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DD2 - 9 month update

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

> We started at...
Birth

> Generally speaking we are doing...
Just fine; thanks.  Shitty, really.  Or maybe pissy, to be honest.  Anyways, my record keeping has gotten me a really great understanding of why I never kept track.  I am a really bad EC’er.  LOL  Really!  I suck at it!  All of that said with a smile!  ;-)  I do love EC; especially when I watch my baby pee in her pants.  I *know* exactly what she is doing, and so does she!  We are actually doing very well about getting most of her poops in the toilet, and I am very happy about that.

> How do you know your baby has to go? Baby's signals? Timing? Intuition? Is there a difference for poos and pees?
I just offer the potty when the thought crosses my mind, when I think she may be signaling (trying to introduce a “t” verbal cue for her now – thanks Charndra for highlighting that), and/or the opportunity is right.  We still try to take a little extra time hanging on the potty in the mornings to work out a morning poo.  It seems like it took us about one month to make the transition to the “solids” poo change.  We do still struggle a bit keeping her poos nice and soft.

> Which positions/receptacles do you use?
We mainly use the BBLP/clear potty, on the floor.  We keep little potties throughout the house (each bathroom, bedrooms, living room, play room).  I try to rotate the occasional variety of standing at sink, in-arms over toilet, toilet w/insert and in-arms outside to help stay in practice for whatever situation arises.  Freddy has me thinking that I need to find some wool pee mats.  Anyone have some good ideas?  I want wool rugs that are our “bath mats” too.  Slightly fluffy would be kind of cool.  I know you are going to give me cool links!  Please!  ;-)

> 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), nwp & wp B’undies (sizes M or L), KISSes (sizes M or L), wp & nwp Snap Pants (sizes M or L), and Poquitos (size L).  When at home, we rarely wear pants, and mainly wear Babylegs with trainers.  Knee socks are also really nice to have for her.  Baby knee socks that are a little bit big so they can be pulled up over the knee are ideal.  I like having extra leg covering when out and about (like babylegs or knee socks); it somehow feels less exposing when I change her or offer the potty.  My favorite out and about combination right now is Bright Bots with wool pants or shorts (shorts paired with babylegs is so darn cute IMO).  IMO Bright Bots seem to have a corner on the trimness factor.

> How are you doing away from home?
Pretty bad lately.  She never wants to go when I offer.  And several times now, I have simply just changed her when finding her wet.  That makes the outing even more difficult because then we are all out of sync.  I wish I was comfortable bringing a potty with me wherever I was.  It is much easier to offer frequent, less-intrusive pottytunities that way.  I need to work on a pee bag, but even that is hardly discreet with a 9 month old.  Our only out and about catches lately have been when I had a little potty with us that I could let her sit on for a bit while she just took it all in.

> What are you doing at night?
We have been doing great.  She is dry most nights, mainly from 9 pm until 6 am.   She wears trainers to bed, usually non-waterproof.  If we have a miss and she leaves a wet spot, I have towels beside the bed to cover the wet spot (Bright Bots flat nappies).  I like the non-waterproof trainers because it helps me stay in tune with her elimination needs.  If I have in the back of my mind that she may need to pee, I just feel the outside of the trainer.  That method has been the least intrusive, and I have found that most times she goes back to sleep.  I quit pottying her at night because she hated it.  I do occasionally potty her next to the bed for some of our early morning pees, but typically she prefers to go to the bathroom for pottying.  If we are having a night with misses, I find that changing the trainers is easy.  I leave all of my trainers snapped so that when I grab a clean pair to put on her, I just pull them up like panties.  That is working well for both of us.

> 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?
Mornings and evenings seem to be the worst times for us.  In part it is because I am distracted making breakfast and dinner, and she seems to pee really often during those times too.

> Other new insights:
Wow!  I started this update early just to document how exhilarating this past week was.  My baby had diarrhea!  It wasn’t that bad overall, but I felt so bad for her.  First her sister, then her daddy, and finally she succumbed to the intestinal bug.  I assume that tandem nursing exposed me to the bug so early and in such a *good* immune response way that I never felt any effects (can anyone vouch that for me?).
Anyway, my poor baby was *pooping* so many times a day, and it was so liquidy.  She stopped eating most solids and her poops looked largely like undigested breastmilk.  The *poop* also seemed to make her sensitive skin red on contact.  BUT, she was so good about signaling!  She wanted all of that poo to go in the potty.  We were getting up in the early morning hours (unusual for us for pottying) to get her liquid poos in the potty.  Many, many times a day we made poo trips to the potty.  She tried to poo every time that we offered her the potty.  She was the cutest darn thing.  She seemed relatively happy given that she was not feeling well.  I tried to imagine what it would be like if she was diaper trained, and we had never done EC.  I struggled to imagine having her want to poo in a diaper that would let all of that diarrhea get all over her skin and surely in her crevices.  I imagined that no diaper would possibly be able to hold those liquid poos in.  I imagined that she wouldn’t be nearly as vocal about pooing so often (or I wouldn’t have recognized the frequent poo signals), and she would have had horrid diaper rash all over from exposing her sensitive skin to that burning poo.
Instead I was able to have her mainly in Bright Bots.  We did change often because many times little bits of poo would escape before we made it to the potty.  But MOST of her diarrhea was in the potty.  I was ecstatic that she handled the bug as well as she did.  I was ecstatic that I was able to contribute so greatly to her comfort during her time of need.  I was humbled to recognize that it could have been me watching her poop diarrhea so many times into a diaper and the negative (IMO) consequences that would have had all around.  The sanitary (IMO – public health) implications of dealing with diarrhea mainly in a diaper is so much harder than dealing with diarrhea in a potty.  And, in true EC fashion, I have surely jinxed myself into having another bout of diarrhea that ends up everywhere BUT the potty!  OH!  That would have been when her *graduated* sister had the bug . . . maybe I should go document that experience too!  

> What do you like most about ec’ing at the moment?
When we are out and about, it really is not a big deal to just change her panties when I find them wet.  And she looks so cute wearing trim trainers under her pants.

> Do you ever wish you'd have never heard about it?
No.

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