Kissing Strangers

So it’s been a long time. Quick update – we moved! We put our house on the market around 9 pm Friday night before Memorial day. We ended up with five showings scheduled for the weekend and we got an offer shortly after noon on Saturday. We decided to take that offer and cancel the other showings. Not because we got an outstanding offer, like more than we were asking for or anything, but because we hated showing the house. We had to pack up the kids and the cat and find somewhere to go, the kids weren’t so bad, but the cat was rough. The next six weeks were a lot of work, there was a lot of stress eating involved. We ended up putting a new roof on and doing some work in the crawl space and some plumbing. It was awful. But everything worked out and we closed on time, on July 6th.

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It was a little bittersweet though, I’ve lived there for 8 years, got married, had two kids. We found a house on Memorial Day, put in an offer the next day and closed on July 9th (so…happy one month anniversary to the new house).

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We love it so far. It needs some work and we made our long list of things we want to update but nothing that keeps us from enjoying the house. It’s over twice the size of our old house so we definitely love having space. Especially space for the kids to play and I can see the backyard from the kitchen window, the sliding door in the dining room, and from several other windows, one thing that was frustrating with the old house was that I could only look into the backyard from my bedroom window.

So there’s a lot more playing outside. Also, I’m realizing my kids don’t often wear pants…

I’ll post more pictures of the house as we update things.

We also started potty training (again). It’s going much better than last time, but it’s still taking time. So strange that you have to teach someone to recognize when they need to pee or poop and what they should do when that happens. But Nicky will be starting preschool in a few weeks and he needs to be potty trained for that – so it turns out I can’t wait until he’s 16 to potty train him. It’s a good lesson in patience for me – not that I’ve excelled, but there’s plenty of opportunity to practice.

This past Sunday, I was waiting for Sunday School to start and was rubbing Izzy’s head (if you’ve rubbed her head before you understand the irresistible urge to do so), I felt a bump on the back of her head and when I turned her around and investigated, I found that it was a tick. Which grosses me out. BTW – I had a tick on my foot shortly before we moved, it got infected and I had to go to Patient First when it started to swell. No Lyme disease. Anyway, so I left church early and took her to Kid Med to get them to take the tick out (I didn’t want to take chances with her precious noggin). The nurse held Izzy’s head and I held her arms while the doctor took the tick off her head. She was screaming and crying but the doctor got it out, it wasn’t engorged and he felt we got it quickly enough so that it didn’t have time to transmit anything. I have to keep an eye on it of course.

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So then he goes to wipe the bite area with an alcohol wipe and she’s screaming again and so I decided to comfort her and kiss her on the head…except that the doctor was holding the top of her head and so I actually kissed his fingers…of course I immediately called attention to that, because that’s what you do when something awkward happens. He was very good-natured about it and joked about it more than once. When I got home, I confessed to Matt that I had kissed the doctor. His first question, “on the lips?”

Oh – and Nicky got glasses. He’s terrible about wearing them but I suppose that’s my fault. I keep forgetting.

Idk why he’s making the face in the last picture, I just copied him.

I think that’s it for the update. I’ll try to be better about blogging in the future.

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Potty update

I realize that I went offline on the potty training bit. I stuck with potty training for five days. They were the worst five days of my life. I got so sick and tired of stepping in pee, cleaning it up and turning around only to step in pee a few feet away. I don’t know how a bladder so small can hold so much urine.

I decided to stop potty training because of a blog post I read (and I’m sorry I don’t have the link right now). The author said that one mistake made about potty training is starting too soon. She compared potty training to walking and talking. You don’t force your kids to do those just as you shouldn’t think you can force them to use the potty in a week. I realized that Stormy isn’t ready. He has shown almost every sign, but I misread his interest in what the potty was with an interest in actually using it.

So I’ve decided to wait until he’s 16 and desperate to get out of diapers because he can’t seem to get a date….just kidding. But I am going to give it some more time. In the meantime we will continue to talk about the potty, we’ll show him how to use it and we’ll encourage his interest in using it himself. It’s just a battle I wasn’t ready to fight and honestly, we’re both a lot happier right now.

Potty Training: Day 1

Lildonbro here, reporting live from Potty Training Central. We're two hours into potty training and have gotten the little one to sit on the potty 3-4 times. He's currently walking around without any pants on and has peed on the floor once, which left him looking both surprised and pleased with himself. The offender has received one ball from the Potty Prizes box and has been informed several times that to get more prizes he'll have to use the potty and actually leave behind pee or poop. He is put on the potty every 15 minutes thanks to a timer.

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I almost gave up as soon as I started. I've read and my sisters reminded me that the first day is the hardest. Day one is meeting that expectation so far. He fought me on sitting on the potty, he kept asking for a diaper. If it weren't for motivating texts from my sister he would be in a diaper right now.
My advice from my two hours of experience – have someone who's experienced this so they can help keep you motivated when you want to quit; explain (again) with visuals of the treats (or chart) that to earn those treats, they have to use the potty; if you've got a fighter, give him his first treat for being willing to sit on the potty (and then be prepared to hold your ground that he has to leave some kind of bio material to receive anymore).

We are doing the diaperless, training pantless, big boy underwearless approach. i.e. Little Man is naked from the waist down.

Stayed tuned for more updates about the Boy being put on kitty Prozac…just kidding…

Potty Talk

Tomorrow I will start potty training Stormy.  Am I nervous? Heck yeah.  I’ve never potty trained a toddler before.  I let Stormy go without a diaper once for not more than five minutes and found some poop on his bedroom floor.  But we’ve been reading potty books and working on the lingo.  He’s excited about his own potty (and has been for a long time).  And he tries to take his pants off

all.

the.

time.

He doesn’t care where we are.  He tells me when he has pooped, so maybe soon he’ll tell me when he has to poop.

Given that I know plenty of kids older than him who are not potty trained, I’m worried I’m doing this too soon.  So this may be the worst idea I’ve ever had (which will top the other two worst ideas I ever had that I happen to have had this week).  But – it could also work and I won’t have to change as many diapers, or fight a thirty pound toddler while trying to change a diaper.  Worst case – I’ll get new carpets.