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The story of our precious little girl's 17 months of life with Trisomy 18 (July 4, 2010 - December 15, 2011) and of us, re-learning to live "after Lilly."
"I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made ...." Psalm 139:14

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Cherry Picker

First things first - LillyBear offers Tabby and Hunter her sincere apologies as she forgot to photograph their Lilly things in their rooms yesterday for her post.  She will do that soon!

What is Solomon looking intently at?

The cherries on my tablecloth!  He is fascinated with them and repeatedly tries to grab them with his clumsy little hands.  (By the way, the tablecloth is made of oilcloth.  I LOVE it.  Definitely kid friendly.  It wipes up so easily and when there is a spill, the wetness just sort of puddles rather than going everywhere.)

This past Friday, Solomon began using the potty.  Yes the potty!  A TINY potty:

I did "infant potty training" with Hunter too.  I never did try it with Lilly.  There just were too many other things going on with her.  (Note:  There are some children with Trisomy 18 that do become potty trained!  Not many - but it is possible.  Lilly's little friend Giuliana is one of those remarkable children.)  Anyway, like with Hunter, I noticed that Solomon would wet his diaper within a few minutes of nursing.  So instead of just waiting and then changing his diaper, I just plop him on his potty and wait a few seconds or minute or two.  When he begins going I make a certain sound.  Hopefully he'll begin to learn to associate the sound with going. 

From what I've read, many babies will make a sign when they need to go.  Honestly I never really noticed one with Hunter.  But he did learn to respond to the sound I made.  He was not fully potty trained early on though.  However, I am glad I had him use the potty, starting at 6 weeks, because we saved an awful lot of diapers.  (And wash, since I use cloth diapers too.)  And we never had any of the potty training issues that many parents talk about.  (Fear, battle of the wills, lack of interest, etc.) 

So we'll see how it works out with Solomon.


  1. Way to go Solomon!! You are growing up WAY too fast bud!! I didn't start w my Geno until 10 months. I was bound to beat the "boy" stereo type and guess what--we did! I was so proud of my G and the idea that most "normal" 21 month olds don't even use the potty and my girl was d-o-n-e! She is still in her diapers over night, but she has a great excuse :) Keep up the good work mommy and Solomon :)