I haven't posted in awhile, I am DEEP into potty training Natalie. I am determined that I am going to make it work THIS time! That means not leaving the house, and not doing much else than following her around, asking if she needs to go to the potty. It is hard to do when you have another child that needs you attention too. Natalie does pretty well, I put her on the potty and she stays there by herself. She usually prefers for me to not be in the room when she goes. It usually takes her awhile too, so I can do other things while she is in there. This is the hardest, most discouraging thing I have done in a long time, if not ever. I really didn't feel like she was catching on very well, so I was not a very happy mommy. We have done pretty good today, but I am still having a hard time with it.
A little while ago Natalie came up to me and said "potty". So I hurried her into the bathroom. This is the first time that she has asked/told me that she needed to go to the potty. I put her in there for a little while and went back to check on her and she actually went!!! This is not the first time she has gone on the potty, but it is the first time for the combination of the two. Thank you God! A little encouragement in the midst of the struggle! :) I feel like I have won a Gold Medal!!! We have had more successes today than accidents, so I feel like a million dollars! It's funny how being a mother changes your priorities! Who would have thought that something like going to the potty could make me feel this excited?
Now I know that we are in no way even close to achieving our final goal, and we will have many more accidents along the way, but I want to remember this moment. I write this in order to have something to look back on to encourage me in those times.