Month 29: Changes Afoot
Not much news to report this month except that “Operation Big Sister” will soon be implemented whenever sibling number two decides to make his or her appearance any day now. Then we will move on to a new blog Pottytunities for Two for those adventures. This blog will still chug along for a bit with notables, but Sibling will be a whole new adventure with a Mommy who has experience and a Sister who has been through it and so deserves a blog of their own.
We’ve purchased a new $9 seat cushioned seat reducer for the big toilet. I still love the Potette insert and it will be used again, but Itty Bitty is now around 27 pounds and 35 inches tall with long lean thighs and has recently complained about the Potette hurting. Indeed, it has been leaving some angry red marks on her legs. How is it that my baby has outgrown it!? When did that happen!?
My requirement for an insert were practical. It had to be cheap (budget constrictions), padded, easy for a 2 year old to use herself, doesn’t shift, could be hung up by the toilet, and was stable. Our local YMCA just so happened to have one that Itty Bitty really likes to use and she has no trouble putting it on the toilet and getting it to fit properly without shifting. It’s unobtrusive, doesn’t have any fancy gadgetry, has a nice big hook for easy hanging, modest pee guard, and a protrusion on the bottom so that it sits firm in place.
I’ve thought about removing the little potty completely now that she uses the big toilet most of the time, but I’ve noticed that she has learned not to mess with the intricacies of the Big Toilet Ballet (open lid, install insert, place stool, pull down clothing, then sit) if she has waited way too long and doesn’t have but a second to spare.
So you are still having accidents, you ask? Yes, of course. Random ones maybe 4 or 5 times this month due to waiting too long. Itty Bitty had one just before this entry. I’d been busy in the cellar and Daddy Man said she was busy looking for me and went upstairs to see if I was there. Unfortunately, she found that when she got to the top of the stairs she had to go! We have no bathroom up there (our house is a Cape style) and the door to the bedroom was closed so she couldn’t use the potty there. What can I say? I’ve dampened my underwear about the same amount of times (if not more) this month by misjudging the capacity of my flattened bladder and the holding power of my sphincter with a baby’s added weight pushing on it constantly. Growth change is not an easy thing to manage when you’ve gotten used to how things were functioning before! It is always important not to see these things as setbacks, but as positive indicators of development. We must trust the experience and not worry over it. I assure everyone that I am still Potty Learned despite my own mishaps :)
Daddy Man and I show normal tsk tsking, say we understand what happened and remind her not to wait so long. When we now say, “Hey, it’s been a while. Go potty please.” By a while we mean 4 hours at least! We know her holding power and we don’t annoy her with asking constantly. Instead we follow our parental Spidey Sense. She’ll go 98% of the time without fussing because truly she did need to go quite a lot upon self-reflection. That tells me that she trusts us and that we aren’t being irritating to her by hovering.
We had a trip the ER on SuperBowl Sunday. We went to play at the Kid’s Gym at the local YMCA and Itty Bitty’s elbow got dislocated by pulling. It’s quite common and called “Nursemaid’s Elbow.” Itty Bitty and I were playing when it happened. She’s a tough cookie and unless she has really banged her head hard to cause the tweeting bird phenomenon or smashes a finger or something equally painful, she’s not a complainer or crier. She just dusts herself off and continues to play. And even when she has really gotten hurt, 1-3 minutes later she’s back doing whatever it was she was doing after a hug, kiss, cuddle, and drying of the tears. But the dislocation was quite painful and she kept saying “Big Owie!”, her sobs could not be soothed, and she wouldn’t use that arm. She was a good sport and let us take off her shirt to see even though it hurt. We thought it was her shoulder at first and after 4-5 minutes we knew it warranted a trip. It is probably the fastest trip anyone will ever have at the ER. They triage immediately (they saw us withing 15-20 minutes) because the fix for this painful affliction is a literal 5 second lower arm twist. Apparently the sooner it is done the faster the recovery — 10 minutes in our case since it happened within 30 minutes. The doctor even showed us how to fix it ourselves. She was fine like it never happened and only noted for a few days that she had hurt her elbow and it was fixed.
It’s okay; don’t worry, I kiss/fix it.
Crescendo!! Diminuendo. (using a cat teaser as a baton)
No, I’m insert her name. (said when we call her by a term of endearment)
Stay there, I’ll get it!
Wait for me, I’m slow!
She has counted a time or three up to 15 without an error, though, it is more usually up to 5 consistently and she gets better all the time. She can also recognize letters A, X, S, H, O, P as well as her favorite W more easily and can sing a good portion of the alphabet clearly. Also, she can put together a 12 piece Mickey Puzzle with only a few key prompts like “where does the sun go?”
She can now identify herself, Daddy Man, and I by first name correctly and can answer the question, “How old are you?” She can also climb into the wood high chair by herself like a rock climber and has decided to sit in it again rather that on a regular chair as she had been insisting for the past year.
Posted on February 21, 2012, in Parenting, Potty Training, Toddlers and tagged diaper free, ec, elimination communication, month-29, natural infant hygiene, nih, potty learning. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.