Back in September of 2003, as we changed Trixie’s 500th diaper, we took the opportunity to estimate how many total diapers would be changed as the one year mark rolled around. I’m happy to report that we were able to hold our diaper usage fairly close to the best-case projection at the time. I expect us to have changed 2,472 diapers by the time Trixie’s birthday rolls around 10pm Saturday night. This is only a couple dozen diapers more than 2,448, which was based on the seemingly unreachable goal (during those dark diapering days) of maintaining an average of 6 diapers a day. In short, a year of diapering turned out to somewhat easier than I expected.
The other issue related to diapering is Trixie’s introduction to the potty last month. I haven’t given many updates about potty training, mostly because it’s wildly unpredictable, the results mixed and I haven’t pursued it diligently. We initially just wanted Trixie to get familiar with the idea of sitting down in the bathroom, but she surprised us by actually using the potty for a couple of days in a row. She then surprised us further by using the bathroom floor for a couple of days in a row, which lead to us giving up for a while.
I decided to get back on the horse this week. To my initial disappointment, she didn’t do anything in her potty. But then she did walk over to the real toilet, unroll about 20 feet of toilet paper and pee all over the floor while pounding on the seat. Is this progress? I’m not sure. We have all the ingredients of a successful bathroom visit — the toilet, the toilet paper and the peeing — but the way they were all mixed together, you can’t help but think that something went horribly wrong.