Posted by liafreitas | Posted in The Preschool Mommy | Posted on 18-05-2010
Tags: encopresis, potty training, slacker mom
LG turned 5 in March. She has been potty trained since just after her 2nd birthday. The past year has been really tough for us because she has something called encopresis. It causes LG to have small accidents often several times a week. It has been a nightmare trying to figure out how to help her. Because of this, I hadn’t even attempted to night time potty train her.
On top of the encopresis, there have been a lot of changes in our family and I just didn’t want to rock the boat. I also didn’t want to have to wake up in the middle of the night to change sheets. Selfish? Maybe, but I like to think of it as working to gain back all the sleep I lost when she was a baby.
Two weeks ago, LG and I went to Denver to visit my mom. We returned late on Monday night and when I went to get her ready for bed, at 9:30 p.m., I realized we were out of Pull Ups. LG wanted to go to the store to buy some but there was no way that I was going out. I realized it was time.
“Baby, we are just going to go to bed with no pull ups tonight. Mommy will put some towels down just in case, but you will be fine. You have been dry lots of times in the morning so you can do it. If you have to go potty in the middle of the night you need to get out of bed and go, ok?”
She nodded and we finished getting ready for bed. I put her to bed with several reminders. I also left the bathroom light on for her. I headed to bed and prayed that it would work out. I, of course, didn’t sleep a wink all night. I knew at any minute I would need to be up to change sheets. LG, on the other hand, slept soundly all night! Until she woke up at 6:30 a.m. and promptly peed the bed.
It was actually laughable. I think she wet the bed just for the novelty of it. I asked her why she didn’t get up and go potty. She had no good reason so I just said, “It’s OK, you made it all night and I am so proud of you! You are such a big girl.”
That was 8 days ago. We LG has not had an accident since. It has been so great! I am so proud of her. I have to be a little honest, I am glad I was a slacker! Being a slacker made it so much easier. If I had known how easy it could be, I would have waited to potty train LG until now too. I AM KIDDING!!!!