Adventures in Potty Training a Three Year Old

by | May 24, 2008 | Lucy, Parenting/Family | 5 comments

My daughter is 3.

She is not potty trained.

But she tells us immediately after she’s peed in her diaper… “I PEED!”

Adventures in Potty Training a Three Year Old

Yesterday, she was having a hard time going, #2. It was such hard work that she fell asleep while sitting at the kitchen table drinking apple juice – in hopes of making the task of “clearing the passage” a bit “smoother”.

When she woke up I suggested we move her to the potty and try there…

She sat. And sat. And sat. And sat. And sat. And sat. I could tell she was working the right muscles for all the toot-smell that filled the bathroom. But no poopie.

She had had enough and tried to make her escape. On my knees, I tried to bribe her to stay:

Mom: If you poo-poo, I’ll give you candy.

Lucy: No.

Mom: Popscicle?

Lucy: No.

Mom: Ice cream?

Lucy: No.

Mom: I’ll buy you a purse! 

Lucy: No.

Mom: A purse with a doggie in it?!?!

Lucy: No.

Mom: M&M’s?

Lucy: No.

Mom: Marshmallows?

Lucy: OK

So she sat. And sat. And sat. And sat. And sat. And sat.

Lucy (hop, hop, hopping with arms above head): I did it! I did it! I did it! I PEED!!!

Mom: YAY!!! YAY!!! Good job Lucy!!!


Apparently, since Lucy is so new at this “peeing on the potty” thing- she didn’t realize she needed to sit until she was done. Instead, she did a little pee-pee-ing, realized she “did it!” and then finished on the floor – cheering all the way.

Except for the fact that I had to wipe up a pint of pee off my floor – it was the cutest thing ever.

Oh the depth of joy children experience. I’m a little jealous… of the all-out-joy part, not the pee-on-the-floor part – just to clarify.


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