Monday, December 6, 2010
Meanwhile in the other room. Ellianna has opened Samuel's windown pushed out the screen and is scooping the muddy dirt out of the planter into Samuel's room. .... When I found her and started cleaning up that mess she went into the living room and found my abandoned Gingerale which she proceeded to "drink" all over her front and the furniture and the floor. ...
This was all in a period of 5 minutes. Can't imagine what a mother of 6 children must experience in as much time.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
The not so positive items that have started since school started: "na", "cause" as the answer to everything, "that's not fair", "I don't love you anymore mommy" and a few rather curious comments about his private parts. Granted Zach started into a really busy month at the same time that school started and hasn't been around at all. I am still debating whether the good experiences gained outweigh the bad attitudes acquired. Should I have started homeschooling now instead of Kindergarten?
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Parker Nicholas is beautiful and healthy and so is Mommy. For this we are very thankful.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Samuel decided that he was the keeper of the money (coins only by the way) to the point that he asked everyone who came to our garage sale if they would like to have some. He even chased our first customer back to his car to hand him a fist full of quarters he thought the man might like to have.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
We normally put our kids to bed at a somewhat normal bedtime even when camping. On one of the nights we let them both stay up pretty late for camp fire time. It didn't take much for them to stay entertained. A couple of giant flashlights and they found all sorts of things to do. I love camping with family. Our kids all play so well together. The two younger ones still tend to play around eachother rather than with eachother but this has by far been the easiest year so far to camp. Ellie is no longer eating all the rocks and Samuel entertains himself. Next year there will be two new little ones.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
I have determined however that I don't want my kids gone for three days at a time. Every time I turn around they change dramatically. He looks so much older to me. Now I understand why my mother always wanted to "put a thumb on our heads"
Thursday, August 26, 2010
We have continued to pump the fluids and spend lot's of mommy-Ellie time. It is so amazing the difference of her focus and concentration when it is just her and I. She actually sat and meticulously threaded every one of those beads in the next picture herself. Every time she got one on she would shout "I got it", when she missed she would shout with the same enthusiasm "missed one." I love this girl.
She is down for her nap now. She is being really quiet which is making me nervous. We shall see. At least changing the sheets is fairly easy and she peed right before going down.
Tally so far today:
Dry Undies - pee in potty - at my prodding - 2
Dry Undies - pee in potty - without my prodding - 1
Accidents - announced as they are happening - 3
False Alarms - 12
I know this system works and that it wouldn't be easy but right now I feel like a broken record and am tired.
1hour later Potty
When daddy goes to work in the morning potty and back to bed
She did not however like the 1 hour later potty trip so I put her back to bed and waited another hour, she must of switched sleep levels because she was then very happy to go potty.
Her Final Tally was:
3 wet undies
1 wet sheet
7 perfect pee
1 perfect poo
Not bad for day one. that gives her about 85% success rate.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
We did 3-day Potty Training with Samuel when he was 26 months old. It worked like a charm. By about 1 week we had no more accidents on a regular basis. Day and Night. We had about 3 or 4 accidents in the next 6 months. I have had so many friends use this method since them with glowing reports. From the time Ellie turned 22 months it has been a niggling thought in the back of my head that I need to start thinking about it. I have procrastinated until now though. Ellie is so different than Samuel. Samuel was easy with almost everything that we did with him. Ellie.... not so much.
This week I finally got up my courage, marked out a time on the calander when my mom could take Samuel and here we are on Day 1.
About 10AM, mom came and took the three older kids. Then Ellie and I got down to business:
* We threw away the rest of her diapers (really only 1 diaper for effect, the rest I tucked away in the garage to go back to Grandma's house for other grandkids)
* Next we put on Ellie's first pair of big girl undies, which she imediatly stripped off to try out her potty but nothing happened.
Here she is modeling her "dry undies"
Next was pumping in the fluids. We don't normally do juices, mostly just milk and water. This time I filled it 1/4 way with Lemonade. This got her drinking pretty consistantly. Then it was Mommy Ellie concentrated play time. Considering that Samuel demands quite a bit of attention and they are so close in age Ellie has not gotten a lot of individual attention from me. This morning has been really nice. We played trains, kitchen, read books, cleaned up the book shelf...