Henry at 17 Months Old.
Tomorrow I have the follow up appointment with internist (doctor) for my giardia.
I’ve been feeling great the last couple of days, but this morning I woke up with that ominous burning crampy feeling in my lower bowel. It’s been exactly a week since I last had an episode of misery.
Are you kidding me??
So far nothing bad has happened yet. I just don’t feel that great. Maybe it’s a coincidence?
Anyway, we’ll see what the doctor thinks tomorrow.
I’ve been very careful about what I’m eating, so I know for certain it’s not dairy or Coke causing an upset. The next culprit I’ll eliminate is wheat, if needed. Bah.
I’ll leave you with these silly pictures of Henry getting too close to the camera. They’re from a few weeks ago, but I never got time to share them. He has a stubborn spot of paint on one cheek. ;)
I love him so much! He’s such a troublemaker, but he’s also sweet and cuddly. He’s smart too. He’s finally starting to talk some! He’s 17 months.
By this age Ada was talking in full sentences. It’s so crazy to think of Henry saying that much! He’s probably the slowest out of the three to talk. Rosie was pretty similar though, from what I remember.
Henry says all the typical things. “Hi!” “Bye!” “Ni-ni” is night night. He says some form of “cheese” when I take pictures. He also says “doo” for going down the stairs, and sometimes says it when he wants to go up the stairs too. He does the sign for eat and makes a funny noise to go with it. There are a few other things he says that I’m forgetting too.
He can say something close to “nose” and he points to his nose. He can also say and point to “eye”. He’s super smart, he follows directions really well! We can tell him to go to another part of the house to get something and he’ll do it, or try. Ask him where his blankie is and he’ll go off and find it and bring it back. He has a funny snuffling noise he makes that means blankie. Somehow we’ve ended up calling it his snuggle up instead of blanket, I’m not sure when or how. He has to have his snuggle up in order to nurse!
What’s really funny is when we leave him with my parents or Tyler’s parents then return to get the kids the first thing Henry does when he sees me is take off running in the opposite direction. He returns with his blanket, frantically making the snuffling noise and coughing. He coughs when he wants to nurse. He does that every single time we go to pick him up from somewhere. It’s really adorable.
He makes a specific grunting noise when he wants to use the potty, both pee and poop. We still use diapers when he’s sleeping and when we go out places. Unfortunately when we’re out he will ask to use the potty but kind of freak out and not go once he’s on the big toilet in a stall. Sometimes he can hold it, sometimes not. He won’t use the potty for anyone else but me. I don’t know why!
When he’s naked he almost never has any accidents, but when we put on underwear he pees in it. Go figure. I think this is a stage. My other kids went through it too. At 17 months he’s my oldest kid in diapers! Hah.
He absolutely never poops anywhere but the potty. I’m thankful for that. Poop filled diapers are so gross!
Henry was kind of an experiment–I didn’t do a lot of early elimination communication since we were moving, it was during the whole cabin debacle, and I had to use disposable diapers during the whole move and we sort of just kept on using them. Then once we got settled here I started with sitting him on the potty when I saw he was going to poop. That was around 8-9 months old. It just went easily from there.
After three kids I’ve discovered there are very obviously developmental windows babies go through. At some points they are very receptive to using the potty, but other times they aren’t unless it’s already an ingrained habit to use it. If you keep offering and hit one of the developmental windows you’ll be successful!
My main goal is just to have my babies used to going on the little potty, even if it’s not 100% of the time. That way as soon as they’re ready they can easily be done with diapers. I like it much better that way, it’s less stressful for them. I’ve seen so many kids when I worked in a day care for years that were terrified, absolutelyterrified to use the potty because they were only used to diapers.
I’m not judging other parents, it’s just the way our society is. It’s normal for kids to be in diapers until they’re three or four in America, isn’t it? But…I sure do not want to deal with diapers and a stubborn kid for that many years. No thanks. In other countries around the world they do elimination communication and potty learn much earlier.
It’s not a huge deal to put little ones on the potty once you get in the habit. It’s really quick and easy, and it’s just meeting a need the same way you feed them or play with them.
I also think it gives babies and toddlers a sense of pride. Henry loves using the big toilet and his little potty. Every time I go to the bathroom he wants to sit on the toilet after me and go too. If he has an accident (during which he usually only pees a little then stops and screams MOM!!!) he will help clean it up right away.
I’ve even trained him to pee in the potty before getting in the bath. Win!
Elimination communication is like a dirty little secret diaper companies don’t want you all to know about. ;)