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I am a Mom to 2 amazing and fun daughters and wife to a great guy and a wonderful father!

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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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Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Oh the Independence
Alysa’s still going with the potty thing. With Kayla, it took a day and a half – with Alysa, it’s not as fast, but I’m still very happy with her progress. She has had some accidents, but mostly she’ll stop going to get to the potty, which I think is a huge thing. She does not do well with the training underpants b/c they are just too absorbent. We are going to try regular undies and see if that makes a difference. Yesterday, J tried the rubber undies and although she knew when she started to go, they did not hold anything because, well, she’s 2 ½ and only 24 pounds. A lot of 1 year olds are 24 pounds. So they don’t fit the way they should.

There were times yesterday that I started to think maybe she wasn’t ready and maybe we should back off a bit and start again in a month or so. She asked J for a diaper a couple times yesterday. And the last thing I want to do is push her. But…then last night she wanted to wear under pants to bed. Later that evening, at around 9:30, we had heard jumping in her room for a while and I finally went up there to put an end to it. Her light was on and when I opened her door, I saw her, with no diaper on, in her pajama shorts (soaked through). Her wet diaper was on the floor and there were a few clean diapers scattered around the room. And…she had pee’d on her bed, on her chair and on her floor. Oh the joys of potty training. She has such a fierce independent streak and it makes me wonder if it’s too soon or the right time to potty train. She doesn’t want to wear diapers, that is for sure. We cleaned up her room and I told her she can only take her diaper off when Mommy and Daddy are with her. And then I put the potty in her room in case she didn’t listen. She finally fell asleep at about 10:30.

Kayla is very sweet though. She is so patient and encouraging. She’ll sit next to her while she’s on the potty and rub her arm and encourage her. Of course it helps that she gets some chocolate when she goes too. But I am going with the philosophy that she is just very caring and nurturing. She has also told me multiple times that “Alysa goes on the potty. Now she can come to my school!”

So I’m a bit conflicted, but I will do my best to follow her lead.

I got my hair cut over the weekend. Alysa, after it was cut…
“Mommy, how beautiful you are!”

And I still keep getting this.
“Happy Mother’s Day Mommy” – Picture a big hug with this.

posted at 11:24 AM  

At 11:14 PM, Blogger Amy said...

We're doing the toilet training rt now too. And I think the key IS to do the running around 1/2 naked thing. IF your child has a fear of soiling on the floor (thankfully that's what worked for us).

And your previous post, I can totally relate w/ the reactions & you have no clue what they're from! Frustrating!!

At 4:34 PM, Anonymous Christine said...

You truly have the sweetest girls.
It must have felt really good to get your hair cut, and then have, Alysa tell you, that you look beautiful!! Too precious.


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