Gayleen’s EC intro

I’m Gayleen Carpenter, EC’er, mom to Grace, currently 3 years old and to Fiona, currently 19 months old. I am was invited to be a contributing commentator about our EC journey here at HappyPottying.com and I’m happy to share our open journey about our EC experience. I live in Fort Collins, Colorado, am currently a stay at home mom, but I worked as a physical therapist for 12 years in a hospital setting before having children. My occupation involved helping people recover their independence following illness or injury, which remarkably, includes the dignity of taking care of their own toileting needs. EC was another way that expanded my perspective about human dignity and respect.

I learned about EC from a friend before I was married and I thought it was intriguing. She told me about Laurie Boucke’s book, Infant Potty Training, and both my husband and I read it when I became pregnant with our first child. After Grace was born, I was far more focused on breastfeeding and sleep issues and didn’t offer the potty to Grace for a while. However, at 3 weeks old my husband started offering her to pee in a bowl when she would fuss. He caught Grace’s first pees and a few poops in the bowl and I was both jealous, and amazed! It was many days before Grace politely obliged me with a pity pee in the bowl. Soon, the number of pees in the bowl my husband got and the number I got, became a competition. Let’s just say, the contest soon had to be called for unfair advantage by the head start Daddy gained in the beginning. But my husband has always felt that EC enabled him to exercise his connection with our kids and that helped him feel powerful and bonded.

Our EC journey over the last 3+ years has been an amazing experience in exploring parenting perspectives. I never thought EC would become such a cornerstone to who I am today as a mother, as a human being, but it absolutely changed me. There are many reasons people EC their kids, and my reasons changed over time, but I think at the core is respect. I look forward to sharing our journey about EC here.

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