Hello all, I'm new to the forums and would love some help with my 8 month old daughter. I've been EC'ing her part-time since she was 8 weeks old and was doing pretty well until recently. By part-time I mean my husband and I have always taken her to the sink or potty when she wakes in the morning, before and after naps, before bed, and throughout the day if we thought she might have to go. However, we have done this only at home (and some at my parent's house, who aren't judgmental about our decision to do EC)...we diaper normally when out and about and at nighttime. Although she never has learned to signal when she needs to go, and I've never been able to detect any kind of sign that shes about to go (she's a sneaky pooper/pee'er!), we've always done pretty darn well...we very rarely had any poopy diapers and caught pees probably about 50% of the time I'm guessing. However, since she was about 7 months old she has been VERY strongly resisting using the potty, to the point where the second I put her on her potty she arches her back and tries to stand up from it, cries, fusses, and starts screaming if I don't take her off. I thought maybe it was because of her teething, but both her bottom teeth have broken through and she STILL is refusing to use the potty. She is learning to crawl now so maybe that's why? She will get all happy and excited when I sign 'potty' to her but then cries when I actually take her...it's weird.
I'm just so frustrated because this strike is lasting way longer than I thought it would. This morning she arched and screamed again when I took her after waking up, and then when she was lying on the bed while I was getting her diaper ready to put on her she peed on the bed. We've never had an accident like that before. I'm to the point where I feel like giving up on EC completely. Does a strike ever last longer than a month? Anyone have any ideas on what I can do to maybe entice her to use the potty again? My husband and I have tried different ways of distracting her to stay on the potty, which work in that respect, but when she's distracted she won't eliminate at all, so that kind of defeats the purpose.