Carla: I just don’t get what’s so great about kids. I mean, “yay! you went poopie in the potty!” There’s a monkey at the zoo that can do that… you know, when he’s not playing with himself.
J.D.: So, don’t have kids.
Carla: But I want to be a mom more than anything else in the world! I know it’s crazy, but I’m a girl: it’s how we roll.
This week Match had another busy couple of days off. It started with him being a DUI testing volunteer at the police academy. Basically he got to sit around and drink with a bunch of his peers, and the cadets had to test their blood alcohol content. Except Match may have gone a little overboard. I think he forgot that he rarely drinks nowadays, and the poor guy ended up super sick, and I had to pack up Piglet, and drive an hour in rush hour traffic to pick his drunken butt up. His coworkers were so worried I’d be mad, but I said it was a good sign. It means he doesn’t overdo it on a regular basis. I’m ok with him having a low tolerance. Unfortunately it meant he was pretty much useless around the house for the next 24 hours, but oh well. He never gets to let loose, and it was pretty funny.
Wednesday night Match went on a second ride along with the department he’s hoping to transfer to. It was another night ride along, and it’s definitely not the safest of cities, and of course I was worried about him. To take my mind off it, I ended up meeting up with a new neighbor friend (met her while walking Piglet in the neighborhood) and her little boy, and heading to a line dancing night. I don’t dance, but it was fun to get out of the house and watch everyone else dance. Piglet was mesmerized by the Christmas lights around the dance floor. Makes me very excited for how he’ll be at Christmastime! I dressed him up in his little cowboy slippers, and the folks there just couldn’t get enough of him. It was great getting out of the house and keeping my mind busy while Match was on his ride along. I loved having Mommy/Son date night.
In funny Piglet related milestones, at 10 weeks he now poops and pees sometimes on the potty (I think the first time was at 9 weeks). The hell you say? Well, I’ve been reading about elimination communication (google it!) and I think it just sounds like an awesome idea. I’m not as hardcore as the full timers. Basically the idea is not to potty train an infant, but rather watch their cues when they’re telling you they need to go, or that they are going, and then you “catch” the poo or pee in a toilet, baby potty, sink, etc. It gets baby used to the idea of going in the potty, instead of in the diaper. It’s also great for saving some diapers-I’ve managed to watch his cues enough that I’ve saved myself from changing his diaper only to have him poop in the brand new one. A common occurrence with newborns, am I right mommys?
So while in no way do I think he’s “trained”, (hell, I’m the one who is trained, since I hear his noises and I take him to the toilet) I do think this EC practice just might help him out in the long run with the dreaded potty training. Either way, I figure he’s getting used to the idea of a potty, and he doesn’t have to sit in a soiled diaper for long. He doesn’t seem to mind it too much. He leans back against me and I sing him the ABCs or some silly song about the potty, and he does his thing. I think once he’s sitting up I might try placing him on the baby potty and seeing if I can get him to play with his toys and then go that way. We only do it at home right now, and honestly not every time. Usually it’s if I see him struggling and uncomfortably trying to go. Or if it’s bath time, and I really really don’t want him to go in the tub (again, a really common occurrence!)
Anyone else ever tried elimination communication? Have any success with it? Think I’m a total crazy person? It’s ok, you can tell me!