Sunday, December 30, 2012

My Morning View

Monday, December 24, 2012

Lights Out

From what I gather Elliott thought that the house lights needed to be
out in order for Santa to come. Jeremy and I told Elliott the lights
could be on (eg: the christmas tree) Santa will know if we are
sleeping. He is not worried about the lights. We put E to bed and then
close our bedroom door and camp out for a bit quietly. When we leave
the bedroom, after both girls are asleep, we see someone has snuck out
of their room before peacefully going to sleep. Elliott had snuck out
of her room and clicked off our Christmas tree. Sleep tight little
girl. We love you. Merry Christmas.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Papa!

I dragged Papa with me and girls on a trip to Whole Foods for some
special foods shopping for Christmas cooking. He's a sport. It's a lot
of work and he jumps right in! I'm glad to have the extra set of
hands.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Big Sister was Here.

Girls with Santa!

Elliott was all about telling Santa she has a craft she made for him.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Baby and Goofball!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Loves that Ducky!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Letter to Santa!

I asked Elliott if she wanted to write a letter to Santa. She said
"no". I asked "who do you want to write a letter to?" She replied "I
know, I'll write a letter to Jesus Christ!"

Well look at whose kid knows the true meaning of Christmas!

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Impossibly Cute!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Dance Party!

video

Me and My Boo at the Market

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Friendlies!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Cheese!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

RSV and Our Baby

Discharge day!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

ECM!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Hanging with Elliott

Last night we taught Elliott about the concept of kindness. Later when
we played a game I told her that if she wanted she could practice
kindness by letting daddy go first. Elliott replied that she would
"practice kindness on myself and go first" ;)

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Saturday, November 03, 2012

Where's Reese?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Scary Cute!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Fall Fun!

video

Hanging Outside.

Apple Slicer!

video

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sleeping on me again.

Less cute thus time. My arm is asleep.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Ta Da!

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High Roller!

Reese just rolled from front to back!

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Best Question

The best question I was asked all day as Elliott flips through a book.

"mom, do you know where the muffin man is?"

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Shhhhh!

Tired El blocking ears from Reese crying.

Friday, October 05, 2012

5 Little Pumpkins

videoThis is an extra special moment for Elliott. Holding Reese upright
without the boppy pillow.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Child Care

Do you see the two babysitters in this picture?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

That is Purel Soaking Their Hair

Fun Playdate Activity

Finding the children discovered a box of tampons and are opening EVERY
ONE while shouting:

"my wish came true!"

Oh yeah, and found diaper cream and are rubbing it all over themselves
like sunblock.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Jungle Baby

Friday, September 14, 2012

Cuz They Are Cute

Busted!

Busted!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Milk Drunk

Mountaineer!

"I have it mom, don't worry about me"

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Adventures from the Potty

"I got some poo poo on my thumb. It was crazy."

- Elliott

Saturday, September 08, 2012

"Pacifiers" or "Why Parents Can't Win"

Ferber says "no" bad for sleep association.

LLL says "no" don't replace mother/nipple confusion.

MD says "Yes" study reports decrease in SIDS risk.

ANOTHER recent study negates nipple confusion stance and says babies
who use pacifiers wean LATER

MOM says "yes" because she feels bad for screaming car baby.

MOM says "no" because big sister is crazy jealous of paci's and wants
to use them all day long and whines like crazy when she can't have
one.

Utilitarian approach: MD wins.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

I make mommy sleepy.

Saturday, September 01, 2012

A Doormat

Where the baby was put when Elliott fell down the stairs. Yup, a
doormat. It's not easy being #2.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Sweet Girl

Big Sister was Here

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Story Time

My great idea is almost ready!

Mom! Come look at my great idea!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

I'm icing my crotch right NOW

Hey Jamie!

My mom has pretty much had Elliott since Tuesday when I starting having contractions - cuz I just did not know when I was going to blow. I miss her tons. Of course I have guilt about it. At the same time I know she is doing great and it is harder on her to interrupt the nice little routine she has at my moms. e.g. Today they are making banana bread and going to take Elliott to get her hair cut. Last night they went to an arcade. Seriously, she is having a good time. I saw her at the hospital, she came by for a bit last night and we will see her at dinner time tonight. She may or may not sleep over at my parents tonight.

When I saw her at our house last night I was nursing the baby. She promptly took her "Big Sister" shirt off and wanted to nurse her doll. Then she tried to nurse (as expected). We had to have the talk about how she gets to eat pizza, ice cream and other good things. Reese does not, she only gets milk (from mommy's boo boos). Convincing her she has it better. I don't think she is convinced. I heard her crying to Jeremy that she wanted milk in a baby bottle...

When we drove home from the hospital I called to talk to her. She asked me "are you still my mommy?" well, that made me die. When I saw her yesterday for a bit I started to cry but I tried to hold it together because i know we are all going to survive and we will all be better for having Reese around. She really is pretty awesome.

I decided to tack this note onto our blog because I thought it was a good little slice of what's been up. Its been harder to talk about because typing thoughts vs. actually forming words and speaking seems far easier!

Oh, and she totally pooped just now.

Love, ME

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Milk!

Mom: Do you know where milk comes from Elliott?

E: Grass

Mom: interesting guess. Milk comes from cows.

E: Yeah (excitedly). Out if their noses!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Lil Camper!

Elliott's first day of camp at The Center School! She was so eager to
go and I was so sad about leaving her there!

Have Fun Little Bear!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

We All Have Work...

Grump Face

Tulip

Last Sunday Jeremy said I looked like a "little tulip".

Friday, June 08, 2012

Cuz she's cute

Monday, June 04, 2012

Sweet Talk

I'm not sure what Elliott said to her swim instructor but Miss Maureen
said to El "thank you sweetheart" and looked at the group of parents
and said "I am so blessed to have this wonderful job."

Sweet.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Me and My Baby Bear

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Three Weeks Dry!!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Elliott: A Gardener's Nightmare

videoYup, we spent 20 minutes doing this:

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Potty Training Update

Home girl is doing fantastic! I had to employ a "Tiger Mom" potty training strategy only 2 more times. First, she had a major accident at Old Navy even after I repeatedly asked her if she wanted me to take her to the bathroom. Poor Girl. I had to take her to the bathroom, screaming/crying "I'm so sorry mommy!" to clean her up. She had to carry her Thomas the Train underpants to the trash and throw them out herself and leave the store with out the intended reward. Lots of crying. i did find out though, I would rather an accidental bowel movement then wet. Wet can ruin shoes! After that, she had another random accident in the kitchen. Cue cold shower and Elliott having to clean up her pee off the floor herself. At that point I had already decided to start up a potty chart. SO I let Elliott know that if she stayed dry for a whole week I would take her back to the store (Old Navy) and buy her the treat she wanted (which was a GIGANTIC Sugar Daddy - sweet mercy!) AND GUESS WHAT?! SHE DID IT!! And she really did it too. Our poop problem is gone. She has been having daily (multiple!) bowel movements and taking herself to the potty. She still gets a treat for having a bowel movement but it has gotten smaller - From a chocolate bunny to a jelly bean. She also gets a Jelly Bean or Gum for outstanding cooperation in general. I keep up the talk about "listening to your body" and it will tell you what you need to do. Going further and taking about "toots" and sometimes "toots" are our body telling us we need to go potty has been helpful for her. I tell her before she gets a treat for using the potty AND after why she is getting her treat (because you listened to your body and used the potty) and I ask her to repeat to my why she is getting the treat. Periodically (ahem, constantly) during the day I ask her where she goes pee pee and poo poo. She shouts me the answer - sometimes happily, sometimes annoyed, sometimes with a silly voice. TODAY WE WENT BACK TO OLD NAVY! SHE EARNED HER REWARD! Why Old Navy? You wonder. They have a entire section of under 5 dollar junk toys + candy. I let her pick one of each. My friend Jamie takes her son to the Dollar Store that is also a great idea. I just took her back to Old Navy because it was a point of refrence for her to be thinking about all week as we chatted. We had a ball looking at all the junk. She chose a willy wonka like lolly pop over the sugar daddy in the end and a cup. I was proud of her for not freaking and wanting it all. She really does have a lot of self control. (ie if she is given a treat of some sort she will say, "I will eat this when I am in the car and driving" She has her own internal delay of gratification. Hopefully she will be a good saver :) I told Elliott I would take her back again next week if she has another dry week. So week two of the potty chart begins. For those who read this, grandma's aside, you are crazy...but maybe it was helpful for your own potty training attempts?

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Future Audiophile.

Friday, April 27, 2012

We're Back!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Future Mr. And Mrs.?

Monday, April 16, 2012

Monster Will Steal My Boobs

So tonight Elliott did not want us to leave the room at bed time. She said E -"Stay. A monster will come steal my boobs." US- "What?" E"- "A monster will come and steal my boobs." I told her that I have been alive my life and no monster has ever come to steal MY boobs. I then asked US -"what will the monster DO when he gets your boobs?" E -"Take them to the mud" I let Elliott know that if the monster took her boobs to the mud we would our back packs on, march to the mud, get her boobs and come home and put them back on. E - "Yeah, put them back on with tape".

TAPE!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Tiger Mother: Potty Training

It's been a long time coming, for me to actually write a blog post. It is still about parenting so not too far off my typical path.

For over a year Elliott and I have been negotiating the potty situation. She is now 3 years 8 months. For a long time El has been able to pee on the potty but she has not been able to seal the seal and have a bowel movement on the potty, which brings the gifts from the gods spilling from the heavens (toys, candy, various bribes).

We had a problem. A poop problem.

Upon returning from a recent vacation Jeremy and I decided it was time. We were not buying any more diapers. We proceeded to have a count down of diapers. Frequent discussion about the dwindling diapers and what Elliott would have to do when the diapers were all gone.

Going through all the diapers was helpful for me too. It helped me mentally prepare for what I was committing to. We were going to do this. I found EVERY LAST DIAPER I could find in the house, car, pantry and random other places and used them all.

Finally the day came when we were all out.

Did I have a sticker chart? no. did I have a real plan? no. I was winging it. We had tried those things before and I was OVER it.

From reading, attempting, and being deemed a failure by "Toilet Training in Less than a Day". I did have the gist that it was a good idea to reward dryness rather than "the deed". I decided to reward both because I am THAT nice. However, my rewards were limited to stickers and gum because I am grossed out at the idea of how much candy my girl would consume otherwise. Candy was reserved for when she "closed" and pooped on the potty. At least that would be only one time a day.

Anyhoo, as expected, Elliott would not poop on the potty so I poached a bit from the book "It Hurts When I Poop! a Story for Children Who Are Scared to Use the Potty" and met her half way. She could have a chocolate bunny IF she pooped in the BATHROOM in her Pull Up. At least she would be learning the skills of a) noticing what her body is telling her b) pausing, asking for a pull up (holding it) c) comfort with the bathroom area. d) maybe something else awesome that I am missing right now. She totally went for it. I was quite pleased. She was quite stoked to eat a chocolate bunny. WIN.

We continue peeing on the potty. Yay. She can do that.

This is when I got evil:

The next day I took her to the park. (This story has "it's all your fault, mom" written all over it, but, sorry for the spoiler, we do have a happy ending so it is all worth it.) I should not have taken her to the park. Home girl just hopped on her trike and took off. I said fine. Pregnant and with a broken tow I am cutting myself some slack. Unfortunately, this situation set her up for an accident. Big time.
She pooped at the park at the top a slide. She peed too. The pee actually went DOWN the slide. Pure Awesome. It was time to go. Elliott did not want to ride her trike home for the same reason I would not want to. I would have no desire to sit in my own poop. She asked me to carry her trike, I declined and told her to ride it. She said no. I called a spade a spade and told her what we both knew. She did not want to sit in her poop. I told her she could either ride her trike home or we could leave it at the park. Not wanting that to happen she had a miserable ride home. When we got home I put her in a cold shower while she cried. I kept repeating "Elliott had an accident." "we don't want to have accidents". I made her throw out her beloved Tinkerbell underwear and clean her trike.

Then came nap. I am not sure what the deal with nap pee is so I threw on a Pull Up with underwear over. She does nap in my bed.

After nap the Pull Up needed to come off. Elliott did not like that idea. I totally get it. Why pee in the potty when you can just go in your pants? I did that tons of times post c-section. I had to tackle her to the ground and pull it off. The poor girl just lay on the ground and cried. I cried (almost) with her. We laid on the ground together and grieved the loss of diapers. I talked to her about how sad we were, how we missed the diapers and wanted them back. My heart was so sad for her. She laid on the ground quietly. I talked to her about how I know it is hard. I know she can do it. I know she can pee and poo in the potty because she can do hard things. I told her the I believed in her. We laid quietly and then I got up and let her think, feel whatever she needed.

That night, not having to worry about an accidental bowel movement, she stayed dry no problem.

Over night Jeremy and I discussed an added incentive. No TV until after dinner and she has been dry all day. This was a serious shake up to the household routine. You can accomplish a lot when your kid has a babysitter for an hour! We were bumming all around and our hearts, again, went out to Elliott, no "World World"?, lame, but we felt it was a good thing in the long run.

That morning, as you can imagine, she was pretty ticked. Who are we totally screwing with her life?! I had decided that I was going to give her A LOT of latitude around pretty much everything except for the potty. So please, thank you, general niceities were not to be found. I just tried to stay positive. Keep rewarding for dryness. Sadly, that day she did have an accident during a play date. Back into the cold shower, I used tough talk about getting yucky pee pee off her body so she can be clean. "we like a clean body" - again tears. The episode was 5 min long and she was back to having a great time in the back yard.

Post nap she did not want her Pull Up taken off again. I gently gave her the option of cooperating (that's a big word around our house) or having me "rip them off her like yesterday". Thankfully, she chose option A.

No poop that day, No TV that night, but she did have a TON of popcorn.

The next morning she had to GO. Jeremy was home. I was in the shower and the bathroom door was locked. What was a little girl to do? Jeremy suggested she sit on the potty and see what happens. She did and SHE DID. Success! She had a princess dress up doll her in hands in 30 seconds flat. She learned that she CAN do it!

I think Jeremy was the perfect person to usher in the poop (or usher out the poop?;) Those two don't have the same every day mother/daughter power dynamic that three year olds typically love to engage in. I am glad he was there. It was great timing.

We are now at 3 potty poops. No accidents. I know I need to expect accidents with training and I am open to them. I am mostly just so happy that El has overcome her fear of pooping on the potty. I knew she could do it I just was not sure how it was going to happen. Prayer, encouragment and tough love were all in place. And does she EVER look SO adorable wandering around in her underpants.

Other note: I never used the term big girl in the process because she does not want to be one.

note 2: Every child is different. I would not engage tiger mother tactics if I did not think that Elliott had the Ego Strength to tolerate it.

note 3: "cold shower" is handheld shower head sprayed to bottom/legs fast. In and out of shower no play.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Sleep #3

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Sleepy #2

Monday, April 09, 2012

Asleep in her chair.

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Hippity Hoppity!

We are ready for the fun of Easter morning! Egg hunt is set. Basket is ready!

Friday, March 30, 2012

In and out

Elliott frequently checks in with me when she is out playing with her
friends. Today I was rocking out to some Rihanna when she came in. We
said no words, just danced, then she ran back out the door.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012