This has been an eventful week. Monday I started a new semester. Tuesday Elena started her second year of preschool. Thursday Elena turned four! And today we started the "nothing but underwear all weekend" potty training technique. I don't know if it has a real name but thats what I'm calling it. I'm sure everyone knows what that is but just in case it's when you put your kid in only underwear or sometimes nothing at all for the whole weekend. They don't like peeing on themselves so they learn fast.
Elena is going to the same preschool as last year but different teachers. Her new teacher has been teaching for something around 20 years. She seems knowledgeable but more strict than her last teacher. I wonder how that will go over with the kids. Structure is important but you've got to be flexible when working with preschoolers and their parents. I took Elena to school 3 minutes late and the teacher have me the evil eye. Interesting since the day before SHE was 10 minutes late. Anyway, we'll see how this year goes.
Yesterday was Elena's fourth birthday. It amazes me that it's been that long already. Since we had done her party a couple weeks ago, we just did a little thing at home yesterday. She had her favorite food for dinner, speghettioos, and M&MS for desert. Her grandparents (my side) and her dad called and sang Happy Birthday to her.
Her big party with her friends was great. I made a delicious chocolate cake surrounded by KitKats and topped with M&Ms. We had a piñata and a craft table. I played some fun kid songs in the background. Of course we had yummy food too. All the kids seemed to have fun. They liked playing musical cushions and even blind-folded musical cushions. I'm glad she had a good time and got to play with some friends.
So far, potty training has been basically nonexistent. It's not that we haven't or aren't trying but she has no interest in it. I have FINALLY gotten her to tell me when she needs to go but unfortunately she doesn't tell me until she's going or just gone in her diaper. I considered doing the "naked baby" also know as "only underwear" method but 95% of my apartment is carpet and I didn't want to have to clean all that or have the carpers messed up. Plus she doesn't seem to care if she has a wet diaper.
Then the other day she spilled water all down her dress and flipped out. She cried, stomped her feet, and tried to pull the dress off. With a reaction like that I thought maybe I should just bite the bullet and do it so we went to the store and bought her some big girl underwear.
Today was the first day she wore them. I waited until after school so she only wore them for a few hours today. She didn't have any accidents but she also didn't go in toilet. I was surprised she didn't go to the bathroom at all. I put her in a Pull Up for bedtime. She seemed to like them though. She likes being a big girl. We'll see tomorrow how the rest of the potty training goes. Her preschool teacher said she would have no problem changing Elena if/when she starts wearing underwear, even if that means changing her clothes because of accidents. Wish me luck!