Friday, April 16, 2010

Marcie said I needed to post :) So I think I will take the time for it.

I am still in the middle of reading "Diaper Free Baby" I will probably still be in the middle of it until Levi is potty independent. I'm not a fast reader and I just like to sit and think about what I am reading afterwards. That is why it is taking me so long to trudge through it.

I was just reading recently about a "potty pause" and what that meant. We are now in the middle of a potty pause. Levi has been having a tough time with teething. They said that developmental milestones can often result in a potty pause, or a setback in the training process. I haven't been able to catch hardly any pees or poops this week. He's been pretty fragile, so I've just been trying to be delicate with him. I imagine a mouth full of pain would make anyone cranky, so pottying has been on the back-burner so far.

Potty pauses can come when I child starts rolling over, crawling, teething. The best mindset in these types of situations is just to take a step back, give the child a break for a bit and then come back to it later. One woman scaled it back to pottying just once or twice a week. I'm still putting him on the potty, I just think the stress of life is too much for him to really think about it right now.

We've been waking up in the middle of the night this past week, I'm praying we will break this habit soon. I'm pretty delirious in the middle of the night. I've still been feeding him at those times, it seems the best way to calm him down and relax him.

Life has also been really busy this past week. I'm hoping that next week things will calm down and we will be at home bit more with less distractions. My lesson learned this week is not to say yes to everything. Since I am a mom I need to have fewer and more focused commitments. When I was single just a few years ago I came and went as I pleased and did whatever I wanted. When I got married I learned I needed to check with my husband first and scale back. Now, as I have become a mom I have learned those commitments need to be fewer and fewer. I'm happy for it though. Being a mom is far more fulfilling than those many things I used to pack my life with. I'm so grateful for my sweet baby and I pray that God blesses me with many more.

1 comment:

  1. I need to pull "Diaper Free" out of our boxes. I haven't finished it, but you writing about "potty pauses" is giving me incentive. I need to read about that right now, because I think that we're in one of those "pauses". Thanks for the reminder! Miss you and wish that we could visit in your living room right now.