We have been enjoying our diaper service, blending with paper diapers when we travel, and this week, Baby Rory started on option three: elimination communication. This worked well for Edie, who was out of diapers at eighteen months, so I was excited to try with Rory. We’re starting a few months earlier this time, and so far it’s been really encouraging.
Rory quickly relaxes when given a chance to sit on the potty at certain times a day, like right after nursing or getting out of a sling or backpack. It’s been fun to try out potty choices and save diapers by putting waste where it belongs, in the toilet. Edie helps by getting fresh diapers, checking if baby is wet, and making the hushing sounds we will teach him to associate with relaxing on a potty. He appreciates the help keeping clean… Most of the time.
It’s not always easier than just sticking a paper diap on, but I like the trade off. It takes more intentionality right at first, and since the convenient supplies are different from things used for conventional diapers and potty training, it takes some resourcefulness and experimentation to get started. For us, the rash prevention and the diaper savings are worth it in the long run. It ends up feeling much simpler and less wasteful.
Edie still uses her own potty at night since our only bathroom is so far from the bedrooms, and we keep some around the house for baby potty ease… For a little while it will be quite the potty parade around here!
I read my bible for as long as I could stand it, then I flipped out of Mama’s bed and ran upstairs to get Mimee. She was using the bathroom sink, so I had a great idea to hang out with her. Potty! I did it by myself but she helped me with my tricky pants.
Now we are snuggling on the couch. We look out at the fog and the birds. Blanket please? We cuddle and I read Mimee’s bible to her; star. Page. Sticker. The stickers are the notes she stuck in there. Candle. There are just little pictures.
Iris? Wow! Grandma, grandpa! Wow! Rachel, Jon, wow! Sunshine. Coffee. Bible.
Mama goes to the bathroom but I find her and knock on the door. Potty, mama. Okay. I climb up and do my job, and I get to press buttons on my one noisy toy while I pee. All done. Okay. Wash hands. Door open. Come on! Pie!
Pumpkin pumpkin pumpkin pie. Food. Bite cookie. And by cookie I mean whole wheat crust on my half sweet pumpkin pie. Cough. Bless you. Bite bite. All done. Mouth empty. Down. Please Mimee. Thank you.
We are talking a lot about potty time right now, with signing and sitting, and everything is going great. Some days have been better than others, but this is a great reminder of all the reasons we started on elimination communication in the first place.
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It’s much cleaner to poop on the potty than in diapers or underwears. Mama listens for any funny noises I make like bubbles coming out of my stomach. I help her know I want to sit on the potty by making a sign with my hands. We use a handy potty reducer so I can put pee and poop straight into the toilet. When I’m sitting on the potty I get to read a special book, Pat the Bunny. It has fur on the bunny page and smelly dots on the flower page. That’s especially handy when my nose gets yucky bathroom smells in it.
It was a little cloudy when we got to the zoo but it got warm and pretty. We sat by the playground and ate quiche and muffins and fruit, and we all climbed on the alligator and the rocks afterward. I like the bathroom by the piranas because it has a little potty and a big potty, so I can sit on it without my potty seat.
The walruses were playing with us. At first it was kind of funny but then I realized they are really big. They rubbed their whole backs right on the glass I was looking at and I could see their eyes and their feet. I showed them my feet. I also liked the meerkats because they were frisky and all snuggling a tiny sleepy baby. Another good one was the gnu. He has toys on his head. There are some pretty sweet dogs that are swimming that are called seals. I showed everyone they are dogs but Cami said they were fish. They are kind of like fish and kind of like dogs. I didn’t get to see the other fish because I fell asleep on Mama’s head right before the aquarium.
Da tried to take me to bed but I ran away to Poppy so then we escaped outside and played Phydeaux. Poppy has a bouncy yellow ball and Phydeaux runs the fastest to get it. We can fake him out if we pretend we throw the ball one way. Then he gets frantic. I think he might like his ball even more than I like my milk. It’s really funny because he jumps side to side. Poppy laughs when I laugh, so my giggles are like a good joke.
We come inside and I kiss Mimee. I avoid my parents. Once the sun starts going down, they are both nothing but trouble.
I’m going to send you a picture from my zoo trip with Iris yesterday. Sometimes I get so busy I just forget. I forget to go to the potty too… Today I remembered the potty mostly though.
I have some new words, notably: juice, no, eye, and Get! That last one is for Phydeaux. It works better when Mama does it. I say everyone’s name at my house.
I take lots of remedies lately. My nose has boogers a lot, but I drink the little cup by myself.
Mama and I came on an urban adventure to the ferry terminal. I walked from the beginning of the bridge to the end of our walk. We didn’t do anything there except pee in the potty and have milk. Then we got on a bus to come home. I don’t have to sit in a chair on the bus!