Saturday, 25 April 2015

Just Another Saturday Morning.

We're having a pretty peaceful morning so far. I'm letting my OH have a lie-in. So far so good. Because it's a Saturday, I felt like making E a nice breakfast.  So I did this:

Unfortunately, a certain young lady couldn't see what this was meant to be! I though it was pretty obvious myself....

Meanwhile....we're running low on food, almost out of bread.  So to be kinds to my OH I left him the last of the bread so he can make toast, and instead I forced myself to have cookies and hot chocolate for breakfast (while E wasn't able to see, obviously! ). Just for his benefit you understand.  And of course, I had them while reading this:

I'm gearing up to it. E is going to be 3 in the summer so I can't really blame pregnancy for my poor physique anymore. My core muscles were rubbish to start with. The sweet tooth doesn't help either. We've still got a couple of months left until I'm likely to be wearing a bikini so I have a chance to get in shape for the summer. I'll start tomorrow ;-). 

Well....reading the book was the first step. Don't want to overdo things.

Friday, 17 April 2015

The Joys of Potty Training.

As I may have said before, I hate potty training. The whole process frustrates me, though it's one of those things that all children go through and they all get there in the end. Though my Mum does say, she feared that my brother would end up wearing nappies to his own wedding as an adult! (He is not married, but was well out of nappies before school started, so is proof that you get through it).

We had a few false starts with E. She would say she wanted to wear pants, and we would encourage her, and then she would continuously wet herself. While she was at it, she'd wet the floor, her books, her toys, jisaw puzzles. I got fed up of drying stuff. After too many clothes changes we'd go back to nappies and start again. We wanted to encourage her, but her logic of wanting to wear pants + not use a potty just made for wet clothes. Like many parents we read all sorts online about how to deal with this issue. Bribery with chocolate buttons didn't work. Leaving her to be wet for a few minutes to feel uncomfortable didn't work. She just kept playing with her toys in wet clothes. So we gave up.

Then randomly, a few weeks ago now, she decided to wear pants again, but this time, was willing to try with the potty too. She still needed lots of clothes changes at first, but was at least trying. Initially she would say "I need a wee" once she had already started weeing. Then it became that she would say it and start before reaching the potty. But she learned to hold most of it in until she got there. We went to see the family at a weekend around that time and she got lots of praise for being a big girl and trying with the potty and this encouraged her enough that two days later she said "I don't wear nappies in the daytime anymore". At which point, her Dad and I were like "ok then!".

Going out was a challenge at first, because weeing in public was an issue. We have a travel potty/toilet seat but E isn't keen on using it like a potty. I remember a day at the local wildlife park where we did what felt like endless trips to the toilets, and multiple clothes changes. I can also think of a day at work that involved a train commute, massive tantrums at Southampton Central, the spilling of various drinks as a result, and my getting to work feeling like I'd already had a 6 hour day. (I picked myself up with a bacon roll. It was needed). Then there was that trip to London where she slept through the stop at the services, only to wake up the minute we drove out of them and say she wanted a wee while we were driving through roadworks. We stopped on the hard shoulder of the motorway as soon as we could, but our little princess decided that having Daddy in the back holding her on the travel potty was "too wobbly" and refused to go. So we set off again and she proceeded to wet the car seat. (To her credit, she still held on to a lot until the next stop!). It all made me feel so exhausted.

You see, while quite happy to wear pants and use a potty/toilet, E is STUBBORN. And strong minded. Determined to do things her way. All great qualities on many occasions, but not when she needs a wee and refuses to go on the basis that she is being asked! ("No I'm NOT doing the wee wee dance"). Or when she just doesn't want the bother of stopping playing to go. This leads to little "dribbles" in her pants before she'll admit a need to go, and head to the bathroom. So we're not longer changing full sets of clothes, just underwear.

But here's the rub - she stayed with her Grandparents this week, and was totally dry for 2 days straight, not a drop. She comes home and needs pant changes again. When asked why she hasn't kept her pants dry at home she says, "Because I won't". So we're still working on it. Just like we're still working on her allowing Mummy to brush her teeth, but that's another story.

Little monkey. I do love her. Despite the weeing issues we had a lovely day together after she came home yesterday. We even got out in some rare spring sunshine.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Sleep at Bedtime?

We've come to see the OH's family today, to celebrate birthdays etc. After travelling, then a fun filled family afternoon,  E had her tea, a bath, and a story, then put off going to bed by saying 'goodnight' for as long as possible. Eventually she went upstairs.

E's Gran was upstairs and heard loud talking coming from the bedroom door: "Daddy, I don't want to go to sleep. Teddy, do you want to knock on the door and say 'Daddy I don't want to go to sleep?'!".

Daddy went upstairs to see E and was told, "I'm not tired and I haven't had a busy day", as though sleep is unnecessary.

But it's bedtime, so tough. Time for sleep.  (I'd happily have a nap myself actually). Can't blame her for trying though. Unfortunately for her we used all those tricks ourselves when we were young, so they aren't going to work on us :-).

Friday, 3 April 2015

Birthday Non-suprise!

Today is my OH's birthday. Thanks to not getting in from work until 5am this morning (not the plan, something came up), E and I had to do very obvious last minute wrapping up in our bedroom once I woke up today.  She wrote her card for Daddy and watched me wrap his present from her. She then carefully carried them into the living room and presented them to her Dad, saying

"Here's some spotty socks for you! "

Not really worth wrapping up then! But she gave him a good giggle so she made him happy on his birthday.  Plus she remembered it was today.  Apparently she said this morning: "Today is Friday and it's your birthday'".

Meanwhile,  I'll be having words with the suppliers of the present from me. If I order something on 30th March for next day delivery, I don't expect it to be dispatched on the 2nd April!

Anyway, time to celebrate :-).

PS. Friends gave my OH some amazing deer shaped tongs as a present.  E has commandeered them to play with. The box said "this is not a toy" but I don't think she agrees.