Nollie's New Potty

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Here's Nollie hanging out on her new potty. She seems to like this better than the big toilet.

A Week In The Bathroom

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Caution! Some may find this to be too much information.

It all started on Tuesday. I was watching Nollie concentrating quite hard obviously having a bowel movement and I wondered why was watching her go in her diaper only to clean it up later. In an instant I scooped her up and off we went to the toilet. She had already started in her diaper but she finished her poop in the toilet. How awesome is this, pooping in the toilet is much better to clean up than poop that has been squished around in a diaper for some time. Two days later I caught her next bm before she had even started to go and it all went in the toilet, virtually no clean up. I've been trying to catch her pee's as well but that's a little more tricky. By the time I notice she's usually done. I have been sucessful however at catching some pee's, usually the one's right after she wakes up. For the most part she gets a kick out of going both #1 & #2 in the toilet giving a big smile afterwords.

I've since spent some time doing research on infant potty training (aka elimination communication, natural infant hygiene or going diaper free). This method is used in many cultures from birth and involves watching for cues that your baby has to go and then holding them over the toilet. It is something I heard about before but never saw myself doing. It really does take alot of time and attention. I've spent much of my week either holding Nollie over the toilet or watching her to see if she's going to go. Now I don't think I will go all out diaper free but if I can catch a few poops and pees in the toilet that would be great. So I have a little toilet on order and Nollie's spending alot of time with no clothes on her lower half. We will teach her the sign for toilet and try to catch as much as we can. We just caught another pee & poo in the toilet while writing this.

56 km/h

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56 km/h, not really all that fast. Just above the speed limit in town, half of highway speed. But I'm not talking about driving speed, I'm talking about wind speed. That is what it was like on the ranch this morning. You could hear the wind blowing all night. Even the locals thought it was windy today. Our patio furniture was slowly moving across our deck and I was starting to feel like Dorthy on the Wizard of Oz. Oh how I miss the protection of trees. I guess it will be an inside day.

The sun is shining bright though. All of this sunshine lately has got me thinking of Spring. I have been getting inspired to spring clean, organize and decorate. It's like I know that we're over the hump of winter and on the way back to long warm sunny days. It seems to have boosted my energy level, but maybe it's just the espresso maker I got from Jeff for Christmas that's boosting my energy, zzzing.

Laughter

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I was playing around today. Check this Video of Nollie out. It's pretty cute, I wouldn't pass it up.

Happy New Year!

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I hope everyone had a great Christmas season. That you ate lots and spent time with your families. We had a great trip home. It was very busy running from one place to the next. Thank you to everyone who housed us, fed us, cleaned up after us and put up with our dogs. Yes, we brought our dogs with us, it was just too long to leave them alone. I became one of the people that I would look at and think "what is their problem?" I sat in the back seat while my Rufis rode shotgun. Wouldn't you just look into a car like that and shake your head. I just didn't trust him to sit next to Nollie the whole way. Nollie got a big kick out of Simon sitting next to her in the car, she giggled and gave him some pokes and hair pulls. Bringing the dogs along was a great way to keep active over the holidays though. We tried to walk them two to three times a day since they were tied up the whole time. There is no way I ever would have gone out that much without them. And I'm so glad the weather was so wonderfull, it would not have been fun if it was -30 outside. Nollie grew and changed so much in the time that we were gone. She started giving hugs and kisses (open mouth slobbers on the face), she started putting her arms up when she wanted to be picked up, she started eating solid food. So much fun. I've spent this week trying to get the house all put back together, laundry done, etc. It's only been partially successful but I'm getting there. I can see the entire kitchen table, completey cleaned off, its a wonderful sight. Happy Weekend to all.
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