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DD1 - 30 month update

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

> We started at...
3.5 months, grad at 23 mo

> Generally speaking we are doing...
Great.  The “misses” have all been with grandma, dad and babysitter.  These misses have been difficulty keeping the clothes dry when offering the potty – ROFL.  Jane has done superb!  She did start to pee in her excitement at a trip (her first) to the McDonald’s playland with grandma and grandpa.  Or maybe it was something they fed her?!

> How do you know your baby has to go? Baby's signals? Timing? Intuition? Is there a difference for poos and pees?
She tells us or goes on her own.  Sometimes she asks for us to help her, but if dad asks “Do you need help?” she always says no.  Mom asking usually gets a yes.

> Which positions/receptacles do you use?
She mainly uses the BBLP or BB potty chair, but still uses the BB insert on the toilet.  She always just sits on the toilet (no insert) when out and about.

> Do you use diapers or training pants? On what occasions, what kind of diapers?
We use size 2T/3T underwear.  I bought some size 4 underwear because Jane was struggling at seeing Helen in *her* underwear.  The difference between size 2T/3T underwear and 4T is enormous!

> How are you doing away from home?
Fabulous.  We had wet panties and pants only as a result of other caregivers helping Jane on the potty and pee coming off of the paper toilet seat cover onto her pants or peeing on her pants in the outside squat.  Having back-up clothes on hand for her sister has helped us out a couple of times now – LOL.  Fortunately, ;-) ROFL the girls are close enough in age that they can wear each other’s clothes!  

> What are you doing at night?
Great; we have not had any night accidents over the past month.  One night was super interesting!  I have not had a potty dedicated to the bedside in quite some time because it wasn’t getting much use.  Well, one night Jane insisted on getting one of the little potties and setting it next to the bed.  Later in the night, I woke up to Jane declaring that she needed to go potty.  I was still trying to wake up more and encouraged her to go potty.  She bolted out of bed so fast and sat down quickly on the potty.  I was certain that she had forgotten to pull down her pants.  But to my delight she had pulled down her pants and peed in the potty.  It is the only nighttime pottying event that I can recall over the past month.  She typically is dry from at least 9 pm until 8 am, and she largely handles her pre-bedtime and post-wakeup potty trips independently.

> Who takes baby (toddler) to the potty?
Herself, me, DH, nanny and babysitter

> Accidents - how many do you have?  What times are especially accident-prone?
We have had a couple of uh-oh panties, but no misses over the past month.

> Other new insights:
I do hang-out occasionally with other children of the same age as Jane.  I have observed that these other children and their parents are struggling with elimination communication (we all communicate about elimination even if we are on the path of *conventional potty training*), and it makes me so happy that Jane and I have developed our pottying routines since she was a baby.  The saddest thing for me is to see a toddler struggling with eliminating a bowel movement in their pants.  The signs to me seem so obvious, but I can only imagine the struggle it would be to try and change up a toddler’s routine of pooping in his pants into trying to poop in a potty.  I have seen a couple of times now that a toddler with an impending poop (and even pee) will seek out the comfort of a caregiver (typically mom) and become *needy*, demanding extra comfort and attention.  It all seems to be part of the toddlers’ routine of relaxing enough to eliminate in their pants.  I haven’t observed many children or even the same children for long durations, but I find it disturbing to witness the child’s apparent difficulty with such a fundamental life skill.

> What do you like most about ec’ing at the moment?
I love that Jane and I discuss how elimination should be an experience that does not hurt.  We do discuss when her poops are harder than what we want and if her pee is darker than we want.  I want her to be able to tell me if it ever hurts so that we can identify problems in as early a stage as possible.

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

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