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April 29, 2009

It’s Potty Time!!!

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So, apparently Karol decided Matt and I weren’t potty training her fast enough, so she’s begun potty training herself.  A little while ago I wrote about the timing and method of potty training we were going to use, and we had pretty much resolved to only ‘passively’ train her for now.  She’s only 20 months, after all!  So we got her a couple of DVDs – the Baby Signs potty training DVD – a format she’s already familiar with – and Elmo’s Potty Time.  I figure if she’s got to be in love with Elmo, he’s going to be useful. 

We’ve just got the TV up and running at the new apartment, and so before bed yesterday Karol got to watch the Elmo DVD again.  Today on the way back from Lori’s, Karol gestured to her diaper.  I asked her if she wanted a new diaper, or if she wanted to go to the potty.  She nodded at both suggestions.  We got in a few minutes later, and Karol went straight to the bathroom, lifted the lid, and asked me to help her with the rest!  So I got her shorts and diaper off and let her sit on her potty herself.  I didn’t really expect anything, but when she got up a couple minutes later, there was pee pee in the potty!  Of course, I flipped out.  We had to make a big deal about it, but Karol was surprisingly calm about the whole thing. 

So, I don’t think this is a miracle; we’ll still have a lot of work to do, but I guess Karol’s telling us we need to step it up on moving forward with the potty training.

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.

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!

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