Sunday, May 10th, 2009 at 3:27 pm
Yesterday was Day 6 of the Infant Potty Training Challenge I have undertaken. Here is how it went.
The morning found Jesse (4 months) in a diaper. I had a pretty disastrous house from being unusually busy this past week and I really needed to get to work picking the place up. The kids and I set to work cleaning and re-cleaning. If you have a toddler you know what I mean. I needed a break after all that and since I was sitting in one place I thought it would be a good time to remove Jesse’s diaper. It stayed off for about an hour and I paid close attention. After an hour I kinda thought maybe I should take him to the potty and just see what happened.
He peed within 30 seconds of me holding him over the toilet and it startled me so much that I jumped (yes, again) and he quit. I was patient for a few more seconds and he started peeing again. Coincidence? Probably. Still, my 4 month old went pee in the toilet. That is enough to keep me trying.
What have I learned?
I learned that it is impossible to aim a tiny baby boy’s pee. I’ll have to read up on how to actually keep the stream from going everywhere. Maybe the Pee-pee Teepee would work well here since the goal isn’t necessarily getting it into the toilet right now, but teaching baby not to just wee in his diaper but to wait until mom gives the cue. I’ll have to give it a try.
Saturday, May 9th, 2009 at 3:00 pm
Ooops. I haven’t been keeping up with my potty training journal! There isn’t much to tell, really. Jesse keeps peeing and pooing…
In his diaper.
I’ve not given up but we got so busy so fast that I’ve had to put training my infant to go in the potty on the backburner.
Next week is more normal so I think you’ll find that I have more to say about the whole thing.
I’ve had a couple good comments from one lady with experience. I’ll post about that on my next Infant Potty Training Challenge write up.
Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 at 9:19 am
Infant Potty Training (read my initial post here) isn’t all that easy when you have a life.
We were gone all day yesterday – the kids have a homeschooling coop and then P.E. after that. Needless to say, I wasn’t about to carry Jesse around diaperless on day 2.
Today we have a little shopping to do and we’ll commence potty training when we get home. I’ll be posting…
Monday, May 4th, 2009 at 6:32 pm
I’ve read for years how people train themselves to watch and know when their baby has to go to the bathroom – helping them to go on command by making a specific sound, often ‘psss’ when they go. I’ve not been brave enough or had enough time to try it yet – although I guess it probably does work since many civilizations around the world still live without diapers.
My curiosity is really pushing me to give this a try though. That and my pocketbook. I’d love to have a diaper free house. So, since we’ve just taken diapers off of Sam, who will be 2 on the 16th, I thought we’d give a shot taking diapers off of Jesse, too, even though he is not 4 months old yet.
I am going to chronicle this until we achieve success or give up. It is an experiment type thing and I haven’t any expectations either way. I’ll give it a go and if it doesn’t work than at least I know I’ve tried.
Jesse started the day out diaperless. I laid him on the floor with a premium Indian prefold under him and kept another beside him in case he went and I needed a quick cover because, you know.
He never went. For hours he was dry. I fed him, he squirmed like he always does before a poo so I held him over the potty, back against my front with his legs pulled up. He didn’t go.
So, I nursed him some more because he was visibly upset with me for stopping his feeding – Jesse is a piglet. He still didn’t poo. However, he did start to pee and it startled me to where I jumped and then he jumped and started crying and quit peeing. I held him over the toilet again in the ‘position’ saying “pssss” and he went a little but not much. He was pretty upset about the whole event.
It might have been quite comical looking from the outside in.
I put a diaper on him. I really had to get something else done in the house besides watching and waiting for Jesse to eliminate. As of right now, 7:00 PM Jess still hasn’t pooed. It’s gonna be a good one when he finally lets loose.
This is going to be a fun experiment. No exclamation point.
What I learned today -
Be ready for baby to pee at any moment
Don’t expect quick results
Baby boys don’t have very good aim
Tomorrow will be different. We’ll be gone in the morning so training will commence in the afternoon. You’ll be hearing from me.
Friday, May 1st, 2009 at 6:56 am
Friday’s Flavor is a weekly blog post I write in hopes of encouraging myself by logging my creations as well as help out other moms who are looking for more creativity in meal time and other kitchen and food stuff endeavors. At the bottom of the post you’ll see a Mr. Linky. Feel free to link to your own Friday’s Flavor! I’m excited to see what you’ve cooked up!
After I finished making my reusable tea bags last week I wanted to create my own mother’s tea mix for pregnant moms – there are a lot of them in my circle of gal pals. I also have the stuff to mix a milk batch for nursing mothers, too, but that will be a separate post.
Here is my mother’s tea recipe.
1 cup Raspberry Leaves
1/2 cup Alfalfa herb
1/3 cup Peppermint leaf
1/4 cup Nettle leaf
I mix these together gently to create just over 2 cups of my mother’s tea – and boy does it go a long way. I use 2 teaspoons of tea in each tea bag, and I steep the tea in very hot water until the it reaches my desired strength (about 5 minutes or longer for me). I like using my old tea cups handed down from my great grandmother. If I am going to take a travel mug I steep up to 3 teaspoons.
This mix is incredible. I love Chamomile and it has been my favorite tea up until I tried my new mix on Sunday morning. Delicious! And, it is incredibly good for my womanly system.
I want to share this new delight with my lovely readers, too, so I am having a naming contest.
I want a special name for my Raspberry Mother’s tea brew but I’m having trouble coming up with something good. I think mama’s tea has been overused.
If you want a sachet of my mama’s tea then suggest a name for my brew. If your suggestion is chosen (via a family/friend vote) I’ll send you a sachet full (a cup or more) of this delectable brew along with a few reusable tea bags! Enter as many times as you like, just make sure you leave a separate comment for each name entry. I love the idea of a name that has meaning and I’m also a fan of humor.
This contest will run through May so get your thinking hat on and give me some suggestions! Oh, and make sure you leave a way for me to contact you!
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