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.

Work/Travel/Guilt Lite

I had to do a trip to Omaha for work and it coincided with Joe’s trip to Tampa.  Fortunately, my parents were able to take him for the night.  They left today for almost 3 weeks in SE Asia so it was very nice of them to do this!

I called last night around 8:30 and he was in pre-bedtime meltdown mode.  I knew I should have called earlier.  Your little baby sobbing into the phone is not really a great way to end the day.  I was sad and somewhat guilty; but I knew that he really has fun with grandma/grandpa so it was fine.  I’m so thankful that I now primarily have in town clients – I’ve never really had this in my career so I feel so lucky.

It’s cold here.  I mean cold.    It will get back -10 this morning.  Crazy.  Fortunately we are snug in our home and that’s a blessing for sure.  We signed up for Little Gym on Saturdays and it’s a very good thing in January.  Nathanel gets all sorts of energy out and we don’t have to go to the overly populated indoor playlands.  Those things are just mad crazy in January.  Of course, to live in MN is a bit mad crazy to begin with . . .

I don’t do resolutions but . . . 103 more to go.

I just decided that my resolution is to post to this web site two times a week.  That would be 104 posts this year.  The only out I am giving myself is that I need to do 104 posts so if I don’t make the two/week resolution, I will still have the total to complete.

I am keeping this blog for one reason:  when Nathanael is all grown up it will allow me to remember everything I will have surely forgotten.  Perhaps Nathanel will like the blog but maybe not.  Or maybe he won’t for many years but then will when he’s older.  Who knows?  So for now, it’s for me.

Back to work/day care/life today.  It was an excellent break where I/we had all sorts of things planned to do and didn’t really make a dent in any of them.  Except Joe, who got lots done on the old house, and we should be able to list it soon! I will be so happy when the old house is on the market and then sold.

Last night we went to Murrays for Brian’s birthday and Nathanael was terrific.  I was a bit concerned about taking him to a nice restaurant because I didn’t want to ruin the other patrons meals.  But, he did great.  I think it helped that I let him eat as many french fries as he wanted and since he never gets fries, he was happy as a bug.  I think he sat for 15 minutes straight and ate the pile of fries in front of him.

After dinner, he was all wound up and didn’t go to sleep until 11:30!  He took a long nap and seemed ok this morning but it was a bit hard to pull him out of bed. However, the opening tunes of The Backyardigans popped him right on up out of bed.  He’s really become quite obsessive about that show lately.  If it were up to him, he’d watch 5 episodes in a row.  He’s also particular, I absolutely, cannot sing the opening theme song or he just flips.  I can’t say I blame him on this.

Nathanael has now learned his name and when we ask it, he puts his hand on his chest and say “Nathanael.”  I usually say, that’s great.  Your last name is Kxyz and he adamently says “NO!  It’s Nathanael!” and pounds the hell out of his chest.  The concept of a last name is rather unnecessary for him.

Nathanael is getting quite good at counting.  For all practical purposes, he can count to 10.  I have to say I’m rather impressed by this.  Of course, he will never do it “on demand” but when we are playing or doing something we call “upside down baby” (we hold Nathanel upside down & N jives on this big time),  he might count to ten. 

I know I might live to regret this but 2 is really turning out to be a great age.    I was dreading it so very much.  Yes, there are times that it’s quite trying but so far, so good.  And, N is now 35 inches tall!

Happy new year!

Little E

This is an outfit we sent him!


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