So, this isn’t the type of thing you generally share with the world, but I’m going to do it any way. Serena decided this past week that it was time to start using the toilet. We’ve been working with her for several months, but there’s nothing special we’ve done recently. We do have a relatively new potty training video that she watches, in which a young girl talks about how her younger brother just completed potty training. Rhonda thinks it was this video that did the trick, because it compares big kids and little kids and the things that they do. She still has accidents, but she’s also made it through some nights with a dry diaper.
She also wants to help with nearly everything we do. When I load or unload the dishwasher, she’ll say “help?”. Then if I don’t let her put the dirty dishes in or take the clean ones out, she gets upset. Yesterday she helped with the laundry too — putting clean clothes from the dryer into the basket, moving wet clothes from the washer to the dryer, and putting the next load of dirty clothes into the washer, then pushing the start button. Having a front-loader made it possible; the only thing I had to help her with was lifting her so she could reach the button. She’s a long way from doing laundry by herself, but it was cute to see her helping.