Thursday, November 19, 2009

Potty Training & Breastfeeding

I know that discussion of various bodily functions and fluids is generally considered taboo, but I also know that there are several people out there who would be interested nonetheless. If you are not one of them, I suggest you stop reading now.

We have been potty training Jane for maybe three weeks--since right before I went back to school. Maybe not the easiest timing, but it wasn't exactly my idea. Jane talked about "going potty" ALL THE TIME. She would tell me right when she went in her diaper, and she would usually wake up dry after a nap. So we let the adventure begin.

I can't really say how it's going. I have nothing to gauge it by. There are some days when we have to change her diaper several times during the day or she'll stay in one dry pull-up until bed. The game plan at the moment is mostly play it by ear--we take her to the bathroom when we think about it or if she asks. Beyond that, I pretty much have no idea.

But at least I have that cute picture to torture Jane with when she's older...

I just posted about this on the Village. If you feel inspired, you can check there, too, and give your two cents.

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Breastfeeding is not always my favorite activity, but it is going better this time around. I can't pinpoint any specific reason why it's better--it's just what we do. Of course, we do appreciate the side benefits, like saving money by not buying formula.

Pumping takes a bit of effort. I have my system all worked out at school--I can get set up pretty quickly and cleaned up quickly when I'm done. The disappointing thing is that I don't have as much time as I really need. It's frustrating to have to stop right in the middle when things are going well, but continuing isn't much of an option when the kids are coming back in from recess. I also pump during my prep in the afternoon. That can be a trick on the days when I have a meeting scheduled or a parent shows up to talk about their student.

And yet I'm still feeling pretty determined to keep it going. I don't want to quit before I really feel done, so we're going to tough it out and keep pumping until Megan decides she's done.

Amusing Side Note: I bought a used electric pump off (thanks, Christian, for helping me with that). I pulled out the user manual and other random pamphlets from a pocket and found a few extras...there were three or four packets of wetnaps, like you get from a restaurant. Which restaurant, you ask? Hooters.

Is that funny to anyone else?

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And now you know.


Megan said...

Hahaha that is really funny about the Hooters wetnaps!

Amy said...

I think its hilarious!! And that picture if Jane is really cute. She looks so proud of herself!

Jared and Delia said...

That is really funny...the hooters wetnaps I mean.

It sounds like you guys have the right attitude about the potty training. The less concerned you are about it the better. I think kids can sense it when you really want them to do something which will most likely discourage them. I wish I was more relaxed about it with Owen.