Exactly sIx years ago today!
Ok, so I may not have got the absolutely exact actual day, but I had my very first ‘catch’ when my daughter was five weeks old, back in 2008. My little girl is not so little anymore – she turned six five weeks ago.
Here’s what happened:
One morning, when she was five weeks old, and before the sun had risen, she was wriggling around on the mattress and grunting. I kept trying to feed her but she wouldn’t latch on. I desperately wanted her to go back into a deep sleep so that I could too. But something was making her uncomfortable.
I remembered about a technique I had read about from the states – elimination communication – maybe that’s why she was uncomfortable. I found an old ice-cream tub and crossed my legs around it. I stripped off baby’s nappy and held her above the tub, with her wobbly back resting against my chest. I didn’t have to wait long; after a few seconds I could feel the tension in her body peak and then the unmistakeable sound of a wee trickling into the tub. Wow! Then another grunt, and another peak of tension, and a minor explosion of poo vibrated through the tub. From that moment I was hooked.
What would have happened if nothing had happened? If I hadn’t got that first catch the first time I held her over the potty? Would I have carried on trying? And if I hadn’t got a catch for the next few times either? Would I still have pursued BLPT? I don’t know the answer to that.
A lot of parents worry that it will be difficult or awkward to get the first catch. They put off trying.
Just go for it! So many parents do get a catch first time – maybe you will! And maybe you won’t. Do you know what? It doesn’t really matter. Because as long as you keep on offering (and make it easier for yourself by picking likely times) you WILL get a catch sooner or later.
And then you’ll feel that thrill just like I did six years ago.
So go on, give it a try, and tell me in the comments what your first catch was like.