Chloe is three. Often described as a "character" which pretty much tells you everything you need to know. We've been attempting to potty train since the start of the summer holidays. She took to it very well, doing all her number ones on the potty and wearing knickers until she developed an issue with number twos. She was so petrified of going she wouldn't even go in a nappy and started witholding, so we had to get some laxatives. So after several weeks in knickers we were back to square one. Nappies at all times, tears if you even suggested a poo on the potty. We tried stickers, toys, treats, but there was no bribe big enough to persuade her it was worth trying. She would use the toilet or potty for a wee once in a blue moon but that was that. For months. I was afraid to push the subject for fear of a) making it into a bigger issue than it should be and b) witholding again.
A few days ago, Chloe was naked after a bath and we were trying to get some medicine into her much to her great distress...I'm not sure if she was upset because she needed the loo or if she was so upset that she literally pooed herself but either way she was caught off guard and took herself to the potty and did a poo. Hooray. She was still upset about the medicine but very proud of herself for doing a poo on her potty. We took her to the ELC and let her choose a toy as a reward. A couple of days passed with her back in a nappy and refusing to use the potty, until she was naked and getting upset again (this time because she didn't want a bath) when the same happened again. Lots more praise. Another day or two passed with nappies on. Today we put her in knickers and told her we'd run out of nappies... she did a poo on the potty with zero fuss! Hallelujah. I know Chloe and I can guarantee its not the end of it but I think the worst might be over!
Lola is six months and we're on about day 10 of weaning. I'm doing a mix of Baby Led Weaning and puree's (the fact that I'm doing both means it's not actually BLW really) and it's slow going.... so far we've tried sweet potato, apple and carrot purees, yoghurt, toast and philadelphia, plain pitta bread, sticks of cucumber, steamed broccoli, melon, mango, pineapple. Not much has been eaten but she's really enjoyed chewing the toast, pitta bread and melon, oh and the broccoli. Today she had a bit of Tiger Bread at lunch and an Ella's Kitchen pouch (parsnip, carrot and apple) for dinner which I actually think she enjoyed, it's the first puree she's had where she's opened her mouth and eaten several spoonfuls with minimal spitting out.
In other Lola news, breast feeding isn't going too well. She's biting me every time I try to latch her on, its miserable and painful and I've absolutely had enough. She has two teeth. Ow. I fed Chloe for two and a half years and whilst she did bite once or twice it was nothing like this. Lola won't take a bottle but tomorrow I'll be trying formula in a sippy cup. I don't want to stop breast feeding but I can't keep going like this.
God love em.