Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Officially Done With Diapers

We started potty training on Saturday, today is Wednesday, and we have only had 1 full accident per day Monday through today, not counting during sleep. Pretty successful I feel! Yesterday at daycare she held it all day then peed during her nap, and today she peed in the potty for her daycare provider. Yay! The method we are using is kind of a cold-turkey thing but Sweet Pea hasn't requested a diaper except for getting ready for bed the first night. So, I am selling most of our cloth diapers! It was a hard choice because we would really save the most money in the long run if we just kept all of these ones for the next baby, and it will be hard to say goodbye to some of our pretty pretty Goodmamas. Is it weird to be attached to diapers?

The reason I decided to go ahead and sell now is that #1 we could really use the cash now, #2 we have very very limited storage space in this house and I don't want to buy yet another storage tub to hold items that we won't use for more than a year, #3 this way I will get to have the fun of picking out new (and/or used) diapers for that next child, #4, that next child could be a boy in which case I would have saved all 12 pink BumGenius and 12 flowery Goodmamas for nothing. Yes, boys can wear pink but I went through too much annoyance with people assuming Sweet Pea was a boy when we dressed her in gender neutral or somewhat boyish clothes, so I will likely go for more gender-specific clothing the next time around.

I have started posting photos of the diapers I'm selling on Flickr, and will be posting them on DiaperSwappers once I get approved as an official seller.

I will be keeping one green pocket diaper, a couple of boyish fitteds, and most of our wool, for use a second time around or in case of emergencies. I'm not sure what those emergencies would be right now but I just know I feel more comfortable with the idea of keeping a couple of dipes around.

This is a really exciting time as a parent, but I do also feel a sense of sadness that my little baby is growing up. It will be so great to not have to deal with a diaper bag or washing diapers but I am going to miss that cute diaper butt. It is also one more tiny step towards the ultimate independence that our children eventually achieve. It's hard to imagine how the tiny baby at my breast will one day be a kid, and then someday be an adult with a job, house, and family of her own.

P.S. I did take a few adorable photos of Sweet Pea on the potty but won't be sharing those... The photo at the top is just a picture that I happened to take tonight while I was taking pictures of the diapers to sell. It is the most recent one so that's what we're going with to add some visual interest to this post.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

A Big Girl

Tonight is our second night of a three-day focused effort of potty learning. We have been through probably 30-40 pair of underwear, 2 sets of sheets, and many M&Ms. About an hour ago Sweet Pea sat on the potty and peed more than just a trickle for the first time since she was under  a year old. So exciting! She has definitely been getting the idea over the last couple of days but for some reason has a hard time really letting go when she's sitting on the potty and will pee again a few minutes after she gets off.

We are using the three day method and I have really positive feelings about it. I will share more later but just wanted to dash off a quick update since it's been a while.

Happy three day weekend!