It's 1:00 a.m. and you swear you just heard the ghost of a little red monster say, "Elmo can use the potty." If that sounds familiar, I'm going to go out on a limb and say you're in the midst of that grand old parenting adventure known as toilet training. Don't worry, I'm not in the "my child potty trained in three days" camp, but I have been through it and can assure that the following potty training moments will prove you've got this pee thing handled. Just don't talk to me about poop.
I decided to potty train my toddler this past August. It was hot, so naked baby wasn't a problem. My husband was deployed and couldn't insert himself into the process and potentially screw up my plans. My mom was staying with me, and she's a potty training ninja. Plus, my daughter would have several weeks before school started up again. In typical fashion, I read up on the process and settled on Jamie Glowacki's Oh Crap!method. At 25-months-old, my daughter was in Glowacki's 20-30 month sweet spot for potty training.
I went all in, but it's been a bit of a roller coaster ride. She did great at the beginning and progressed well through Glowacki's "blocks," but the return of her dad and simultaneous start of school was enough to throw her for a loop. A few months later, things have settled down, and I now have a toddler who reliably initiates and goes pee in the potty during the day (no stickers or prizes required). I call that progress, and so are each of these little potty training milestones: