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The Ordinary Moments ’16 #14 & #15 | Big Girl Knickers

I feel like I’m so behind on these Ordinary Moments posts. I started drafting this post a good 10 days ago now and just haven’t found the time to finish it until now. The last couple of weeks have flown by if I’m honest and I still haven’t got over the fact we’re now in April! As cliche as it sounds, this year really is just flying by.

A couple of weeks back, on Good Friday (which seems forever ago now!) we began the dreaded task which was toilet training Bella! This wasn’t something we rushed into and it had actually been planned for quite a while as I had even booked some time off work, so I could have ten whole days off with Bella in order to give it my full attention.

Bella first started showing signs that she was ready last August when she was just 21 months old. She’d tell me she needed a wee and would run off to the toilet trying to remove her nappy! A couple of times I did pop her on the loo and to my surprise she did actually go but I still decided she wasn’t quite ready yet and tried to hold off at least until she was two!

We decided Easter would be a good time to finally start so Good Friday came around and we took off her nappy in the morning and let her choose her first pair of big girl knickers. This decision took her a while (toddler problems) but within about 10 minutes they were off again anyway 😉 We opted to go straight to using the normal toilet with a toddler training seat on and just skipped the potty all together.

I think on day one she had around 10 accidents (cue me panicking that she wasn’t ready yet!) although most of these were in the morning and by late afternoon we could already see she was getting the hang of it!

The next day she had just two accidents and on the third day only one. Day four was Easter Monday and our first day away from home as we were at my in laws for an Easter roast and egg hunt with all the family. I must have packed about seven changes of clothes as I was sure that there would be plenty of accidents as there was so much going on.

Well, I was wrong. Hurrah! Day four and no accidents what so ever. And in the last two weeks I think there has only been two or three!! So just like that, no more nappies. I’m so so glad we waited a bit longer until she was definitely ready. Josh and I both can’t quite believe how smoothly it’s gone and are ridiculously proud of our little love. I was honestly expecting it to be a complete and utter nightmare, I had heard such horror stories and I genuinely feared for my cream carpets future! 😉

Last week she returned to nursery for two days and was at my Mums for one and every time I collected her I was very pleased to see that she was still in the same clothes I dropped her off in.

As strange as it may sound, I almost feel a little sad about it all, as in a way we are saying goodbye to yet another part of her babyhood! Her little bottom looks so very grown up prancing around with teeny big girl knickers on and I just can’t believe we are here already! She’s growing up so fast and this seems like such a huge milestone. As much as I really don’t want to admit it, she isn’t a baby any more, and that makes my heart ache a little.


Linking up with Katie to share #TheOrdinaryMoments
Thanks for reading,
Harriet xo


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  • joannavictoria

    Awww well done to ur little one on doing so well with potty training. I must admit its one of the things I do worry about when the time comes to start with Blake.

    April 12, 2016 at 12:25 pm Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      Thanks lovely! Don’t worry too much, it’s really not as bad as people make out! xo

      April 13, 2016 at 9:39 am Reply
  • Sarah Cantwell

    Oh bless her! That is wonderful. Well done Bella. You give me hope for when I potty train Rosalie. How old was Bella when you did start to potty train? Rosalie often tells me when she has done a poo but not before. She is 20 months and we take her nappy off in the evening and try and get her to sit on the potty but to date she has never done a wee or poo in it xx

    April 12, 2016 at 3:51 pm Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      Honestly, it’s been so much easier than people make out! You and Rosalie will be fine I’m sure. I think the key to it is just not to get stressed out by it all, as they will pick up on that. Bella was almost 29 months. That’s great that she is already telling you she has been, Bella also did that from a young age. xxx

      April 13, 2016 at 9:39 am Reply
  • mummydaddyme

    Oh bless her, well done to her. I bet you are so proud of her. LL has just turned 3 and we are just failing miserably with the potty training. She just really isn’t grasping it although we haven’t pushed it too much. But she has never so much once as done a wee on the potty, I am actually starting to get a little worried about it! Hopefully it will happen one day soon! xx

    April 12, 2016 at 6:15 pm Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      Thanks Katie! We are extremely proud of her, she seems to have just done it all by herself! Oh I’m sure it will happen shortly with LL, I was never expecting Bella to grasp it as well as she has and by the end of day one I was totally regretting the decision to start her, luckily things improved super quickly! Have you ever considered maybe skipping the potty with LL and just going straight to the toilet? xxxx

      April 13, 2016 at 9:36 am Reply
  • Blogging Mummy

    I am dreading the whole potty training thing starting again ha ha, well done with how well yours is going. Just need to complement you on the beautiful pictures walking in the woods.

    April 12, 2016 at 8:16 pm Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      Thank you although I don’t feel I can take any credit, she’s pretty much done it all by herself!! Thanks so much, just iPhone snaps, it was a beautiful day! xo

      April 13, 2016 at 9:32 am Reply
  • Kerry Norris

    Horrible isn’t it. We want them to hit these milestones and then as soon as they do we realise how fast it’s all going and how quickly the grow up. Sounds like she did well though with it x

    April 13, 2016 at 8:19 am Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      Totally Kerry!! If she could just stay two forever that would be grand!! She’s done so well, we are super proud of her! xo

      April 13, 2016 at 9:31 am Reply
  • Victoria Marden

    Ahhh well done Bella. It is an amazing feeling seeong them in the same clothes lol. X

    April 13, 2016 at 7:16 pm Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      It really is!! Little things these days 😉 xo

      April 28, 2016 at 2:40 pm Reply
  • Janine

    Wow she’s doing so well at such a young age. We finally set our goal to train Matthew at 3 1/2 years this weekend. Creche will have to continue because he’s only at home at the weekend. It’s gonna be fun

    April 13, 2016 at 7:41 pm Reply
  • Charlotte

    Sounds like she did really well! I remember the potty training well and will have it all to come again in a couple of years. They grow up too fast! x

    April 14, 2016 at 12:31 pm Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      It was so much easier than i expected! They do indeed grow up too fast xxx

      April 28, 2016 at 2:39 pm Reply
  • Kara Guppy

    Oh well done little lady, we have just started with Sebby and getting him onto the potty is challenge enough

    April 16, 2016 at 4:02 pm Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      Thanks Kara. Hope it’s going well with Sebby also xo

      April 28, 2016 at 2:35 pm Reply
  • Amanda Jenner

    Awww I get sad too when my little ones seem to reach that next stage of growing up. Some beautiful photos here in the woods xx

    April 24, 2016 at 10:53 am Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      Thanks Amanda. Motherhood is so bitter-sweet isn’t it!? xo

      April 28, 2016 at 2:18 pm Reply

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