Aug. 29th, 2015 02:46 pm
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This weekend is off to a good start:
- I've now lost 50 lbs since Gwen was born (all the pregnancy weight and a most of the traveling consultant weight).  Yay!
- It was "bag day" at the Assistance League Thrift Store (as much as you can fit in a paper grocery bag for $5, and they have good stuff too).  Timely.
- I made Dutch Babies for breakfast, and for once they actually rose correctly.  Helps probably that I'm back to eating all the dairy, though using correct ingredients is not always enough for them to come out well for me.
- My first time cooking with breast milk: I made a mini breast milk Dutch Baby for Gwen, which she seemed to like, and made me feel super cool.  (She gets diarrhea if she has anything made with milk directly.)
- I was thinking about bragging on how well Gwen has been using the potty today (7 pees and a poop all in the potty today, dry 7 hours except the diaper during/after her first nap), but I was afraid that might jinx it.  Well, apparently just thinking it was enough to jinx it... massive poo in the diaper just as I was writing the previous bullet point.  But I'm gonna brag and be proud of her anyway.
- Tonight friends are coming over to play board games.  Well, at least one friend anyway.  Yay board games!

And now Gwen is down for nap #2, so it must be time for me to move onto something more productive.  Like packing and planning for our upcoming trip to Atlanta, London, Paris, Luxemburg, and the Mosel/Rhine region of Germany.  I'm very excited!

Date: 2015-09-01 01:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lizzie.livejournal.com
Hooray for a successful weekend!

Are you doing EC with Gwen? How's that working? (Clearly fairly well, if you're getting 8 successful trips to the potty in one day!) I'm interested to learn more about your experience. Does she go to daycare at all? When did you start?

When are you coming to Atlanta? I'd love to see you, if possible!

Date: 2015-09-03 04:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sillygoosegirl.livejournal.com
We'll be in Atlanta (Sandy Springs in particular) over this coming weekend! It would be great to see you! Although, I don't know what our schedule will be...

We planned to start at birth on EC, but only for poop, and were stymied by a cold house, concern about what people would say if we didn't keep it secret, and then the dairy allergy (she was making clear as day signals that she needed to poop, but making them about 3-5 hours total per day, so really not helpful). I decided to try for pee at 5 months when she was driving me nuts by crying like she needed a diaper change, and then peeing on me as soon as I removed her (often still dry) diaper. I think we caught probably 80% of pees and 95% of poops for months 6 and 7. Then I got too excited and bought tiny underwear (and we sleep trained, she started pulling up, and we gave her yogurt to see if she was still allergic) and we stopped catching anything for like a month. Now I'm letting her lead more, and some days are like Saturday where we catch almost everything, and other days she isn't so into it and we catch almost nothing. She's in diapers or trainers full time, so it's just a diaper to change if she doesn't wait for me to take her to the potty.

A lot of people say that EC is "training the parent" or "hovering the baby over the potty all day," but that really couldn't be further from the truth. It really is mostly her doing it, with me helping out. I think that's really the only way it can work. When I tried to take charge in order to get her to 100% so she could wear underwear, it totally fell apart.

She starts 1 day/week daycare in 3 weeks. They won't put her on the potty until she is in the room that starts at 18-20 months, but I've read that babies are pretty good at figuring out who which of their caretakers will do EC with them and which will not. It'll be interesting to hear if she pees more readily in a diaper for them, or if she pees on them at diaper changes like she did to me.

Overall, I would say it's less useful but more fun than I expected. Even though she uses the potty a lot of times each day, we are still washing an average of 7-8 cloth diapers per day, which I think is similar to what other cloth diapered babies use if they are changed on a 2 hour schedule. On the other hand, she never seemed okay with waiting 2 hours for a change. We were going through easily 20 diapers per day before starting EC. It's less work than I expected, particularly in so far as me putting in more effort doesn't actually help, and I'm not taking her to the potty particularly more often than I was changing her before. I find it fun to see what she can do, and it suits me... more of a game, and less of getting peed on. Supposedly our catch rate will get a lot better when she starts signing and I don't have to guess so much whether this urgent cry means "potty", "more cherios", or "I bumped my head when you weren't paying attention". It was so much easier when she was littler and had fewer needs/desires she was trying to tell me about. But she is as behind on reaching communication milestones as she is ahead on her gross motor ones, so I'm not holding my breath.

Date: 2015-09-04 01:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lizzie.livejournal.com
Our schedule is pretty packed this weekend, otherwise I'd try to see if there's a time to meet up. Bummer. :-(

It's really fascinating to read your experience with EC! I have to admit, the first time I heard about it, I thought it was a ridiculous concept. And then I heard a little bit more about it, and thought "Okay, this isn't TOO crazy..." And now I'm curious enough to hear personal stories and perhaps try it with Carter. Your experience makes it seem pretty easy (and fun, haha), so I'm tempted to try it. My reluctance is because he goes to childcare facility three days a week, and I know they definitely won't be doing it there, so that may cause some regression. But it's worth a shot, and even if it only saves me some cloth diapers, it's still less laundry to do! Maybe I can even get Toby in on helping me - we're potty training him right now, so adding Carter to the mix might make potty time more exciting for him, too. Is there a good book/website you recommend so I can learn more about how to actually do it?

Date: 2015-09-04 05:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sillygoosegirl.livejournal.com
We'll be back to Atlanta in the future. Josh's folks live there now. :-)

Check out godiaperfree.com I wish I'd found that website when we were getting started, as I just couldn't figure out how to hold Gwen as a newborn. For me the pictures helped a lot, but she's way too old for the "classic EC hold" now. I paid for her book and extra content and private facebook group. I like the facebook group, the book I thought was okay (been doing it for 3 months by then and was hoping it would tell me stuff I didn't already know, and it mostly didn't). The paid media library hasn't been brought back up since her website reboot, last I checked. I liked her archived podcasts. She also has transcripts of them on the website.


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