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DD2 - 11 month update

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

> We started at...
Birth

> Generally speaking we are doing...
Great.  It is part of our routine, and she has more substantial “no miss” times these days.

> How do you know your baby has to go? Baby's signals? Timing? Intuition? Is there a difference for poos and pees?
We use timing and intuition mainly, but her signaling seems to be getting stronger.  She tends to get very upset with wet pants, but if the pants are too droopy in the crotch, the wet pants seem to be more tolerable to her.  With it as part of our lifestyle, it is hard to really identify a how/why/when we offer the potty – it just happens.  Poops are definitely best caught as part of the morning routine.  We have mainly poop misses at any other time of the day.  We do poop in the morning at least 6 out of 7 days, and I try to ensure that we take a sufficient amount of time at the first potty party of the morning to make that happen.  We are really starting to get into all of our *potty books*, and that helps enormously in getting her to sit on the potty long enough to get that morning poop worked out.  Our potty books are generally smaller, shorter books.  We have several *bath books* that are great because they are easy to clean if peed on.  They also tend to be shorter stories, and reading the same book over and over helps her stay on the potty too.  We tend to use the same book for the morning poop routine often.  We also have several board books that work well for us too; her current favorite is My First Word Book – she loves the Gorilla on page G.

> Which positions/receptacles do you use?
We mainly use the BBLP/clear potty, on the floor in the bathroom.  We keep little potties throughout the house.  I still offer an occasional variety of standing at sink, in-arms over toilet, toilet w/insert and in-arms outside, but she hasn’t gone in one of those other positions in a really long time.  It seems really weird to me because I could potty Jane (her older sister) anywhere at the exact same age.  So, to have DD2 refusing to potty anywhere but the BBLP or her pants is a bit frustrating sometimes.

> Do you use diapers or training pants? On what occasions, what kind of diapers?
We use lots of different trainers.  When at home, she rarely wears pants, and she mainly wears just trainers, often with babylegs.  When out and about, she wears super-trim trainers with a non-absorbent outer layer (like wool or fleece, pants or shorts).

> How are you doing away from home?
We are doing better away from home, but only because she seems to *hold* it better.  She has not gone on the toilet when I offer (usually in-arms or on an insert), but we keep trying.

> What are you doing at night?
We are still doing awesome.  She is dry most nights, mainly from 9 pm until 7/8 am.   She wears trainers to bed, and she gives me a bit of time to get to the bathroom in the mornings now (like 1-2 minutes or more, plenty of time for me).  Nights like these are really enjoyable for an ec’ing mom!

> 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?
This seems to vary day to day.

> Other new insights:
Helen gets more panty time because of our teenage babysitter.  Kayla usually has Helen in panties (size 2 Disney panties fit her very nicely, as do our smaller size 2T/3T panties).  I will admit that when she leaves I usually stuff the panties with a small SIMPLYinsert.  I can’t help it!  The small SIMPLYinsert works really well in her panties.  Several times I have missed, but I didn’t need to change the panties – just the insert!  I use it “feel-wet” side to baby, and the “feel-dry” side seems to give me some more reaction time for misses – it is really cool.  I loved the small SIMPLYinserts at newborn stage, and it feels great to have them back in circulation.

Last month, I referenced my feelings of inadequacy related to “in-arms” pottying.  I tried to figure it out, and I know that I struggle because Helen very rarely goes “in-arms” anymore.  For some reason, I am sad that she doesn’t go in-arms.  I guess it is mainly my convenience because I remember fondly all the times that I was so grateful that Jane (her older sister) would just go wherever I held her.  I can’t identify the reasons why, but I do think about it often.  So, I wrote the following bit in my search to understand my struggle in identifying myself as a “veteran ec’er” because we are not low-miss ec’ers that rely on in-arms pottying.

You know a “veteran EC’er” –  that mythical motherly creature that instinctively interprets the tone of “coo” pursed from her baby’s lips to quickly and accurately deliver her baby to an appropriate receptacle upon which the baby lays back in her arms and immediately relieves himself with absolutely no clean-up required.

It is funny how your mind plays tricks on you, isn’t it?  I think it was in part one of Freddy’s posts coupled with some other reading about consistently “in-arms” pottying that made me start to wonder about the use of the potty.  Now, I am one happy mama to have the potties we have because letting my baby eliminate while I do is a frequent routine at our house, as is letting my baby eliminate while I get clean panties or tend to something else.  But it did get me thinking that the whole “potty” thing is a newfangled creation.  I know it certainly hits my “consumerist” button ;-).

Anyway, a “potty” does seem a bit “detached” when I think about it.  Instead of having skin to skin contact with my baby at one of her most vulnerable times, I am celebrating her and my independence at being able to do things simultaneously.  It seems a bit unnatural when I think about it; a bit far from the innate wisdom that I must have hidden in me somewhere.

It just makes me wonder if there is a value to “in-arms” pottying that my out-of-shape arms hadn’t previously considered.  Maybe a “veteran ec’er” is one who acknowledges that this mythical creature is just hiding within.


> What do you like most about ec’ing at the moment?
Sleeping next to a dry baby all night long and our morning potty routine (especially the poo in the potty while reading books) are my favorite EC moments lately.

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

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