Sunday, June 15, 2008
We Have Success...
...Partial success anyway! When I last wrote, I thought that I would probably forget the whole potty training mission, but I am proud to say that my niece is making her way through Potty Training Camp very well. We dove right in Monday morning--by Thursday, I was ready to quit. She will never get this, I thought (silly, I know--of course she will get it--). Thursday was her worst day yet. I cleaned up more potty than I ever care to again! For some reason, though, I continued on Friday and she had her best day yet--only one potty accident and one no. 2 accident. Saturday, she didn't have any accidents at all! I'm so proud of her--and I surely never thought I would be potty training a child again! Today, she is doing great--but I have yet to get her to no. 2 in the toilet! Help-- She had a po*opy accident this afternoon. I just tried a bribe--hoping she will really want a new Dora toy enough to go in the toilet. We shall see! I'm still putting a diaper on her at night, but she has been keeping it almost dry since Wed. morning.
It is so important that she gets potty trained as this will save my sister a much needed $160 a month in day care expenses and $50 in diapers. I haven't shared, but I am keeping my sweet niece because my baby sister has become completely overwhelmed with single-motherhood and working at a job that doesn't pay much, and having a deadbeat as her daughter's father. She can barely get by, so our whole family came together this past week to ease her load and bless her a bit. She is working a bunch of double shifts while I have her little one, my dad paid a bunch of her debt off (mostly expensive day care bills because the father hasn't been paying), my sister and step-brother and sister helped her get her home, car, and budget in order-they are also updating her resume' so she can try to get a little better paying job and one that is closer to her home. I am watching her daughter so that she can work the doubles, and so that I can get her baby girl potty trained. Can you believe that the day care doesn't potty train? How is a single woman working full time supposed to potty train a child? I just want to know--how hard is that? I think she is probably trained well enough that they will consider her potty trained and give my sister the reduced rate. I am praying anyway...
I can't even tell you the compassion I have for my sister right now--I feel for her so much. She has made some mistakes--serious ones--but I still hurt for her and her situation so much. Sometimes I want to shake her--and sometimes I just want to hold her and tell her every thing's going to be all right.
My niece is with us for another week--she is as precious as can be--but we could use any and all prayers you might be able to spare for this momma who's not so very used to toddlerhood anymore!!!