Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Things I Love

This blog is being written after an incredibly difficult two day stretch of potty training gone completely wrong. Yesterday was one of the worst days. In an effort to potty train Calvin we only wore underwear diapers, no pullups, just underwear. Fail is all I can say. We went through about 14 pairs of underwear. He peed on everything we own. He discovered what sheer joy peeing on hardwood and then splashing in your own urine can be. Ugh.

This morning we woke up and I got him to pee on the potty twice. He was excited, I was excited and I felt hope. While potty training may have been okay he was reeking havoc on the rest of our day by being completely defiant and just outright ignoring me. It has been an awful stretch. I am getting ready for bed and can honestly tell you I have no idea if we will be potty training or not tomorrow. I guess I will pray it away when I lay my head on that pillow and how I feel waking up will decide the potty training decision. I pray for strength and patience.

Anywho with today being a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. I decided to take pictures of things that make me happy. Ah. I've posted them here for you and I think I might do this every so often. Probably when you see this pictures you can know its been a doozy of a day and I needed to put on my rose colored glasses to get me through the day. Here are some of the things that make my heart light:

Tomatoes on our windowsill...from our very own garden :)
These nifty glasses Nick found at a resale store...he started a collection of vintage Hawaiian items when we were over on the Island getting married and he has quite a collection

Scentsy...its a little ray of sunshine in my kitchen when I am feeling glum

Amish eggs...just look at the size of the farm fresh one compared to the store bought

Yummy smelling dish detergent...its the little things I know
I am trying to make it a point to be grateful and/or thankful for everything, even the small things.

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Hailey said...

Awww... I am so sorry potty-training is not going well for you so far. Things just "clicked" with my daughter one day with potty-training. One day she wasn't interested; the next day she didn't have a single accident. Be consistent with it though. Once you decide to start potty training, don't stop. It will send mixed messages to your son. Get rid of all the diapers in the house, and tell him they aren't coming back. (Use pull-ups for naps/bedtime, of course). Let him pee in his underwear all he wants. When he does, don't make a big deal about it or he'll keep doing it because he's looking for a reaction from you. Even a negative reaction from you will satisfy him--he's looking for attention. Just calmy put a new, clean pair on and say, "We go in the potty. Tell me when you have to go." Try a potty timer too. We set Claire's timer to go off once every 45 minutes, and then she had to sit on the potty for at least 2 minutes, even if she didn't go. I rewarded her with M&Ms in the beginning just for sitting on it. Don't beat yourself up over it though. He'll go in his own time. After a while, he won't like the feel of walking around in wet/soiled underwear. Don't beat yourself up over it. You have successfully potty-trained one child, and you'll do it again... he just has to want to do it himself. :)

Linds said...

Thank you for all of the great it! He is starting to get that he has to go IN the potty so I think we are starting to get it. Love all of the advice. We haven't gotten rid of the diapers and I think that is definitely the next step :)