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DD2 - 7 month update

> Age of your EC-child...
7 months

> We started at...
Birth

> Generally speaking we are doing...
Great. She communicates her needs well sometimes, and often we
offer based on timing/intuition. We try to respond as quickly as
possible. There are sometimes when it seems rough, but those times
seem to correspond with illness and teething.

> How do you know your baby has to go? Baby's signals? Timing?
> Intuition? Is there a difference for poos and pees?
I offer more based on timing and intuition it seems. It is really
just part of our routine to offer her the potty. We tend to stay on
a morning poop routine. So, I typically find that she poos when we
do our morning wakeup potty time. This doesn't happen everyday, but
it does happen most days.

> Which positions/receptacles do you use?
We mainly use the BBLP/clear potty, mainly on the floor. We keep
little potties throughout the house (each bathroom, bedroom, living
room, play room). We also occasionally use a variety of standing at
sink, in-arms over toilet, potty bowl, toilet w/insert and in-arms
outside. The "pee mat" still resides in our bathroom. These are
two rather large, thick cotton bath rugs that are really useful for
diaper free time while we hang out in the bathroom or when she just
crawls off the potty.

> Do you use diapers or training pants?
> On what occasions, what kind of diapers?
We use a mix of Bright Bots (sizes S or M), wp & nwp Snap Pants
(sizes M or L), KISSes (sizes M or L), wp & nwp B'undies (sizes M or
L), and Poquitos (size L). This varies depending on desired
protection and laundry status. I love pairing trainers with wool
pants/shorts/skirts for easy, trim protection.

> How are you doing away from home?
Good. We offer the potty, and she often uses it. And when we miss,
changing wet undies is easy. I do rely on wool or fleece skirts,
pants or shorts (often with babylegs) to help protect my clothing or
surroundings if that is important on the outing. The babylegs are
nice for having a layer of decency/warmth when having to change
while out and about. We lately have had the problem of her not
using the potty before we leave someplace. And then she gets
wickedly pissed when she has to pee on the car ride home. I need to
be better at offering her the potty in a restroom. Helen is quite
sophisticated and definitely prefers a potty to my version of "on
the go" pottying which is sometimes "hanging her butt over the
gutter in the cold wind before we go for a car ride" that I resort
to because it is difficult to find a restroom.

> What are you doing at night?
Helen wears a mix of non-waterproof and waterproof trainers at
night. I keep a few dry pairs by the bed for changes, and I toss
wet ones onto a fleece mat. I offer her the potty when I think she
needs to go, but she has been resistant to pottying at night. She
has been holding it longer at night SOMETIMES, and other times she
still pees often. It is so hard to distinguish when she really
wants to pee at night. We just keep trying and respecting her
communication skills.

> Who takes baby to the potty?
Me, DH, our nanny and teenage babysitter

> Accidents - how many do you have?
> What times are especially accident-prone?
Middle of the night is the most difficult for me these days. But as
I have been working more lately, she has been in the care of our
nanny and babysitter more often. I never ask them how many misses
they have, and I have not implemented any way of tracking that
either. I may try to get our caregivers to help me with an update
next month . . .

> Other new insights:
She is definitely gaining bladder capacity. I consider everything
such a gradual change that it is hard to notice big leaps.

> What do you like most about ec'ing at the moment?
I love seeing her crawl around in Bright Bots or other trim
trainers. She just looks so freakin cute in baby legs and
undies/trainers. She also seems to appreciate the freedom of being
diaper-free, and that makes me happy. She is an incredibly mobile
baby, and I can't imagine trying to make her lay down every time I
needed to "change her diaper."

> Do you ever wish you'd have never heard about it?
No, we enjoy it a lot.

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