Sunday, May 29, 2011

Damn You Potty Training!

Seriously, I hate it.  Hate it, hate it, hate it.  Kendall is so smart, at so many things.  I think that is what's frustrating me the most.  For some reason, she just does not want to be trained.  I decided Friday night that we are going to use this long weekend to potty train her.  No pants.  No diapers.  Bare butt and fingers crossed.  She did pretty well yesterday and would tell me every time she had to go. 

However, I let her out my sight for a minute and was working on something when I hear, "Mommy, I has to go potty!"  I rushed her in the bathroom and she then informed me she pooped in her room.  I really hoped she was wrong, but there it was.  A nice, big, stinky turd right in the middle of the room.  Sigh...

Today she begged for a diaper this morning.  After that was a no go, she tried for a pull up.  I don't know why she's so hesitant but I am over it.  I'm hoping the next couple of days go all right.  Otherwise, I have a feeling the two girls will be trained at the same time.

Anyone have any advice?  We have done treats, sticker potty charts, praise, big girl panties, you name it.  Ugh...have I mentioned how much I hate potty training?  Because I do. 

Friday, May 20, 2011

Rain, rain, go away...

I am so bummed. We had family pictures scheduled for today and I had to postpone them due to the rain. :( I was also going to do Sydney's first birthday shoot. Now we will do them on the 10th so it'll be too late for her party.

On the plus side, I got to spend the afternoon home with the girls. Kendall was in a GREAR mood today, so that meant for some funny stories. We are trying to get her potty trained. I think she got her first wedgie today while wearing her Dora panties. He told me Dora was pinching her butt. :)

I'd like to get out shopping or something tomorrow since the weather will be crappy. However, I think we will stay in and near the potty chair. I am ready to be D.O.N.E. With potty training!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Only One More Month Until Toddler-Ville

I suck.  I officially suck at blogging.  Why hasn't anybody warned me how busy you become with two little kids?  Or, maybe they did.  This pregnancy brain that then morphed into mommy brain after they were born has me forgetting a lot. :)

Gulp.  Sydney is 11 months.  11!!  That means, this is my last monthly post of a baby.  Next month (well, actually now it's a matter of weeks) my sweet, tiny little baby will be a toddler.  I am having such a hard time with this.  I don't remember it being so emotional with Kendall.  Then again, when Kendall was 11 months, I was already pregnant with Sydney.  :)

She has grown and changed so much this past month.  Well, maybe just changed, she's still a little runt!

Weight: 18lbs
Length: 29"

Sleeping:  We started a little bit of CIO (Cry It Out).  It was SOOO hard for me, and I never let her go more than 5 minutes or so.  She did great.  I still let her fall asleep occasionally in my arms at night, but at least she can now put herself back to sleep if she wakes up at night.   She has been staying up later lately.  This may be due to the change in schedules (not having to get up as early for daycare, since Poppy T and Grandma B have been nannying until daycare is back from maternity leave).  She'll go to bed around 8-8:30 and sleep until 7 (or 8 sometimes on the weekend!!).  She will typically take a 2 hour nap in the morning and a shorter one in the afternoon.  I think she's ready to move to one nap a day.

Eating:  Starting to LOVE table foods.  I still do baby food and oatmeal/rice cereal for breakfast and lunch, but have been trying to feed more solids.  She is such a good eater.  I will usually have to take some of Kendall's food for Sydney to eat.  This month also marked a milestone in her eating.  She tried formula for the first time.  I was just not keeping up so we started with formula in her cereal.  She now gets one bottle of formula also.  She didn't even flinch taking it, so I hope she'll wean to whole milk as easily.  She's getting better on the sippy cups, but I'm not sure how well she'll do when we take away the bottle.  (Another thing I am not ready for!)

Milestones:  She has mastered climbing up the stairs and tries to go back down them.  She is so so so close to walking.  (Disclaimer, as of today she is walking, but I'm pretending I'm not so awful at blogging late and it's her 11 month birthday.  Sue me!)  She's started a funny thing in her high chair.  If you wiggle your head (like a bobble head) she does it back to you and finds it so funny.  If music is playing she'll also do this and it looks like she's trying to dance.  She's saying mama and dada now in context.  There is nothing greater than walking in the door after work and hear her screaching at the top of the stairs yelling mama! :)  Another favorite thing of hers is to clap.  Especially when trying to walk, she'll stop and look at you and clap for herself.  Constant reinforcement is needed I guess!

Sizes:  In size three diapers and 6-9 month or 6-12 month clothes.  She is growing out of her 6-9 month, but I need to swap out the closet.  Shoes are a size 2 still also.

This kid is always on the move and will not sit down.  Baths are interesting because she's usually standing up the whole time.  I have become amazing at changing diapers and clothes while she is standing/walking/crawling.  And now for her monthly pictures...:)

I just love this picture.  She looks like I just told her she's getting a puppy!

She insisted on standing up in the chair for pictures.

Making her scrunched face, goofy smile.

Monday, May 2, 2011

327 Days

I made it 327 days of being able to feed Sydney on my own.  My goal was to do six months.  I never thought I'd make it as long as I have (and will hopefully get to one year) without having to supplement.

Unfortunately, with her one year birthday so close in sight, it just seems like there wasn't enough for her.  We had a sample container of formula that was sent to me after we got home from the hospital.  It'd been sitting there tempting me for the last month or so.  I don't know what I was so hesitant.  Kendall was on formula solely at 4.5 months.  She had a little from the beginning. 

Something was just different this time around.  I knew before I knew it we'd be done and I'd lose that cuddle time that was just for us.  Maybe it was just a pride thing to say I made it.

Either way, I made it 327 days on only breast milk (other than solids of course) and I'm pretty darn proud of that.  I will continue to nurse her for the next month or so.  But, as I watch Eric make up a couple ounces to feed her I realize this is a good thing too.  Now ehe can enjoy what I've been hogging for the last {almost} 11 months.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Balance

Does anyone every truly feel as though there is balance in their life?  That you are giving 100% to every aspect?  I think, as a woman, it becomes even more difficult. 

This past week has been a little crazy.  In the last week I put in about 85 hours at work.  And that is with Easter Sunday being in there.  I feel a tremendous amount of guilt from the time I am away from my girls.  Then, when I am enjoying some time with them, I feel guilt for the pile of work I have that I'm not working on, possibly impeding on another's deadlines. 

So, how do you fix this?  How do you decide what comes first and what just has to wait?  How do you decide who to disappoint?  I think, often times, the person that comes last will be ourselves. 

On a funny note (or possibly sad depending on how you look at it) - every night I've come home in time to put Sydney to bed and play for an hour or so with Kendall.  Then I just work from home in our kitchen.  I didn't realize I must have been telling her "mommy has to work" until when I told her we had to get ready for bed she replied, "I can't Mommy, I'm working."  Little stinker.