“POOOOOOPY!” she’d yell, and then she’d grab her bottom and start dancing around.
After the third time, I finally caught on. (I’m slow on the uptake sometimes…) She wasn’t able to tell me before she actually went, though. Usually, she’d tell me just after and she would demand a diaper change. “Poopy, Mommy. Poopy die-py.”
I started praising her like crazy when I realized what was going on. I remembered that this was the first indication that a toddler might be ready to start potty training. She’s becoming aware of the sensation – all good.
So, she’d tell me she had a dirty diaper, and then I’d go sit her on the potty before I changed her. Sometimes she was okay with that. Sometimes it freaked her out. Though, she does do better when Bean’s in there. I think he keeps her entertained while she sits there. I’m not expecting her to go yet, but I want her to get the feel of sitting on a potty and Bean really helps that.
Last week, I started noticing that now when Gracie tells me she has to go potty, she hasn’t actually gone yet. Which means she is inching closer and closer to actual potty training because she can tell when she needs to go potty now. I’m getting ready to buy her a little potty training seat for Christmas. I threw out Bean’s a while ago, and she doesn’t like sitting on the big potty by herself. I’m hoping a good little Elmo seat will do wonders for that part. Gracie is a sucker for Elmo.
I’m seriously contemplating potty training her for real the week after Christmas. We’ll be home, company will be gone, and I really don’t think it’s going to take Gracie a long time. She’ll be 21 months old. I actually have no idea what the legit age is for potty training. I haven’t looked that up yet. We go with the theory that kids pretty much let you know when they’re ready, and I think Gracie is letting us know.
I’m beyond excited. It will be the last baby expense we cut from our budget. (And all God’s children said, “AMEN!”) I’m also excited because I’m tired of washing Spider Man and Thomas the Train underwear. I’m ready for a few princesses and Care Bears in my white loads! Pink makes everything more fun!