Saturday, January 26, 2013

Potty Training

The last two weeks we've spent potty training Claire and I think it's safe to say that she's got it! She is not a baby anymore, no more diapers for her and we are down to buying only one size diapers again, yay! :) 

I was dreading potty training. I had heard so many horror stories, and using diapers was safer and more dependable and easier (in a way). But it was time. She had been showing signs for awhile that she was ready. So finally we started and she has been amazing! She keeps on surprising me with how well she gets it. :)
This was our method. Monday morning she woke up and we took off her diaper and didn't put on another one. We let her play around the house and I tried to keep a close eye on her, and when she had an accident I didn't really say much, just "oops, you made a mess." Then I cleaned it up and pointed to her little potty (which we kept in whatever room she was in) and told her to try to get it in her potty next time. That first day she sat on the potty a lot, but never made any "deposits" in the potty and it was unfortunately all accidents. The second day, we took her diaper off again and left it off. She completely surprised me and went in her potty and had no accidents all day. When she actually went "potty" in her potty, we made a huge deal about it. We cheered for her, gave her high fives, gave her a "potty treat" and told her what a good girl she was. I did start a timer the second day and had her hurry and sit on the potty every twenty minutes or so, but she was sitting on it herself without the timer going off or me reminding her, so I didn't use the timer for very long. The third day we did the same thing and she only had maybe one accident. On Thursday, we put panties on her, and she had a couple accidents, but picked up on that pretty quick and has been doing great since. Her biggest problem has been just learning to pull down her panties quickly. Once she gets that down, she'll be a pro!

We've put pull ups on her for naps and bedtime, but we've left her potty in her room and she's totally surprised me by how well she's doing at the night training too. She'd wake us up in the middle of the night with a little cry to get our attention and when I'd go in her room, I'd find her just sitting there on her potty with a smile on her face, just waiting for us to help her. I was worried about going to church, but we brought her little potty along (and hid it in the kitchen right next to nursery) and she surprised me again. As a sign she had to go, she made it a habit of just pulling down her skirt wherever she was. While this proved effective in letting us know, it was a little awkward when she did it in the middle of nursery and again in the hallway. It made us laugh pretty good though. :)

This week, we've worked on keeping her "little potty" in the bathroom and then transitioning her to the "big potty". She's been doing awesome. We're jumping for joy around here! :)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Everett's Four Month Facts

1. Everett is 4 months old!

2. At his 4 month check up he weighed 16 pounds 4.5 ounces and was 26 inches long. (This puts him slightly bigger than Claire was at her 6 month checkup).

3. He is now in the 70th percentile for weight and 75th percentile for height.

4. Everett is starting to sleep better at night. I admit we co-sleep a lot of the time, but it works for us. I mostly wait until he falls asleep and then move him into his bed though. The last couple nights he's slept from 8pm to about 6am only waking up maybe once for his paci. I hope he keeps it up! :)

 5. Along the lines of sleeping though, he seems to be a cat napper during the day. He takes a lot of shorter naps instead of a couple long naps. I try to get him to sleep longer, but he wakes up twenty or thirty minutes into his nap and he's kicking and flashing me huge smiles like there is no way he's going back to sleep now. If he wasn't so cute, I'd probably get more frustrated with this habit!

6. Everett likes to be held a lot. Especially up high. He gets very upset if we're holding him and decide to sit down. Although we've found that if we hold him up above our heads while sitting down, he's happy with that too. He likes to be high above everything.

7. He blows bubbles and spits and drools a ton. A lot more than I think Claire ever did. We posted the video of him spitting in the last post. He soaks my shoulder sleeve all the time though with the amount of drool that comes out of his mouth.

8. Everett loves watching Claire. He will throw her huge smiles when she's in his view. I love seeing them together. They both seem to like each other a lot right now, I hope they are always like this!

9. He's still working on the rolling over. He's done it just a couple times on his own, but for some reason he puts his arms down and backwards and does the whole airplane position when we put him on his tummy.

10. I don't think he'll have any problems trying solids. He already gets so excited when he sees us eating and he starts licking his lips. I've had more than one occurrence where I've been eating, holding him in my lap, he's made a swipe for my bowl or plate and the whole thing has come crashing down splattering us both with food. :)