Saturday, February 23, 2008

Keeping it Up!

I am going to keep this blog updated...and although I'll never be one of those once a day posters, I am at least shooting for a few times a week!

Potty training has been a success, I repeat, potty training has been a success! Addison now uses the potty all the time and only wears a diaper during nap times and at bedtime. But, and yes, there's always a but....the one caveat of having a newly potty trained child, I now get to evaluate every single bathroom every single time we go somewhere new. In the last two days, I have been in the bathrooms of: Target, Ross, Grocery Store, Restaurant, Fry's electronics. That doesn't seem like much, but when you realize that these are the places Addison has visited, and every single one has required a bathroom visit, most of the time without result. She finds it very interesting to see what each bathroom is, and asks me "what's this?" "what's that?" "Will this hurt my ears?" "I'm scared, don't let me go down [the toilet]!" And no, I have not let her fall I still have all this to do one more time once Andrew starts potty training......woohoo.

Yes, Addison is crying in the first picture. She was not happy to leave the zoo last Friday, and had no reservations about voicing her displeasure. She refused to even smile for the camera, and usually she is the house ham bone!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Playing in the Snow!

Well, we took Addie and Andrew to the snow for the very first time and much to our surprise, they loved it. Okay, let me clarify, we are surprised that Andrew loved it, we knew Addison would have a great time and she sure did! We all had a huge snowball fight, and being the mean mom that I am, I accidently hit Andrew right in the eye with the second snowball....oops. But, much to my relief, he handled it well, and didn't even cry!!! I felt so bad it's funny and I laugh even thinking about it, but at that moment I was afraid I had traumatized him for life.

The kids may have not been feeling well that day though, because they complained less then Allie did about the long day in the car. We are not yet one of those lucky families that have a DVD system set up in their car and we have to entertain our kids the old fashioned way, which can be a real pain in the butt sometimes.

We went and looked for places to live as well....and we scratched some off our list when we couldn't even find the house...too far off the main road for us!! I'm not sure we accomplished much as we have no idea where we want to live.

Well, you may be wondering how the potty training is going, and I am avoiding the topic on purpose. Things have been going very well, many more potty triumphs than accidents, so I shall not sabotage a good thing right now!

Playing in the Snow

Thursday, February 14, 2008

One More Day

Well, I feel a bit better today. My life is all about Addie using the potty, so bear with me as that is all you are going to hear about for awhile. I think I even had a freakin dream about potty training, oh wait, sorry, nightmare, and at 4:16 am, when I woke up, I had to laugh at the complete idocrisy of this situation. Really, am I just being overly dramatic about this whole thing?? Possibly. Maybe I am blowing everyting out of proportion, and a different outlook is all I need. You know, being positive, having positive thoughts will make the situation better. At 4:20 am that sounded like a logical plan, and I held on to that idea until about 7:35 am when it all went to hell.

What made it that bad you ask? Well, in the span of five minutes, I changed two diapers, cleaned up dog pee (I can't even remember the last time one of the dogs peed in the house!!!!), cleaned up cat puke (ewwww, it was still warm) and was ready to call it a day.

About thirty minutes later, after breakfast, we put Addie in her big girl Elmo underwear and within two minutes (I am not even slightly exaggerating the time frame here either....i wish i was) she had pooped, and not in the potty. So, another mess to clean.

Why is my day better than yesterday, because she has peed in the potty TWICE!! Not one, but TWICE! So, again, for the math - we are at 2 pee pee in the potty and 2 poo's in the pants so, our record at naptime is 50% which you can clearly see is better than yesterday!!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Potty Training Round 3

Can I state, for the record, that I hate potty training. Hate is probably not nearly a strong enough description, but it's the best I can come up with at the moment. I think I am going to just go bang my head against the wall, it's much less painful than cleaning up another 'accident'.

I have been racking my brain, trying to bring up memories from 8 1/2 years ago and I just can't seem to remember potty training being this much of a nightmare for Allie. Since I have no strong memories (good or bad), then I think it's a safe bet to assume that our first encounter with potty training was average. Fast forward to right now...average is about the last way I would describe how I feel right now. Addison on the other hand is completely oblivious to the drama that has unfolded at our house. Either 3 yerar olds are unable to understand the concept of bribery, or Addison just likes to see us flinch and grind our teeth in a very forced, difficult smile at each 'accident' that we are privelaged enough to clean up. For her, this just may be even more entertaining than SpongeBob.

So, for today's count at naptime: 1 poo in the potty and 3 different accidents to clean up. If you like math, that puts us as 25% for the day........

Friday, February 8, 2008

Potty Training...again....

Potty training Addison is going to span the next few years...maybe peer pressure will finally get her motivated to pee in the potty. She only has 3 more years until kindergarten, so heck, we're half way there.

I do have to give her credit though, she waited to get a bout of diareha until Daddy was home with her and after the second round, he bowed down to Addie and planted her butt back into a diaper. Round 2 to Addie. So, for those keeping count, parents: 0 and Addie: 2. Because of Addie's overdose on tomatoes (thus the nasty poo) we will begin round 3 of potty training on Monday.

Taking Andrew to school today proved to be a highlight of my morning. As he rolled around on the floor in the midst of a temper tantrum as I dropped him off, other parents walked in with their calm, well behaved children and had to walk over his writhing body to drop off their lovely kids. I am yet again reminded how far we have to go yet...but that's okay, one day at a time :)

I drowned my stress shopping and I hit the clearance rack and hit upon a gold mine!! I found clothes for all three kids, some as cheap as a dollar! I picked up some winter clothes for next year, summer clothes for this year, and some clothes for all three of them right now....I feel immensely better!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Trying Again

Okay, I'm trying this again. My last blog didn't get updated but maybe twice a year. Since I don't keep baby books for my two toddler's I think it's only fair that they have some record of their childhood, so I will try this again for them. Maybe if I guilt myself into it, I'll actually follow through and update my blog on a regular basis.

Right now, we are trying to find a house because we have to move. I want to live up in the snow, but it doesn't seem like they make big houses in Placerville or Pollock Pines or Diamond Springs. They have smaller houses on lots of land, and I want a big house on lots of land! Unfortunately, we are limited where we can look by Dan's job and Allie's gym........and the fact that once you pass Cameron Park, there are no 4 bedroom homes for rent! And yes, we are definitely renting first so that I can confirm I want to actually live in the foothills.... :)

We are in day 2 of potty training yet again with Addison and hopefully she won't start holding her pee all day like last time! The count yesterday was: Pee in the potty - 2 and pee in the pants - 1. Not bad for a new day one!!!