The big day has come. The day that Aria was ready for not only a big girl bed but also big girl panties.
Let me tell you about the bed first!
We'd ask occasionally if she wanted to start sleeping in a big girl bed. The answer was always 'no' until one day it was 'yes'. So, I ordered her a new clock that would let her know when to get out of bed - ok to wake clock. The day that it arrived Aria and dad turned the crib into a toddler bed.
The only hitch we've had is that she has a hard time falling asleep at night now. She says she's scared of the dark, which didn't seem to be an issue before. I think she's feeling more vulnerable with the bars gone. I'm hoping she'll grow accustomed to it. Any advice? She has three night light type things and her sleep sheep, not to mention it really isn't that dark at her bedtime yet since it is still summer.
Now onto the potty training...similar to the big girl bed, she all of a sudden showed an interest in wearing panties. Off we went to let her pick out some and the next day she started wearing them cold turkey style. I made her a chart to put stickers on so she could earn 'potty prizes' as well.
I haven't decided what her final star should be yet (although I better get a hurry on it because we will be there very soon - suggestions?). I do plan on giving her a completion certificate though. Something to let her know that the potty prizes are done but to keep up the good work.
And, the work has been good!
On day 1 we spent most of the time in the bathroom. She peed or pooped every 10 to 30 minutes all day long. There were a lot of accidents but even more successes. She was happy to earn her stars and doctor kit parts. I was happy she decided to poop on the potty instead of her panties.
Day 2 was much better. Aria listened to her body better. Mommy got a better idea of how often a reminder to potty was needed. There were 0 accidents. I was tickled pink. We are on day 8 now, like I said above, and we've had just 1 accident since day 2.
We started on a Monday and didn't leave the house for 5 days.
By Saturday I was feeling confident enough in the potty skills to run some errands. I brought a travel potty seat in my purse along with back up clothing and wipes. We ended up running around for about 4 hours. Aria went potty 3 times with 0 accidents. phew.
We even took our canoe trip over the weekend (woo hoo just one more item to go on our Summer Bucket List now!) and brought Aria's potty seat with us. You haven't really lived until you've helped a toddler pee while floating in a canoe.
She is still wearing a diaper at night right now. And as soon as we run out of our current diaper supply we will be looking into getting pull ups to use at night.
Right now we are working on less reminders from me and better wiping skills. I also didn't realize worrying about aim was not just a boy thing. Who knew?
But, mostly I'm just super proud that she's done so well with both of her new 'big girl' steps. Although it makes me a little sad that overnight she seems so much older. Bittersweet.