We were reading one of her Elmo books for the third or fourth time in ten minutes when I hear it. We hear it.
The undeniable trickle of peepee in the potty.
A glorious sound, the first time your child pees in the potty. A sound that should be accompanied by a heavenly choir, by angels trumpeting.
I look at her and she peers back at me with saucer eyes. Awestruck: the expression like a flower blooming, her rosebud lips dilating into an O of amazement.
After watching me demonstrate peepee in the potty dozens of times she absolutely can’t believe it is happening. Understanding dawns on her face like sunrise.
“My peepee!” She shouts.
“Yes! Your peepee! Look! You are peeing in the potty!”
I have to admit, my reaction was a little over the top because my screams of excitement prompted Serge to come running in alarm. But, oh my.
After three years of buying diapers, three years of changing diapers, to actually bear witness to the light of my life depositing her peepee where it belongs is nearly as exciting as giving birth, I tell you what.
Not only that, but to witness this huge milestone, to see her do this, to watch her eyes widen, sweet lips cracking into a grin of accomplishment so bright it hurts your eyes… Well, man. It was something.
She’s 3, barely, and had showed no signs of really giving a crap where she peed but we just decided to do it anyway because we’re just exhausted with all the diaper changing. Yeah, we still have Henry’s diapers to contend with but we kind o figured if this kid can feed herself dinner, can walk up and down stairs, can memorize story books from beginning to end and can maintain conversations with adults then this kid can certainly pee in the potty.
I did quite a bit of internet research. Some tips I agree with, some I think are silly but the bottom line for me is, if it works DO IT. Here then, is how we got Violet peeing in the potty after just a couple days of potty training. A lot of these may not be for you or fit in with your style of parenting, but I’m certain you’ll find something helpful in the tips below.
Top image: blessedmom.hubpages.com
You can also find Monica Bielanko on her personal blog, The Girl Who.