Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Potty Training Day 4 - Right on.

Well, I have to say: my Monster is amazing. She mastered this potty thing sooooo fast. I mean, she actually got it down. I am way proud of this kid - for pooping, for peeing - if there was ever anything odd to be proud of your kid for, I guess that's it.

That's all tonight. We had a late one, and now I'm off to bed. I can't function any longer. Have a good night all! <3

Monday, May 20, 2013

Potty Training Day 3 - Road to success.

Well, hello, ladies and gents.
I did not keep a record of our goings on today. We moved out of the office, so keeping track was a little more difficult. I am happy to announce that Monster is doing amazing at this whole going to the bathroom business.

She stayed dry for the night, last night. She went in the potty first thing around 8:15 this morning. She then didn't go until right before we left to go visit her aunties and cousins. The trip there is 40 minutes (give or take a few), and she was dry the whole way there. When we got to my parents house, she went to the potty right away! Then played and came to tell me she needed to go, she was just a bit wet, so we changed outfits and went back to playing. About two hours later, she came to tell me she needed to go again. Then right before we left to go home, she went again and then stayed dry on the way home.

So, I think we can say that we have a lot of SUCCESS!!!!!!!!!! She seems to be so much happier without a diaper on all the time. :) Tomorrow we are going to try going shopping for a few little things - and see how that goes. So, yeah. I have to say I am quite happy with our success, and I expect that things will continue to improve, although I am not naive in thinking that we're going to have some accidents here and there along the way. I'm smart like that!

Anyway, have some pictures and I'm going to bed. :) G'night!

I've got that "just woke up" kind of look.

Ahhhh, the joy of warm milk in the morning.

Oh, hai! I went pee! Aren't you proud of me?

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Potty Training Day 2 - We're tired.

So, after a more accident than success day yesterday, I had a had time sleeping. I was listening to he baby monitor for any signs of accidents (crying, extra shuffling, whimpering, etc). So when my first alarm went off I was still up, anxiously waiting to see what happened while I lay there.

4:15am - dry as a bone, Kaylee Monster sound asleep.

7:15am - accident #1; I awoke to the sound of Kaylee crying from her room. She must have just gone.
11:53am - no accidents, but no success. It's like she refused to pee. Or doesn't need to. Except that she does, because she has had quite a bit to drink. *grrrrr*
12:02pm - SUCCESS #1; I guess I just needed to wait a few. I sat her on the potty and just made her sit. So....yay! Go us. This is hard.
5:30pm - SUCCESS #2; literally. She went poo on the big potty. She's still trying to hold onto her pee.
5:50pm - SUCCESS #3; Monster girl was coloring, I was making a scrapbook page, she walked over to the bathroom, pulled down the undies, got up on the potty and went. Without saying a word!!!! 
7:00pm - SUCCESS#4; peepee in the potty! peepee in the potty! 
7:18pm - accident #2; she was eating ice cream. It was a distraction.
7:25pm - accident #3; damned ice cream.
7:55pm - accident #4; corn dog was my enemy this time.
                          Also, noticing a trend. Our dinner hour is the most active of the night. Interesting, might need to focus on eating an hour or two earlier. 
8:14pm - SUCCESS #5; Pee in the potty.
                           Cutting off fluids, except sips of water. I think if I stop her from drinking an hour before bed, she'll be okay overnight. I'm still weighing the pros and cons of getting overnight sleep pants. But then she'll never train. So, no, I won't. But I kind of want to. No giving up! That's what I have to remember.
9:48pm - attempted to get her to go before she lied down for bed. No go. I'll be checking on her again in about four hours to see if she needs to, then every two hours after that. Yep. We're trying dammit. Hopefully the trend sticks throughout the week :) Fingers crossed.

Here is our night's ending picture:

Watching a little Cinderella before bedtime :)

Potty Training Day 1 - Commence!!!

This is how things are going to go down. I am keeping track of accidents and successful pees in the potty. Here we are - we used the very last diaper since she woke up until 11:00am.

11:30am - SUCCESS #1;  we went in the potty, only because Mommy Monster made Kaylee Monster sit on it for half an hour.

I drew a happysad on my hand. Markers are great!

3:24pm - accident #1;
5:30pm - accident #2;
6:45pm - accident #3; I noticed her grumpy face for no reason, figured she was gonna poop, and sure enough some was on it's way out. Put her on the pot and she finished pooing! She then freaked out a little bit. But hey - I call this a partial success.

Coloring my princess book still.

8:12pm - accident #4; all over my leg :(
8:25pm - accident #5;
8:36pm - accident #6;
8:54pm - accident #7; on some coloring books :(
10:09pm - accident #8;

Learning about toilet paper.

10:47pm - SUCCESS #2; She felt herself getting wet, she said "uh, oh" turned around and went pee in her potty for the first time! She laughed as she watched. Oh, gosh. I just got really proud of my kid for going potty. Her reward was a Cinderella Coloring Book!

Mom pretty much gave up on clothes after a while.
12:36am - accident #9; she won't sleep for some reason. She almost made it to the potty though. Good effort.

I am SOOO done with this today. Let me go nitenite!
12:47am - She has passed out for the night. I have an alarm set to wake us both up in 4 hours to take her to the potty. Then right back to bed we go. Wish us luck on our first night of potty training.

Day one conclusion: I got frustrated during the 8 o'clock hour because it was so many accidents. But overall, it's not too bad. She's getting the idea of what she needs to do, but we need to work on timing. So, yeah. It's been a rough day one, but we'll keep on trying. That's all we can do. We have zero diapers and I am not spending money to get more. So...we're committed. We have no choice.

I'm off to sleep for a few hours so I can get the girl up to empty her bladder. :) Tootles. **side note - get more washable markers. These suckers will not come off of skin. I've washed my arm three times and it still looks like this:

I suppose that is what I get for letting my 2 year old pretend to tattoo me :)


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Coloring! And, you know...stuff.

LOL...tried to post without actually posting anything :) It has been that kind of day.

Anyway, I thought I would post before the upcoming dread that is potty training.

Today, we have colored. This is the Monster's most favorite pastime, it really is ridiculous how much this girl likes to color.
Pretty "buffly."


Using a pen instead of crayon....same thing right?
The best thing ever is when she fins a large circle or oval...because then she does this:
She calls this a "happysad."
"Happysads" are the result of me drawing a happy face, then a sad face and then pointing to one and then the other and saying "happy, sad." So now, every happy face is a happysad, and every sad face is a happysad. It's freaking cute.

Now...to the potty training. I am going to try the 3 day method outlined by Lora Jensen. We're going to give it a shot. Mainly, because I am really tired of changing diapers. Secondly, since I am going to go back to school money is going to be tighter. Thirdly, I am really tired of changing diapers. So, I will be doing this starting tomorrow. If everything goes well, I will have a potty trained little Monster by Monday. If not, well, there really is no turning back at this point.

So...I will try to blog each night before bed to update you on the process, and results. Not that any of you really want to know about a Monster's potty training, but hey, you'll be the one reading - so that is on you :) <---happysad

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Holy Non-existant Blogger Batman!

I know, I know. It has been forever. What can I say. I am lazy. I do plan on picking this up again though. It is long overdue.

So, let me think...stuff has happened. And continues to happen. Let me recap things since the last time I posted, which was - let me check real quick - freaking November 2012. Wow...that's a while isn't it. Six months and change.

Thanksgiving. Fun times. Food, family, missing family, turkey. Kaylee had fun. Let's put it at that. We moved again. Kaylee got stuck in her dresser pretty frequently.
Please let me out!!!!!!!

How do I get out!!!!!
I know, I know....worst mom ever. I should have got her out instead of laughing and taking pictures, but, c'mon. It was funny. :)

Christmas! Fun, but hard. Missed a lot of people this year. For me, my grandfather. For Grant, his mom. But we did the best we could. Monster got a lot of fun things, and her friend McKayla came to visit for Christmas too!

Baby in a stroller...that thing lasted a week.



Horsies! And green slippers! And new clothes which I had to put on this instant!

Ah, fun times. Yes.

I didn't take any pictures in January. Nevermind! I found them...on my cell phone! Hahahah! Here we go:
Her "pretty bow" that she loves, but she doesn't love it in this pic.

She likes to get on bikes. Any bike will do, doesn't matter what kind. This is her Grandma Molina's scooter.

We had so much going on . But it is important to note that Miss Monster is learning how to count, and her alphabet, and some songs. She's brilliant really, she really is.As her mom, I am required by law to say that. :)

Watch where I am going.

I can climb the snow mountain, right?

Catch a snowflake!

It's chilly!!

Hanging out.

Then there was a tricycle day.
Push with my feet.

Why am I not go?

Then a "pretty princess dress."
Pretty dress!

Lunch outdoors.
Mmmmm...juice and a sammy!
Learning to drive.
Yes, I'm wearing a hat.
Drawing hands.
Kaylee hands. Mommy helped.
Egg painting.

Running for eggs.

Hanging out.

Hanging out with Daddy Monster.

Got a house of my own.

Hey! Welcome to my home!

Asleep in my house!
 Pretty princess dress.
Pretty dress. My pretty dress.

Fixing things and gardening.
I am a natural!

I know how to weed.
May - so far. It has been an interesting month to say the least. Mommy Monster has registered for school again. I begin CNA classes at AIMS Community College. So nervous, but excited. It's going to be good. It will be my foot in the door as I move into nursing. Yep.

As far as Monster Girl goes. She is doing amazing! Like, really amazing. I can't believe how awesome she is getting. She knows most of her alphabet (the O and Q confuse her, she calls them "circles"), she can count on her own to about 14, she knows some colors, and she knows some shapes. She really is getting amazing at how much she is learning.

The only thing we have been wanting her to learn that is not coming so easily - toilet training. :( It's not very easy. We've tried a lot of methods, and can't quite figure it out. We keep working on it, but I guess we'll just have to wait this one out.
Two distinct pony tails!!!! I squee'd when I was able to get those in. :)

My first pigtails! It's actually getting long enough to do!!!!!! Mom is very happy about this.
I was able to get her hair in piggies the other day! I was super stoked. They lasted all but a few minutes, but that's okay, it's a start. :) Also, she's graduated to a big girl swing!
Serious business, this swinging thing.
It scares the crap out of me, honestly. But, many things will as she grows, I'm sure. :) So, yes. That is what, six months of crap for you to sort through. If you made it this far, I congratulate you. It took a long time to post this too. LOL. I do plan on creating a youtube channel so that I can upload videos to this blog. That will be nice. I can just video tape all this stuff, less of a pic spam for you guys.

Anyway, that's it for today. I do plan on doing this again more often. I need to. This may well have been the thing I have been missing the last few months. I think, I dunno. I'll get back to you on that. Meanwhile - enjoy this picture of Kaylee in a bucket! See you all again soon!
Kaylee in a bucket.