Now this is the real debate! Even if you can't understand Spanish you can understand McCain and Obama! If he's giving dad grief at 3 and a half over politics I can only imagine what it will be like in my house when he's 18.
Ok so this picture was supposed to be a Wordless Wednesday Post but being the Manic Mommy I am I never got around to it. So as the Rays start their first post-season run I post this picture of Mauricio true blue Rays fan. I may dye the mohawk blue this weekend...we'll see what dad says.
Can someone please explain why children are so drawn to toilets?!? When I first got pregnant 4 years ago I remember walking around in a daze at my local Babies R Us Store trying to determine what I was going to be needing on this journey of motherhood. Registering for gifts was a group effort with my husband, brother, brother's girlfriend at the time (now wife), and my sister-in-law (husband's sister) all pointing to different items and saying "Here scan this." When I went to review the registry I had registered for 45 receiving blankets but no bottles? But I digress...it was during the many trips to the baby superstore that I remember looking at all the safety gadgets and seeing the toilet lid lock. I remember reading about the toilet lid locks as a safety measure to prevent top heavy toddlers from toppling into the tank and drowing in those 5 inches of water but I also remember commenting to my husband "now why do you need a lock for your toilet lid shouldn't you be able to keep your kid from toppling into the toilet?" I didn't buy it then but 4 years later I'm thinking I may need to!
My 14 month old is obsessed with the bathroom and the toilet in particular. The toilet for her is her own personal splash fountain! No matter where we are in the house she makes a beeline for the bathroom and the toilet and if the toilet lid is down then she turns to the next fun activity which is unrolling the toilet paper! My 3 year old never had this fascination with toilets before until we started potty training so of course he can actually lift the toilet lid and he has become his sister's enabler in toilet tank play! They have already stopped up 3 toilets by shoving the entire roll of paper into said toilet. I can tell him till I'm blue in the face to not play with the toilet/toilet water/flushing button/ toilet paper and it all just doesn't even make it in his one ear to go out the other. So the only remedy I have found is to keep the doors to the bathroom closed and dispense toilet paper by the sheet! (Hmmm maybe I should install a toilet paper dispenser and make guests pay?) So if you come to my house bring your quarters in order to go to the bathroom b/c I'm rationing the TP!
Ok so I have been on the potty training express since my son turned 2 last year. With the help of his daycare we started him on pull-ups and then just transitioned to big boy underwear right around June of 2007 figuring its summer and isn't that the best time to potty train b/c they can run around in their bathing suits/underwear all day long and who cares if they pee in the bushes?!?! Well by August I was able to declare victory in the peeing department. Finally 8 months later we are FULLY AND COMPLETLEY potty trained...Yes folks it took 8 long months to get Mauricio to poop on the potty. And believe me it wasn't for lack of trying because I tried everything in the book; stickers, reward charts, candy, bribes, toys, books, puzzles, the potty in front of the tv, bubbles, everything. I devoured potty training articles like I devour chocolate! I visited every conceivable internet site for advice and what did I find NOTHING!!! Oh sure there is plenty of advice out there for getting them to pee but nothing really on the poop side. The only piece of advice I heard and read over and over was don't push him until he's ready.
Well after enduring 4 months were my little stinker would ask for his pull-up so that he could poop and then go stand in a corner do his business, declare that he was finished and could we give him his bath I finally had enough! I took an old pull-ups box from my parents house, and filled it with the remaining pull-ups and made a big huge deal about throwing the box away and showing him the remaining stack of pull-ups. Then I made an even bigger deal on how the stack was dwindling and once the pull-ups were gone that's it they were gone. Finally we used the last pull-up or so I thought. Like an addict my son had a secret stash?!?! I found his stash which was in his overnight grandma bag and got rid of those....and waited. The whole weekend went by and nothing. Monday morning he tells me his tummy hurts and I tell him its because he hasn't gone to the bathroom and he needs to go poop. Well he sits on the toilet counts to 5 and then declares "my tummy doesn't hurt anymore, I don't have to poop." Ok buddy off to daycare for you. I pick him up from daycare and again we have a tummy ache and he sits and nothing so I tell him we need to go get medicine....We go to the nearest drugstore and I give him a Pedia-lax and one hour later after many trips to the potty, more tears than I care to remember on by him and by me and unsolicited advice...SUCCESS!!
The next few days were rough because going to the bathroom was a huge ordeal. My aunt gave me the best advice and said to give him a teaspoon of mineral oil daily. So now we are totally in control and free to use the potty....BUT NOW WE WANT COMPANY EVERYTIME WE GO!!! I went from a child who refused to sit on the toilet to one that is pooping more than a pigeon! So therefore I no longer wish for Marcela to start walking....because then I will never be able to sit down!!
The work office project has been moving along slowly but surely. We've had no internet access for almost a week and my DSL provider who shall remain nameless has THE WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE I have ever experienced. Now I used to work for Disney so believe me I know customer service and these people don't have it! Its no wonder they are getting fined! So no internet access at work during the day and I've actually been busy with the night job has left me little time to surf or organize but I think I'm slowly making progress. The picture below is the right side After....i think I'll make my deadline!
Ok so this is my first Talk About Tuesday. Something exciting and fun to talk about how about the fact that yesterday on Memorial Day I got to sleep in until 10am and yes I did have children in the house (1 of 2 but still..) Yes I can hear the jaws of jealous moms dropping around the blogosphere! I'm sure I will not be so lucky again with children in the house until they turn 18! My husband poor thing had to work super early and I woke up around 6:45 am with a pounding headache...M2 was starting to fuss so when I went downstairs to get some Excedrin I grabbed her a cup of milk and stuck it in her crib for her to find when she finally opened her eyes and she drank it and rolled right over and went back to sleep and we both slept another 3 hours! I so needed that rest because I'm up until at least 145 am most nights of the week working for the airline and don't believe the reports about sluggish travel...My phone keeps ringing! So that is my excitement for Tuesday I slept late on Monday!
Well I hope everyone enjoyed their Memorial Day Weekend. I had a very uneventful weekend although I got rid of alot of junk! I found a great storage box to put away all of my son's preschool projects that I can't bear to throw away just yet. And I took a laundry basket full of clothes to the local baby consignment shop. This is my first foray into consignment but I figure even if I get a little money out of it its better than all that clothing cluttering up the closets!
So a new week and I'm going to plan my menu's for the week for the first time in my domestic career! I've been married almost 8 years and this is the first time I'm planning a full week's meal! So here goes
Monday: Eat at Hotel Grandma!
Tuesday: Spaghetti and Meatballs
Wednesday: Cheesy Chicken Casserole
Thursday: Beef and Chicken Fajitas
Friday: Hotel other Grandma!
So tune in next week to see if I stuck to the menu plan!
Yay!!! My DH's former military training and need for organization has kicked back in! He has decided to tackle his half of the home office which I think was a bigger disaster area than my desk....Mine is just piled high with my son's preschool projects. I have a new love which is the Neat Receipts organizer. Its tiny, it scans full size papers, and it helps me get rid of those papers that are cluttering up my desk which I don't throw away for fear of needing it in the future....hmm wonder if I can scan glitter and glue? In a couple of hours I managed to greatly reduce the pile of paper on my desk. The stacks and stacks of magazines are next! I save the magazines because of some article that I like but then I can't find it again and guess what it collects dust! So I'm going to start just scanning in the magazine pages I want and chucking the magazine in the recycle bin! Hope everyone has a great Memorial Day. Please keep all of our troops past and present in your thoughts and prayers.
Well in the true spirit of my organizational adventure I have joined Tackle it Tuesday courtesy of the 5 minutes for mom blog. It was my computer addiction and my new found love of Google reader that I have become inspired not only to get my organizational skills in gear but to also blog about it...So what is my project....well there are several but the first one is my office desk. I will post the picture later because in true chaotic style I don't have the card reader to download the picture from my camara. But I am taking the before picture and I hope to have an after picture that is dated within 3 weeks of the before picture...yes I'm setting myself a deadline of 3 weeks from today which is June 10, 2008. So wish me luck...once you see the picture you will realize how much I need it!
Ok so I'm not the neatest person...but I'm not the messiest one out there. Clean Sweep and the other TV shows would never come to my house because its not THAT horribly messy....with that being said it does look like a storm went through it and I'm not talking about Hurricane M2 (my 2 kids) although I'm sure they contribute a large part towards it. So after not being able to find the TSA approved locks last night for a last minute trip my DH was taking today, (And I swore up and down I had put them away in the suitcases after our last trip) the camel's back broke. I'm sick of the clutter and the papers, and the general junk! So join me on my organizing journey and see how this adventure turns out.....On that note there is a pile of papers on my desk calling my name!