More about becoming a big girl

Filed under: baby's progress — by Lauren on September 6th, 2008 @ 11:42 pm

Today was day four of napping in the big girl bed.  To recap, the first day was great, the second was a disaster, the third was pretty good, and now the fourth was even better.  Instead of needing to rock Anya to sleep in the glider and then transfer her, I was able to get her to fall sleep in the bed while rubbing her back, and she slept for an hour.  Not bad.  She can climb into the bed on her own with her Dora stool for sure now, which is another good thing.  If things continue to go well, we’ll probably attempt having her sleep in her bed at night in another week or two.  I just hope that in that time Anya starts feeling secure enough to return to going to sleep for naps without someone in the room.

In other news, we took advantage of being rained in today and started full-out potty training (in case you aren’t up-to-date, Anya has been using the toilet exclusively for poop for months, but is equally content to pee in the toilet or her diaper).  This morning after breakfast, Anya wore her big girl underwear for the first time.  Of the three pairs in the pack, she chose the white ones that said “Princess” all over them.  We started with training pants, the kind that have a little extra padding, although since the smallest size I could find was 2T (HUGE on her), the padding was completely useless.  The underwear looks like shorts on her!  She discovered that, unlike her diaper, she could actually take these off all by herself and did that repeatedly for a while until we realized the tag in the back was bothering her.  After I cut it off, she kept them on while playing with her toys.  She had one accident this morning, and then stayed dry the rest of the day when awake.  She wore a diaper for naptime and woke up wet; I think it will be quite some time before she’s sleep-trained.  Of course, Lex and I asked her if she needed to go to the bathroom about every 10 minutes (she eventually got annoyed with us and would shout “NO!” when we asked).  Also, she really only went to the bathroom when we told her she had to go try, like before getting in the high chair to eat.  Still, I’m glad she was able to hold it in better than when she was wearing a diaper, and perhaps soon she will start telling us when she needs to pee instead of us insisting that she go.  She certainly LOVED getting stickers every time she went on the toilet.  For now, she will wear a diaper to sleep and probably a pull-up with her underwear over it when we go out of the house, but only underwear while at home.

One other thing – Anya has gotten much better at going down the stairs by herself in the last few days, mostly because I’m trying to remember to give her the opportunity to practice instead of carrying her.  It’s a pretty slow process, which is why I had tended just to pick her up, but I will need her to be able to handle stairs on her own in a few months when the baby arrives.  She’s been able to climb up the stairs on her own for a long time, but again, it’s slow (unless she tries to sneak upstairs when we aren’t looking, then she’s a speed demon), and she is easily distracted, which isn’t very safe.  Anya would love to walk up and down the stairs, but due to some combination of the height of the banister, her short legs, and her general lack of coordination, she just can’t do it safely yet, at least not without holding someone’s hand.  Although she had been resistant to going down the stairs on her tush for a long time, she’s finally accepted that method.  She just needs to be watched carefully, because every now and then she announces she’s going to walk instead and tries to stand up, ultimately throwing off her balance.  I don’t think she’d enjoy a tumble down a whole flight of stairs onto the hard tile, and I don’t think I’d enjoy the heart attack that would certainly follow.

2 Responses to “More about becoming a big girl”

  1. Amnesty Says:

    Daisy has the same training panties 🙂 They look like shorts on her too, but she prefers her Ariel panties anyway.
    Good luck with the stairs. Daisy has been doing the stairs independently since last December (before that we didn’t have stairs). Rory taught her how to go down on her belly, but now she just walks. She’s only fallen once, and only down 3 stairs.

  2. Lauren Says:

    The training pants are so funny looking, aren’t they? I would love to post a picture, but even though I have a million photos of Anya in diapers, it seems a little creepier to me to take a picture of her in underwear just for the purpose of showing what she looks like in it…

    I’m amazed that a peanut like Daisy can walk up and down the stairs by herself. Very impressive!