5 Reasons I Smile

The ultimate goal of this blog is to spread awareness and show how beautiful life can be. We have four amazing daughters. Our youngest was born with Down syndrome. If just one person stops here and leaves with a different, better perspective about Down syndrome, then it is worth it. Regardless, I have 5 Reasons to Smile!

Friday, August 5, 2011

"Poop bad!"

I can't stop giggling as I type...

We are constantly encouraging Kamryn to use two words. She has developed a vocabulary and is talking, but is not consistently putting two words together.

She has a few combinations: "Mama's ouse" (Grandmas house), "Me go?", "Thank you", "all done", etc.

The new one, "poop bad!" has me cracking up. As I sit here, I can't believe I am blogging about this. But if it weren't for our girl with the extra chromosome, I wouldn't be blogging at all.

She is fast approaching three and I have not started "potty training." We talk about it and she sits on the potty. However, I never "potty trained" my girls. I know that sounds terrible, but potty training was one thing I never pushed. I wasn't the mom that stayed home for a week so I could put them on the potty several times a day until they "got it". I waited until I felt they were ready and we went straight from diapers to underwear. No pull ups and no accidents. EVER. They were all three years old...I know many people think that's just CRAZY and some people couldn't believe my 2 1/2 year old daughters were not potty trained. To date, I have never read anything that indicates if you potty train earlier than 3 you're super smart. So to me it was no big deal.

I realize, from the little reading I do about Down syndrome, that potty training for Kamryn may take longer. Since her sisters didn't potty train until three, I plan to give her until 3 1/2 before we get aggressive with "training." She is already showing sings of readiness with her two words. She will tell us, "poop bad!" and tap the back of her diaper. We take her to the potty and she sits there for about 10 seconds, says "done" (although nothing has happened) and then about 15 minutes later, we can smell her and she needs a diaper change.

What is exciting here is that Kamryn is using two words! And it is so funny to see her stop, look up, and shout "poop bad!" with urgency and excitement in her voice. This girl makes me smile. More than I ever knew possible.


Today Jaden completed her three weeks of Junior Guards Camp. This year she jumped from the pier! This is the pier she jumped from! Then swam back to shore!

We spend a lot of time at the beach....

Kamryn has graduated from Early Start. Early Start is the program that provides children ages 0-3 services for their special needs. She will be three the end of this month and transitions out of the program. She will begin preschool the end of August. (That is something I really need to write about. We have decided not to put Kamryn in the government offered special needs preschool. She will attend a private preschool that we have found.)

Her speech therepist since she was 3 months old.

So proud!

Summer is quickly moving into fall...in the meantime, we eating as much watermelon as possible!

1 comment:

  1. I did not use pull ups for my girls either and they were all close to the age of 3 when they were potty trained- My son will be 3 in Oct and I haven't gotten serious with him yet- He is going to a private preschool also starting in sept- nervous, excited and scared all pop into my head! Sounds as though K is doing great with her vocabulary- that's awesome!