It's been a long time since my last post. 5 months, give or take. I guess that shows just how much personal time I've had lately for myself. Or, perhaps I should clarify that to read "how much time I've taken for myself". Because the distinction should be made.
Life has been busy. Between the business, and the baby, the hubby and all the time I spend making and planning meals who has time for bloggin'?
But alas, today I am taking advantage of the little miss hanging out at the sitter's. She's only there one or two days a week, but those days are certainly treasured as I can actually get some work done! Or in this case, I'm taking a spare moment to unleash the thoughts that provoke my mind into early waking.
And what's on my mind this week? Hmmm... well for starters, I should mention the one thing that has been top priority for the last 6 days (save today).
E & I have been working on the potty learning thing. Now, before you call me crazy for thinking I can teach a 16 month old how to use the potty, consider this.
Prior to the introduction of disposable diapers, most American and for our purposes I'm also going to say Canadian children, were potty trained somewhere around 18 months old. Present company included. Today, that is considered to be incredibly young. With most children not becoming potty trained until somewhere around 3 - 4 years old. Now, I'm not going to get into the whole "Proctor & Gamble" who make disposable diapers hired doctors to convince parents to wait longer becuase it made a HUGE impact on their bottom line. BUT I will say, that if you think I'm changing the gut-wrenching stinkiness of poopy diapers of a 3 yer old, you've got another thing coming. And as much as I love my cute little cloth booty covers, I think it's time we put them away.
So...back to my current quest. I've been noticing the signs of interest, recognition, desire and control. And I've heard about this window. A window where a child is willing and able to learn the potty. And if you miss the window, the child moves into little miss independent. Makes her own decisions, decides what she's comfortable with, etc. And that window comes somewhere around the age of "terrible" 2. See where I'm going with this?
Anyway, for reasons I won't bore you with, I have decided that we have approached our window. So, as of last Thursday I have devoted myself to helping my girl learn how to use the potty.
And while we're nowhere near being full-time pottying (I'm not even going to attempt nighttime for a while), we have certainly made some progress. For example, we love teaching our "babies" where to go "pee!". And proceeding to the big potty to do the gleeful sendoff. We do this for the baby as well as the rare occurrence we actually make it to the potty in time. In which case the event is also accompanied by high-fives, clapping, cheering and of course the potty dance. Most of which, by the way is performed on solely my part.
My biggest challenge however is that E is already a very determined little girl. And she will hold it literally for an hour, all the while doing the pee pee dance. And even though you have spent the last 3 hours watching her like a well-trained sniper watching for his target, the second you turn away, that's when she let's it all go.
And so it seems, not only has my kiddo shown that she has amazing control, but she also obviously has a preference to do her business in private. And so therein lies my biggest problem. Now not only will she only pee a few times a day, but she prefers to do it in private. Thus making my effors seem like they are never going to work.
But, I'll keep going. I feel the end is near. And after all the time and effort I've put in, this pig-headed blogger is determined that we can do it.
No pressure, of course, little E. Mommy still loves you even if you do pee on her carpet.
10 months ago