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Kayla, my oldest. She is 4 1/2 and is a sweet, loving and silly little girl. She took us 2 ½ years and 3 IVF’s to conceive. Kayla is allergic to dairy. We manage her allergy and work to balance her safety with giving her a normal childhood. Kayla loves to read books and play games - she amazes me every day.

Alysa, my youngest. She is 3 years old and is a silly little spitfire. She’s our monkey and loves to climb on everything. She was a “natural” baby, but it was only b/c of my wonderful doctors that we were able to stop an impending miscarriage. Alysa suffers from Acid Reflux Disease and sleep apnea. She may be little, but she has a big personality. She adores her big sister and is so much fun to be around. She keeps me laughing every day.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007
I Learned My Lesson
***I had actually typed this at work yesterday morning (Tuesday is my mini work day – 3 hours) in word, but we had a power failure b4 I could post it, hence why it’s being posted today – it was at work and I was at home yesterday.***

As I’ve mentioned, J took Sunday off and we were going to attempt to jump-start Kayla’s potty training. And, as I’ve also mentioned, I had no hopes for this attempt. I was certain it would be a bust and J would be wasting one of his precious vacation days being stuck in the house with an uncooperative naked 2 ½ year old. Back in September, we tried to put her on the potty throughout the day. And for about a week, she would pee on the potty once a day. Not to mention that she has been telling me when to change her since she was about 18 months old. So I know she’s ready (at least physically), but…ever since September, she has had a complete aversion to the potty. Even being scared to pee on it at times. Otherwise, by just outright refusing to sit on it. So you can see why I did not have high hopes for this venture.

Well, let’s just say Kayla taught me a very important lesson the past couple of days. That lesson is NEVER under-estimate your child. Kayla has done better than I ever could have dreamed. I would not say she is potty trained, but…she is well on her way. We let her run around naked and put a potty in the family room and her playroom (aka our living room). She actually did sit on it on and off in the morning and I told her that for trying to pee, she would get a sticker and when she did pee, she would get 2 chocolate chips. This girl LOVES her chocolate. So all morning, either J or I followed her around waiting for her to pee on the floor. It finally happened late morning. As soon as she started, I picked her up and put her on the potty. The rest I should say is history. She was startled at first and wanted to see, so she did not finish going. But once she got chocolate for going, there was no going back. For about a half hour, as soon as we would clean her up and the potty, she went to the other potty to pee some more so she could have more chocolate. She’s too smart sometimes. :) The rest of the day, she pee’d and got chocolate. And she is actually quite proud of herself now.

The funniest thing was Monday morning when she got out of bed. She had gone in her diaper, but I still told her it was time to sit on the potty and try. She didn’t want to and wanted to keep her jammies on. But… as soon as I told her she’d get chocolate if she went, she could not get her jammies off fast enough. She actually was getting tangled in them trying to get them off. ;) The rest of the day, her and her naked tush did very well again. She did have one “accident” after dinner –she had her underpants on and she pee’d on the floor in the kitchen. But that was once out of 2 days, so I’m certainly not complaining.

The funniest part? Monday afternoon, I was in the family room and she was in the play room. I hear her saying “Mommy, I did pee pee’s on the potty”. So I go in to check and she had not gone pee on the potty, but she had pooped on the potty! I almost fell over from shock. She had done it all by herself. Of course, I made a HUGE deal out of it and I think she was a bit surprised over the whole thing. And she got 5 chocolate chips for that one. I never expected that, that’s for sure.

Monday night she was cute, as b4 bed, I heard her go over to the potty saying, “I have to go pee pee’s” over and over. I went out to her and she got up and said she didn’t have to go. So I let it go. Well, 2 minutes later she did the same thing again. This time I left her alone as it was obvious she wanted to do it by herself. After she told me she went potty, I went out and she had pee’d, in the potty, on the potty and on the carpet. We are working on how far back to sit on the potty. But I’ll take it. It’s cute to see her want to be so independent about it.

And there have been times that she went and did not ask for chocolate. Although with how thin she is, I’m not worried if she gains a few pounds from chocolate. ;) Plus it’s dark chocolate, so that’s healthy for you, right? LOL

Yesterday morning, she went when she woke up and during breakfast, while in her underpants, she told J “uh, oh, I have to go pee pee’s on the potty”. He got her up, she took her undies off and went on the potty. It was the same all day yesterday. I can’t tell you how proud I am of her and of course humbled. I will never again underestimate her.

We also had a good weekend aside from potty training. J and I went out to dinner Sunday night and to the movies. This is shocking for us, as I typically don’t enjoy movies at the theater. Plus, it’s a huge fiasco for us. But, we went and we saw Premonition. Very good movie – I enjoyed it very much. Then of course, we got home and had clothes in the garage to change into since there is nothing but dairy all over those movie theater seats. I even froze so I could wear my fleece which is much easier to wash then my heavier coat. All our clothes went right into the washing machine. I will say though that I thoroughly enjoyed the movie theater popcorn covered in butter. Mmmmmm…so yummy! And dinner was scrumptious too – we went to Macaroni Grill and we both had dinners covered in cheese – can you tell the theme here? LOL

So overall it was a great weekend at our house. I hope you all had good weekends too!

Oh and we may have a nudist on our hands, as she LOVES being naked. It’s been tough getting her to keep her underpants on now…

posted at 8:40 AM  

At 10:09 AM, Blogger Christine said...

Wow! Maybe you won't have to hate potty training nearly as much as I do! Give her a big hug from Aunt Christine!

At 10:42 AM, Blogger Jennisa said...

good job! Potty training is so stressful! I wasn't able to be patient enough with mine, so my mother taught Avery...KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

At 12:07 PM, Blogger ChupieandJ'smama said...

Good for Kayla! Jason is proving to be tougher. He pooped on Buzz Lightyear, Pooped on Elmo and Pooped on Lightening McQueen. I think he's not ready yet. Just today in the car I heard him say "Buzz Lighyear Pooped". Not funny :( So we'll try again in a little bit.

At 12:23 PM, Anonymous Christine~AreWeThereYet said...

Good for Kayla!
That's what we've done with ours. We treated them with M&Ms.I agree boys are tougher. My girls were around 2 1/2 and my son took a little longer somewhere around 3.
That's great news.....keep it up! :)

At 1:01 PM, Blogger ChupieandJ'smama said...

He is going to Preschool in the fall. His teacher told me that she'll work with it. It's the same teacher that Marky had and there were kids in his class that weren't fully potty trained until Christmas. I think they are kind of loose with the potty training. I'm not as freaked as I was with Marky, BUT I'd like him to be potty trained by our vacation in July for sure.

At 5:47 PM, Blogger ChupieandJ'smama said...

You put a post on baby center about flax seed oil. I'm not commenting there because lately some of the tone has gotten hostile when someone disagrees. It is not part of the nut family and safe for nut allergies. Usually for someone Kayla's age they get about 1 tsp. a day, but you may want to confirm with your ped or nutritionist because of her low weight, they may want more. It's so yucky, but if mixed with juice or in a soy fruit smoothie she may not notice. The ground flax seed is the worst. I eat it on yogurt and it is truly an aquired taste and I surely haven't aquired it yet :) Good luck with it!


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