Brianna has been slowly getting used to the idea of toilet training. Over the past year she has been fairly good about telling us when she needs to have a BM just through a chess and check method. When she's complaining of something, we ask a few questions. Do you want to eat? Do you want milk? Do you need help with something? Do you want to play? Does something hurt? Do you need to go potty? She answers with signs and yes/no pretty well. We're still working on "Tell me what you need" and getting her to reply with the appropriate sign, but hey, at least she does tell us what she needs this way. And for now it works for the most part.
Except when she's going down for a nap.
When she's in her bed she'll fuss or cry and sometimes it's because she wants something- a drink or to go potty are the most common- but most of the time it's because she doesn't want to go to sleep. Over the past year I can only think of maybe twice that Brianna's had a BM in her diaper when she was able to get to the toilet, but another dozen and more times that she's gone in her diaper at nap time-- after crying when we didn't recognize there was anything wrong other than not wanting to go to sleep.
When I take Brianna to the potty I've been showing her and having her help take her shorts down and take off her diaper. We do this at bath time too so she can learn to undress and dress herself- though obviously not putting a diaper back on by herself :) She's learning to do it and doing well. But she hasn't grasped doing any of the steps without some guidance.
Yesterday when I put her in bed she fussed around, but was going down for nap late so we figured that was the case. Then she went to sleep and when she woke up she played quietly for quite some time. And when I went in to get her I discovered she's accomplished a new skill. She can now take her diaper off. She wasn't wearing pants- had a dress on for church- so it was pretty easily accessible. Unfortunately, her attempts to throw it out of the crib (along with everything else she had in there- dolls and her lovey blanket) also left the entire room sprinkled with small lumps of POOP.
I promised my kids not to post anything I'd completely embarrass them with, so the potty story stops there... but wow....
A new skill, aren't we proud??