I just realized today that it has been a long time since I've updated about Luke's EC journey.
He is now 18 months. We almost always have him cloth training pants... which are pretty much like underwear with an extra absorbent pad in the center. The pee still leaks out a little down the legs and since they are cloth, they wet the pants too (if he's wearing pants- we don't wear them all the time at home). So when we go out, I bring an extra pair of pants and underwear.
I have to say that he hardly has accidents. It seems more like the accidents are more when he is trying to tell me that he has to go, but I am not paying attention. Or when we drive along ways, he gets fussy and I realize when I take him out that he was mad because he had to pee.
Lately he has been wetting one diaper at night. He is teething and therefore nursing more hence the wet diaper. It usually happens when he wakes up and squirms a little bit and then nurses. I usually check his diaper if he's been a little restless and if it's wet we change it right away. I hate the thought of him sitting in a wet cloth diaper all night.
Before the teething, he would usually not wet all night. I think his bladder is getting bigger now, finally.
As far as poop goes, we either catch them while he's peeing or we can see that he has to go and we take him. I am so proud that he's now able to sit on the little potty until he's done pooping. He used to want us to hold him over the potty. And I can ask him, 'are you done?', and he'll either shake his head and say 'no' because he still has to go. Or he'll stand up and say 'done'. It's nice to not have to break my back holding him over the potty.
Moving forward, I still would like him to tell me that he has to go. He has done so on occasion, but I think it's when he really has to go. Usually we just ask him if he has to go and his answer is almost always 'no' even if he does. So I guess I should see if he could take the initiative more. I'd also like to see if he would be more excited if he could stand on a stool by the potty and pee, but that's more of a job for dad :)
Even if he doesn't graduate or 'potty train' for a while, I have to say that EC is definitely worth it. There's lots of misses in the beginning and there's different phases and potty strikes but I love it. I can't wait to do it with my next child. It has been such a great communication tool and a learning experience for both of us.
I'm going to be bold and say, babies are so smart and they don't deserve to be left in poopy or wet diapers. I truly believe that all babies signal potty signs to their parents, we just sometimes forget the way they communicate... at least I forget sometimes.