Tuesday, August 19, 2008

To do list....buying a potty chair????

WARNING: Fairly graphic post. I hope the details aren't too much, but I am soooo excited!

Tonight was a huge night in our home. I have always dreaded potty training with my 5 other children. I don't think I was very good at this. I guess since I have been told that this would not be something Annabel would accomplish, I have become very lax at even the thought. Really, honestly probably was relieved that I would not have to take on this challenge with another child. Lately, I have been noticing that when I lay Annabel down to cath her and say lets tee-tee, she sometimes begins doing it. Now Annabel has problems in this area. She has much trouble releasing the urine. She strains very much just to release about 1/4 of her output. The other 3/4 comes through cathing her. Also, a few time when I knew she needed to have a BM, I would encourage her and help rub her tummy and help her with her legs with pushing.
On a few occasions lately, she would have success. After dinner this evening I laid her down to cath her and thought why don't I sit her on the potty and see what happens. Very quickly after placing her there (pictures to follow) I could hear her faint dribble of urine. She was so proud and knew she was doing good. Soon after this came the BM.
I am so sorry to be so graphic out in the blog world. Not only were we told our babies with T18 would not survive, but that they would not accomplish much. Annabel is turning 3 1/2 years old and she is not so far behind in some areas. Yes this is only one time. I may end up the one being trained or it may be hit or miss, but she still understood and had intention to do this.
This little one continues to amaze us each day. I would love one day to never have to cath her again, for her sake mostly. I don't know if this will ever happen, but tomorrows to do list is a potty chair, of course!
Just when our days sometime get too much or become the same old thing day after day, God show his goodness and brings good things to give us hope. To some this maybe such little hope but to us it is HUGE! Thank you, Jesus!


Anonymous said...

I am so proud of her! She is one amazing girl!

As always, I am so grateful that you are her mommy, because you also are amazing, to me.

The pictures add so much. :) I was excited after our talk last night, but to see the "proof," ... it's even better!

Jessica mommy to Alex/ RTS said...

WOW!!!! Great Job Annabel!
We were told that potty training would take a LONG time, and maybe would never happen!!!
what a encouragement!
Im so happy for you.

Anonymous said...

You go Girl! What a happy girl. I hope useing the potty works.
Susan (Aunt Rooroorooroo)

Laurie said...


This is HUGE and Annabel looks soooooo proud of herself. I think she will love her own special potty chair and continue to amaze you. I am so proud of her and especially proud of you for being her mommy. And this post isn't gross at all. Hey, we all do it everyday.:) I love you and am thankful for these wonderful little surprises that we all take for granted sometimes. Have a great day!!

Love and Hugs, Laurie in Ca.

Hilary said...

YEAH ANNABEL!!!! that is so exciting!!!!

Jenna said...

YEAH!!!She looks so proud. Way to go!

Kathy said...

Little Annabel you continue to amaze us! Keep up all the good work precious girl!

We are all so very proud of you!

Praising God for all the exciting progress and for your entire family!

Prayers continue!

Anonymous said...

HOORAY BIG GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It is amazing how much joy a little poopie in the potty can bring to Mommies around the world!!!

Happy potty shopping! We love you!

The Bond Family

Anonymous said...

GOOD JOB!!! I am sooooo proud of Annabel!!!!! What a proud smile!!!!
She is soooo proud of herself!!! My mom potty trained half of Bridge City, she would get kids to babysit for only training. Her secret was to set a timer and every time it went off it was potty time!!! One guy told me years later that he still got the urge when he heard a timer go off!!!
Give her a big hug for me!!!
Janell Ford

Anonymous said...

Oh My Gosh! How exciting! I'm so happy for you guys, I hope she continues to do well with this!Those pics are super cute~

Anonymous said...

That last comment was from LaLa (Lauren)~
hehe I always forget!

Stacy said...

First of all...she is soooo adorable and look at how proud she is of herself!! Way to go Annabel!

With God nothing is impossible!! Cathy you are such an example of a Godly woman as you walk this path with such grace, strength and joy... despite all the difficulty and uncertainty. You amaze me....as does Annabel.

Happy potty shopping! I am so happy for you all.

In Christ-Stacy

Katie said...

Annabel continues to remind us that ANYTHING is possible. That proud smile on her face is reason enough to continue to sit her on the potty. How exciting!! Love you girls.


The VW's said...

Great job Annabel! I'm impressed! What a big girl! I'm so proud of you!

I can relate to your feelings on potty training! Not a fun job! What a blessing for you that Annabel is showing such promising signs! I'm so happy for you!

Tamara said...


See, I leave the blogging world for a few weeks and look what happens... new and exciting things! Cathy I can't believe it! I bet this is the only time you cried next to the pot! I know I would have, oh my goodness!!!

Sounds funny, but I wish I were there to celebrate with you! How awesome!!!!!!!! Oreo's and hot fudge sundays, balloons and streamers all around!

How are you? Miss you friend! I have finally updated my blog site... I know way, way behind... now I am caught up for now.... Give me a call.. How is school going? Abby starts in two weeks! Love ya girl, Tam

Mrs. Mother said...

How wonderful is that. I just lost my Trisomy 18 baby at almost 21 weeks. I hope you and your girl are able to have lots more times and milestones met over the years. I'm also keeping a blog, so feel free to leave comments.