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Hi,<br><br>
Today we even had 7 pee accidents - a new longtime low. Jutta seems to be experimenting. What does it feel like to pee on the floor? To pee on the pushcar? To poo in your pants? Can I wait longer and longer and longer? Recently she even stole the mousepad from my computer table, squatted on it and peed. She definitely has a lot of control and knows exactly when and where she is going to pee or poo - she just has a different view on appropriate places than I do. She is experimenting with communication, too. I have not been very, very, very consistent with sign language and she doesn't use any yet except waving good bye occasionally. She prefers the sound-effects - clicking your tongue for nursing and going "Pfft! Pffft" for peeing and pooing, but also for sowing me a toilet or potty. Sometimes she is really good at announcing her need to go, but often she is only trying what making this sounds makes me do (get her a potty, take her pants off - aah! That's good! - etc.) I really hope this experimenting will lead to more consistent communication from her part, soon. At least she really seems to get the connection right now.<br><br>
This afternoon I thought I might motivate her to use the potty, by pretending her little teddy bear went potty. I sat him on a little bowl, Jutta on her potty. Jutta got off the (empty) potty and placed Teddy in it (he's too small to sit on it). She went "Ssssssssssht! Ssssssht!", lifted Teddy off and had a look - nothing in there. Jutta stuffed him back in and went "Ssssssssssht!" again. Took him off - the potty was still dry! :) She looked Teddy straight in the eye, scolding "Wa wa wa wa wa wa wa!" ,let him drop, walked out into the garden and peed on the gardenpath. Mmmm... Doesn't really look like my strategy worked...<br><br>
Although I never scold her for not "performing" on the potty or for having a miss, this episode (which was *so* funny to watch!) did give me food for thought though. Maybe she does feel some pressure from me getting too much attached to outcome - to having close to no misses, to reading her right most of the time and of course being "rewarded" by a pee in the pot. To not using and not needing diapers as by now I have told many people that she hasn't been wearing any for more than half a year.<br><br>
So right now I'm trying to really let all expectations go and relax and reconnect.
 

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Hi Freddy! I just popped in here on a whim. So great to see your message.<br><br>
We've stopped counting pee misses around here! Simon is very particular about where he'll pee (only outside or in the upstairs bathroom sink) and then sometimes he doesn't even want to do those so we're often wiping up puddles. When we're out we almost never have a miss, which is very nice and affirming for me. Simon is almost walking, teething, and starting to eat solids, so I figure he's just too busy and too interested in everything around the house.<br><br>
We're loving being diaper-free. I know what you mean about feeling funny about having so many misses when people know you don't use diapers. I've decided lately that it is the highest affirmation of our belief in EC that we do have misses and that they really are no big deal. I sell slings from my home and use that opportunity to tell people about EC, and without fail Simon always pees on the floor while I am promoting EC. At first I wondered what impression that would leave, but now I think it helps people to see that EC works and misses are just part of it and not really a problem. I know before I EC'd I was worried about 'mess' from EC. I had visions of poop puddles everywhere <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> ! But now I know it is really a lot less dramatic than that.
 

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Ain't it always the way!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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