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February 24, 2009

“Riding In Cars With Babies” or “This Ain’t No Walk In The Park”

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Ah, the peaceful calm of a car ride in non-rush hour. There’s nothing more soothing to a mother of two under two. Somehow the gentle hum of tires rolling over road is like a hypnotic magic spell putting children into a deep, deep sleep. Now I wish we’d gone to the Costco in Columbia…(it’s 35 blissful minutes away).

So filling up the gas tank and picking up Patrick’s thrush medicine (yes he’s we’ve got it again) isn’t the Mary Poppins definition of an Outing, but it meets the number one criterion–getting the heck out of the house.  Not only did I get the kids into the fresh air, but when we got home I fed Karol a relatively healthy lunch, read the kids a book, gave them their medicine (Karol steals Patrick’s pacifier when she’s desperate–I’d rather be safe than sorry), and got both of them out for a nap!  And I managed to catch some videos in the process.

How do you keep a toddler’s shirt clean during lunch???

FYI, Karol is a sign language pro.

Patrick’s sleeping it off.

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February 20, 2009

To Pee Or Not To Pee…

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Karol is 1 year, 5 months and 14 days old.  Some people think that’s early to start thinking about potty training, other people think it’s way too late. 

I started researching the topic of potty training a few months ago because quite frankly I had no clue when that was supposed to happen.  The typical response from babycenter.com and parents.com (websites that consume about 75% of all my online time) say potty training usually begins between 2 and 3 years. 

However, parents didn’t start waiting that long to potty train until Dr. Spock told them to (to avoid psychological trauma) in the 50’s and the advent of disposable diapers in the 70’s.   In many cultures children are trained as early as 12 months.  There’s even a cult movement towards training infants.  On the flip side, some people say it’s important to wait until a child is absolutely ready, and that could be as late as 4 years old!

As it happens, Karol has been exhibiting some of the signs that she’s ‘ready.’ When she started acting curious in the bathroom I got her a little potty so she could do what mommy does and she’s an expert at lifting the lid, sitting on the potty (with pants on–she does a little seated potty dance instead of actually pottying) and putting down the lid.

As many of you know, she’s also a quick learn at ‘baby signs,’ the creators of which also have a potty training ‘baby signs’ DVD. I’m pretty sure that after 2 days with that video she’d know everything there is to know about going potty, so I’m torn. Should I start actively potty training at barely 18 months? Should I continue passively training her? Please leave me a comment and tell me what you think!

February 10, 2009

“Smile or Gas?”

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Well Patrick is already at the ‘is that a smile or just gas?’ stage, Karol is now addicted to Sesame Street (specifically the character Elmo), and both children are pretty oblivious to each other.  Patrick is a royal poop machine!  Karol is definitely a ‘toddler’ now, jumping into the ‘terrible twos’ a little early.  I have to say though, she’s not that terrible.  She’s quite adorable most of the time, but definitely knows what she wants and knows how to manipulate (or wear down) Matt and I to get it. 

On that short note, I think nap time is coming to a close.  I promise a full update next week, as this week is my last week of classes.  My GPA is currently 3.57 and I’m hoping this class doesn’t drag me down too much.  Wish me luck!

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