Monday, June 22

She did it!!!

My five year old finally got out of bed and went to the bathroom by herself!!!!

Since she was 18 months old, she's been waking in the night with frightening groans and whimpers. We can never wake her enough to find out what's wrong. She just cries, the more she awakens. Somehow, just before rushing her to the emergency room, we discovered that if we sit her on the toilet, she goes to the bathroom on her own and instantly falls back to sleep as if nothing ever happened. All that drama for a full bladder.....at least once a week. Sometimes every night, sometimes two weeks of peace but never more.....for FOUR YEARS. We've joked that her suite-mates would have to step in and take over for us one day.

But tonight, I heard a bang and discovered Honor, sitting on the toilet with her eyes closed. She did her business and then walked right by me, within millimeters of brushing by my legs, and she never saw me. She crawled back on the bed (sideways and at the foot) and was instantly asleep.

No tears, no assistance from mom. She's outgrowing it!

6 comments:

Ginger@chirgies said...

Now, THAT is cause for some SERIOUS celebrating. :)

Jenni said...

Josh used to do that, too. He would sit up in bed moaning and groaning, whimpering and whining, and occasionally screaming. We couldn't figure out what was wrong with him at first, and he wouldn't wake up enough to tell us. He was sound asleep making all that noise! The first few times he did it, Danny yelled, gently shook him and lightly smacked him on the cheek (he was worried!) until Josh's eyes popped open wide. He had no clue what was going on, and I'm not convinced he was awake even then. Not knowing what else to do, we asked him if he needed to go to the bathroom. He didn't answer, so we dragged him up to the bathroom. He did this regularly for such a looong time! Sometimes he would sleep walk, sometimes he would sleep walk and then start to pee somewhere other than the toilet like my ficus trees or a laundry hamper. One of us would have to walk him to the bathroom every night, pull his pants down, and stand with our hands on his shoulders (so he wouldn't turn around) and urge him to pee. We even made up a potty song to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star that seemed to help trigger him to pee so we could get it over with and send him back to bed. He grew out of needing our help to find the toilet by the time he was about 7, I think, but he still would occasionally sleep walk.

Jenni said...

LOL! Guest post!

Nezzy said...

Way to go Honor!!! My sis got up in the middle of the night, walked to my Mom's big stuffed rocking chair, relieved herself and went back to bed. Next morning she had no recollection of the event. I also have a nephew who liked to open the cabinet door and do his business before returning to bed. This was almost an nightly occurrence. Darling Mini-me whimpered through the night last visit and I mentioned it to her big bro the next morning and he said, "Oh Grandma, "she has to go to the bathroom when she does that.".......OOPS!!!!

Jenn said...

Aww, Jenni, that cracks me up! At least I was able to sit Honor on the toilet and the position automatically triggered her instincts. Your situation was a lot more work! lol!!!

It's weird how awake they can seem sometimes, huh?

Jessica said...

yay for honor! we've been spending ridiculous amounts of time in the bathroom. i'm getting tired of it, but i hold on to the hope that one day he will take himself to the potty. :)

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