Saturday, September 25, 2010

Potty Training....Day???

    Well, its been a few weeks since we started the task of toilet training our 2 year old.  She is now able to tell us when she has to use the potty during the daytime.  The only problems we are encountering are 1.she still pees at night, and 2. she sometimes confuses her bowel movements with gas, so she doesn't make it to the potty in time.  For nighttime, we are using Pull-ups with the "cool alert" sensation in hopes that she will stop peeing at night.  We are aware that this will take time for her to learn.  As far as her pooping on the potty, at least she hits it sometimes.  For that we are grateful (our son pooped his pants for 2 months during potty training).  At least we are no longer purchasing diapers (just the pull-ups), and she can go a few days without having an accident.  Bottom line: it is possible to potty train a 2 year old!

*Chipmunks*

      Last Sunday afternoon we took a trip to the lovely ghost town of St. Elmo.  As a family, we've made it a habit to go up there every year at the end of summer to view the changing aspens and feed the cute little chipmunks...but apparently some people are not aware of this smaller species of animals, because on this last trip, we overheard some tourists calling them "little squirrels".
     Whats great about taking the kids up every year to this ghost town to feed these little animals is that the chipmunks are so accustomed to humans that they will climb all over you.  Literally.  The people who own the "general store/souvenir shop" (only open during the summer) provide little baggies of "chipmunk feed" (I'm thinking unsalted sunflower seeds) for 50 cents.  Hold a few of these seeds in your hand, and you'll be amazed at how fast a little critter will sneak up and devour them.  (I've also discovered that they will eat chewy granola bars, but I'm not sure how nutritious they are for the chipmunks)
      Picking the "right time" to see the golden trees, feed the little guys, and avoid mass amounts of tourist traffic has been an experience for us.  Last year we went up in October and were greeted with snow and few chipmunks.  Our last trip seemed to be "just perfect"-it was still warm in St. Elmo, there were plenty of chipmunks to feed and we were able to see the fall beauty enveloping the mountain side.
     Sometime last summer, the children and I went up with friends, but the aspens hadn't all turned, it was too warm, and there were too many people (my son has sensory issues)...but we did get to feed the chipmunks...until my son (2yrs at the time) stepped on the tail of one...and I'm pretty sure he almost pulled it off.  Poor thing let out this pitiful squeak and we took off.  That was during his "stomping phase" where it was fun to step on things that moved quick...I'm sure a few chipmunks remembered him from last year and hid when they saw us....

Monday, September 13, 2010

Mercy

     I spent an amazing weekend with fellow volunteers from pregnancy resource centers located all over Colorado.  Two days and nights of fellowship, encouragement, and worshipping God left us feeling refreshed and ready to minister to the women, children, and families of our towns for another year.
     The keynote speaker was the wonderful man who followed God's leading to create Project 127, which is meant to eradicate the number of orphans in Colorado (and eventually the U.S.).  His message for the weekend was "Mercy".  Mercy is what we get when we don't deserve it.  We all need it.  God loves to give mercy, but as His children, we are probably not seeking it as often as the Psalmists and other people of the Bible did.  Jesus gave mercy continually in His earthly ministry, and as "little Christs" or followers of Him, shouldn't that be something we should strive to be proficient at?
     What would this "mercy" look like to you?  Is it forgiving that friend who left you for another?  Or bringing coffee to the coworker who seems to seethe at the mere mention of your name?  For me, this mercy looks like forgiveness.  Forgiveness of the wrong that I feel was done to me by people.  People don't always know when they've harmed you, so holding a grudge does you more harm.  Others will be able to see the light of Christ in us when they see the mercy He has given us to give to them. 
     Mercy...Its not just for me...
    

Adventures In Potty Training...

     Well, it's Day 15 of potty training our 2 year old. That means we are on week 3.  The first week was a major learning experience for everyone, and we had to clean pee off our floor multiple times.  Week 2 went a bit better, and now Amber will pee on the potty every hour (if you take her).  Her main problem is wetting the bed at night, so we have decided to use Pull-Ups during bedtime (not nap, tho).  Tomorrow we will start taking her every hour & a half, and hopefully increase it to every 2 hours by week 4.
     As she learns control of her bladder, we have been learning to control our tempers.  She seems to know when she has the urge to go, because she will announce "Mommy, potty!" or "Mommy, I go poot" and proceed to head to the bathroom. 
     As of this moment, she is sitting on the regular potty, and her potty chair is in her bedroom for nighttime use (not that she uses it).  When we started this journey, friends of ours had made it seem simpler than its been, but now that we have overcome the first two weeks, we see how easy it has become.  She reads our cues, and we read hers.
     As far as "incidents" in the bathroom, its apparent that 2 year olds have no sense of hygiene.  She will stick her hand into pee to push the toilet paper "all the way down".  She has finally mastered the art of flushing (just goes to show how simple of a task we take for granted).  And for an encore, the lollipop she received from the Dr's office today saw more than its share of germs when she set it on the floor next to the toilet so she could climb up...and popped it back into her mouth afterwards...
     We are hoping for maintained sanity as our journey ventures forth....for all...

Friday, September 3, 2010

Potty Training, Day 5

     On Monday we started the daunting task of potty-training our independent 2 year old... By Tuesday evening, I was *this close* to shoving diapers back on her... Our method (this time around) is a fairly simple one- Amber wears nothing but real underwear and sits on the potty every twenty minutes.  We are attempting this for two weeks.  Needless to say, the first two days had crushed our confidence and sanity.
   Wednesday she finally peed in her potty chair (she was sitting on it during breakfast & had her underwear on, but hey-its a start)...not once, but twice! Yay!  After this, we've been letting her run around "commando" so we can "catch" when she starts to pee...
   Day 4 didn't go so well....more pee ended up on the floor than in the potty chair....
   Day 5 (today-Friday) she woke up dry (no changing bed sheets!) & by 6pm has successfully gone on the potty chair 3 times today (2 of those times were half&half-half in, half out)!  After her nap, I rushed her to the potty, but it was too late...and she only had one more accident today!
   After all these little victories, my hope has been renewed, and we shall see how well she is doing by next week!