A few notes for the record (baby is 9.5 months now)
-A week or so ago (in the midst of a "low-success" few days-- 4-5 misses/day), she had her diaper off (we actually don't do much diaper-free time) and we were all hanging out for a while in the (master) bedroom. She walked herself into the master bath and peed on the floor. Possibly just a coincidence, but I thought this was so awesome and wished for a moment we were traditional folks who lived outdoors with a bottomless baby and she knew the ditch/"spot" to go in, because I think she would actually do it a chunk of the time, especially now that she's walking. We do have a regular stand-up shower (floor flush with the bathroom floor if you step slightly over the "lip") in there, and the thought did cross my mind... LOL.
-A few days ago, we had our longest "streak" ever of no misses-- 62 hours? I want to say? Which should keep me warm when we're having 4-5 miss days. Ha. It's kind of up and down here, but much less stressful since I've seen it ebb and flow so many times, and "low-success" days rarely last a week.
-Her signals are a bit all over the place. She only occasionally seems to sign (ASL)-- she's been signing (milk, etc.) less lately anyway-- but I'm excited to report that she does now sometimes walk up to me or DH, look at us pointedly and slightly whine when she needs to go. Of course she whines to go if she is being worn, but with walking now, that's not even close to all the time. So it's nice to see her not lose all signals-- I think it's better if we "preserve" (for lack of a better word) the fact that she does usually purposefully "tell" us when she needs to go... I feel like when people just use timing, they struggle with graduation... Not to say they necessarily have any control over that! But just meaning, I hope she will never completely lose the desire to tell us. It's by far and away been the best thing about EC-- finding that tiny babies really do seem to understand you when you say things like, "You have to go. Can you wait a couple of minutes until we find a bathroom?" or "Let Mama know if you need to go potty." And she does!
-We had basically our first poop blowout ever, as she is finally down to only pooping 1-2x/day, sometimes 1x every 2 days, so her poops are bigger. And this time, she had her only two electronic toys (mobile and nightlight) going and I couldn't hear the initial "poht," so she not only started, but finished in her diaper (very rare). It was just a little that escaped the too-loose diaper, so nothing extreme, but OMG! Just cleaning her poor butt and labia! I have to say that I am glad I rarely have to do that. It felt like an accident or something. There's definitely more work involved overall in EC (esp in a non-ECing culture)... though I also feel a lot of it is just "different" work. But one thing that's definitely easier is not having to clean poop off a baby like that-- and off a diaper too, if you CD (even with our sprayer-- yikes!)
-Other cool developments, though... A few days ago, I had her on the toilet first thing in the morning, and she peed a ton. I asked her if she had to poo also, and waited 10 or 20 seconds. Nothing seemed to be happening, so I said, Okay, baby all-done, and then started to take her off and she got REALLY REALLY MAD and yelled at me. So I put her back on and sure enough, massive poop! It was like, the coolest thing ever-- she's never done that before, more gotten mad when I put her on and she doesn't have to go. But this told me A) she knew what was going on (no surprise there) and B) preferred to poop in the potty. Especially exciting since she's so much less likely to tell us she needs to poop.
-Today, we had a little playgroup, and the other two moms (also March babies) asked about EC*, so I told them a few things casually-- like they asked if she peed overnight (50% of the time) or during/after naps (virtually never), and I was like, I think it's what she's used to (pottying on waking)... And I was kind of like, oh, people do it very casually, too, like just after naps, or before bathtime, blah blah, because I think it would be so cool to introduce even just a little of the philosophy to more people. One of the moms had to change a poopy diaper while she was here and I think I saw her have to put the diaper back over her little girl for a second as she was taking it off, and I thought-- OMG! Cool! Even at 9 months, her girl still pees when her diaper comes off! She'd be such a great EC candidate! I didn't say anything, but when I see her again, I might mention it. Mom seems open. :) It was also kinda cool to have Miss L tell me she needed to go and to put her on the little potty in the playroom and have her go in front of witnesses, LOL. I know, I know, I shouldn't care. But it's nice to not look totally insane.
*One called it "elimination control." I knew she didn't mean anything by it, just wasn't familiar with the term, so didn't make a big deal. I was like, "Oh, yeah, elimination communication blah blah..." But I was thinking... Yikes! Not "control!"