Nobody Tell Her I Told You This, Okay?

Potty training is hard. Eventually, after at least four years of diapers and at least two years of sticker charts, begging, bribing, yelling, accidents, wailing and gnashing of teeth we got both kids day trained.

This meant that all day long things were cool. Everybody used the toilet as needed, and then at night they would wear a pull-up.

A month, or maybe two months later the boy was waking up every morning with a dry pull-up. Ta da! Night trained! It was joyous and way cheaper and I didn’t really have to do anything except make sure he went to the bathroom right before he went to bed and right after he woke up.

Because if he didn’t use the toilet right after he woke up, he would use the conveniently placed pull-up instead.goodnites-girl

The girl has been an entirely different story. We’ve tried every non-surgical trick in the book. She just sleeps so hard! It isn’t lack of will, it is just that when she is asleep, she is asleep. If she wets the bed she doesn’t even notice.

After talking to other parents (including my own – apparently I had the same problem which isn’t really much of a surprise since I have been known to sleep through sonic booms) I realized that she would eventually wake up and go to the bathroom when she had to pee at night. This is a common thing and that is why they can get away with charging $19.99 for a pack of 27 big kid overnight pull-ups. So for now, we go to the bathroom at bedtime and then before I go to bed I take her to the bathroom again.

Everyone says that nobody ever goes off to college in a diaper.

Two days ago I ran out of pull-ups.

No big deal, we decided. She would try to stay dry. She would see if she could do it.

At 10:00 I went to take her to the bathroom. She was dry! Hooray!

I walked her down the hall.

Our bathroom is maybe three feet from Claudia’s bedroom door. Her bed is approximately ten feet from the toilet. This is not a long trip, but there are two turns and she almost always misses one. I’m not kidding. This is how hard she sleeps. I honestly think that most nights she walks to the bathroom, uses the toilet and goes back to bed without ever actually waking up.

Which would explain why last night she sat down without pulling down her pajama shorts and peed right through them.

Sigh.

Right through the shorts into the toilet.

That explains that, but it doesn’t really address why neither she nor I found it important for her to put anything back on the bottom half of her person before she went back to bed.

I have no reasonable explanation for that unless you count laziness, but it does lead me to this morning when a small girl walked into my bedroom where I was sleeping and said.

“I should warn you. I’m not wearing any pants.”

That is one hell of a way to wake up.

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  1. It probably won’t be the last time those words come out of her mouth.

    I would so do that with Mason if I could get away with it.

  2. I had the same problem!! I’ve tried night training my daughter a million times. Finally about two months ago I did a bunch of internet research and read some obscure comment on a blog that resonated with me. The lady said she had to increase the amount of water her daughter drank throughout the day. Previously her daughter never felt the sensation of having a very full bladder and having to ‘hold it’, so to speak.

    Once she increased her daughter’s water supply, the girl’s bladder control improved and she was better able to sleep throughout the night.

    I tried it, it worked. After about 2-3 weeks, my daughter is officially sleeping through the night DRY! Good luck!

  3. i used to wet the bed, occasionally. stopped by 4th grade. also? my scout cam home from a baseball game last night at 10:30, took off her jeans & underpants and climbed in bed. we, apparently, didn’t think much of it, either.

  4. I utter those words all the time. Seriously.

    And we deal with the bed wetting thing in spurts. My 4 yr old daughter does great for weeks at a time and then has about 5 nights in a row where it’s nothing but accidents. I have no clue why it happens this way, but I get so tired of doing the extra laundry.

  5. We’ve been going through the gnashing of teeth too, and I’m to the point where I’m thinking, How bad would it really be if he went to college wearing diapers?

  6. That is too cute. What, but girls are so easy to train :) We finally managed to get rid of nighttime pull-ups at about 6 years old. Our ped told us there is an enzyme which kids need to be able to get up to go, and some kids get it later than others. Of course my mom never believed that. Mine now gets up nearly every night, pees, changes his jammies cuz he got a little on them, then crawls into our bed. Hmmm…guess that’s better.

  7. But if the sheets were dry then it was worth the wet jammy bottoms, right?

  8. I late LOL, but I was seriously laughing out loud when I read that last line. I’ll bet your daughter is a hoot.

    PS – My husband says that same thing all the time. He doesn’t mean the same thing though.

  9. Lumpyhead's Mom's friend Sarah says:

    Peeing while walking but asleep – apparently not just for girls. Once when my son fell asleep on the couch I woke him up to take him to bed (really, I know it seems silly) and said, “Go to the bathroom first.” I started walking the 10 feet to the bathroom, turned around and found he wasn’t behind me, but then heard peeing. I raced into the kitchen and he was calmly peeing into the trash can. When I yelled (probably something like “Stop!” but maybe a bad word) he started, looked at me blankly, and said, “What?”
    Happily, he had good aim, so all I had to do after he went to bed was take out the trash.

  10. Oh that’s too funny. And my husband also likes to to use the ‘no pants’ line though it doesn’t work on me!

    My daughter just became day-timed trained (3 y.o.) – I don’t have the strength to tackle night time yet. So overnight pull ups it will be.

    Worst case scenario? Send her to college with a lifetime supply of Depends. I hear they look like underwear now….

  11. my mom and I, with the help of the doctor, blamed this on my small bladder. my 3.5 year old nephew on the other hand, can go 9 hours without peeing. horse bladder on that kid. it drives my SIL crazy.

    so, blame it on blader size. worked for me!

  12. Ha! Sometimes I’m close to doing that when I have to get up in the middle of the night. (Which, BTW, I never used to have to do. Stupid old lady bladder!)

    My nephew was like that. He went the bed all the time because he slept so hard. He would pee right through the pull up and not even notice. But he grew out of it. But I still plan to tell all his future girlfriends this. :)

  13. “I should warn you. I’m not wearing any pants.”

    That’s how my husband likes to wake me up in the morning too.

    Max is such a little weirdo. He was seriously 4 and change before he was potty-trained enough for us to let him go without a pullup during the day. But once he was potty-trained, he was potty-trained. He didn’t use them at night, even, which totally threw me. But he refused to wear them, and we told him as long as he stayed dry he didn’t have to.

  14. sherpamama says:

    My 5 yo totally sleep-pees – we were just visiting my dad in Tampa (yes, I honked at CHS) and I found her in the bathroom at 2 am, sound asleep but peeing. I steered her back to bed and in the morning? She remembered nothing!

  15. If I thought it would fit her I’d send you the shirt Ada used to wear that says “NO PANTS!”

  16. My son was bad at the night time thing too…I used to get him up and walk him to the bathroom and press his little legs against the toilet bowl, ….why you ask?? Because the bowl is COLD and causes the instant peeing reflex!! Worked like a charm until the time we were at our time share and I was paranoid he would pee in their bed…so did the usual, thought he had woken up enough to walk back to bed…nope…sound asleep….went chin first on the floor….much blood and screaming ensued….he still had a small scar…his sisters slept thru it!! It DOES end eventually!! LOL!!,,,Hang in!

  17. my mom and I, with the help of the doctor, blamed this on my small bladder. my 3.5 year old nephew on the other hand, can go 9 hours without peeing. horse bladder on that kid. it drives my SIL crazy.

    so, blame it on blader size. worked for me!

  18. Peeing while walking but asleep – apparently not just for girls. Once when my son fell asleep on the couch I woke him up to take him to bed (really, I know it seems silly) and said, “Go to the bathroom first.” I started walking the 10 feet to the bathroom, turned around and found he wasn’t behind me, but then heard peeing. I raced into the kitchen and he was calmly peeing into the trash can. When I yelled (probably something like “Stop!” but maybe a bad word) he started, looked at me blankly, and said, “What?”
    Happily, he had good aim, so all I had to do after he went to bed was take out the trash.

  19. Oh that’s too funny. And my husband also likes to to use the ‘no pants’ line though it doesn’t work on me!

    My daughter just became day-timed trained (3 y.o.) – I don’t have the strength to tackle night time yet. So overnight pull ups it will be.

    Worst case scenario? Send her to college with a lifetime supply of Depends. I hear they look like underwear now….

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