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“Pee Pee Potty” – Second Stage in Pre-Potty Training

Ellie has been showing a lot of interest in peeing (and watching the pee pee come out of her pee pee) lately. We talk about it when I change her diapers, we have a book about Elmo going potty. I’ve even been allowing her to pee on her diaper-changing pad –half the time she just squats and nothing happens – and I’ve celebrated with her each time it happens. The first time or two, I thought it was a happy coincidence but now that it has happened a few times, I’m thinking she really might have some control over it.

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Natural Responses to Baby’s First Fever

Ellie got her first really high fever this weekend. I can’t lie – it freaked me out to see her temperature nearing 103°! I kept swiping the thermometer thinking it was somehow a mistake. I had the 100.2° number in my mind from when she was a newborn and the doctors warned us of the dangers of a high temperature. Thanks to a call to the advice nurse, we learned that an ER visit wasn’t mandatory and were told to keep her hydrated and to do whatever we could to bring her temperature down. Instead of running to grab the children’s tylenol, I decided to see if peppermint essential oil could cool her down. I swiped some coconut oil in my palm, dropped 2 drops of oil, rubbed them together and applied it to her forehead, back of her neck and the bottoms of her feet. Poor thing was so hot! I repeated the process 15 minutes later and took her temperature again. It had dropped over a degree. Relief!

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“Poo-poo” – First Stage in Pre-Potty Training??

My 13-month-old just told me she had a poopy diaper.

We were playing peek-a-boo and she was looking at me from under a chair when she stopped the game to say “poo-poo” (well, it sounded more like boo-boo but no judgement). I couldn’t get to her fast enough! Did she just say poo-poo without me saying it first?! I mean, we had been working on this for a couple weeks. And by working on this I mean that I had been saying the word to her every time I had the joy of changing a poopy diaper. I didn’t know what I was expecting to happen – I just figured she should know the word that was associated with what Mommy was cringing at. And now she’s saying it! I didn’t even have to stick my nose in close (friends cringe every time I do the bottom-sniff), there was definitely one on board!

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