Saturday, July 23, 2011

peepee on the potty!

***Warning: this post contains pictures of adorable toddler peeing and graphic images of urine. If you aren't into that...get over it.***

Since introducing the potty when IJG was ~17 months old, there has been no progress. He has resisted using it and started holding in his pee even when he did need to go. Even if he started to pee on the floor, and I put him on the potty, he would hold the rest in. Several days ago I had him naked in his room, he started to pee and when I put him on the potty he let the rest out. This was progress!

Then, out of the blue, last Thursday, we were in his room and he was naked, he ran to his potty, stood over it backwards (see pic below), pushed (and grunted) and let out a very small amount of pee. I praised him and let him carry it to the bathroom, dump it in the toilet, and flush. What happened after that was absurd. He proceeded to run back to his room, get over the potty, pee again (this time a significant amount), run to bathroom, flush it down, and repeat...a total of NINE TIMES. Each time he would immediately pick up the potty insert and chant "flush down" while leaving the room. I didn't know what to do. By the seventh time he was just getting a drop out each time and when he tried for the tenth time I finally found a toy to distract him from his obsession with peeing (I had been trying to talk him out of the peeing since the second pee).

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This is him showing off his first pee in the potty for his daddy.

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Friday we stayed home just to work on using the potty. Late morning he started to pee on the floor but I transferred him quickly to the potty and he finished it there. In the afternoon he went to the potty after one of my reminders and peed. He showed off this pee also and added in a bit of his funny face.

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Today, Saturday, we were home in the afternoon and while NJG and I weren't even paying attention to him he ran to his potty and peed and did similarly this evening.

He has made a lot of progress in a few days! He continues to "pee like daddy" standing backwards as opposed to sitting on the potty as toddler boys are supposed to do. I'm not sure how common this is...I find it a bit strange.

Friday, July 22, 2011

ocean sensory bin

I made IJG his first sensory bin to play with. This one had an ocean theme. It kept him occupied for quite a long time.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

6 months pregnant & another ultrasound

At the 5 month ultrasound the 4 chambers of the heart and some of the limbs could not be seen so they attempted to see those things today. Everything was visible today and looked fine. We also got the best pictures yet of the previously un-photogenic baby.

Updates in the last month: lots of baby movement felt and seen by me and finally felt by NJG about a week ago.

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arm (hand at left)
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Saturday, July 16, 2011

swimming

Sunday, July 10, 2011

IJG turns 2!!!

This video shows some of his birthday party on July 4th and some gift opening on the 6th. On the 4th he wore a shirt that he painted at school.



Not shown in the video is how IJG ran straight to the fresh fruit when he decided he was "all done" with the cupcake and had grapes and strawberries instead. That was his first and only experience with cake or chocolate.

Yummy mama made cupcakes
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Playing with the NeeNah from uncles M & K
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Opening gifts after birthday dinner
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We took him to visit a fire station for his birthday. He was quite cautious and uncertain when he finally got up close to a fire truck. He clung to his dada and didn't want to be inside the truck.
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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

IJG is 2 years old!

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IJG is 2 years old and he is a busy body! He now weighs about 26.5 pounds, up 6 pounds in the last year.

He talks constantly and has a huge vocabulary. He continues to put 2-3 words together but isn’t really speaking in sentences yet. He often makes up his own endings to words. Instead of “wallet” he says “wawoo” for example. He calls the dogs Yoyo (Yoji), Nion (Zion) and Ahh-Vue (Oliver). He does still only have 2 words that are way off from the real word, “ahdoe” for open and “gnu” for drink/beverage. He started saying “ant bite” when he sees any bug, which started after I got several ant bites and was trying to keep him away from the ants. Now he says “ant bite” when he finds a piece of fuzz on the floor too. He has started telling us what he wants us to do like “sit down” or “walk.” He says “thank you” but often when he gives something away instead of when he receives something. He says “I love you _____” which he knows mama loves hearing. He also likes to have mumble conversations in a fake language to mimic speaking which is entertaining to hear. He has also recently created a song. The words are "dippy dippy dippy dippy mama" which he repeats until he is done.

He started making a funny face that seems to mean “look how freaking cute I am, you know you can’t resist” (see pic). He still sucks his thumb and likes to put his blanket or his doggie in or around his nose while sucking his thumb. He will hold his dog’s tail in his fist, stick the tip in his nose, and suck his thumb. He likes to dance and has evening dance sessions with his dada. He loves vehicles, especially fire trucks or anything with a siren. He likes to see and hear “hairplanes” in the sky. He loves going to the zoo and seeing the animals along with anything involving water – sprinklers, splash parks and swimming pools. He loves to have books read to him and will pick a book, bring it over, say “read” and “sit down” because you cannot read without him sitting on your lap. For the last few weeks he is not happy about being left at school and clings to me, tells me to "walk" (which means hold my hand and walk out of the door), and cries when I do finally leave. He is fine a few seconds after I'm gone though.

He went through a phase of a week or 2 where he stopped eating all of his usual favorites. He slowly came back around but still doesn’t want some of the foods. He also decided he needs big pieces of food, such as whole strawberries and pieces of toast. Learning that got him to start eating more also. He uses a regular cup at home and does quite well. When away from home he drinks from a sport cap water bottle. He is breastfeeding 1 to 2 times a day.

IJG does not want to sleep anymore and resists all naps and night times. He still often sleeps for 2 hours in the afternoon but usually takes a long time to go to sleep. At night he often takes an hour to get to sleep so if we begin at 8 he will fall asleep around 9, yet he still wakes around 7 am.

He hasn’t really been sick this month. He seemed a bit congested once but just had a few days of clear drainage. He also had a day of exhaustion where he slept late and had two naps but then acted normally by evening. We found out that both his ear tubs have fallen out at some point in the last 6 months.

2nd year at a glance (see first year here):
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Saturday, July 2, 2011

hot trip to the zoo

We brought IJG to the zoo this morning and met our friends there. Aren't they cute on the orangutan?

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