Saturday, August 30, 2014
It seemed like all the advice, training pants, training under and rewards were not cutting it. Preston was uninterested and unenthusiastic about anything to do with the potty process. It just wasn't his bag. We even tried the 3 day intensive keeping him trapped in the kitchen for 12 hours, didn't phase this child. We tried it all, honestly, and we were exhausted.
Three weeks ago we finally got Preston to enter the "first phase" pretty consistently. Unfortunately "phase two" had never even been close to being put into action. Avoiding it like the plague. Two suggested resources were put into effect a week ago. Today "we landed on the moon"! It was hands down one of the happiest moments I have experienced since his birth. I'm not even close to kidding. Although, reading this over again it's pretty darn funny. Fireworks went off, fanfare and of course the buying of a special prize! A BIG milestone! If you can relate then we have finally been accepted into the club.
Now, onto the next milestone...school. Oh no, the tears will flow again that day too, I'm sure.
Curious about the two helpful pieces of the puzzle? If you are uneasy with the topic already. End your reading. Hands down these two were the gurus of training our head strong preschooler, in my opinion. Here they are:
*Elmo's Potty Time 45 min DVD. He watched it twice the first day I brought it home.
*Everyone Poops Taro Gomi read it to him every night by request.
Saturday, August 2, 2014
As for the baby bibs... I'm not trying to let any cat out of the bag here so get that idea right out of your head. There is NO announcement! Although, I am happy to say that I have delved into the world of sewing! Something I have been wanting to try for ages. The internet, YouTube and Pinterest all have spiraled me down the proverbial rabbit hole and I started making some baby gifts for some co workers. Here are two bibs and burp cloths I made with my own two hands. No major foul ups, yet. I did break a needle the second time at my machine but I considered it a christening of sorts. I have enjoyed myself thus far. It's a challenging and creative enough outlet for me, in addition, to getting a fully functioning product out of the time spent. Someone recently mentioned how crafty I am getting since the boys came along. I didn't quite realize it until she said something but yes, it's safe to say now that I am a crafty mom. I've come a long way.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
|Daddy & Logan|
|Preston throwing shells|
|Grandma and Logan (and his new use of a cane)|
|Andover Bell Tower with my father's name on it?|
Our adventures soon brought us to the Cape. Logan had to make a brief appearance at the walk-in clinic to discover that he was suffering from a bad ear infection. Antibiotics hard at work and we were at the beach the next day. We lucked out and had wonderful weather and the kids loved it. Logan went into the water with me and splashed his little heart out, in addition, to eating fists full of sand. Daddy and Preston dug holes, built sand castles and scoured the beach for rocks. The heat, the sun and our fun lent us all to some good Naylor napping later in the day. We had the pleasure of a good old fashion BBQ thanks to the Maffie's and their grandchildren, as well as. a family visit from the Hines'and Mr. Mullen (who shares a birthday with Logan). All and all a wonderful Cape visit with lots of great memories.
Nature had a surprise in store for us. The rest of my aunts and uncle came to see Logan and Preston before we left. About an into our visit one of the most violent of rain storms attacked my mother's house. First it was thunder and lightening, then heavy rains but soon came whipping winds and hail. It was a sight to be seen. The windows, even while closed, got flooded with rain water. What do you do when your power is off and it's dinner time? You take the family to Joe Fish! The boys were relatively well behaved for it being such a crazy evening. Of course, the power went out and didn't return until 3 AM the next morning, which made for an interesting sleeping experience. Thankfully there was no real damage and everyone was safe and sound. We even got to see Eileen and the Coco boys at Mad Maggie's for some yummy ice cream.
Even with the sickness, the crazy flight and unexpected storms we survived our summer vacation. The late night flight ended up being a better fit for the boys who slept 2.5 hours soundly on the return. Time to enjoy the last couple weeks before work starts up again. Two months went by way too fast.
|Logan 10 Months at the Cape with Grampie's picture|
|Preston and a New England stick|
Friday, June 13, 2014
I had an idea of how he would react but Preston managed to surprise me with his secret adventurous personality when it came to rides. Previous to this Disney adventure Rob and I had made several attempts to get the boy on carnival and kiddie rides to prime him for the big trip. To no avail. The only "rides" he enjoys were the McCormick Ranch Railroad train and the mini train in the mall. Carousels, yes; he has been on but never gave us any indication that he enjoyed them.
|Thumbs Up for Astro Orbiter (in the background)|
It's a Small World, a personal favorite, followed. We also got to experience a Jedi training show that Tara's niece, Kai, was super excited to participate in. Preston proceeded to enjoy Toon Town, Mickey's house where he met Mickey (within a 2 feet distance though), Donald's house, Goofy's house, Tea Party Cups, Haunted Mansion, Roger Rabbit, Jungle Cruise, Tarzan's Treehouse, Winnie the Pooh and the Railroad.
|Toon Town Car|
About an hour after we ate our big meal, we all went shopping for some souvenirs and headed towards main street to get a good spot for the fireworks. I looked into the stroller and Preston was out for the count. I was amazed he lasted as long as he did. What a trooper! I know I don't have all the rides in any discernible order. We were jumping from one ride to the next at times it was a blur to me. Tara knew her way around the park like the back of her hand. This was only my second Disneyland trip, Preston and I were just like two excited kids on Christmas morning.
|Loving the Tea Cup Party Ride!|
I was so happy with the shirts I decided to make for Preston and Tara's niece Kai two days before we left. Hers pink and Preston's green with an iron on that said My First Disney Trip. All I needed was the iron on sheets, cotton t-shirts, an iron, a printer and my desired image (in reverse). I went on Etsy and bought the image I used for $2 and it was an immediate download, used my ink jet printer to print the image on the iron on paper. So simple and yet we got several comments on them and it cost less than $6 to make!
Wednesday was California Adventure day. We had a little twist in the morning events. Tara had us down for a Princess Character Breakfast at 930 a.m. Kai got to meet 6 different princess, most of which came right to your breakfast table. It was so adorable. The breakfast was super yummy and creative. Preston used up all of his princess stickers to decorate his Disneyland bus he got the night before while shopping. Of course, Preston goes to Disneyland and wants what?....more vehicles. One of the princesses even commented on how nice his bus looked. "Good enough for a princess to ride in". The entertainment value for Preston wore thin and I was up several times trying to get him back to eat with us. His waffles were shaped like a boat, with a sail and blue water which got his attention pretty quick...thank goodness.
|Preston riding the Golden Zephyr|
Our California Adventure started off with the Golden Zephyr which was similar to the Astro Orbiters at Disneyland the day before only bigger. He was a huge fan and off to a great start. There was a negative about several of the rides at California Adventure. They had to measure Preston to make sure he was 40 inches. He wasn't a fan of standing next to a poll and being measured. This downfall unfortunately prevented him from riding the Lightning McQueen Cars ride in Cars Land. We made several attempts to get measured but nothing was working and we had to abandon it. The one ride I knew he would love and we couldn't get on it. A little disappointing.
|Passed out even with a performance 10 ft away|
|Mom and Preston on Mater's Junkyard Ride|
|Kai and Tara on the Golden Zephyrs|
By the end of Wednesday's California Adventure day Preston said he wanted to go home. I missed Daddy and my baby, he missed Daddy and Logan. Four days was just enough time to have fun and enjoy the parks but not too many days that it got overly exhausting and too difficult. The drive home was a little tough on Preston but he made it! I think he was proud of how well he did too. A successful Disney trip! Happy kid, Happy Mommy and endless memories to carry with us forever.