Thursday, June 28, 2012

Potty Training Woes

Potty training Collin has been a roller coaster ride. We've had our ups and our downs. I have found myself becoming very frustrated with those around me going through the same thing. I've heard so much, "the first day was easy, the second day was alright, but it just clicked on the third day" or "we did Potty Boot Camp and she didn't need more than a day and a half and she was going all by herself." No one likes to talk about the unsuccessful or more difficult times. You just want to brag about how fantastic your kid is to everyone else. I am beginning to wonder if it's me. Am I the one that doesn't "get" the whole potty training thing? Just when i start to think, "he's getting it!" we'll have a day that I'd swear we had never ha a conversation about a potty before. We recently took him out for the first time to lunch and to run some errands in underwear, not a pull up. He did good. He didn't tell us he had to go, but Devin took him into Kohl's (with the kid friendly height potty) after we had lunch and he went. We shopped, went to Target, shopped some more then went home where he went again. So it not that he doesn't know how. Because he does. But we have to ask him because he either won't tell us or waits until the last possible second and yells "I GO POTTY!" and we have to drop everything to literally run to make it in time.

I say all that to take MY moment to talk highly about Collin's potty training. While he gets the idea and knows the concept he has never done it on his own. We always take his shorts and underwear off and help him put them back on. This morning was a step toward a really big deal. Again, I asked I he had to go an his response was "no" even though I was 97% sure he had to go. It was the morning. Who doesn't have to go in the morning? So I bribed him. With fruit snacks. I told him if he could go all by himself he could have fruit snacks. I talked him through the entire thing, start to finish, but he did it. (I actually took his shorts and diaper off from the night.) He moved the stool do he could get on the potty, sat down, went, got up, flushed, moved the stool back, washed his hands, turned off the light, closed the door, even went into our room and got clean underwear from the basket of clothes that needs to be taken upstairs. Then, he put the underwear and shorts on by himself too. All of this is HUGE for us. It's just one more phase in life, that I'm sure will pass and I'll be sad. I mean, he REALLY isn't a baby anymore. I don't even call him a toddler anymore either. He's just four months shy of being THREE. Now THAT is something I just might cry about.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Each a Perfect TEN!

This last month, has been, well, rough. We’ve been sick. Sick. Sick and sick some more. I haven’t been stuck in the house this much since the end of my pregnancy with the twins and the first couple months after they were born. Which is why, they majority of this months post contains pictures that are, indoors and rather uneventful.

The basics:

  • Both wear size 3 diapers
  • Both wear 9, 12, and some 18 month clothes. Just depends on what it is. I actually think Justin would fit into a pair of his 0-3 pants, if it weren’t 100 degrees outside.
  • They nurse 4 times a day
  • Eat a solid three means a day, plus snacks
  • Justin has EIGHT teeth-four on top four on bottom. Lana is working on number THREE-all on the bottom.


  • Both like the eat by themselves
  • Justin is SO CLOSE to walking, it’s scary
  • Lana, could care less
  • Justin is Mr. Adventurer
  • Lana is a homebody, but if you leave her be, she will be in everything before you can blink
  • The stairs. UGH! Those little boogers go up the stairs before I can' even realize I left the gate open. It’s like they are in stealth mode.
  • Justin is definitely the “walkie” and Lana the “talkie”
  • Actually went into the Splash Park at the Zoo, and had a great time. They really like the water
  • After our trip to the zoo, is when things went south.





  • I got this cute picture of Lana


  • And then, this happened… we got Hand Foot and Mouth Disease. It sounds WAY worse than it actually is, but is MISERABLE! It’s highly contagious so we were in the house, without seeing anyone for THREE WEEKS. Justin got it first, then Lana. Then I did. (I didn’t have it NEARLY as badly as the twins did)


  • Two and a half weeks later we all felt better


  • The first time we left the house in three weeks, I took Collin to the mall, specifically to ride the train. It was Justin and Lana’s first time to ride :)



  • Thankfully HFMD came and went when it did, because the following week was VBS. So, all four of us, had our first week of VBS and very much enjoyed being out of the house every day :) And with that, I leave you with these…