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  • July 4, 2011 9:36 am
Day 4 has dawned and I am venturing to say that we are now potty trained.  She hasn’t had an accident since Day 1 (when she only had 2).  She will stop in the middle of playing or watching TV and just go on the potty without even being asked/reminded.  I still watch her like a hawk, but so far, so good.  We’ve had panties on since the afternoon of Day 2 and that hasn’t caused any set backs.  She wore a Pull Up to church yesterday and not only went in the potty at church when I took her, but her Pull Up stayed dry all through dinner out and all the way home (30 minute drive).  It’s so exciting…she’ll even pull her skirt and panties off all by herself, although she can’t get them back on yet.  Then sometimes she’ll ask for a treat, other times she doesn’t even care about it.

I’m pretty excited at how easy this turned out to be.  It’s really true what they say, that it’s really a matter of just waiting for it to “click”.  Once it does, they just do it.  I am so glad I didn’t push it the few times I tried since she turned 2 and obviously wasn’t ready, because it just would have stressed us both out.

Anyway, hooray for potty training success!  Although now I’ll be on alert all the time thinking that she’s going to wet her panties until I trust her 100%, even though so far she hasn’t.

PS:  We are only daytime trained.  I am not attempting nap or night training yet.  Once she starts getting used to subconsciously holding it, I imagine she’ll start waking with dry Pull Ups, probably from naptime first.  She’s not trustworthy enough to leave a potty in her room at night, and I know she can’t hold it for 13 hours (the current length of her nighttime) without an accident.  But I’m not fussed — 2 pull ups a day is heaps better than diapers all day long.

Potty training day 1 - not glamorous!

Heading out for church, diaper-free!

Pretty exciting stuff

It’s time to grow up…

  • June 30, 2011 7:27 pm

It’s time for serious potty training.  She’s ready, I know she is.  She understands the concept, even asks to go in the potty from time to time.  The key will be whether I can train her to notice when she has to go and then do something properly about it before it’s too late.  So, armed with carpet cleaner, M&Ms, and a potty chair, starting July 1 potty training begins in earnest.  I’m going to go the naked route (her, not me!  Goodness!) in the hopes that she will really notice her bodily functions more than if she’s got clothing on.  I know so many people who swear by this method, so we’re going to give it a try.  Wish us luck!

In other news, we’re weaning pacifier use down a little bit.  I’m loathe to completely get rid of it until after our cross-planet plane trip to and from New Zealand later this year.  I just think it will come in handy to keep her calm and QUIET.  So we’ll probably wean it completely right after we get home.  Until then, I did some research and bought one designed for older kids’ mouths (By Dentists!) that supposedly won’t interfere with teeth and jaw growth.  She only really uses it for nap and nighttime, so I’m not too worried about her teeth yet.  And after she turns 3 and we come back from New Zealand, all pacifiers will be officially gone.  Shockingly, when I gave her the new “byer” tonight, she made peace with it pretty quick.  Good thing, since I threw the old one away already.

Random pictures of my pretty girl:

Summer can’t come soon enough

  • March 14, 2011 4:17 pm

Making a snowman

  • December 13, 2010 11:41 am

I just realized how badly I’ve neglected my blog.  That other social medium (yes, I am talking about Facebook!) tends to get all my frequent updates and take away from my need (or so I think) to blog.  But I want things chronicled in a place I can always leaf back through, and Facebook is not that place.

Yesterday we got our first winter storm of the season.  When all was said and done, maybe there’s about 5-6 inches of snow out there.  And now it’s cold.  Severely and bitterly cold.

In the beginning part of the storm, when temperatures hovered just around freezing and snow was flying about, we bundled Kira up in her new snow duds and sent her out on the deck to build a snowman with daddy.  She loved scuffing around in the snow and immediately started copying everything Joseph did.  She tried to roll snowballs, but that takes a bit more coordination than a 2 year old can handle.  She did master, and thoroughly enjoy, the art of packing snow on the snowman, which really just looks like a snowpile.  She would scoop up bits of snow, pack it on, and then say “there!”  So adorable.

Pumpkins & Finger Painting

  • October 21, 2010 12:03 pm

We made the yearly trip to the pumpkin patch.  Well, it’s only Kira’s second year I guess and I actually got ZERO pictures of her with pumpkins last year, so really this is her first time.  She had a great time running all over the place carrying a corn cob (“stick”) and even picked out her very own little pumpkin.  She had an “I’m tired and want to do as I please” meltdown right at cider and donut time, so she didn’t get any…and we had to eat ours really fast. 

Daddy & Me

I got Kira some Crayola finger paints.  She hates having stuff on her fingers, so I set her up with paintbrushes, a big sheet of paper, and a paint shirt.  She happily painted away for an hour before I finally decided it was time to move on to other activities.  I couldn’t believe she’d painted only on the paper (and not on the table or the floor or any other nearby objects).  I’m hoping the next time will be just as successful.  If so, “finger” painting is going to be a God-send for keeping her busy.

Sometimes you just need a cookie…