I have made an unbelievably scary, yet brave decision:
I’m going to potty train BOTH girls at the same time!!!!!
How did this come about? The other night, while we were bathing the girls, Felicity started to poop in the bath tub. So, I pulled her out and put her on the potty, and she went! We made a really big deal about it and Faith watched from the sidelines, hopefully taking notes(!), while Felicity slowly caught on and realized what she did. She was quite proud of herself!
Then, it hit me: why not train them both??? If I start to apply the same methods for Felicity than I am using for Faith, it should work. Felicity is at a pretty mould-able age, so putting her on the toilet every hour should produce some results; even if she isn’t quite sure what is happening at first. But! There is a serious plus to all this. Faith will see Felicity peeing and/or pooping in the toilet and receiving lots of praise and a treat for it . How can I go wrong?? They both love gummy bears, so next time we go to Walmart, I’m going to buy a big bag. Felicity will eventually go one or the other if I’m putting her on every hour, she’ll be rewarded and Faith will so want in on the action. The problem I’m having with Faith, now, is that she won’t go IN the toilet, but I really believe that when she’s sees Felicity doing it, and being rewarded, that she’ll finally go.
My only concern is: how will Felicity communicate to me, down the road, that she has to go? She can already say so much, so maybe she’ll catch on with all our “potty talk”? Or, I can continue taking her every hour until she comes up with her own way of letting me know. Once Faith starts, though, I know it won’t be hard to keep on top of things, especially if I have gummy bears on my side! ;) She is very ready, and very much in need of using the toilet and NOT a diaper.
Beginning next week: Mission Potty Training [not](im)Possible. I will keep you updated on our progress. I’m actually pretty excited about this. I was determined to not have three is diapers, come November, but is it possible that I’ll only have one in diapers??????? We will see. God willing, it will all work out well!