Friday, January 24, 2014

January 24, 2014 - Major Milestone

I hope this isn't tooooo embarrassing to Grace (or perhaps with five years of being blogged about we're beyond embarrassment and just fueling her future-pyschologist's hours...), but in our house this week we are super excited that she has started sleeping through the night DRY.

Obviously she has been potty trained for a long time - like more than 2 years - but night time has never been easy.  As much as mentally and emotionally she's been ready to sleep in big girl underwear since before she was 4, physically it has not been possible.  Even over the Christmas holidays when we tried it she had several nights of accidents and we went back to Pull Ups.  Even recently she was wetting through Pull Ups and changing them in the night herself.  

But to all the Mamas out there who told me not to worry or stress and promised me that she would not go to high school sleeping in Pull Ups - Thank You!  You were right!  I don't know exactly what has clicked in the last few weeks but something has changed.

Now we continue to not let her drink too much after 5 pm (she used to be sort of an addict-drinker), she goes potty 2 or 3 times before bed, and one of us wakes her up to pee once before we go to bed (a strategy that previously only worked if I set an alarm and woke her up every 3 hours...which was horrible for both of us!).  She has been dry in her Pull Ups for a few weeks, and three nights ago she said she was ready to try underwear again.  With complete success!  

Her pride and confidence has sky-rocketed, and so has mine!  I feel like this is a particularly good reminder that all kids are different, and there is no "right" or "wrong" time necessarily for these things to happen.  I am especially happy for her that it happened before she turned 5 (since we know kids who have been dry at night since they were even 2 or 3!) because that was something she was really hoping for!  

And here is our happy almost-5 year old big girl today being cute and silly with her 3 year old brother before school today.  We've definitely had some happy mornings this week!


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