Thursday, December 13, 2012

Another Madi Update

WARNING: If you have no interest in the bodily functions of our toddler, you can safely skip this post.  See ya next time!

Madison is seventeen months old (eighteen on the 22nd), and seems determined to grow up.  The last couple of weeks have brought so many changes in her that my head is spinning! 

For starters, she woke up yesterday with wavy (not curly) hair.  When it's wet, her hair reaches to her shoulder blades, but it always curls back up to her head about two minutes after she gets out of the tub.  Well yesterday morning (12 hours after bath time), it brushed her shoulders.  Craziness.

As if that's not bad enough (for a mom who still kind of wants her baby to be a baby forever), she has decided it's time to potty train.  We have been talking with her about it for a while now, but didn't plan to start this early.  Every time we change a diaper, we tell her that one day she'll be a big girl and go pee-pee or poo-poo in the potty like Mommy and Daddy.  On Tuesday (Dec 11th), she told Patrick, "poopoo".  He asked if she needed to go, and she said yes.  On a whim, he asked if she wanted to go in the potty, and she ran to the bathroom!  She didn't finish the job, but did sit and strain for a while before signing "all done". 

Yesterday (the same day her hair uncurled), she told me she needed to go poo-poo.  I took off her clean and dry diaper and set her on the potty.  In the space of about a minute, she managed to go #1 and #2!  Then she signed "all done".  After taking care of all the sanitary business of wiping, diapering, flushing, and washing hands, we spent about five minutes clapping for Madi.  Every time I stopped clapping, she would start again.  I was so surprised that she got it all out...her diaper stayed clean and dry for almost two hours! 

I think at this point we're just going to let her keep the lead, going to the potty only when she asks.  I've never done this whole potty training before, so I'm a bit intimidated by the big girl panties and the accidents that seem to come along with them.

I'd sure love any potty training tips or tricks you have to offer!

Happy Thursday!


  1. That's so exciting and scary, I'm sure. She's growing up too fast!

  2. Georgia has been going in the same direction as well. Some weeks she does really well and some weeks she tells me "poo poo" or "tee tee" after she has already gone. I'm assuming this is going to be a LONG process!

  3. You will probably think the accidents will never stop, but they eventually will. One very, very good thing we did with Kaitlyn was put a box of kleenex on a little stool by the potty so she could reach it easily.....the kind that pops up and dispenses only one sheet at a time. She was having trouble tearing off the proper amount of toilet tissue. Either she tore off half a roll, or half a sheet, so the box of kleenex solved the issue. And she feels special, because she has her own "toilet tissue." We did the treat thing with Mikayla, but pretty much only the praise thing with Kaitlyn. Both got about the same results. Kaitlyn trained easier than Mikayla, but every child is different. Persistence is the key!.......Auntie V