I distinctly remember a night in the church nursery when Brooke was just a couple of months old. A couple of the other moms and I were talking and I was mentioning how Brooke hadn't rolled over yet. At that moment, I decided that I wasn't ever going to put my kids on a "time table" or get stressed about when they accomplished things but that I was just going to accept if they were early or late bloomers. I also decided that I would never use my child as a source of competition and that I wouldn't compare their abilities to the abilities of others. Brooke has always been an early bloomer.. She crawled early, walked at 9 months, has always had amazing verbal skills, etc.. So really, I've never had place to become frustrated at her time table. Until NOW, that is.
We've been casually working on potty training for a while now. Brooke went through a stage a couple of months ago where she was really into potty training and of course we encouraged it! Just when she was starting to succeed, she got sick and now she refuses to wear panties anymore. That is so extremely frustrating because I know that she's ready.
I had planned on not letting this set-back get me down and I figured that Brooke would eventually regain interest in the potty. Then, we went to gymnastics and I realized that a bunch of the other little girls around Brooke's age were wearing panties. I love my daughter so much and am so extremely proud of her, but I found myself growing slightly envious that she wasn't potty trained.
I feel like I'm in a tough spot here. I can push Brooke to use the potty, even though she's adamantly opposed to it right now. Or, I could wait until she's ready and risk buying her diapers until she's 4, which I'm NOT willing to do. I want to encourage her enough so that she's excited but not so much that she's totally turned off to the idea.
Does anyone have any thoughts on this???? Remember, I'm a newbie in the world of potty training!