Ok, I’m sorry about the title. I couldn’t resist. It just felt too perfect. Moving on…
It seems that I only blog once every two years. I was shocked to see that some people were still reading my old posts. So I’ve decided to revive my blog, this time with two kids and a full time career. I’m in my mid-thirties;the digital revolution is sprinting past and I refuse to be left behind. The goal is to write, promote and maybe even podcast. These are grand dreams for someone who barely has time to go to the bathroom in peace. Time will tell how far I get.
The focus of my blog will continue to be motherhood and career. It’s something that’s become a major focus over the last few years thanks to the likes of Sheryl Sandberg and Anne-Marie Slaughter. Can I have it all? Should I lean in? What does having it all even mean? And how far should one lean in before falling over and crashing? These are grand discussions. What I really want to know is how parents manage going work after months of sleepless nights with a new baby? I’d also like to figure out how to motivate myself to become fit again. I’m always healthiest when I’m pregnant because I have gestational diabetes. But as soon as those babies are out, the slide backwards begins. These topics and many more still to come.
I hope you’ll keep reading and tell me what you think.
I may not have a sleep trained baby, but I think my little man is almost potty trained. For the last month that’s the only place he poops. It all started when he was only a couple of weeks old and we noticed that he cannot poop unless he is sitting up. Things only got more complicated when he started to eat solids. He couldn’t do it with his diaper still on! It wasn’t a pretty picture. And I was a little concerned because I have seen many babies including my nephew poop regardless of how they were sitting.
I told friends at work about it and one told me I was lucky that he gives such clear signals. She recommended that we start putting him on the potty. She said parents in Europe start potty training their children at a younger age than here in the U.S. I was intrigued and did a bit of research of my own. According to Baby Center, most parents train their babies before their second birthday. In the U.S. they aren’t completely trained until their third birthday.
It turns out there’s even a name to potty training infants. It’s called elimination communication. Parents who do it actually start at a very early age— from birth to four years. And by 18 months the baby is usually fully capable of going to the bathroom on his/her own and not relying on a diaper.
He’s proud of himself too.
Now, I don’t think I could have started this before my baby turned six months. It seems too complicated to hold him over a potty at that age. By six months he was generally sitting up on his own. So we bought a potty and every time he gave us the poop face (moms, you know the one I’m talking about) we just put him on the potty. And for the last month that’s become the norm. In fact, he has not pooped in his diaper once. Just last week there was an article published on Huffington Post about a six month old who says “boo boo” when she needs to go to the bathroom. We’re not quite there yet. But I’m proud, nonetheless.