I'm gonna tell the truth. I lied. I lied to my daughter's pre-school and said she was potty trained. My advice is simple- don't do that. You see I was paying 1,200 dollars a month for childcare. Then I got a letter saying I was eligible for free childcare because I'm a single mom. It was August, two weeks before school and I filled out all the paperwork only to find out that my not even three year old had to be potty trained to attend. I didn't mean to lie, I really didn't.
This morning, as I was helping Peanut put on her sweatshirt, she said "left hand, right hand" as she was putting them through the sleeves. I nearly fell on the floor. She really likes talking about directions. In the car she'll tell me "Mommy, turn dees way" if she wants to go somewhere (and she always knows which direction takes her to her desired destination).
We're knee deep in potty training right now, but we've faced some hurdles. Jonas doesn't mind going to the potty, but as soon as he sits down he wants to get right back up. If we tried to keep him sitting there, that would start a fight, and the last thing I want to do is fight around the potty.
So a friend suggested that we give him some books or candy... anything we can do to keep him occupied so he sits there long enough to pee (or poop.) Last night I decided that's what we'd do, and I wanted to make a big production out of it too (the way I normally like to do things.)
I probably should not have gone out
at all since I'm still sick. However, I just couldn't take one more day
inside. I needed a change of scenery. A friend came over (thank you N!)
and helped me take Peanut out for a mini trip to the bookstore/coffee
place. Since we were both technically still sick (though Peanut really
just has the leftover cough, she certainly isn't acting sick at all), I
kept her out of the kids' section with the t-r-a-i-n-s.
I am in dire need of holiday cheer.
Peanut, H and I are still sick. I had no voice for most of the day. So
my parents came over for a quiet but lovely dinner and to help out with
Peanut. Well, things did not go as planned. They
came and we were having a great time all the way up until it was time
to light the candles. That is, of course, when the fire alarm went off.
Now, I live in a condo/townhouse, so if the alarm goes off in the condo
building (which was the case), the alarm goes off in the townhouses as
With the kitties I would point to the place where the box was and simply hiss at them when they digressed. There wasn’t much training, I simply moved them over to where the box was and if they needed a reminder they were promptly shown, again, where the litter box was. Occasionally they would glare at me, vengefully, usually after a long day and the food bowl was low, and piss on the floor right in front of me. Then they would get kicked outside for kitty time-out.
I suppose that everyone needs a day
like this every once in a while. H is insisting that I lay low this
week (I'm not very good at that). He took my car today, ostensibly
because it snowed quite a bit last night, and his car is lower than
mine so mine is the more practical choice. If we're being honest
though, I think he really took it so that I would stay home... he knows
I get stir crazy after a few days. It's probably for the best since
there is still some... unpleasantness going on with my body and it's
Travelling with an infant
is not easy but they say its easier than a toddler and I absolutely
agree.I have travelled with my son when he was just few weeks old and I
used to think it was tough till this journey happened. I was travelling
alone with my one year old and he kept me completely on tenterhooks........
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Habits. How do we get them? Where do
we get the idea to develop them in the first place? I assume that with
children it's a natural instinct (sucking) that feels good and can lead
to a bad habit (sucking one's thumb). I sucked my thumb for much longer
than I should have. As a result, I had to get braces and other torture
devices to straighten my teeth. It was a tough habit to kick (I was
nine, so yeah, I remember). The thing is, I didn't want
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