Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Potty Training

We started potty training Caitlin a couple weeks ago.  I've gotten some pretty mixed reactions when I tell people my seven-month old baby is being potty trained; I've gotten everything from "Already??" to "It's about time."  My neighbour had both her daughters trained by the time they were 12 months (Italian), but the most common age for kids to start here in North America seems to be after they're a year old.

So how's it going?  Surprisingly well!  The good thing about starting so young is we have absolutely no expectations on how well it's going to go.  The past few days however, I've been getting a 100% pee rate:  every time I put her on the potty, she pees.

Monday, July 11, 2011

A Mini Guide to the Internet for New Moms

When I was expecting, I visited as many online forums as I could to get an idea of what I was getting into.  Now that the baby's arrived and it's nothing like what I could have possibly anticipated, I surf the web to justify my parenting decisions. You can always find someone who agrees with you on the internetz!

Here's a list of acronyms explained that would have been really useful at the beginning:
  • AF - Aunt Flo
  • AP - Attachment Parenting
  • BF - Breastfeeding
  • BW - Baby wearing
  • CIO - Cry It Out
  • DD/F/H/S - Dear Daughter/Fiance(e)/Husband/Son
  • DTD - Do The Deed
  • EBF - Exclusively Breastfeeding
  • FF - Formula Feeding
  • FTM - First Time Mom
  • LO - Little One
  • IL/FIL/MIL - In-Laws/Father-in-law/Mother-in-law
  • ODD/DS - Older Dear Daughter/Dear Son
  • PP - Post-Partum
  • PPAF - Post-Partum Aunt Flo
  • PPD - Post-Partum Depression
  • SAHM/WAHM - Stay At Home Mom/Work At Home Mom
  • STTN - Sleep Through The Night
  • YDD/DS - Younger Dear Daughter/Dear Son

And as a warning, topics to stay away from at all costs:
  • breastfeeding vs. formula feeding
  • stay at home moms vs working moms
  • pacifiers vs no pacifiers
  • sleep methods of choice (CIO etc)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Five Monthiversary

The theme for the fifth month is exploring.  Caitlin has discovered the fascinating world outside a 1-foot radius and her findings include:

1) Her feet.

2) Other babies.

3) What's food and what's not.

Other developmental milestones: she can now sit up unassisted for short periods of time, and roll over both ways with ease - a skill she employs mainly to try and throw herself off the change table.  Babies have no sense of self-preservation.