In a word…Yes.
Do I feel bad? Nope. Not at all. Not even a little.
Should I feel bad? I don’t think so.
Growing up is not a race. There are no medals, a car or $100,000 if you are the youngest to roll over, walk or pee in a potty.
She still eats some of her baby food favorites. Earth’s Best Tender Chicken and Stars anyone?
She is still rear facing in her car seat. No, her legs aren’t uncomfortable. She doesn’t get car sick. She’s never complained even once about sitting that way. She will stay that way as long as I can keep her that way.
I flinch a little saying this one, not sure why…She’s still in her crib.
Sophia sleeps really well (most of the time). She doesn’t climb out. She’s not wondering around after bedtime. Her pediatrician (a wise old doctor) said keep her there a bit longer if you can, there’s no holding her back once you make the switch.
In the last few weeks, I finally broke down and made her sit on her little white potty. We’d already had it out for a while but she mostly stuck her foot in or wore it on her head.
She is now joyously peeing in her potty. And I mean joyously for her because I am honestly a little sad about it. She is so proud to announce “I go pee pee” each time and eagerly awaits a high five. Now mind you, this is after she waddles out into our kitchen with her pants around her ankles. This celebration can’t happen in a cramped bathroom after all.
Sophia is still sleeping in cloth diapers at night and naps (when she takes them). The elusive poop in the potty hasn’t happened yet either. She will only use her little white potty and any big toilet, no matter how cute the seat I place on it or how big of a step stool in front of it, terrifies her. So I drag around her little white potty everywhere we go.
Do I feel bad that she wasn’t the youngest to do all the firsts? Not in the least.
She won’t be in elementary school pooping in her pants (I hope), sitting rear facing taking her driver’s test or be sleeping in a crib while she is away at college.
Don’t feel guilty about not pushing your child when it’s not necessary to push and don’t feel pressured to fit into into anyone’s schedule but your own.
~ Let them be little ‘cause they’re only that way for a while. –Billy Dean
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