As reported last week, we had only intended for Trixie to get used to going in the bathroom with us and get familiar with the new potty. She surprised us by actually getting very familiar with the potty — four days in a row. This was only a once-a-day event, but we were pretty excited. I was positive that she had made the physiological association and was well on her way to enjoying “on demand” bladder control skills. Turns out I was wrong. Either that or she actually does have full control, but just has a different agenda from the rest of the household. On day five, I sat her down and nothing happened. OK, no problem – no pressure. I’m still happy. Our record was still 4 and 1. But that’s not the final score.
As I was getting the bath ready, just 30 seconds after she got off the potty, Trixie promptly crawled over to the middle of the bathroom and peed all over the floor. I’m not sure what to make of it as far as potty training goes, but in my opinion, peeing on the floor is a much bigger problem than changing a wet diaper. As a result, my enthusiasm has been tempered a little for this endeavor, but we haven’t given up. I just might have to throw down some newspapers or cat litter. And, in case anyone was wondering, this was not counted as a diaper leak.