyone knows how to get a child to pee or poop in a potty I am all ears.  I might take Elizabeth's advice tomorrow or the next day if this training doesn't work.

"I sent Pat to the Bahamas and let her run around naked for the weekend. She only peed on the floor twice and we had it down."
" o.k. I didn't send him to the Bahamas. Basketball did. It was just easier to do when he was gone."

Thanks for the encouragement Marcy!

"Loved that blog post! So cute!! We are still perfecting it at our house, but she will get it soon!! Hang in there!!"

On to day 2!