The Potty Papers: Epilogue


If I had delusions that my baby girl was NOT growing up, they have now been summarily dismissed.

I have been putting off writing about this about this because, with it comes the realization that the little 6 lb 4.4 oz little bundle that I carried in my belly is now well on her way to early childhood.

It is my pleasure to announce that for the last few weeks the frog princess has been sleeping in her undies. And though I positively adore Pampers I am happy to say that we are a diaper free home now!

How exactly did this happen and why am I sad over it? I remember I couldn’t wait to get her potty trained. Ya’ll remember, don’t you?

I am sad because time is moving faster than I care to admit.  Wasn’t I just pregnant with her? I look back and see that it was three years ago this month that I found out I was having a girlchild.  THREE YEARS!

And now all I am left with are beautiful images of my little bundle and that same spirit that she’s always had.

This is what she wore under her first outfit when she came home & all the diapers she has worn since.

On her first day at home and that same outfit next to her last size of diapers. Wow.

The Scoop on Potty Training:

I started doing this in May when I knew she would be going to school. While I used the “one day potty training” method, let me tell you, it’s not all done in one day. But, as I’m sure you’ve heard, the key is consistency. Once I figured out that her Easy Ups were keeping her from figuring out when she was wet and keeping me from being consistent, everything changed.

Okay so, I’m here to tell you that we still have timing issues with the poop. This was definitely the hardest thing to get her to tell us. It still is. And then it’s so sad (and cute) to hear her tell us: I’m so, so sorry (with a slight lisp, hands together head bowed and puppy eyes staring at you with a slight pout of the lips – this chick should be on TV!).

Just last Sunday she pooped in her pants rather than miss out on fun (I will never understand this). The first time she pooped in the big girl potty she told me she was scared. Who is scared of not having poop up against their bottom, I ask? Apparently, all toddlers. Who knew? This was also her way of keeping control. There were a couple of times that she held it for a couple of days. Don’t panic if this is happening to you.

Some pretty awesome docs recommended that I just give her foods that would make her poop. I found dried blueberries to be the magic pill and now keep her eating them regularly for, well, regularity.

If you are just starting on this potty training journey, welcome and DON’T GIVE UP!  One day very soon you’ll look back at the diaper days and actually think back on them fondly. That is, until you actually have to change another diaper.  How were your potty training experiences?

For more on potty training check these out:
 The Potty Papers: Ready
 The Potty Papers: Set
The Princess and the Potty
Wearing the Big Girl Panties



Sili is the owner and Chief Executive Mami of Organizada Planner  and My Mamihood. She was selected as one of Latina Magazine's top Blogger to Know and Latina Magazine's top 10 Mommy bloggers. Mothering a 6-year old little girl and figuring out why the clean laundry won't automatigically insert itself where it belongs round out her current passions. Sili is deeply committed to changing the world and coaching you right along toward your purpose. She is viciously awesome. Sili raises armies and builds empires. She also bakes cookies and thangs.


  1. Congratulation on your potty princess! I remember when I potty trained. Feels like it was years ago… My kiddo is 8 now. Potty training was a lot of work but so rewarding for ALL of us! Keep up the great work. 🙂
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  2. Potty training was a bit difficult for us, but after full dedication and many tricks, it paid off! Thanks for these great tips!
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  3. Entiendo tus sentimientos encontrados. Yo tambien rezaba para que empezara a ir al bano por si misma y ahora que veo como ha crecido mi “baby”, me llega la nostalgia recordando aquellos dias.
    Tambien fui fan #1 de Pampers, desde el principio al fin.

  4. We are embarking this boat. Potty training is taking a lot more than I thought it would take, especially now that I’m working but so far we can say that he is doing really good.

  5. Time flies when you’re having fun!! My daughter is almost 7 and I have no idea where the time went!! All the wonderful milestones they go through as so fun to be part of! It’s crazy to think how far ago I potty trained my daughter. Patience, it required alot of patience and understanding…and extra clean undies around! I hear most kids have problems going #2 on the potty, as did my daughter. My daughter was a fan of prunes and def helped her stay regular! Keep on encouraging and supporting her like you are already doing 🙂

  6. Yay, you – she did it! Elena must feel she’s a big girl now. Mine were pretty good from what I can remember. My son was easier to train though. Congrats!

  7. Los niños crecen super rapido, un dia los tienes en los brazos y al otro no los puedes ni llevar del sofá a la cama cuando se quedan dormidos.
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  8. We started the potty training last summer but didn’t push it. She did great and then didnt want to use it anymore. Now that she is in preschool she may be interested again but I don’t mind keeping her in diapers for a bit-she’s only 2.5 and using a public potty freaks me out-LOL!

    Yes, blueberries work great – a little bit too great for us. Buggy won’t stop eating them so I had to hide them. Didn’t realize how much poop can come out of a little one after they eat blueberries-LOL!
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  9. Increíble lo rápido que crecen. Entiendo como te sientes. Yo tuve suerte, fue muy fácil conseguir que Junior fuera al baño. Pero si tuvo una recaída por una semana cuando su papi tuvo un accidente de bicicleta. 🙁 Felizmente ya es cosas del pasado.

  10. We’re planning to do potty training in a couple of months using the three-day method, and can I tell you, as much as I look forward to a diaper-free toddler, I’m dreading the whole training process. Wish me luck!
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    • That’s kind of like the same thing I did. It’s not that bad. Trust me. Here’s what I did: I bribed her with everything that first day. I’ll try to find the blog I read and modeled it after. I kept the Easy Ups to go out in the first few weeks until I was comfortable she wouldn’t pee on herself. Good luck! I’ll be looking out for your potty training posts ;-).

  11. They grow so fast….no? Enjoy every second 🙂 Next thing you know you will hear her say “I want privacy please” hahahaha
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  12. Hace años que mis hijos pasaron esta etapa pero lo recuerdo con cariño.
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  13. ¿Quién nos entiende a nosotras las madres? ¿verdad? Uno quiere que pasen etapas y cuando llegan, nos lamentamos y ponemos sentimentales. Asi somos. Que bueno que ya va al baño solita y sí van a pasar un tiempito en lo que tiene el timing exacto. Mi nene menor tambien tenia miedo y yo me sentaba con el en el inodoro!!

  14. Me imagino lo difícil que es ver que tu bebé ha crecico tan rápido! Pero ya vendrán más etapas que te mantendrán ocupada 😉

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