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Athena Catches A Pee (Sort Of)!


AthenaHoldingLeoneI know I promised to write about making Leone laugh this week but she’s actually been quite a serious little creature lately and we’re all still perfecting Leone Laughing Techniques so I’m putting off that post until next week.


Instead I have a story to tell you.


“My baby, my baby,” 9-year-old Athena said this morning after she got dressed. “I want to hold her Mommy!”


I passed Leone to Athena and made oatmeal for Athena and Etani and scrambled eggs and toast for Hesperus (who, by the way, is eating us out of house and home. She’s only ten. What will we do when the kids are teenagers?!)


Leone was happy in Athena’s arms for a long time.


Then she made a fussing noise. It’s hard to describe. It’s sort of like a low-pitched whine, a small complaint that isn’t really a fuss but is more like a call for attention. It’s a sound she has started making, sometimes (only sometimes), when she needs a pottytunity.


Her diaper was dry. “I think she needs to go pee,” I said to Athena.


“I’m going to take her Mommy. Will you show me what to do?”


I was still cooking the eggs on the stove and didn’t rush after Athena. She came back in with Leone in her arms smiling sheepishly.


“Mom,” Athena said in a happy voice. “Leone went pee in her potty!”


I could tell that wasn’t the whole story.


“Fantastic!”


“But I didn’t know she went so I forgot to make the sound.”


“That’s okay,” I said. I could tell that wasn’t the whole story either.


“But,” Athena began.


“You dumped it all over the floor?”


“Right,” Athena said. We both laughed. “Come see.”


Athena pointed to a small wet spot. About half the pee was still in the potty and half on the carpet in the bedroom.


Not sure where the Spilled Potty Syndrome fits into the tally of misses and catches but I count that as a point for Athena.


Plus, I hate that carpet in the bedroom.




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Tags: big sister, EC, elimination communication, infant pottying, making breakfast for children, pottytunity, siblings





Comments (7)

Here that sound? It's applause for Athena. She showed great initiative and was successful in her venture, I would say, even if some of the pee did land on the carpet. Next time she will know to find a tiled or wood floor. .-= Alexandra´s last blog ..Great Day for Dogs & Plovers =-.
With two dogs and a new cat and three crazy busy kids, our carpets have seen far worse. Good for Athena!
Hahhaha--Nice story. I'm glad she helped. It's great that she figured it out, even if she spilled it. And carpets can't survive pets or kids. But a steam cleaner (are those toxic? please don't ruin steam cleaners for me...) will probably take care of it. .-= Alisa Bowman´s last blog ..What’s Stopping You From Saving Your Marriage? =-.
I'm so glad you laughed when Athena told you that pee spilled. It is so easy to be a bent out of shape mama and get frustrated at such things. What an inspiration. Next time my older child spills something I hope I have the compassion to laugh it off and not be a mean mama!
Jennifer, what a great story! I love it. People sometimes feel daunted by the prospect of doing EC when they have more than one child, but there are lots of nice ways to make an older sibling feel included in baby care, and it helps enhance the bond between siblings as well. Our older ones have all helped potty the younger ones, and in turn, we've had times when younger toddlers "cue" older ones when they're using the bathroom! .-= Christine´s last blog ..Goodbyes are hard =-.
Such a nice big sister!! I hope baby girl will be so willing to take part when a new sibling comes along. .-= Almost Slowfood´s last blog ..Easy Dinner: Sausages with Polenta and Swiss Chard =-.
You will need to acquire a larger income when your kids reach their teens. This, I know from experience. It's a very good thing you are saving on diapering costs now! ;-) .-= Kris´s last blog ..Get face-to-face with Oahu’s tropical fish =-.
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