Wednesday, January 25, 2006
two sticker morning
The twins are 4yrs and 2.4 monhs old. Baby girl has been dry at night for TWO years whereas baby boy still has problems. He needs a pull-up at night. Ok we can live with that. But then he started removing it in the middle of the night ("I was too hot mom!") leaving me with a morning mess of wet sheets and blankets and stuffed animals :( Good thing he's still in his beloved race car toddler bed so the sheets are smaller and all fits in one load of laundry. Nevertheless, I've had it with the stripping of the bed and making it up again as a near daily ritual. We tried everything. The kid is not allowed to drink after suppertime. Meanwhile baby girl goes to bed with a cup of water, but then again she has a bladder of steel that one. We make sure he goes pee before bedtime. We've tried to get him up in the middle of the night but the plumbing doesn't seem to work then ;( We know he can do it, he'll have stretches were all is well. But it makes us uneasy to have him sleep anywhere else, like at the outlaws over Christmas (sure enough, peed all over and MIL had NOT put a mattress cover).
So this week we started the official Baby Boy Pipi Calendar. It's prominently displayed in the kitchen and it came with a few rules which the whole family is in on. If he wakes up and his bed is dry (i.e. didn't remove his pullup) he gets one sticker. If he wakes up and his bed AND his pull-up are dry, he gets 2 stickers for that day. When we arrive to 10 stickers, he gets a prize (some dollar store knck-knack and baby girl will get one too, ahh the joy of twins). When we arrive to 50 (I know a long way for a little boy, we'll see how tath goes) he gets the big prize, something he really, really wants: to go see the Sens play!! Now we've already bought the tickets for an April game so we should be good for then.
So this morning, he wakes up and comes running in our room with pride written all over his face" mom, I get 2 stickers today!" woo-hoo, we all did the happy dance!! This strategy may work after all!!