Then Spencer was born. Then 11 days later, David come home from a year long deployment. Things were crazy, to say the least. She was not interested, and frankly, I did not have the time or energy to really work with her. Then a couple months later we moved. Now things were even less normal. Still, she was not interested. And much of it was her stubborn, hard head. Let me tell you what my princess would do. She wanted to wear all the pretty and cool big girl underwear. So she would have on underwear and realize she needed to potty. The child would walk all the way to her room and find a pull up. She would take off the underwear and put on the pull up! Many times, she would even take off the wet pull up and put her big girl underwear back on. The child got the concept, wouldn't you say? Shortly after her THIRD birthday, I lost it one day when she put on the pull-up and went to the bathroom to potty! While she was in there, I packed up all the pull-ups in the house and never looked back. She was not happy, but she quickly got with the program.
I know I let it go on longer than I should have, but I heard all these horror stories about kids being scarred for life, you know? I did not want her to have bathroom issues forever because I pressured her, right? And Jessa Lynn is one of the few people in the world who can actually control her bodily functions. She once told me that she did not want to potty until she got back to Louisiana. I explained that it was 8 or so hours away. She said that was fine. After many fruitless stops, we stopped at the Louisiana Welcome Center, and the child finally went. Iron will.
Jessa was more concerned, and she tried to help him. She would put underwear on him, he would have an accident, I would clean it up. Yet I still was not worried.
Then over the weekend, I tried underwear during his awake hours. And WOW! He is so precious and so good! We went to a birthday party 45 minutes away, he made it (there and back). We went to the pumpkin patch, and he made it. It is hard for me to relax and believe it since Jessa's process was so different and so stressful. I am sure a lot of her problem was ME, and I was not the impediment to him that I was to her. Whatever the case, he is a big boy and I have no more babies! I am so proud of him, but it is a little bittersweet. Maybe not having to buy diapers/pull ups will ease the pain!!