We planned this special potty practice for awhile. On a Saturday morning, Dan got Annique up (we're also practicing getting up at school time) and left for church before she had the chance to use the potty at home. Armed with a bag of books, treats, and activities and as much patience as could be mustered, we were going to wait her out.
I didn't realize they left before she ate so at 9:30, I made her a breakfast and switched with Dan. She ate her breakfast wiggling like crazy. "I'm not wiggling, it is just a dance," she insisted.
After breakfast, we headed back into the bathroom. She had to go so bad so she really did not want to sit on there. I gave her a Sweedish Fish for sitting there for a count to 20. I was planning to keep trying this method to keep her on there. "Don't we have to go soon?" she asked. "We don't have to be anywhere for the next seven hours." I could see the desperation wash across her face. Finally she yelled, "I will use the potty! I need PRIVACY!" So I went right outside the door and we had our first success. Yay!
With Frozen DVD proudly in hand, she walked back into the house ready to watch her prize. We totally obliged. I think she was proud of herself but she didn't want much fuss to be made about it (typical for her). Now we can say she's done it once. We just have to do practices like these to make it less difficult each time. The wall will eventually come down!
Thank you for following us on this atypical journey. Your concern for her and us means a lot!