Thursday, February 25, 2010

Snow!

New Jersey has gotten a lot of snow this winter. We recently had two storms come through dumping a minimum of a foot on us each time and we are currently having a "Snowicane" which is supposed to drop another foot. This is the most snow I have ever seen. We took advantage and tested out their new sled and built our first snowman. Kaylie really got into building the snowman, but Ryan could have cared less. He was ready to go back inside at that point.

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Enjoy this little video of them being accidentally dumped off the sled by Daddy, which happened twice and then they were pretty much done with the sled.




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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Potty Training Update

On the potty training front: I think it's going pretty well. I often think to myself, "Why can't they just come trained already?" It's not an easy process--just imagine it doubled. I have to say they are making progress, but they are not yet trained.

I started just by having them try at night before bath. Ryan was consistent with that but Kaylie wasn't doing much. Then I started having them go first thing in the morning. Again, Ryan showed more of an interest so I stepped it up with him and we would try before nap. I asked him to go a few times throughout the day and he goes. Sometimes he tells me no, he doesn't want to go. He still doesn't TELL ME he has to go. That has only happened a few times, so I'm not sure what that means. He does say, "Want to try potty," which I think means the same thing as, "I have to go potty." Today we had a MAJOR breakthrough. Ryan POOPED for the first time!!! I can always tell when he is pooping because he goes into the other room. So this time, Bob caught him and took him to the potty. He did just the littlest thing, and said he was done. Clearly he was not since he didn't poop the day before. He got off and less than a minute later he yelled, "Have to go pee-pee!" (I'm ignoring the fact that he thought he was peeing and he really pooped.) and ran to the toilet. Ok yeah I know that was too much information for a lot of you. Sorry!

For a few weeks there, Kaylie refused to even sit on it. But she has come around since and has peed more. We of course have to do the Pee Pee Dance and give high fives and even an M&M here and there. She gets excited after she goes and is proud. So I am just encouraging that. I think she is deathly afraid of pooping on the potty, besides that fact that she stands up to poop and it takes her 15 minutes--or at least she doesn't move for that long. I'm not sure how to get her to poop. She was afraid of peeing at first.

This week I switched over to pull-ups but to be quite honest, they just treat those like diapers too. Although Kaylie is really into not letting the picture on the front disappear (it disappears if they pee in it). At times I just let them hang out in underwear. They like this but I am constantly worried about the couch! Ultimately, I think I'm going to just have to do the underwear thing and clean up the accidents. Hopefully it will only take a few and then they will get it. But for now, I will say that they are progressing nicely.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

January in a Nutshell

The kids had colds on/off all month. It seemed to be one right after the other. We would get a few days reprieve and then the wiping started again. We went to a few birthday parties this month and have been trying to make the best of winter.
Something I wanted to blog about was something Ryan did. One day he was in the basement with Bob. I was upstairs with Kaylie. He came upstairs and said, "Daddy hit head. Sleeping." At first I didn't understand what he said so I asked again. He repeated it. I yell out to Bob. No answer. Now I panic and go flying down the stairs only to find Bob on the floor (perfectly fine BTW). Turns out Ryan had thrown a Thomas train and it did hit Bob in the head. Bob laid on the floor, probably exaggerating the pain as he is known to do, but he wasn't saying or doing anything. I guess Ryan had thought he was truly hurt and came up the stairs to tell me. I was so proud of him for doing that, although Bob thought he just left him for dead. LOL. It's good to know he knew enough to tell someone what happened. My hero!

Some pics from January:

Here they are at a place called R Bounce. We were there for a party. It was a fun place and they had a great time jumping on the inflatables there. I got quite a workout myself taking the kids through the obstacle course and down the huge slide. The kids were too cute in the "jousting" area.




A way to amuse a 2 year old (& develop fine motor skills): BUBBLE WRAP!!


Happy girl



At another birthday party. This place was called Let's Pretend. It had different rooms set up in different themes like, school, beach, beauty parlor/dress up, music, etc and a jumping inflatable. They had fun! I hope I am able to save the picture of Kaylie "teaching." Maybe she will follow my footsteps one day and become a teacher, although I hope she goes into an occupation that makes more money.




The Holidays

My apologies to anyone who has me in their blogroll and had to look at Merry Christmas for over a month! I'm really slipping with this blog thing. First, I was waiting for my husband to get the pictures off his camera and fix them up. Then I started doing Wii Fit during naptime so there went some of my free time. Then there is the just plain old tired excuse.

Anyway, for posterity's sake, our holidays were nice. The kids 'got it' this year. They left milk and cookies for Santa and woke up to a slew of presents. They enjoyed visiting family and of course opening more presents. Some of their favorite gifts were dress up clothes, remote control cars, toy laptops, a piano/guitar and a train set. I'm sure some of the details have faded already and I am kicking myself for waiting so long to write this. It was a very nice Christmas and they still mention the things that Santa gave them. I'm sure next year will be different, but this year we had to coax them into opening the other gifts. They were happy playing with their first gift.

Pictures may be added at a different time. Sorry.

Next post: January Recap