Archive for January, 2010

Potty Training

We’ve been potty training for what seems like forever. Part of the deal is that I generally lack enthusiam for it.  I don’t really have issues with the diapers and potty training creates a lot more anxiety for me.  I really shouldn’t complain, we have a terrific day care and they do most of the lifting on this one.  I’m sure that we are making this harder because of the inconsistency at home.  At school, he’s always in underwear; but at home sometimes he’s in diapers & sometimes he is in underwear.  So, he has a fair amount of accidents at home and I can’t really blame him.  And we don’t get upset with him (unless he pee’s on daddy’s chair which is a Big Deal) and ask him to tell us when he needs to go.

I’m not really sure what the definition of trained is.  Are you done potty training when you don’t have to ask him if he needs to go to the bathroom?  When you have 100% confidence that he can manage this himself?

The Bum Game

Me “Where’s your bum?  Where’s the cute bums?  I see the cute bum!”

f/x mommy patty N little bum.

fx Nathanael turning over & sit on his bum & raise hands

N “where’d the bums go?”

Offer Accepted

So, we put the old house on the market last week and we were fortunate to get a good offer yesterday.    It’s a renovator which I think will be good.  When I first heard that a builder wanted to buy it, I was very uncomfortable with the thought that it would be torn down.  But, to the best of my knowledge, the people who are buying it do a good job, keep the integrity of the house intact with some add-ons that make the space 2010 livable.

So, the little house that we brought Nathanael home to will no longer be ours.  My best memories of it are those with the three of us.  Nathanael’s 2nd birthday party, Nathanael & Daddy running around the living room, and baby Nathanael’s messy eating etc.

Our new house is a great fit and a platform for memories; but I will forever miss that house.

Resolution 1/2 Blown

So, I don’t think I got two posts in last week – how lame is that?  I can still get 104 total for the year but I’m not happy with my inability to even start the year off on the right foot w/2 posts a week.

We took Nathanael to Sesame Street Live today.  As I type this, he is punching the hell out of the $10 Elmo balloon.  He loves it, but also loves how it reacts to his toddler fists.  All in all, it was an ok show.  Nathanael seemed to really enjoy it and that’s the point.  We went during his nap time (1pm show) and he did quite well.  I would describe him as enraptured.  He was very intently watching and when Elmo left the stage, he’d say “where’s Elmo?”  I’m not sure how Sesame Street came upon the Elmo-magic, but it certainly is impressive.

Nathanael’s favorite two words lately are:  yeehaw and yahoo!  I know that he got them from a Backyardigans episode but his frequent use of those words cracks me up.  As Nathanael punches Elmo, he is yelling “yeehaw!”  He is not truly being super aggressive, he’s just getting satisfaction from the experience.

Dinner, Golden Globes red carpet, and some laundry are on the docket for the evening.  Yeehaw!

2 Yr Photos

These were taken last fall – I really love them.

Little E

This is an outfit we sent him!


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