From the moment I was a parent I was swarmed with the ideas of other people about how I should raise my children and at first I tried hard to listen to people’s advice before I finally just gave in said screw it…I’m going to do things my way. It took me a while with Mike’s support to find out what would work best for us as a family and what seemed to work best was always going with what Jacob seemed to need at that moment. We started solid foods when he seemed to want them, we put him in his own bedroom when we felt it was time for him…I just believe that as parents we’d be able to make decisions when the time called for it and that jacob in his own way would be able to tell us when it was time…so far we’ve never been wrong.
Since Jacob has turned two and more specifically since I got pregnant we’ve felt a lot of pressure from various people to get Jacob potty trained so that we didn’t have two children in diapers and while we tried we just couldn’t get him to do it full time and he eventually just kept telling us no thank-you I’ll just do it in my diaper. Once again I should have trusted my own instincts that Jacob would tell us when it was time and that he did….tonight. Mike went around the corner to the hallway where Jacob’s potty was sitting and lo and behold there was Jacob sitting buck naked on the potty taking a poop. Yup, he took off his own clothes and diaper, sat on the potty without telling us and took a poo. I think this is his way of telling us he’s ready and we’re totally prepared to do a laid back approach at this which I think will be the most non-stressful thing for him. I just beleive that he can do this in his own time and when he’s ready and while that is not what works for every family, I believe whole heartedly that it works for ours.