It Finally Clicked!

I’m not sure how it happened, but it finally did.  Amariah is potty trained!  A few days ago she finally started telling me when she needed to go to the bathroom–before it was too late.

It’s been a long road getting to this point.  I first started setting Amariah on the toilet around 1 year of age.  You wouldn’t think potty training should span a 1 1/2 year period; apparently, she wasn’t ready and I wasn’t committed.  (Although, to give myself a bit of a break, part of that time I simply wasn’t able to commit–I was pregnant with twins, and then I had twins!) :-)  My lack of commitment led to a lot of inconsistency, and her lack of interest led to a lot of frustration (which led to more inconsistency…).  I tried a wide gamut of approaches: from discipline to reward and from encouragement to threats, nothing I did seemed to work.

A couple months ago I finally started telling people, “She is potty trained (i.e. I have done the training).  Now she just has to decide to do it.”  Things weren’t looking very promising, and then suddenly… something clicked!  And boy, am I and the budget and the washing machine glad!


  1. Yes! Give her a hug, kiss and high five from us, and tell her how very proud Grandpa Terry and Grandma Tammy are of her. We’ll give her a call, too.

  2. Alicia says:

    Yay! Great job (to both you and Amariah)!

    I noticed in your tweets that you are making homemade laundry soap! I didn’t even know this was possible, but it sounds very cool. I would love to hear how you did it.

  3. Travis says:

    Congrats to my big baby woman! :-)

  4. Angela says:

    Alicia, can you email me at I’ll send you the laundry soap recipe!