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Little Victories, Sweet Somethings

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Potty training is once again occurring in the Glewwe household. Michael is following a similar pattern to that established by his sister so long ago. He’s having more successes every day though, and we are proud and grateful!
Last night Michael woke up (I hope he had been asleep a bit!) at 9:00pm and announced down the stairs (where we were) that he had to go potty. I came up to find him finishing his business and helped him wash his hands and celebrate before sending him back to his bed. He woke this morning with a mostly dry pull-up and announced he had to potty at 6am. Woo hoo! Now if only we could convince him to poop in the potty. Oh well; it’s getting better all the time, right?

On a completely different note, I just got home from dropping Megan off at school. A new child started in October, and he has been surrounded by OTs and PTs; it didn’t take a genius to know he had some special needs, mostly along that Autism spectrum. He’s a sweet child though, and Megan enjoys playing with him. I talked a wee bit with him this morning and the therapist that was escorting him to school told me that Megan is one of the best playmates for him. She said Megan’s patient and understanding and accepting of him. She actually said it warms her heart to see how Megan interacts with him. It made this momma very proud! I have tears in my eyes just thinking about it.

School & Potty Training

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Megan started school last week and has loved it. Part of the joy has to be the anticipation since so many of her friends have been in school a year or more. She is only in a two day per week program for 5 hours at a time, but she has come home bubbling both times I think. No seperation anxiety here! She is in the car and on her way right now. We made a big to-do out of her supplies including a new blanket from Nana made with fabrics Megan chose, a new Hello Kitty backpack she chose, a pink softside lunchbox she chose, and two Batman fliptop insulated straw cups our friend Susan recommended. She was very excited about the Batman even compared to the pink Barbie cup. I hoped to steer clear of those as she chose for re-use reasons (poor Michael doesn’t need a handed down Barbie cup) and non-match reasons (her friend Shona has Barbie). She loves the Dark Knight. She sat at a choir dinner at Nana and Granpa’s house eating at a table full of adults and one other child. David Kennedy chatted with her the entire time, and she had lots to say but was also a good listener and conversationlist. Other than revealing my prediliction for coffee and her mother’s disdain for  the brew, David and Megan agreed that Batman could beat Barbie up in a fight. I guess I need to review that with her so she knows that he could, but he never would hit a woman. I digress. More on school later.

 A prereq of school is potty training. She has mastered daytime with only the VERY occasional accident. However, her nighttime progress is not as good. She has always been a heavy sleeper, and her bladder isn’t yelling loud enough at the brain to get her up in time. She had two nights this weekend with no problems, and as I started to feel confident, we got slapped hard. Sunday night there was a single accident that resulted in her bed and our bed being changed in the middle of the night. I resolved to wake her as I went to bed last night for a quick trip to the potty and found she was already wet. Thinking we were clear, I fell into sleep to be awakened at 1:30 as she crawled into bed. Having learned my lessons from the night before, I checked her bottom and she was dry. She then informed me that she had an accident and had already changed. I checked her hamper and found something more than a little urine. Ugh! Change her sheets and back to bed for her. She came into our room around 7am naked from the waist down. She said she had another accident and had divested herself of the sodden clothing. Bath time!

What kind of experiences have you had? I personally was completely “trained” by 18 months (at which time I also started to swim). No doubt thereabouts I also composed a symphony, wrote several sonatas, read War and Peace and beat Bobby Fischer before losing interest in chess. I know all kids are different. Hmmm.

I just read a bit that said don’t worry until they are five or six. A co-worker has reassured me several times that it is no big deal and she will train when her body is ready.

Growth ‘xplosions

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

We often talk about “splosions” at our house, generally to describe what must have happened to one of the kids’ posteriors to create such a mess in the diaper and clothes to clean up. Lately, though, we’ve been having ‘xplosions of the growth kind, which are awesome. Here are some of the details:
- Megan is potty trained! We are still putting her in pull-ups for nap and bed, but that shall pass, too.
- Michael is using more words and signs each day! “Book” and “ball” sound an awful lot alike, but with context, you can figure it out. He says “done” when forced, “up,” and “down.” He has many expressive words- “yeah!” and “wow!” and “woo hoo” included. He’s trying more, which is the best part. And oh! He asks for tickles with the sign and saying “tickle” the best he can. Ask him to show his belly, and he’ll show it to you and either say “poke” or “tickle.” He loves being tickled!
- Megan is now able to pedal on her tricycle! This is huge. She’s been working on it, off and on, since her 2nd birthday. It’s just been in the last few weeks that the pedaling (what a funny word- sorry if it’s misspelled) has taken off. She spent 40 minutes or so working on it one day, just so she’d be ready to show her daddy. She’d been able to go backward forever, but going forward is something her body wouldn’t cooperate with her on doing. The timing was such that it felt like potty training and pedaling arrived in one beautiful package, as if from the UPS man.
- Michael is s l o w l y learning to put himself to bed at night. We have to work with him a while to get him to stay in his bed, then in his room, but in the end, he is going to sleep without a parent’s arm draped over him, holding him down. This hasn’t occurred with naptime yet, but it will, I know it! He really has had us (especially me!) by the short and curlies on this; we’ve not done a good job of establishing a bedtime routine which allows him to go to bed on his own up to this point. He never was a baby who nursed to sleep; he just had to cuddle. That’s all well and good, but it won’t make for the independent boy we all want him to be!
- BOTH kids are learning more and more how to play with each other every day. They’re finally reaching the age where they can play on more equal terms. It’s not just Megan that I’m chastising for taking toys anymore, and it’s not just Michael that I’m asking not to whine about toys he doesn’t have. The kids are sharing more, communicating more, cooperating more, and arguing more. I love it all. They’re learning to relate to each other and learning to take charge- which they both do, beautifully. These are the best days, and it’s only going to get better!

Parents are Fools; Child is Victorious

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Megan’s making great progress on potty training. For the past week, she’s been wearing panties all day, donning a pull-up only for naptime and bedtime. Since Friday, she’s only had one accident, and that was late at night, really past her bedtime. In short, she’s doing great, and we’re terribly proud of her.
After bath last night, I asked Megan to go get dressed. Specifically, I told her to go put on a pull-up and pajamas. I never thought to make sure she actually did what I asked. Silly Mama.
This morning, Megan and Grant were doing some early-morning bonding while he did his back exercises. He said something to her about taking off her pull-up and putting on panties for the day, and she told him she was already wearing panties, that she slept in them last night. And they stayed dry! We are appalled at ourselves and so very proud of her.

Potty Training Update - Real Progress!

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Last Wednesday, Megan began a quantum leap forward in moving to “big girl pantities.” She and Michael spent the day with my parents. When I arrived for dinner, Megan had a big “surprise” waiting for me to see in the master bath. We celebrated (and flushed)! Since then she has continued to make awesome progress each day. Today she has worn underwear exclusively with the exception of naptime I think. We are very proud of her. We are also excited that we won’t have to pay for pull-ups anymore.

Breaking News!

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Poop has been successfully deposited into the potty by direct means, just a few minutes ago. I’m a little concerned that more will sneak out when I’m less aware, but I’m hopeful this success will lead to others.

Potty Training- A note from Megan

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Hi guys.

My momma is trying very, very hard to get me to go potty all by myself. The doctor told her it will happen when it happens, and her friends have told her I will do it when I’m ready, but I’m not. And I tell my momma that, but sometimes she’s not a very good listener. She should have time out. Well, my Mima says she should have “time IN,” but Mima is very silly sometimes.

Today, Momma caught me trying to poop after lunch. She carried me to the potty in back and the little bit of poop that had come out fell to the floor. Momma said “Oh no, the little booger escaped!” I told her “Momma, that’s a poop, not a booger.” I may not know how to poop in the potty, but at least I know the difference between poop and boogers! Anyway, Momma made me sit on the potty and put some kid-television on, but no more poop came out. Then it was naptime. Momma and Michael fought until Michael fell asleep, and then Momma brought me the water I had asked for. She asked why I wasn’t asleep and I told her “Well, I’m poopy of course.” Momma is very silly sometimes. I saw that she looked a little frustrated, so I didn’t remind her that that’s why I’m usually not asleep. Instead, I said “You can change me in your room now.” I went to her room fast, smiling cute so she’d remember how much she loves me.

Well, I have to go bake cookies for Christmas now. Be nice to my momma and don’t ask her about potty training. Ask Daddy. He’s my favorite anyway.