We’ve been focusing on potty training Sophie this week. We’ve been gently encouraging the potty for a while but this week I decided that it was time to ditch the nappies. In all honesty, it’s been incredibly stressful. My head really isn’t in the right place to deal with potty training with the worry of Jessica’s surgery. It needs to happen before Sophie goes back to preschool though. I’m not sure when I would manage to do it later in the summer if I didn’t do it now.
I was prepared for accidents and three days of ‘potty training hell’ (which I well remember from potty training Jessica) before things started to click. I thought I was mentally prepared too but it’s been quite a mental battle for me. We had three days of feeling very cooped up indoors trying to get the process started and I found myself resenting this time. In my mind, it was time being taken away from trying to make summer memories with Jessica before her surgery. In reality, the girls have had fun doing indoor things and it’s been mostly me that has been driven potty. Mostly because I’ve put too much pressure on myself.
I’m writing this at the end of day 4. As with Jessica, we had three days with lots of accidents and then things seemed to click all of a sudden. We’ve been out and about a couple of times and Sophie has managed to use the potty and stay dry all day – even with an unexpected afternoon nap thrown in. Fingers crossed that this continues from now on.
I’m not planning to try and night train her. With Jessica we just waited until she was regularly dry at night and then got rid of the nappies all together. I see no reason not to do the same again. We’ll get there. Now that Sophie’s starting to get the hang of it, I feel able to leave the house again! It’s amazing what a difference that makes.
Things I have loved this week:
- Going to Tiny Talk with both Jessica and Sophie.
- Having one-to-one time with Jessica on a trip into London for the Cadbury ‘Little Pi-Cow-So’ workshop.
- Spending an afternoon at Chiltern Open Air Museum with hubby and the girls.
- Watching Jessica writing in her journal about what she’s been doing so far in the holidays.
- Hubby coming home early and giving me an afternoon to myself (much needed!)
- Making unicorn horns with Jessica and Sophie.
- Having lunch at the church café with both my girls.
- Finishing off the book I’ve been writing for Jessica to help prepare her for heart surgery. She loves the ebook version of it and I’m looking forward to getting the printed one in the next few days.