'When I am 3, I will use my potty' - a phrase I heard many a time and hoped would be true. We'd cultivated this by saying when you are 3 you can go to school but you must use your potty. All the other little children use their potty and they go to school. So whenever I asked if she wanted to use her potty she would repeat 'When I am 3, I will use my potty'
So the week before her 3rd birthday we went to our Dr's in Roujan for her little sisters vaccinations and I was asked the question I dreaded most. So does Jasmine use her potty? I squirmed and answered a meek 'no'. The timing hasn't been right, with having 2 babies during her potty training time, I just didn't have the time for running round cleaning up stray pee pees. I did attempt it twice. Firstly when she was 19m old after Izzy was born - success for 3 days then losts of wet knickers and distress. Attempt No 2 was last summer, worked well until she became constipated and cried asking for her nappy. Then I didn't want to try again in Winter with 3 under 3 year olds - it just seemed like a mammoth task I could do without. I was embarrased though, our medecin said my 4 children were all using their potty before they were 2. Oh dear!
So now approaching her 3rd birthday and feeling very guilty, I knew I had to sort it, once & for good. Our Medecin explained to Jasmine that she must use her potty. She seemed to understand. (We're never sure how much French she understands - she often nods but it's not easy to tell). We travelled back to London the next day, her birthday was the day after. 'Today, you go on your potty' I said. 'Yes' she said 'Now I am 3, I will use my potty'.
And guess what...she does...all on her own