Month 20: Miss Personality
The toddler personality is really beginning to shape itself. The adventurous little monkey has always had her opinions but really has taken to trying to communicate intense displeasure when things don’t go according to her impish plans. Hence, the head shake is accompanied but the cutest little “no” this side of of the hemisphere — at least for the time being. Throwing herself on the floor in full body protest has proven to cause some skinned knees — on top of the skinned knees from the playground. The girl plays hard. Her impulse control is in its early stages — just enough for us to release the barricade in the living room so that she has the run of the living room, dining room, and kitchen even though the stairs block the line of sight. A pro a climbing the stairs before she could crawl, its only now that she has the height and control to go down them safely since she’s always refused to scoot on her bottom on the way down; and also knows she’s allowed only halfway up without help. She tries to test that boundary — but that’s her job.
On the potty front things are steady with the rare piddle leak that slightly dampens her underwear. Hardly noteworthy to mention and not big enough to really call an accident. Potty coordination is getting steadily better and she is starting to increase her use of the small potty on her own rather than to ask us to help with the big toilet. Oh! She is so pleased with herself and she always fetches us to see her leavings and babbles excitedly, though, the only words we can make out are poo-poo and pee.
The little step stool is cute, functional, and fits in our teeny bathroom quite nicely. but an inch or two too short to be of use to her. We’ll just have to wait a month or two. She understands the concept, however, and does try to use the step. As babies grow into toddlers it is important for us to remember to grow with them and accommodate their new size, needs and skills. Sometimes it is too easy to see these normal transitions as negatives, but really we do this sort of thing quiet naturally in other areas. It is no different than noticing when an outfit is outgrown and a new size is needed.
I’ve enjoyed reading other blogs and journals that weren’t available back when I first learned about EC. Here is a Dad’s take on this whole diaper free business: Clean Less Mess.
Words and Signs of the Month:
Oh my goodness! (hands on cheeks only)
Nyo! (No is not just a head-shake anymore)
It’s funny that people who I’ve already told she hasn’t worn diapers since before she turned one always seem to forget! They exclaim, “Oh! Is she potty trained already?”
I don’t generally think about potential problems on a daily basis, but I do try to be aware of obstacles that we may come across. I don’t want to worry; awareness is important though. It’s why I am grateful for the forums, blogs, and the stories out there from EC parents both amateurs and the experienced. For example, the fear of pooping. What will happen when one day she gets constipated and it hurts her and she refuses to go thereby making the problem worse? No matter if potty learned or not even adults get worried after trying to pass a boulder! Another parents woe is another’s head’s up. Perhaps sometimes it may seem that I am over interested in the expulsions, but as soon as I notice rabbit pellets “moving foods”, nursing, and water are immediately encouraged to keep the plumbing from becoming clogged.
Posted on May 21, 2011, in Parenting, Potty Training, Toddlers and tagged diaper free, ec, elimination communication, month 20, natural infant hygiene, nih, potty learning. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.