A week ago today, Gabriel took his first wobbly step. Since then, he’s continued to gain strength and confidence, working up to six steps at a time.
After more or less shelving the whole pottying thing for a few months there, I couldn’t help but give it another whirl when I realized I would be home with him all day, every day. No more blaming daycare as the excuse for Elimination Communication (EC) not working, though I feared the time away from EC attempts might have ruined any potential progress we’d made early on.
At Matthew’s suggestion, I agreed to a small reward system for peeing in the potty. I balked at the idea because it smacks of bribery and traditional potty training to me, and thus seems anti-EC, but sometimes you have to compromise.
Although some days are all puddles, Saturday was a three raisin day, which gives me hope.* Ever the optimist, I guess, we biked to the store and bought some toddler underwear (after my attempt to contact a Craigslist seller with some gently used ones went nowhere). If nothing else, he looks adorable in them.**
Gabriel isn’t the only one taking steps though. I realized at some point last week that I’m getting into a rhythm with the SAHM thing — really enjoying my time with my little Pookie (now also known as Snuggle Puppy) — and maybe I can do it after all. At this point I’m still job hunting, but it may be with more mixed feelings than I would have expected if/when I get a job offer.
*We’re using raisins as the “reward.” One raisin every time he pees in the potty. I know, I know, using food as a reward is kind of a no-no, but at least it’s not M&M’s, right?
**In the interest of full disclosure, he made a huge puddle on the floor two minutes after I took the above photo. Also, why must everything for boys have either motor vehicles or super heroes? I was rather tempted to buy him some of the nice, flowery “girls” underwear.