I am grateful that at all ages we as humans can know what works and doesn’t work for us.
I was so proud of my 2 1/2 year old daughter for knowing herself and listening to what she needed this afternoon.
I posted a while back that I yelled at her an learned from it for peeing in her underpants. After that I promised her I would never yell at her again for a pee accident.
Today she brought me her undies on her own and said she wanted to wear them. I told her definitely and I was excited for her to. I explained to her that to tell me or go to her toilet when she had to go. I tried her before I hopped in the shower and she didn’t go. When I was in the shower I heard her say, “Mama.” I peeked out and said, “Did you have an accident?” She said, “Si (yes).” I told her, “It’s okay babe, remember what I said, accidents happen.” I talked to her through taking her wet clothes off.
When I got out of the shower I asked her if she wanted new undies or a pull up and she said undies. So I said, “Great, you can do it!”
She had her undies on for over an hour after that. We read books on the couch. I let her know if she had to go to tell me because couches were tough to clean pee up:)
Dinner time rolled around and I told her, “Ninel, I’m gonna bring your potty in the kitchen. Then if you have to go it will be right there for you.” She said, “Okay mama.”
About five minutes later she said, “Mama, pull ups.” She said, “All done undies, pull ups.” I said, “Okay babe, go get them and put them on if you want.” She did.
Then I went down to her and said, “I am so proud of you Ninel! You wore your panties and you only had one accident and remember what I told you, accidents happen. You even took off your dirty clothes by yourself. Then the second time you wore your undies you didn’t have an accident. I am also proud of you because you knew when you felt like you needed your pull ups back. I am excited for when you want to try your undies again but am happy you know when you need pull ups too.” The whole time I told her this I saw her smiling on her face and inside as well:) I love her and who she is becoming so much.
– Renee Ho
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