Monday, September 1, 2008

Potty Training coming to a Toilet near you........

So, it's Monday, Sept. 1st......mighty fine day to begin...dun dun dun dun.....Potty Training! Athena is about 3 months shy of being 3 years old, so we thought it was a good time to start. So we (Michael and I) woke up super gung ho about the idea.

We had 1. the potty


2. the rewards (aka...the stickers)


3. the pull ups
No, not these. These.

4. the panties (you'll need to read further to find out why these).



and thanks to Abu Mimi 5. The potty time Elmo movie.


Athena and I had the talk. "Baby, we are not going to use diapers anymore. You will use the potty like momma and daddy". She looked very serious but seemed to get it........so I thought. She said, "momma has black panties, and daddy has white panties". I said "yes, daddy has white panties" :)

We ran out of panties (which Abu Mimi also got her) and decided to go and get some at the store. There were so many options for panties. So many cute and frilly ones to choose from. Athena was looking at the ones with Care Bears, Ariel, Disney Princesses, Hello Kitty, and she seemed to be liking them. Well then she saw the Cars one. You know, that Pixar movie about the cars that are personified. Great flick. Well, Athena wanted the Cars panties....but the problem lied in the fact that these weren't Cars panties, but, actually Cars Boys Briefs. We watch our words carefully around the girls, never limiting them with what they can and cannot like or play with. So when I saw these and saw that they were briefs...with the slit and all, I didn't want to say to Athena "no, not these. these are for boys." She wouldn't understand about the front slit even if I tried to explain it. Well, it was going to be simple in my head-offer her two choices at a time and eventually b/c of the law of large numbers, we'd go home with a princess or a "my little pony" because SHE wanted it. Plan, Flawless. Execution, notsomuch. It went a little something like this....

me- ok Athena, do you want Ariel or Cars?
aba- ummm, I want Cars.
me- ok. Do you want Princess or Cars.
aba- umm Princess (me all excited...) no, Cars.
me- ok. Look at this Dora panty.
aba- how cute.
me- Dora, or Cars?
aba- Cars.

Cars it was.

So I have given zero stickers out today and have already cleaned the floor once and the sofa another time. It is only her (our) first day. I do have hope in the Blaze and hope that we get it soon. After all, if Elmo can get it so can my daughter ;)











11 comments:

Domestic Goddess..Diva sometimes said...

Chris saw the Cars and said "My underwear!!!" lol Good luck! Chris does #1 in the potty but #2 seems to be more of an obstacle. Get those Clorox/Lysol wipes out when it'll be needed! ;)

Aubrey said...

Good Luck Mommy! The car "panties" are so cute!!

I have been trying the whole potty training thing off and on for a few months now. He's not quite 2 1/2 yet but like you, once 3 gets a little closer, I'll get a little more serious!

I can't wait to hear how your progress goes!

Wep said...

Hang in there.

And in her defense have you been in a Victoria's Secret lately? I just went because they sent out the free panty card and who can resist free underpants? Well they have all sorts of "Boy Brief" for girls. She's just in style ;)

Katy Leach said...

Good luck! LG caught on to the potty pretty quick... I think AB will too... also, they share the same undies! How cite! :)

Patty said...

I dread going through this process with my two little ones. I wouldn't even know where to begin. In the meantime. I look forward to reading about your adventures with it.

Anessa said...

How funny!! "Daddy wears white panties" :) At our house, boys wear underwear and girls wear panties. I often get corrected when I call them all underwear. (Besides according to Zay Zay "Underwear is GRRRROOOOSS! Panties are NICE!) Good luck!!!

Shan said...

godspeed my friend....
we are still fighting the good fight!
wyatt would prefer dora panties...
i skipped that aisle (strategically, of course)

Sarah Marie & Adam Robert said...

Good luck the first week or two may be interesting. Sarah has been trained since March. If you would like any advice the method we used I would love to share. I love the method we used and would recommend it to anyone. As a parent I went a little crazy but it was the best for Sarah.

Good Luck! Athena will do great!

Cindy said...

Go Athena Go! Hang in there momma! You need a new couch anyway, perfect timing!

Lana D said...

Lana was on again off again potty trained for over six months and then she finally had the potty epiphany just days shy of her third birthday (offering gummy bears seemed to seal the deal). So don't worry-Athena will get it too! All in good time, my pretty, all in good time....

danielle said...

Good Luck Athena!! The cars undies are fab. She'll get it eventually! (We're still working on it here, too)