Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011

Adventures in Potty Training: Day..... Are we there yet?

We started this journey/adventure/hellish nightmare a week ago today. I want to be done.

We've made progress but we still have a long way to go. I want so desperately to cry uncle, to wave the white flag knowing that eventually they will be potty trained, even if they have to do it themselves at the age of 14.. If I give up now I will have wasted an entire week of my life bound to a 10ft x 10ft confined space using the words, potty, pee pee and poo poo over and over so much that I'm now mumbling it in my sleep and asking the husband if he went potty like a big boy.

"Mary Kate" seems to be getting it. She will pee pretty much every single time you put her on the potty. She will not initiate going.

"Ashley" seems to have stage fright. That or a bladder the size of a grown man. She typically won't even pee for the first time until almost noon, unless of course you finally relinquish some control and allow them to wander unsupervised into the playroom, where she will pee immediately on the floor and surrounding toys.

We've been averaging about 2 accidents a day, total. So yes, I would say that is progress, but entering week 2 of this "project" is leaving me stir crazy and ready to get out of this house and back to some normalcy.

Whatever that is.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Adventures in Potty Training, Day 2

While I'm reluctant to say that we had "success" today, we did do better than yesterday. Kind of.

"Mary Kate" pooped in the potty, although she tried to get up and run because she wasn't sure what was happening, it did land where it was intended and earned her a cool 2 M & M's.

After this it got tricky. While I was trying to praise her like she had just won the Nobel Peace Prize, I had to be careful not to do damage to "Ashley's" self esteem. She was already sitting on the potty next to "MK's" looking longingly at the turd she wished she'd produced in order to get her prize. After we called the Husband to brag some more, I went to shower her with praise for trying, and to tell her to keep up the good work, which resulted in a complete and total meltdown, with belligerent demands for M & M's.

After pleading with her to just sit another minute or two (they usually poop in pairs,) I finally let her up to find that she had already peed in the potty and just didn't know it... earning her a cool 1 M & M. We jumped around, called daddy back and then the moment that brought tears to my eyes, they looked at each other, smiled, giggled and hugged. They were so proud.

We were off to such a great start to the day, only for our joyous celebration to be followed with a slew of accidents. Seriously? How much pee can one kid produce?

No more successes for the day, so far.

1 step forward, 2 steps back....

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Potty Training - Day 1

The time has come to potty train the twinlets. I'm tired of changing diapers, and I'm tired of paying $50+ a month to their indulge their diaper habit.

I didn't really mean to start hard core today but I'd been promising them a trip to pick out some "Ariel" panties and once we got home they were actually excited to start trying. So, we did.

Every 10 -15 minutes I put them on the potty. We read books, sang songs and tried to pass the time in an uplifting, positive way.... This is an epic challenge for me, it's tedious and while they sit there not peeing, I can't help but think about all of the things I could be doing, would rather be doing (laundry, Facebook, work, reading, poking my eyes out.. ) But alas, there I sat waiting for some pee or poop to land in the potty. But so far they only seem to do that 3.2 seconds after we get up from sitting there for 15 or 20 minutes. Naturally.

Today so far, not a single ounce in the potty, and way more accidents than I can count. The upside? 2 of those accidents happened outside and were much less stressful on my already raging OCD tendencies.

I've finally removed all small area rugs - cleaning up hardwoods only is going to be so much easier and better than trading my diaper budget for a new rug budget because they manage to ruin everything during this process.

I will be so glad to be on the other side of this "adventure." Serenity Now.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Making Memories!

I was a little bummed when our Spring Break trip to Atlanta got cancelled. I was really looking forward to just getting away for a couple of days on a family trip that was/is long overdue. But I decided to practice what I preach about exploring the city and having a great "Staycation" here in and around town.

I decided since the Munchkin always misses out on seeing everyone because of her school schedule I wanted to work the Great Grandparents into our week and let the girls spend some time with them.

Yesterday we spent some time with Great Gran. Ate lunch and took a little walk around Caldwell Park. After leaving there we headed to our new favorite place, Railroad Park.

I failed to get any pictures. In my attempt to be a little more unplugged this week I walked out without my phone or camera.

Today we spent the day at Ruffner Mountain with our Nanny and Grandaddy.

It's a family favorite and Grandaddy goes hiking there almost daily. We packed our lunch, put on our hiking shoes and took off!

The 33 1/3 rule kicked in at the start of our trip... you know the the law that states that out of 3 kids one is always going to be pissed off? This time it was "Mary Kate." Once she realized that I wasn't going to carry her or let anyone else (ahem, Oma) carry her, we were able to move on... (see right)

We had a picnic and because I felt the need for a workout, convinced everyone that we should load the twins in the stroller and hike to the old fire tower... In case you want to know how difficult this is, it's uphill... the entire way. And I don't mean a slow steady incline, there are 2 very steep hills and when you're pushing 90lbs, you definitely feel the burn.

My girls are worn out but had the best time hanging out today and staying busy all week!

Nanny, Oma, Pop, "Munchkin" and "Ashley"

Grandaddy showing the girls the "Family Ruffner Mountain Book" that we will now be added to!

Me with my girls

Monday, March 14, 2011

Spring Break Week!

It's day 1 of Spring Break and we have had a fun, filthy, going to leave a ring around the tub at bathtime tonight kind of day!

I managed to keep my computer closed until naptime today which is a huge accomplishment for me. We went outside and played for 3 hours, then took a little walk up to the store to get some groceries.

We chalked, we rode bikes, blew bubbles and I even managed to clean the garage up a little bit!

I have to say it was a good day!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

I'm Going to Start Blogging again, I swear

I know that if there are any of you out there still hanging on to this pathetic blog I've managed to run into the ground, you probably don't care one way or other what I do with it, but I do.

I started off so well and stuck with it for so long. It served to chronicle so many things that never seemed to make it to the baby books, which was ok because I always knew I had a back up... I have failed miserably at this over the last year and am vowing to start over again.

My twinlets are 3 today! Today!!?!! They keep me incredibly busy. So busy that I forget things almost immediately after they happen which is all the more reason to be blogging.

Happy Birthday little Monkeys!