Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Genevieve Raises Herself


Over this past weekend, Genevieve spontaneously decided to potty-train herself. We hadn't put her in underpants or even Pull-Ups yet--she was in diapers (still is, actually). But all of a sudden we caught sight of a two-year-old-sized blur running toward the bathroom. When we asked her what was up she yelled, "I going potty!" Sure enough, she'd shed her pants, flung her diaper to the floor, and gone to the bathroom all by herself. Afterward we replaced her diaper and went about our business.

This happened several times, and has been happening ever since. She hasn't quite kept her diaper dry 100% of the time (and certainly not overnight or for naps), but for the most part (so far) she knows when she has to go, and gets herself there in plenty of time. Today the girls and I were taking a stroll on a biking/walking path at a park across town when Genevieve suddenly yelled, "I hafta go to a baffwoom!" and the three of us had to turn on our heels and run back to the playground-area porta-potty, dandelion fluff swirling in our wake. Where she then did her business easy as pie, and stood while I put her diaper and skirt back on.

The best part of ALL of this is the fact that she's bypassed the potty-chair completely and has gone straight for the toilet. No fussing around with baby potties for Genevieve, nosirree. She drags the stepstool into place, climbs on up, balances her little bum on the seat, and takes care of business like she's been doing it for years. This cracks me up, since my older daughter--like every one of her firstborn peers that I know--used a potty-chair and/or a toddler-sized toilet-seat attachment on the big toilet until she was well past her 4th birthday. Believe me, Mama is not arguing about skipping the emptying-and-cleaning-of-the-potty-chair-routine this time around. In fact, I'm basically doing an internal happy dance five or six times a day right now.

The other funny thing about all this is our complete lack of planning, rewards, or incentives of any kind for potty-training Genevieve. Neither Christopher nor I made up any sticker charts, stocked any candy jars with M&Ms, read books to Genevieve while she sat on the potty and "tried." We haven't encouraged her to let her stuffed animals try the potty. We haven't promised her a prize when she's trained. We've barely talked about it at all compared with how fervently--and how many times--we tried to get Julia to give up the diapers. Basically, we've put zero effort into this whole endeavor.

Yay for parenting laziness! It really DOES pay off sometimes.

7 comments:

Tricia said...

Wow! Maybe she's letting you off the hook with the potty-training in exchange for the turmoil she puts you through with sleep...or the lack thereof!

Elise said...

I was just going to say the same thing - she OWES you! (But it's still pretty awesome.)

Mom and Kiddo said...

Parenting laziness is the best!

Nonna said...

Good work, Genna Rose! Nonna is so proud of you. I will bring the M&Ms you deserve!!

latisha said...

she is her own person. i say screw the handbooks. they tell us when its time.

Tiffany said...

I am dripping with jealousy. Oh, potty training was my most dreaded phase. She did owe you one though :-)

donna said...

One thing about Genna is that she always has to do things HER way.