Camping Out and the Big Girl Talk

It’s funny how kids can master a skill, and then “forget” it. We have a little indoor princess tent in the dining room, and during the past summer, Rowan would sleep in there on her minature sofabed. She was dry at night for the whole summer.

Then, of course, this idyllic existence came to an abrupt end when I didn’t clean the catboxes often enough and they took revenge by peeing on her blanket. (Long story short, they pee on any cloth/clothing/rug in the downstairs bathroom and her room when upset–hence there are no rugs in either of those rooms) So, she was forced to sleep back in her bed.

A couple of things happened-first, she wanted the door closed. Kinoko, infinite master of cat guile, had found out that though I was immune to her caterwauling at 5:00 am, Rowan was not. So, she would wake up Rowan, who would start yelling for me, which was her (Kinoko’s) Machiavellian plan in the first place.

Second, Rowan started peeing in the bed. After a whole summer of being dry, it was a complete surprise. However, this is also when she started the new daycare, and I understand big changes can trigger this sort of thing. But anyways, it’s been an uphill battle for nightime dryness ever since. So frustrating! Her bottom purple sheet in now quite a few shades lighter than the top sheet as I was washing it almost every morning. Finally, I just gave in and started having her wear pull-ups (again) at night.

Well, we had one night that even with the pull-up she peed through that and on the bed. Enough! So I sat down and had the Big Girl Talk. I banned the sippy cup completely. Yes, I’m sure I should have done this earlier, I know, I know. But it was her security blanket thing to have a sippy cup at nighttime before bed while reading a story. We haven’t let her use it otherwise for a long time.

She seemed to take it okay, even though it was decorated with princesses (mostly faded from heavy use). But the ironic thing is, she wanted to sleep in the dining room tonight in her tent. Perhaps this is a good sign we are back on our way to nightime dryness? One can only hope.

Author: ~R

I write about life, people, and the things that interest in me. Which often includes death, sex, friendship, and the future of humanity. I hope for the best in people and I prepare for the worst. But no matter what happens, change is constant and everything will be ok.

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