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...
Monday, August 23, 2010
As we were watching the kids take turns at the spinning wheel some guys came out with a crate of adorable piglets who had been born the night before. They were cutting their eye teeth which would otherwise turn into the fangs you see on wild pigs. Apparantly the mother has a hard time letting down her milk until those teeth are trimmed.
They were also getting iron shots. Needless to say the pigs were not thrilled about the whole prospect. The men said they didn't feel anything but honestly how would they really know that.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thanfully my neices were with us and that meant most of the time I didn't have to go on the rides with him.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Ellianna picked our her clothes for our shopping trip
On Wednesday morning at about 10am we got started. April arrived with baby Jeremiah and Gideon. Samuel and Gideon disappeared immediately to his room to play. Jeremiah needed to eat. It took us a while to get moving but when we did things ran smoothly.
Eden and Emily (my nieces) traded off between watching the kids and helping in the kitchen. Emily preferred the kitchen. Eden preferred neither. Jeremiah cycled between eating, arching in the bumbo, sleeping in the mobi wrap, and cat naps in the playpen. The kids did awesome. We had a few incidents of Samuel and Gideon not getting along. (In their defense there were no naps today.)Eden and Samuel finger painting each other instead of the paper. (Really no excuse for that one) And a few others.
When I plan a batch cook I get a little over ambitious. This makes for an exhausting day but the results are very rewarding:
8 Beef Baked Spaghetti
4 Chicken Baked Spaghetti
13 Jars of Spaghetti Sauce
12 Jars of Veggie Soup
6 Jars of Apple Sauce
4 Walnut Pesto Butter Logs
8 Broccoli, Cheese Stuffed Meat Loaf
6 Chicken Stir fry
Yay for great friends who are willing to join me in my insanity. Also thank you to April for teaching me how to can. What shall we can next.