21 May

From the world of Potty Training…

Today marks a big day in the Herding Cats Household.  Just turned 9 years old Maura – who has been learning how to use this strange water-filled thing in the bathroom – has used the potty today.

Not once.

Not twice.

But four times.

And the last two times were self-motivated.



You would too if you’ve been changing diapers for over sixteen years straight.

Today very well may be the first day of the rest of my life.  Without diapers.

I can’t even imagine.


36 Responses to “BREAKING NEWS!”

  1. momsinthepulpit May 21, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    Best news ever!

  2. Denise May 21, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    WooHoo!!! That’s awesome!! Self-motivated is the most rewarding for her and for you. You kniew deep down she could do it, it just took her a while to believe you. You’re doing a great job, enjoy this moment/success for all it’s worth!

  3. Blair Johnstone May 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    Wow! That certain is EXCITING! Way to go Maura!!

  4. Ann Oliveira May 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    AWESOME!!!! Yay Maura!!! That is quite an accomplishment..self motivation is a huge thing….Be very proud of her and yourself…you are a great mom!!

  5. meg May 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    Yay! Way to go Maura, Mom and the wonderful teachers at school! Great job!!

  6. dragonfly231 May 21, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    WooHoo!! Go Maura! So excited for you and Maura both 🙂

  7. Karen May 21, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    You deserve to post that in all caps. Great news! And special thanks to the teachers who were working with you.

  8. Nancy Spivey May 21, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    Bravo to both of you!

  9. thebeadoll May 21, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    That is the happiest thing I heard all day! Thanks for sharing with us!!

  10. Candy Wray May 21, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

    Congratulations Maura and Mommy! Great job! Happy for you both!

  11. Sharon May 21, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    Wonderful news!! Congratulations!

  12. Suzanne Young May 21, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    That is fantastic news. Our daughter is 19 and potty trained, but we have YET to get her out of pull-ups at night. We have tried the underwear with the alarm on it, but haven’t gotten too far. WE need to do better. Once you move onto night time training and have some tips, please share them!

  13. Renee Anne May 21, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    That is fabulous! I can’t wait to stop changing diapers…and Little Man is only a year and a half! Actually, I can’t wait to stop dealing with diaper rash…I can deal with diapers.


  14. mrskelly5 May 21, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    Great Job, Maura! Woo Hoo! Congratulations!

  15. charlie May 21, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    MAZEL TOV! This is such good news. We experienced similar events with our granddaughter and I know what a difference this will make in your workload. God bless you,

  16. Angie May 21, 2012 at 1:34 pm #


  17. Maura May 21, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

    Woo Hoo! Cheers for Maura!

  18. Anne Jones May 21, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    Awesome! Congratulations to Maura, and to you.

  19. lalx11 May 21, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Kelly Ibe May 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    I am SO happy for you. While my daughter had the pee part down pat (mostly) we have struggled with the poop part. After 16 years and 9 months she FINALLY got it. I completely understand your enthusiasm and am happy happy happy for all of you, especially Maura.

  21. Sharon Hoover Weidemann May 21, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    Yeah! I hope for your sake this is just one of many to come:). Good job Maura!

  22. Maureen Brown May 21, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    That’s amazing! Way to go Maura!!!

  23. ckbryl May 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    Yay Maura!

  24. Sheila Weinberg-Cowdrey May 21, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    Congratulations to both Maura & you!!!!!!

  25. Courtney May 21, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    This totally brightened up my day!

  26. Carol Fast May 21, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    I hope you’re having a party!

    • phoebz4 May 21, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

      Yes Carol! We had candy and ice cream (by her request).

  27. Lisha @ The Lucky Mom May 21, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    Congrats to you and Maura! The two of you have made my heart smile (again).

  28. Cheryl-Lynn May 21, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    Congrats Maura & Mommy!! And on this wonderfully sunny Victoria weekend too!!!:)

  29. Amira May 21, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    “You would too if you’ve been changing diapers for over sixteen years straight.”

    That sentence alone is a very scary thing to realize when wanting more kids (which I do).

    Still, MAJOR congrats to you and Maura!

  30. Margaret Beaver May 22, 2012 at 1:21 am #

    Congratulations, Maura! Good job!

  31. Anne McCarron Liptak May 22, 2012 at 4:09 am #

    Congratulations to you all…something so seemingly minor, but such a milestone!!!

  32. Cair May 22, 2012 at 9:28 am #

    Yahoo!!! Congratulations. What an incredible accomplishment. Truly an event to be celebrated.

  33. Melony Tallarek May 22, 2012 at 9:47 am #

    Oh Happy Day!!!! Congratulations to your whole family!! I cried with happiness reading this post because there are many of us with special needs children and we are not alone in ALL the struggles.

    We have a 6 1/2 year old who sounds very much like your Maura, we call her syndrome the Eliza Maehem Quandary Syndrome because with all the tests we have done, Eliza Mae appears on paper, an ordinary child. She is extraordinary!

    • Melony Tallarek May 22, 2012 at 9:48 am #

      The struggles and JOYS too….I meant to add!

  34. Life's Unexpected Blessings May 27, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    Oh how wonderful!!!! What a great accomplishment for mom and Maura!

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