Sunday, January 28, 2007

There may be a light at the end of the tunnel!

So, after my post on Eliana's desire to use the potty, the most amazing thing happened. We were playing at CityBeach in Fremont for my brother's birthday celebration. He wanted to go rock-climbing and this seemed like a good place to go since it had other things to do besides climb. It turned out that we didn't do anything else there, but still it was a good time. I would like to go back again.

Anyway, we headed out to Red Robin for lunch where we proceded to gorge on milkshakes and burgers. After lunch, Jayden had a funny look on his face. I asked, "What's up, Jayden, you okay?" He said, "Mommy, I hafta poopie." I said,"You have to or you already did?" "Not yet " "Can you h0ld it a second? Let's go to the bathroom!" "Ok"

Then we rushed to the bathroom, I put the paper down and put him on the potty...HE HELD IT! And, then, it was time to poop. Nope...he got scared and wanted to get down. I bribed him with a new toy if he pooped in the potty. He bit! A new toy is in the making! My adorable, stubborn, obstinate little boy finally agreed to poop in the potty! YAY!!

Later in the evening, we went out to dinner with Dave's brother (yep...a day of brothers!) and we went to Blockbuster to get some movies. While we were shopping, Jayden said,"I have to go potty!" I was dumbfounded! But, Ashley was waving at her nose as though he already pooped so I thought we were too late. Dave rushed Jayden to the potty but it was grosser than gross in there. He changed Jayden's diaper and figured since it was full of pee that he had already gone. Turns out, a few minutes later, Jayden was poopy again! HE ASKED TO GO TO THE POTTY TWICE IN THE SAME DAY! WOW!

I am hoping that was a jumpstart from Ellie's desire to use the potty. Maybe it is the start of something real....

Here's to hoping!

Friday, January 26, 2007

POOPIES IN THE POTTY!! most of you readers are mommies and you have little ones who are already potty trained. But, for those of us who have been struggling with our stubborn-gonna-do-it-their-own-way-in-their-own-time-tots... I got child-sized poopies in the potty tonight BY REQUEST!!! Nope...before you start saying "Yay, Jayden!" Let me stop you and correct it to "Yay, Ellie!"

Yep! I am not kidding! She said she had to go; patted her bottom and said poopies; pointed to the potty. I wasn't sure if she was serious or not, but figured "why not" and put her on the potty. She sat there for a minute like she usually does when she wants to sit there...and then, her face changed to the "pooping" face and there it was, "ker-splash"! I couldn't believe it! I think I was more excited about it than anyone else INCLUDING Ellie! But, it gives me hope that she will be easier to potty-train than Jayden who is still not using the toilet either by choice or by bribe. I hope that he chooses to get past this soon and start using the potty, but if not, we are going commando as soon as we get back into our house. No...that is not expected to be any time soon; but, it gives me something to look forward to. :)

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Well, it seems to be a beat-em-up, bang-up, fix-em-up, treat-em-tender kind of week. Eliana got smacked in the head with a toy hammer when Jayden tried to get her interested in that toy instead of the one he had. Jayden smacked his forehead on the edge of a table while trying to pick something up from the floor. Eliana did some ballerina act yesterday while I wasn't home and gave herself a fat lip and a shiner. Dave said she hit the edge of the bed, but there was no discussion on what she did (or where he was) to create such a masterpiece on her face. tell the truth, I didn't even notice it until he pointed it out. Her eye is bruised, but only on the lid and she has to close it for it to be seen. Her lip is a bit scratched up, but nothing that will keep her from healing quickly, eating fully, or smiling that infectious smile of hers. I'm hoping for bruise- and scratch-free faces next week. Maybe we will get some pics done. We'll see.

As for the rest of the week....we send prayers for Jonathan and Zachary who have been quite ill and spending time in the hospital. May they have full, quick recoveries and never put their poor mother through the hell she has been through this last week. Prayers for the Shumans...they are also cooped up with runny noses and other unfriendly viral crap. And, lastly, one more big prayer for Dave's grandma who was kept in the hospital overnight for blurred vision and slurred speech issues. May she have a full recovery and enjoy her stop-over in Reno with lots of winnings and no medical issues! :)

Monday, January 08, 2007

Discovery Museum and stuff

We have not been up to much lately. It's been a pretty uneventful week (thank GOD!). Sometimes these weeks are the longest weeks ever, but right after all the hustle and bustle of holidays and bringing in the new year and such, it seems like a blessing to have a simple, normal routine with very little activity.

My parents and I took the kids to the Children's Discovery Museum on Friday. It was our first trip there since Jayden was 6 months old. I have been reluctant to go because there is a lot of chaos there and I worried that it would be age-wise inappropriate for the kids. Most of the stuff there was designed with older kids in mind, I think. There is a lot of knowledge to be gained by playing with the equipment and such, but the level is over the heads of a 3 year old. However, both kids had a GREAT time playing on the stuff and with stuff and even though the "discovery" part was way over their heads, the play part was totally there! are some pics from the day!

Ellie wasn't excited by the motorcycle in the first picture (probably because she was in the back) but I had to pry her off the fire truck!

Grandma and Ellie were relaxing in the swing.
Both kids had a great time playing in the water area. Eliana LOVED the whirlpool while Jayden thought the balls floating on the water spouts were too much! Despite the great looking aprons CDM provided, the kids ended up SOAKED! Good thing we brought a change of clothes!

Monday, January 01, 2007


May this new year find you in great times, healthy living, surrounded by love, and in good spirits! If not, try ale! ;)