While our life has been a blur at times, since having children, at other times, it feels like 100 years since Kate was born.
Most of you know it's been a long, difficult ride.
With all the frustration we've felt over the last few years, we finally have something real to point to. She's now potty trained!
Seven years ago we would never have imagined it would take so long (actually, we had more pressing worries then).
In October she started her new school, Sydney's School, Specializing in Autism and Related Disabilities. About a month ago they emailed us and asked if we wanted to do an intense one week potty training over the holidays.
On Monday of last week, the first of four ABA therapists showed up at 8 AM.
She and Kate sat in a cramped bathroom for three or four hours. Half asleep upstairs, I heard her first successful number one. w00t!
Before I made it downstairs for lunch, she was up to three successful number ones.
Of course her reward was getting to watch Dora the Explorer, who wouldn't go for that?
Two more therapists showed up that day, the last leaving around 8 PM. 12 hours. By then, Kate had moved out of the cramped bathroom, all the way out to the TV room. She was rocking it.
The next day, we were down to about 10 hours of therapist attendance. They were talking like that was all she would need, as she was already wearing shorts (they start her out naked from the waste down...we sent her brother over to his grandparents house). Let's just give it one more day, but we'll start later, 10 AM, and end sooner, 4 PM.
Kate had an accident or two, but overall, perfection!
We're only using diapers for bed time now...a huge step forward. So give it up for Kate the little monster.
Much thanks of course goes to the therapists from Sydney's School:
All of them were absolutely fantastic...now I need to figure out how to buy them all beers.