The last time I bought a box of diapers for Ruby, I thought, "I'm going to have this girl potty trained before these run out." It was just yesterday when I realized that were on the last few diapers, so I decided that now was the time. I've only been putting if off my whole maternity leave, and well, I'm not on "maternity leave" anymore.
So this morning, I parked the potty chair in front of the TV. My plan would be to let her run sans pants all day giving her jelly beans with every tinkle. Simple, right?
The first pee was easy. I danced, cheered, and gave her a handful of candy. About an hour later, she peed on the floor. Then she peed in the potty chair (followed up by me dancing/ cheering/ showering her with jelly beans again). And then she peed on the floor, this time making a HUGE mess. Seriously.
It wasn't until 11:30am when I realized I hadn't actually read any literature on the topic other than going off the advice I got from a random lady behind me in line at Target. Upon googling the subject, I gathered that my acts of celebration may have been putting too much pressure on my tot.
I also read that a child will use the potty when they are ready. The fact that Ruby will say "thank you" upon getting her diaper changed (I thought) qualified her for such things. After today though? I'm not sure.
Me: What is this, a LalaPOOPsy?! Ruby: She takin' a bath.
By the end of the day, the score as follows: Potty = 4, Floor = 2, Diaper (during nap) = 1.
I'm sure that I need to dedicate another couple days to this task, but I am up against a very strong-willed little lady. She knows what she's doing and I've just got to figure out a way to get her on board with this whole potty thing.