Yesterday, Mike was sick so I packed the kids into the car in the morning to flee from the threat of re-injection with that horrific stomach bug. It's a total bummer to have to bring Riley to drop Isaac off at summer camp because I have to walk him all the way to the classroom and sign him in. We parked and I got Riley's backpack on. I was worried because we hadn't used it in a while, but she smiled broadly and handed Mommy the lead. I used one crutch so we could hold hands through the parking lot.
We got Isaac dropped off without incident, but I was worried about Riley's potty status and my car was acting funny so I invaded Boo's house. We have an open invitation and she's usually happy to have another pair of hands. I told Riley we'd go see Boo we she missed on Monday because we keep her home for more potty practice. I told her we would go use Boo’s puppy potty, but I went on auto pilot setting down the baby bag and refilling her cup first. Duh, potty first. Anyway, after that first little accident she used the potty all day. She kept her pull-up bone dry.
I would just decide it had been awhile and walk her to the bathroom and shut the door and she'd do her thing. Big girl. After nap time I started to worry that she hadn't pooped, yet. Always, listen to your gut (especially when potty training!). I wanted to take her back to the potty after snack, but I didn't and that's when we lost that pull-up. Honestly, it was bizarre to be changing a poopy diaper again after all this time. I won't miss it when it's gone forever. All in all she used the potty more than half the time at someone else's house, A+ and 100% improvement from last time.
The trick is to let them build up as much momentum and confidence at home as possible before you try to get them to go on strange potties. We had more than a week of no accidents or diapers before we tried to go at Boo's it made a huge difference. Riley doesn't even wear them to sleep anymore. We put a second potty by her bed and she's done great. She really wants to be done with diapers as much as I do. She looks so grown up in real panties (that she keeps dry all day).
We're so proud of her. It won't be long now...