I have to keep reminding myself that the only constant with babies is change.
Leone is almost four months old. As my regular readers know, we’ve been doing a combination of cloth diapering and elimination communication (EC) with her. Though I catch more than 90 percent of the poops, I find catching and communicating about the pees much harder.
So yesterday–which we spent at the annual Parent-Daughter Fair with Hesperus and Athena–Leone did all of her peeing in her diapers, which is why I’m so surprised about what happened last night.
Leone and I both fell asleep around 9:30 p.m. She peed twice in her chamber pot before falling asleep. When she woke up to nurse around 2:30 a.m. her diaper was dry. I held the chamber pot under her as I nursed her, cradling her in my arms with our tummies touching. She peed after she nursed as soon as I made the PSSS sound.
We both fell back asleep and she woke me up a few hours later because she was restless, flailing her arms and pumping her legs and making little complaints. I remembered from interviewing infant pottying expert Christine Gross-Loh that sometimes moms and dads misinterpret nighttime waking because a baby has to go pee as a need to nurse.
I checked Leone’s diaper: dry! So I held her over her pot. She peed right away with no cue.
The next time she woke up she peed again. Then I nursed her. She kept popping off the breast and squirming. On a hunch I held her over the chamber pot and made the grunting sound I use when she goes poop. She pooped right away, smiled hugely, and then nursed with great enthusiasm. That was around 4:00 a.m.
At six when she woke up for the day she was dry again! She pooped three more times on the chamber pot in about twenty minutes. (Synonym for baby = poop machine.)
I’m really surprised that we were so in sync and that Leone had a dry night because, honestly, I haven’t been feeling very confident about my EC abilities. I tend to ignore my intuition. I think, hmm, maybe she needs to pee but then don’t offer a pottytunity so she pees in a huge arc all over the floor or I suggest she go pee by holding her in position when she doesn’t have to and she gets mad and squawks in protest and I feel like I’ve failed her. Those scenarios are a lot more common than last night’s!
But maybe little by little Leone and I are actually getting the hang of it?
An Interview About EC with Christine Gross-Loh
More misses Than Catches
Misses and Catches
Only One Wet Diaper
Morning Diary of Baby Leone at Two Months
More on Infant Pottying
The Incredible Pooping Baby; or, Leone Uses Her Chamber Pot