Mommy – I Have To Pee!

Every once in a while, just turned 18 month old Brooke will do something that absolutely astonishes me.  Usually it’s something she’s picked up from watching others.  The other day, a car pulled up next to me in the parking lot as I was getting her out of the car.  As soon as she saw the parent come out of the car she started screaming: "Aura, Aura, Aura!!!".  I looked around – I couldn’t figure out what had gotten her so excited and worked up.  I continued with my mission to drop her off and get my butt to work so that my ass doesn’t get fired.  Then the parent came in and I realized that it was Brooke’s friend Laura’s dad who had parked next to me – she had recognized her dad.  Wow!  Not only could she say and remember her friend’s name, but she also recognized her friend’s parent before I did.  My daughter is not just another pretty face:

Just when I thought she couldn’t shock me any further she turned around and asked to use the potty.  Yes, you read that right.  She "asked" in her own way to use the potty.

In our basement we have a potty for our 3.5 yr old daughter, Sierra.  We’ve left it down there for her to use at her leisure otherwise she won’t tear herself away from the TV or whatever toy has her attention to go pee.  Tonight Brooke went over to it and sat on it, as she often does.  She stood up obviously frustrated and pulling at her pants: "–is, –is, –is"  (Translation: This, This, This).  She wanted her pants off.  So I pulled them off and her diaper too.  She sat down and got that same look on her face when she poops – a strange look of concentration and exertion (if you have young children then you have definitely seen this look before).  She sat for about a minute, then stood upn- lo and behold!  Imagine my surprise when I saw this:

Holy crap!  She freaking peed!

Now what?  Do I pursue this?  She’s awfully young, as her older sister only expressed potty interest less than a year ago. What would you do?  Advice people!  I need advice!

11 thoughts on “Mommy – I Have To Pee!

  1. Well, I certainly wouldn’t discourage it! Some kids train themselves at a young age and it looks like Brooke might be one of them.

  2. My advice, as an early childhood educator is don’t push her. If/when she asks, great. Maybe even ask her on a semi-regular basis if she would like to. Do not force her to sit on the potty if she says no, this can scare a child into not wanting to use the potty. Reward system also work for some children too, like sticker charts. If she starts showing more interest I would also recommend putting clothes on her that she can remove easily, this can encourage her to be more independent and go to the potty on her own. All too often I see parents trying to potty train, but putting their child in clothes that fasten in the groin, tight clothes, or something like overalls which doesn’t make it easy for the child to go on their own and therefore makes them dependent on a parent/adult to help them. Also keep in mind that for a majority of children mastering peeing on the potty comes before mastering #2.

    Both of my boys were nearly 3 before they started asking to go potty on their own.
    When my oldest was 2 you could ask him if he know where we were and how to get home and he could point the direction you needed to go. He would let us know when we went past Mcdonalds, Walmart, grandma’s, and the road fro our house.

  4. I wouldn’t push it either at 18 months but that’s when BigBrother started showing an interest, sitting a few times a day and occasionally going pee. He didn’t fully train until just after his 2nd birthday but it was also a VERY easy training because he was so used to sitting and the concept in general.

    Best of luck!

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  5. hi Janice,
    I think your daughter Brooke may be a genius (for recognizing the dad that is, I’m not sure going pee is linked to genius, but that is great too! :) ). I really appreciate these stories as my kids are about 3 years ahead of yours and I have forgotten how cute they are when they are so young. As to the potty training, I have forgotten about that too, but I agree with those above that say there is no rush, especially at 18 months, but I would be freaking PROUD too!
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  6. Go with it! I personally don’t really believe in “training” per se – we call it potty learning – but if she asks to go that’s awesome and take her to the potty! (And let her wear dresses at home with a bare butt to make it easier on you! 😉

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  7. Yep. Go with it when she asks but don’t be surprised when she totally forgets about it too.

    She a bright one though….it’s a blessing. Um, although at times you’ll wish she was a little bit slower too. :)

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  8. keep working on it. my oldest started peeing at 18 months. sadly, after my daughter was born…he regressed until he was 4 but…
    you have a girl. girls are much easier to train.

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