Potty Training in 3+ Days

June is Potty Training Awareness Month, so I thought I’d throw it back to a post I wrote about over three years ago that was originally posted on Orlando Moms Blog.

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I cannot begin to tell you how many times the words “pee pee” and “poopy” have come out of my mouth in the last two months. They are now common words in our vocabulary and here’s how we got there.

We were anticipating holiday break from school for a number of reasons. Obviously, to celebrate the holidays and spend time with family, but also because of this looming reality that it was time to begin potty training our 26 month old.

My husband and I were more than ready, having just had our second child two months prior. We were OVER the double diaper duty. It was time. We decided to try the 3 Day Potty Training method after several recommendations from others.

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Here are a few things I learned during this process (ok, more than a few) and I hope you can use one (or all) of them when it comes time for you to potty train your little one:

  1. Buy the flushable wipes. These would have come in handy with all of the poopy accidents we had. We use them now and they are so much better than the dry toilet paper on their little bums.
  2. Get in the mindset of two steps forward, one step back. Potty training is a process, and as long as you’re moving forward, keep going! Celebrate the victories, big or small, and brush off the accidents. Just keep moving forward.
  3. Stay positive. This is probably a no-brainer, but believe me, it is so incredibly hard, yet so incredibly important. Take a step back, a breather, have a drink, do whatever you need to do, but stay positive!
  4. Listen to the poop song. This was something else I had read about online — and my daughter loved it! We frequently did a potty dance when she was done.
  5. Make the incentives visible. For each pee pee in the potty, my daughter got a “special treat” — an M&M. The M&Ms were in a dish on the counter, so she knew what she was getting. Each day we talked about getting a lollipop (or “pollipop” to her) if she poopied in the potty. But it wasn’t until she was doing the “I gotta go” dance on day eight when I rushed and grabbed a handful of Dum Dums from the drawer. I asked if she wanted a lollipop and she rushed straight to the potty to do her business. By golly, as soon as she saw the reward, she wanted it. Now, if only we would have started that on day one!
  6. Get a travel potty seat. This may have been more for me. I am now infinitely more aware of how disgusting public restrooms are. Having the folding travel seat helps me feel a little bit better about having to go into every public restroom we come across in the city.
  7. It may not happen in three days. I was so discouraged by the end of day three when we still had not had a successful poopy in the potty. I took “3 day” too literally. She picked up the peeing very quickly, but we could not get over the fear of pooping in the potty. Fast forward five more days and we made it! Day eight was the first day I felt she “got it” — and we were completely accident free! Looking back, the fact that it only took us eight days to potty train is pretty amazing, but it was very hard to see while we were in the moment.
  8. Give the night-time a try. If you’re considering doing “3 Day Potty Training” (or 3+ days as I mentioned above), then you should consider going all in. We got a lot of funny looks when we said we were going to potty train day and night at the same time. Ironically enough, the night time clicked faster than the pooping did. I was just as shocked as you probably are reading this. If the night-time doesn’t work, no harm in trying — you probably just did a few extra loads of laundry more than you normally would have.
  9. Every child is different. I know, I know, this is obvious, but we moms know how easy it is to get trapped in the world of comparing our child to someone else’s. We’ve all done it. Just try to make a conscious effort not to do it when it comes to potty training.

While I would consider our potty training experience a success, I will tell you it was not easy, nor fun. It’s safe to say that it was toughest parenting hurdle we’ve had to jump to date. But it was so worth it!

So tell me, what are your successes and challenges when it comes to the “pee pee” and the “poopy”?

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my weekend in photos

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greg and i had a lunch date on friday at blaze. but, i’m not sandra.

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8 miles with the girls on saturday. we started at 5:30am and we were all so excited to “sleep in”.

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after breakfast, we headed to the y. i did piyo which was great after my run.

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saturday swimming.

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on saturday night, we headed down to the orlando city soccer game!

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orlando united! remembering the 49.

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my date.

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happy birthday to mitch!

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it was such a fun and exciting game!

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family bike ride/run to starbucks. the kids rode 2.5 miles!

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the best daddy.

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we saw cars 3 this afternoon. it was so good!

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this girl is so big. she decided this morning that she wanted her ears pierced and she was so brave!

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we had such a fun weekend. how was yours?

happy father’s day to all the dads out there!

Legoland Beach Retreat // April 2017

To end the month of April, we headed down to Legoland to check out the new Beach Retreat. We started the day at the Legoland water park before heading over to check in to our room. We drove over to the Beach Retreat and checked into right from our car with the drive-thru check in. It was super convenient.

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Our room was in Seagull’s Cove and we shared a bungalow with the Herolds. Each cove has its own playground that is visible from each room. The kids loved walking right out to play.

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The rooms are super cute! Just like the Legoland Hotel, there is a small separate room with bunk beds for the kids. The kids didn’t go right to sleep by any means, but Greg and I sat on the porch after they finally went to bed. The set up of the room is just so much better than a standard hotel room and it really makes such a difference!

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After we got settled, we headed over to the pool for some swimming before dinner. There was also another larger playground and a bar right by the pool. Once we saw the set up, we knew we should have spent the afternoon at the resort instead of the water park. We definitely made a mental note for next time.

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After swimming, the kids played Legos at the bungalow until it was time for dinner. The restaurant was also right by the pool so we walked over to have dinner.

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The next morning, everyone was up early! We headed over for breakfast, which is included in your reservation, before heading back to Legoland.

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We spent a couple hours at the park riding roller coasters and rides. Since we all went to bed late and got up early, we headed out after lunchtime so the kids could nap the whole way home.

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Overall, we had such a great time with the Herolds. The Beach Retreat is so so cute and we will definitely be back!

my weekend in photos

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we love our city!

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after a trip to the running store, we stopped at a new park and watched the planes come in.

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rain dance!

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the guys and the kids played on saturday afternoon while lindsey and i cashed in our mother’s day spa day. it was heavenly.

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so good to see this girl on saturday night.

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after church trip to another new park!

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american ninja warrior practice.

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sunday funday.

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we had a good weekend, how was yours?

SeaWorld Field Trip

Last month, we all headed to SeaWorld for the kids’ field trip day! We were so happy that their classes went on the field trip on the same day which allowed us to make a day of it. Greg and I went as chaperones and drove down ourselves so we could stay a little later in the day.

With their classmates, they got to do two rides: Antarctica: Empire of the Penguins and Wild Arctic and see two shows: Clyde and Seamore’s Sea Lion High and One Ocean. The kids also touched the sting rays and watched the dolphins. We had never seen the sea lion show so that was something new and fun to experience. After their classes left, they rode the Shamu roller coaster twice before we headed home.

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It was a hot and exhausting day, but it was educational and we all had so much fun! We chose not to renew our annual passes this year, so it was a perfect way to end our time with SeaWorld, for a little while at least.

Kenley’s VPK Graduation

Kenley has officially completed VPK (voluntary pre-kindergarten)! Her little graduation ceremony was held on Wednesday at the Orlando Repertory Theatre in downtown Orlando. It was our first time at the Orlando Rep and I have already decided that we’ll be back this year to see a show. It was so nice and super kid friendly.

The ceremony was at 1pm so it was just the three of us since Crosby was still at school. As a little gift, we got Kenley the Oh, the Places You’ll Go! book. I’m not sure I’ve ever read the book or it’s been quite a while since I have, so I got a little teary-eyed reading it to her before we headed into the ceremony.

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The ceremony was quick and adorable. All of the graduates got to walk or roll across stage to get their diploma and their photo taken. Kenley was so nervous and was fidgeting with her hands and dress the whole time. All of the classes from the two campuses sang a little song together at the end to close the ceremony.

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After visiting with her current teachers and former teachers, we headed out for a bite to eat and a drink with some friends. It was such a fun and bittersweet day. We’re so excited for the next step into kindergarten at a new school, but also so sad for her to leave the amazing school that we’ve been with for the last five years. We are so thankful for the amazing teachers, staff, and administrators that have made our experience there so great.

Kindergarten, here she comes!

my [long] weekend in photos

school ended on wednesday so the kids had another long weekend to kick off summer!

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swimming and popsicles with daddy on thursday.

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we headed to the science center on friday for some rainy day fun.

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teamwork makes the dream work.

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saturday morning run with the girls. i got in 7 miles to start the day.

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i headed out for a girls day with heather and jess. we started with brunch at white wolf cafe. randomly, our next stop was the salt room for some salt therapy.

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we ended our girls day out at quantum leap winery for a wine tasting.

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our day of fun and tour of orlando continued with a double date night. we had dinner at pig floyd’s, drinks at imperial, and went to science night live: craft beer edition at the science center.

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it was such a fun event!

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sunday morning park time!

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their splash pad date got rained out so we opted to play at the house on a rainy sunday afternoon.

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we had a great weekend after a crazy week. we’re excited to start summer camp tomorrow and get into our summer routine. 

how was your weekend?