First of all, thank you for putting up with all of these advice askin, not real post things I've got going on! I am a needy Nelly right now, for sure! I need some more advice on "kid stuff."
Emma's 18 month appointment isn't until early February, so I wanted to ask you about three things that I plan on asking the pediatrician. I need some mom to mom (or non mom, if you have ideas) advice!
First up, we have the lovely subject of taking milk from a bottle. Ugh. I know I'm going to get sh*t for this, but Emma still takes all of her whole milk from her bottle. I think at her baby sitter's house, she drinks her lunch milk out of a sippy cup with a straw.
Now, it's not that I don't want to transition her from a bottle to a cup, it's that SHE doesn't want to. She really finds comfort in her bottle. She walks around calling for her ba-ba. I have tried on several occasions, when we are on a long weekend, vacay, snow day, etc to give her the lunch milk out of a sippy cup. She takes about 2-3 of the 7 ounces, and calls it quits. And those 2-3 ounces are over a period of about 2 hours!
How can I do this? I know she won't starve, but it is KILLING ME to throw away the 6$/gallon organic whole milk when she doesn't drink it! Suggestions welcome. Criticism, take a hike. :)
Next up, we have the topic of hitting. I am about to go postal on this one. Emma has started "slapping" at things that make her mad. Upon the suggestion of several friends and her trusted baby sitter, when Emma hits/slaps at another person or living thing (the dogs) she is told NO and goes to timeout for one minute.
This has not really lessened the hitting episodes though. Maybe this is normal for this age, but it is unacceptable to me. I have taught her how to touch "nicely" and when she hits or swings at me, I say NO and then she says NICE and rubs me. It's a pattern. I also think she has no clue what time out is and why she is in it, even though I talk to her. I make her sit facing the front door, and I have to sit with my legs around her so she can't escape.
I tell ya, this child rearin' business is tough work! Again, what do you do? What could I be trying?
And finally, the dreaded topic of potty training.
I think it is time to do this for two reasons: one, because Emma says poo poo and she has a shi**y diaper, and two, because I would love to have her potty trained before the next one comes along.
I have a book called Three Day Potty Training by Lora Jensen. Two of my personal friends have used this method and it has worked! On 17 month olds or younger! Amazing! I am going to read the book (a quick 40 pages) and give it a go. However, do you think this is too early to try, OR do you think I have screwed up by waiting? I mean she is telling me when she has a poo poo and saying ewwww! Yikes.
Not trying to be a mom fail all around.
I personally don't care about the milk from a bottle. But, the pedi said something last visit about us needing to end it by 18 months.
I DO care about the hitting. That is not cool. And it would be NICE (said in Emma voice) to have a potty trained child!
I welcome your suggestions on any of these topics!
Thanks in advance y'all, you always come through!
(Not even gonna mention the fact that someone still takes a paci. I'm choosing my battles here. :))