Thursday, June 4, 2009

The Potty Princess

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Two weeks ago I ran out of diapers and decided (without planning ahead of time) to go ahead and potty train Marlie. With all three of my kids, I've waited until they were three before potty training. Then I did it boot camp style, not leaving the house, not doing ANYTHING but potty training. All potty training, ALL the time. Each time my kids have surpassed my expectations. Haven went from wearing diapers to being fully potty trained in three days. I had lower expectations for Seamus just due to the fact that he showed no interest at all in being potty trained. But he went from diapers to fully potty trained in five days.

Now I've always heard girls are easier to potty train, but quite frankly Marlie has been... well... less easy than the boys for just about everything else. But my girl surprised me and became potty trained in just TWO DAYS.

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I think the moral of the story here, folks is... Keep your expectations low, and you probably won't be disappointed.

Now for those two days of potty training, Marlie wanted to sit on the toilet for hours at a time. HOURS AT A TIME. I wasn't about to leave her alone in there where she could get into all sorts of mischief, like having a TP party, a Pee party or a Poo party. Cause that's way to much partying for the bathroom. So I sat in there with her for HOURS. She had books, I had my laptop.

But all kinds of interesting things can happen in the bathroom when you're sitting in there for hours with your 3 year old daughter. Like the time she decided to name her belly, "Big Bob". Oh yes... she named her belly, "Big Bob". I have no idea where this came from, but now she talks to him and asks us to say hello to him (while she's bending over and grabbing her belly with both hands). Whatever you do, don't laugh when she's talking to Big Bob. Because apparently Big Bob is very sensitive and Marlie will get upset on his behalf. And she'll make you apologize to Big Bob. Because if you don't, Big Bob will threaten to eat you.

Who said potty training can't be entertaining?

13 comments:

  1. wow congrats on the potty training success!!

    marlie is so stinkin' cute :)

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  2. Well give Marlie and Big Bob my congratulations! She is such a doll! You take wonderful pictures of your kids.

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  3. I just love her to pieces! Congrats Marlie and Bib Bob!

    xox

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  4. Congratulations, Julie, Marlie & gang! Give Big Bob a big hello from blog land. :)

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  5. I love it..Big Bob! what personality that girl has. :) I waited til my kids were totally ready too, one was three, one just before, and it was so EASY, they really did it themselves. One, can't remember which, used her 'potty' as a footstool while watching her big comfy couch show..funny.

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  6. I waited until my son was ready too. It worked out great.

    As a matter of fact, he told us at a sports game not to worry about the potty because he had on a Pull Up. He totally knew what was going on.

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  7. Yeah! That is so awesome. Every mother's dream

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  8. Well, if she's got Big Bob, I have Big Bob's bigger brother, Bigger Bob. I get mad when people laugh at my belly, too. They can't all be flat and sexy- especially after carrying 5 children.

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  9. Wowww! I love it. Especially the Big Bob part. So umm is she dry at night? And if so, can you come teach Little Miss who still isn't dry at night after a year?

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  10. And with Marlie's history you knew a "poo party" is just what she would have had :).

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  11. Oh wow, hours in the potty? Glad it's over though :)

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  12. So very entertaining. And, very interesting to me, potty training boot camp. . . sounds like the way to go.

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