I swore to myself a long time ago that I would NOT stress out about potty training. I would not get all worked up trying to get them to train on my schedule, and I wouldn't rush the process. Other milestones have been relatively easy for us, so I thought if I just let it happen in its own time, surely potty training would be too.
To which I now say: HAAAAAAAAA.
I realize that A & M are still relatively young; there are lots of kids who are not potty trained at two and a half. I'm still choosing not to stress and still trying to believe that the girls will use the potty when they're ready.
See, the thing is, I think they ARE ready...they just don't want to do it.
The girls have an interest in wearing "big-girl panties" and they seem to be tired of wearing diapers (they fuss about the diaper fitting wrong, etc.). They know all about the process of using the potty, and Mackenzie had a day or two last week when she went and was excited about it. The biggest sign that tells me they are physically ready, though, is the fact that their diapers are staying dry so often and so consistently.
Both girls wake up every single morning with dry diapers...and they sleep an average of twelve hours a night! They hold it several hours at a time during the day, often not even needing a diaper change during school hours. Mackenzie especially will tell us when she pees, and will often demand a new diaper immediately.
Even with all these signs, and even with the offer of nearly any treat imaginable...they STILL don't even want to talk about using the potty. And if they happen to be in panties and need to poop, forget it...they are going to beg for a diaper. Ahhhhhh, so frustrating!! They're ready physically, but not mentally, I guess?
So what should I do? Is it time for a potty-training boot camp, where I just throw out the diapers and spend a few days letting them feel the consequences of not using the potty? (I feel like Mackenzie is even closer to being ready than Addison...she even wore panties overnight and stayed dry one time last week...so I'm not opposed to doing it one at a time.)
Ideas? Opinions? Suggestions?