With very little fuss and muss, Lu’s gone on the bowl.
Excepting sleeping and going-out time, she pees and poos in the toilet bowl at home.
* Jo hustled herself into the shot
How did we do it?
I don’t think we did anything much, really.
From that time, I occasionally popped the question and she would always say no. I’d say fine.
Then some weeks ago, she started peeling off her diaper whenever she did one pee. Just one. Because she felt it was already dirty. That meant more than five diaper changes a day.
That got me, the sheer waste. Plus it meant she had learnt that pee is not supposed to stay in touch with her skin.
So I left her diaper off. I told her: Now you’re not wearing a diaper. You must tell mummy when you want to pee or poo so I can bring you to the toilet bowl.
She did. We all clapped very loudly, of course.
Now it’s really no effort.
It’s breath-taking, how easy her toilet-training is, compared to (and I know I shouldn’t compare but it’s too remarkable for words) Jo, and even Day, both of whom, on hindsight we might have pushed too early.
Maybe it's because she wants to do whatever they do.
Dearest Lu does not hold her pee or her poo, calmly tells me when she wants to go, gives enough advance notice so we can walk in a dignified manner to the toilet bowl where she sits for a moment before the pee piddles in nicely.
She is remarkably controlled and very happy (to my delight) to sit on the bowl, which to be frank she can fall into quite easily.
At home I have taken to chucking a stool at the foot of the toilet bowl so she can climb up and do her own business without bothering me.
Of course, there are accidents when she pees on the floor. And she seems to prefer to opportunistically poo when she is wearing a diaper, in dark and quiet corners where she does not like to be disturbed. (“Go away!” she yells when I look at her and whisper: “You ung-ung ah!”)
But I think she’s done very well on her own.
I was quite prepared to put her in a diaper until she was in kindergarten.
She now takes a great deal of pride in wearing panties which unfortunately mostly hang loosely off her very small butt.