I have the potty training fear. As Emma approached two years old, people would casually drop into conversation when I am planning to potty train her. Apparently there is a bit of a deadline on this and I told myself that maybe we would do it this summer…Emma would be 2.5 years old. Now when I said this, it was mostly to stop people asking those questions and because ‘the summer’ felt such a long time away. It’s now the end of June. Wait, how did that happen?! So really potty training should start in the next month. But I’m not ready.
I suppose at the beginning of the year, I thought I would have a few more things set in stone. Emma’s eating would have improved, and we’d have nailed the sleeping through the night situation so would be happy to welcome a new change. Well, let me tell you – Emma’s eating has gone backwards if anything (our CheeseString/Pom Bear game is strong) and her sleep…well let’s not talk about that. So no, we’re not ready for another change in our house, and the thought of it gives me the fear.
For some reason, getting to this new stage of potty training made me think back to that first night in hospital with teeny Emma, who was like a bag of sugar in my hands. So small and beautiful, and me so clueless as to what I’m supposed to be doing. The paediatrician came in to check her hips and commented on why she is wearing grey when she is a girl. My first experience of unwanted comments, but it was at this moment that I changed her nappy for the first time. It was all so new to me and I had the fear then too. I didn’t want to do it wrong and make her upset, but that meconium poo is as sticky as it comes. These days, changing her nappy is something that’s part of our everyday, it’s second nature to me.
Emma keeps tell me what’s going on in her nappy. I know our nappy days are coming to an end. She seems intent on following me to the toilet, so I explained to her once that Mummy was saying “bye bye pee pee” and now she has been giving me a running commentary of when she is doing “bye bye pee pee” herself. So it’s time folks and I feel completely unprepared for it, with a million questions popping into my head daily. First and foremost, what do I do about nursery? Will they continue the potty training on my behalf? I have an inkling they will nail it far better than I could!
The one thing I worry about is approaching it in the right way for Emma. For as long as I remember, she always gets upset if she spills something. I used to take her nappy off at the end of the night and if she did a little wee on the floor, she’d start to try to clean it up on her own. It upsets her to spill things, almost like she thinks she’s done something wrong. So I know I need to find the right way to teach her about the potty, as I don’t want her to be upset about it in any way.
Without a doubt, this summer will be the a time for new things in our house. The little lady will be using the potty and we’ll be sent into a state of panic when she mentions “pee pee” or “poo poo” to get her up to the bathroom as soon as possible. As a side note, she also needs to move to a cot bed so that’s another thing on the list that gives me the fear too. Above all, I’ve been looking at Emma thinking how fast she is growing; unbelievably so. Already growing into a little girl and not the teeny baby that could fit into the palm of my hand two years ago.
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