Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Potty Training

Warning: Turn away now if you're squeamish about this topic. Although it's not bad.

So, we decided that it was time to get to training her. Last Thursday after school, we removed her final diaper and tossed it out along with the rest of them in the trash can. She was bare bottom running around the house for a few days. She had a few accidents but did really well overall. We moved the potty seat into the living room which made things much easier. On the third day, we moved it back and she was going in there on her own and then announcing that she had. We gave her a sticker for each time she pottied and that chart filled up quickly. Each time she poops, she gets a small toy of her choice. That's not going so well. She is scared to go into the potty chair. She gets really nervous and wants to get up so I have to hold her hands and talk her through it.

We went out for about three hours and she held it the entire time, even though we tried going 3-4 times. Once we got home, no problem. I ordered a traveling potty chair so hopefully it will be here in the next couple of days.

I thought she would do fine at school. Boy was I wrong. First of all, she spilled some water and needed to be changed into her spare outfit. Then, she told her teacher that she needed to go potty and she sat there and said she was done without going. The teacher had her stay a bit longer but still nothing so she let her get up. A few minutes later, yep, you guessed it, she ended up going on the floor. I didn't quite get the whole story but she had on the spare outfit that I had sent and had gone through two pair of panties. Anyway, the teacher put her in someone else's pull up. It was new of course but does this bother anyone else? I was so upset and I told her NOT to put her in a pull up again. I'd rather her go bare bottom under her pants than go back to a diaper. We only use pull ups at night time. There is no way I am going to put her back in a diaper now. She has done so well without them. I'm thinking that maybe the teacher just had her hands full that day and didn't give Chani the attention that she needed. Nor did she want to risk her going on the floor and instead of paying more attention to her, she just did took the easy route. The teacher usually fills out a daily sheet with comments on how she did. Well, she didn't have time yesterday so I'm thinking that might be it. Also, in the beginning, she told me that she would help in any way that she could once we did train her so I felt comfortable that she would help her. Now I'm not so sure about that. Chani still loves going and seems to have a great time. Oh, and she was dry when we got home and I removed the pull up. Any thoughts?

Monday, May 25, 2009

Chani goes bowling!

Daddy taking her up for her very first throw.

Letting it go.

This is her second ever ball.

Check out her very first frame! - I'm so proud!!

So was she!

Today we me up with some friends and took the girls bowling. They had a simple ramp for kids to use. Bowling sure has changed over the years. It was all electronic, even the bumpers would come up automatically when the child's name came up next. It was such a fun day.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Our trip up north part 2

On our final day, we awoke earlier than usual since we were still on Eastern time. We ate our breakfast, loaded the car and headed down south for a couple of hours. We stopped by my Aunt and Uncle's for a short visit. He's my Dad's brother and reminds me so much of Dad, especially when he says, "Good-bye". They have six grand kids and boy did they have the toys. Chani was in heaven being here. One of their sons stopped by to see us for a little bit before we had to leave again. Next time I think we'll stay with them. I wish we would have this time but we know better now. We then loaded in the car once again and headed to KC to meet up with another of their sons for lunch. We had a quick lunch with him and headed to our hotel. Oh, how I wish I had more time. They had a great indoor pool and I would have loved to gone swimming but we didn't have the time.

Instead of swimming, we went here. This place was an old school that they turned into a discovery place for little ones. We spent almost three hours here. Chani had such a fun time. Later on, we met up with my nephew who turns 21 in another week. It was fun to see him as an "adult".

Sadly, we had to get back to the hotel to get settled and up again the next morning to return the car and catch our flight.

All in all, it was a great trip. Just a bit too short and nearly 800 miles on the rental car. I wish I had the time to visit a few more relatives and do a few more things. Matt wants to go back on the Fourth of July, 2010 for our cheesy hometown celebration. I took him once when we were still dating and he saw his first parade with tractors. He's never let me forget that! Hey, it's Iowa. What do you expect?

My Uncle Bob on the floor with Chani.

My cousin, Rob had just left but made the trip back just to see us.

Connie, Chani, Bob and Robbie.

Our visit to Wonderscope.

Our little scuba diver.

Our dinner with my nephew, Nathan and his girlfriend, Kaitlin.

Come on Mom, let's go!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Our trip up north

Chani and I made an all too short trip up north to Iowa to visit with family. I hadn't been back since my Dad died nor had anyone on his side of the family met Chani so we thought it was time.

We purchased a sit n stroll stroller for our trips. It did make things rather easy. One time we did a trip and didn't have a car seat and found it rather difficult to get from the airport to the hotel without one. We managed but learned a valuable lesson so we broke down and bought this. It is a great concept but the quality just isn't there for either a stroller or car seat. It converts rather easily but in coach class seats, it doesn't quite fit. We had to get a seat belt extension. The belt fits right across their chest so they are pretty restrained. I found it difficult to strap into the car too. I ended up just using the standard seat belt each time she got in and out on top of the harness. It was pain but it worked. It was great having her both her seat and stroller and fairly easy to get around with it when she would sit in it. She loved to push it by herself.

We arrived in Kansas City, Mo, rented a car and drove to Iowa. Once we got there, I stopped and picked up some flowers and went to the cemetery. This was very difficult. I tried to explain to Chani that it would be sad for me and I would probably cry which I did. She just looked at me funny and kept saying, "Mommy's sad." They have a pond there with koi in it and as a child, we would go and feed them bread. We did this every time we went out there so Chani and I did that too. The weather was perfect and nearing evening. We walked around the pond, sitting at one point and had a blast tossing in the bread. We left and I told her that I wasn't sad anymore but was happy again. We went to our hotel, checked in and went to sleep.

The next morning, we went to my Grandma and Cleo's new place. They had sold the house and all their belongings and moved into a retirement community. They didn't have quite enough room for us to stay with them and the local hotel was booked so we had to stay about 30 miles away. We made it there just before lunch time. My aunt came down and we had a nice dinner. After our nap, we drove to a different town another 30 miles further away and met up with fellow bloggers Michael and Kimberly and their little girl Miaya. She was adorable. We found out that Kimberly grew up in a house that Cleo's parents had built. Cleo would be my step-grandfather, I think. He's married my Grandma awhile after Grandpa died some 20 plus years ago. We've always called him Cleo. Chani calls him "key o". We stayed for "supper" and wayyyyy too late and had to drive an hour to get back.

The next day, we drove back to Grandmas and spent the day with them. Along the way, I drove by my old house where we grew up. It hasn't changed much but it was fun to see it. My Grandma is the best cook. She is 93 years old and still makes homemade noodles. Oh, they were sooo good. She also makes homemade rhubarb jam which I was so fortunate enough to bring home a couple of jars. We went out and picked some rhubarb and also went to the cemetery again. When Chani saw where we were, she said, "Mommy's sad but she's happy now." It's funny that she connects the two things. Later on that afternoon, we did manage to leave a bit earlier and went to the hotel to pack and settle in for the night. Leaving was difficult too.

I'll do another post to wrap up the visit as this one is getting too long.

At the pond, feeding the fish.

My Grandma and Chani.

She adored Cleo.

My Aunt Pat

Love this photo of their hands.

She adored Grandma too. She loved sitting on her lap.

She loved walking with Cleo.

And Pat.


Finally playing ball.

Gift Giving.

Chani on Miaya's prized tractor.

Both girls.

Our last day with Grandma.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Mother's Day

On Mother's Day, I woke up early in the morning as usual when it's still quite dark. For some reason, I came down the front stairs instead of the back stairs as usual. I plopped down to check messages and then decided to go make my coffee. It doesn't take much to startle me and this time was a huge balloon. There was also a huge bouquet of flowers and a card. Awww, how sweet. Matt woke up early and came to fix me breakfast but since we were going to have a huge lunch, I told him I didn't want to eat breakfast.

Later, they took me to the Melting Pot where we feasted on some yummy food. I've only been a time or two so it was a lot of fun. We were so stuffed when we left so we went to walk it off with some shopping. It was a great day!