Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Okay, so he's been potty trained for a while now... a few months... but technically this post is not out of order, since I'm still putting Underjams on him at night (that's right... Underjams. My 2.5 year old is ginormous and has to wear the pullups specially designed for 7 year olds who still wet the bed at night). I guess that means that he's daytime potty trained? Oh well... potty trained is potty trained!!!
I know a lot of my friends are going through this right now, so for them, and for me (because I don't want to forget!), here is a long post all about what worked for us!
I suppose I should start at the beginning... I always thought that I wasn't going to push potty training until I felt that Jack was ready. But he couldn't show me that he was ready if he didn't have a place to potty, right? So, when Jack was 18 months old, I bought him a potty chair! I didn't expect anything from him, though. I thought that I'd just ask him if he had to go potty, and sit him on it if he wanted to sit on it. I was so proud of him when he went potty the very first time he sat down on it that very same day!!!
Over this last spring/summer, I started putting Big Boy Underwear on him more and more (since it was hot and I could do that outside so as not to mess up my house!) so that he could realize the connection between the feeling and the going. If he was wearing a diaper or pullups, he never paid any attention to potty or poop, but when he was wearing Big Boy Underwear, he definitely made that connection!
Once the connection was made, it was time for bribery! You all know that my kid will do practically anything for M&Ms, so it was easy to decide how to get him to sit on the potty chair! It did take him a while, though, to figure out how to empty himself. I mean, he'd go, but then 5 minutes later he'd had to go again- each time he'd only squeeze a tiny bit out. One day he went 12 times in 40 minutes! I tried putting the potty chair in the living room and letting him sit for as long as he wanted, but he'd still get up after going a teeny tiny bit, shouting "I went potty on the potty chair!!!"
Even though he stayed dry, he he never really emptied himself during the day and would wait until naptime or night time, when he had a pullup on, to go. It was very frustrating! I got the idea on how to fix that problem from him, though. One day after he had gone, he stood up and looked in the potty chair and declared "Oh! I made a nine!" so I looked in there and sure enough, his tiny puddle of potty looked like a 9! I asked him what other shapes he could make with his potty and he sat back down and went a tiny bit more... "Oh! That looks like a fishie!" Finally, after he made a G and a shark, I convinced him to try to make a whole ocean... and he did! He emptied himself right out and then shouted "Oh, I make a ocean! Oh wow, that's a lot of potty!!!" We started making a game out of seeing how long he could go, and to deter him from jumping back up right away, only to sit back down again, we also made a rule that he only got M&Ms the first time he went, rather than however many times he'd go.
Pooping definitely didn't come as easily to him as pottying did. I mean, he did a great job recognizing that he had to poop, but he had a much harder time getting that poop to where it was supposed to go! He'd tell me that he had to "go poopies on the potty chair" but when I put him on he'd sit and he'd sit and he'd sit and... nothing. I'd tell him to relax, we'd sing songs, we'd read books... nothing was working, though. Eventually we'd give up and I'd take him off the potty chair, only to have him poop shortly afterwards. For some reason, he just couldn't relax enough to go on the potty chair!
So, I decided to take a new approach. I decided to sit back and observe his regular pooping habits to see if I could mimic his "pooping environment" when he's sitting on the potty chair. I'm so brilliant, aren't I?! What I noticed, was that when Jack had to go, he'd grab a toy (a helicopter, a truck, a car, a train... something with wheels) and he'd either stand in front of desk or kneel in front of the couch so that he could run his toy along it and be at eye level with the wheels as they went around. Yeah, okay, no problem! I could mimic that easily! The next time Jack jumped up and shouted "I have to go poopies on the potty chair!" I plopped him on there, grabbed a TV tray and handed him a toy, and gave him his space. And guess what?
It worked!!! I was so incredibly proud of him and he was so incredibly proud of himself! We called daddy and we called grandma and he got a ton of M&Ms for that! After that it was pretty easy to get him to relax... if he had trouble he'd ask for the TV tray, but once he had gone that first time, he did pretty well figuring things out from there!
So, now (okay, for months now) I have a boy who wears Big Boy Underwear!!! He absolutely loves all the fun designs that Big Boy Underwear come in, and he gets very excited to find out which pair he gets to wear each day.
And don't his buns look so cute in them?!
He doesn't even let me put his Diego Potty Seat on the toilet anymore... he wants to go like a Big Boy!!!
So, click here to see the Crowley Family's 2009 photo shoot!
Hope you enjoy them!
Monday, February 8, 2010
I got a new computer! I know that I mentioned that Jack dropped my computer and cracked my screen… we were going to have Dave just try to fix it himself, but we found a really good deal on a better computer, and figured we might as well just go for it. This computer is pretty cool… as soon as I get used to Windows 7 rather than Windows XP! That was one reason I wasn’t totally sure that I wanted a new computer, but I figured that I’d need a new computer in a few years anyway and so I may as well get used to a new setup now! Anyway, this computer comes with a program called Windows Live Writer… apparently it’s supposed to make blogging that much easier! I just need to figure out how to do certain things… so please hang in there while I test things out!
I just can’t figure out how to link to a photo from my smugmug site rather than uploading it directly to the post itself…
As excited as I was, I couldn't get excited when it came to finding something to wear! Seriously, what is wrong with the makers of maternity clothes?! Newsflash: not every pregnant woman has a belly the size of a cute little volleyball... or even a basketball! Some of us have bellies that actually look like they are big enough to hold the babies that are hanging out in there! And of those of us with the more normal-sized bellies, some of us do not think that it is cute to have the bottom half of our bellies hanging out, or to have the elastic waistband that helps our pants to defy gravity showing under the hem of our shirts! Some of us would really really really appreciate being able to find shirts that actually fit us!!!
So, what did I end up wearing to my shower? Well... um... I ended up wearing pants underneath something that was supposed to be a dress. On me, or should I say, on my Sam-belly, however, it was waaaaay too short in the front to be worn as a dress! Unfortunately, it was also way too long in the back to be able to pass as a shirt! And yes, it was a supposed to be a maternity dress! Luckily enough for me, no one has the nerve to tell a big fat pregnant lady that her outfit looks stupid, and I think I may have gotten away with it! Maybe. I'm sure a few people were snickering at me behind my back, but they are probably also the same people that had teeny tiny cute little volleyball bellies when they were pregnant... or will have when it's their turn... so I suppose I can't expect them to understand. At least they told me that I looked cute to my face!
The big brother! (As cute as he looks with this new haircut, I don't like it! I think it makes him look so much older than he is! I miss his surfer-boy hair!!!)
A "generations" picture...
Amy, Luke, Mom, Jack, Grammy, and Me and Sam
Jack, doing one of his favorite things: holding Luke
Me and my Jack Jack!
Me and my Sam!
She was definitely surprised!
After the surprise Jack ran up to Sadie and made sure that she had heard him yelling surprise and told her "Happy Birthday" a few thousand times. He even made sure that she knew how old she was by telling her "Sadie, you are FOUR!" (yes, he's staked his claim on an older woman!)
Then Jack made sure that he showed us all exactly how enthusiastically he had yelled "Surprise, Sadie!"
And I know that Luke can't wait until he's big enough to participate in the pinata, too! Or, if not the destroy-the-pinata part of it, then at least the candy-gathering part of it!
The birthday girl also had a great time! She blew out her candles and opened her gifts...
She even got to feed Baby Luke!
Then, since it was a beautiful day, we all went out front to play!
Happy birthday, Sadie! We love you so much! Hope you had a great time at your party, and I hope 4 is your best year yet!
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Special thanks to Keisha's sister Kimberly, who took the picture. It was fun for me to meet her, too, because I know that she is a fellow Friends fan! And, of course, she is just as awesome as I'd expect a sister of Keisha's to be :)
By a giant giraffe!
Yes, I had to remind him not to fall in
And while I'm sure he would have loved to jump right in, he settled for splashing... a lot!
He may have even been considering trying to take a drink of the water
I have to admit, it was a pretty cool fountain
But I was really glad that he didn't actually climb in!
(I have to admit that the reason I posted almost all of the pictures was because I'm just so stinkin' excited about my new camera!!! I still haven't gotten to play a lot with it, but I do love many of the shots I've gotten so far! I really need to work on figuring out the auto-focus, as it is different on the 7D than on the Rebel... definitely way more sensitive with way more focal points to choose from!)
Thursday, February 4, 2010
I think that fact that he takes babysitting so seriously is a good sign that he loves his cousin... and he's going to be such a great big brother! Don't let his not-so-serious hairdo fool you... Jack is in control!