Sunday, January 31, 2010

I need to figure out how to carry a bathtub...

I got it! I finally figured it out! The key to unlocking the mystery that has become Ben's resistance to potty training--the bathtub!!! Seriously! EVERY SINGLE TIME that boy has a bath--instant pee. I can strip him, plop him on the potty, and nothing happens. But, as soon as his feet hit the water--lookout!

So, if I can just give him 4-5 baths a day, maybe we can forget about the diapers altogether! So far, that's the best idea that I have come up with. I am going to have the cleanest 3 year old boy on earth! :)

So, other than that, shall I update you on the health situation in my house? Ok. Kinsey is MUCH better. She will be going to school fo sho tomorrow. She still has a fairly nasty cough, but she is otherwise fine and dandy. But, since Ben has inherited the nasties, I will be watching him very closely. He makes me nervous when he has upper respiratory stuff. Ever since the RSV incident when he was a tiny baby, I have been nervous. So, I won't hesitate to whisk him off to the doctor, where I can pay $25 for the doc to listen to his chest and tell me that he is fine.

Doug got home tonight from his journey to Indiana. All is well in the midwest. Everyone was healthy and kicking. That's always good to hear!

So, Tuesday is Kinsey's 100 day party at school. Before this year, I had never heard of such a thing, but apparently, it's a big deal. We have a whole list of crap that we have to do for the party. Why is it that "parties" seem to equal "a bunch of crap for your mother to do"? Well, we did step one today--create a shirt with 100 things glued to it. Tomorrow I will take a picture of it. It's pretty cute, if I do say so myself! I just hope that the stuff doesn't fall off! Since I am not a seamstress (who knew?), we glued it on. Apparently, I'm not a very good gluestress either! I will give you a full rundown of the 100 day extravaganza tomorrow. I don't want to spoil everything in one sitting!!!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Potty training? Not so much!

Ok, so I woke up today all gung ho to get this diaper-free living started. I got Ben up and fed and was about to put the sponge-pants on him when I got a call from my friend, Melissa. She wanted to take the kids to the park. I hesitate for about a half a second and then say SURE! Aaaaaand, the potty training plan goes out the window. There was no way I was taking my little pee machine to a park with no plan to deal with drenched clothes.

So, off to the park we went and it was a huge success. All the kids were red-cheeked and runny nosed, and most importantly--tired! Sweet! I actually had about an hour of silence this afternoon. And that, my friends, seems to mean more to me than changing diapers for one more day!

I should also mention that Kinsey is feeling much better. Whew! But, Ben started coughing tonight. So, if he gets what we had, we could be in for another snot parade. yay. my favorite.

Friday, January 29, 2010

she's still sick...and slowly losing my mind!

So, today marks day #4 of Kinsey being "sick". When I picked her up from school on Tuesday, the teacher said that she hadn't felt well all day, but didn't want to go home. Kept her home on Wednesday. Sent her on Thursday, only to have the office call me an hour later to come get her. Kept her home today. The problem is that I don't think that she is really all that sick. Am I being snowed here? I can't tell! She is super congested, and has a bad cough, but it doesn't stop her from terrorizing her brother AND her mother!

On top of that, Doug is in Indiana visiting Eddie, so I am here all. by. myself. To deal with the craziness. I could be going a little nuts, but I need to get away! ARRRRGGH! I've had it with snot!


So, get this....I told Ben that we are NOT wearing diapers tomorrow. How do you think that is going to work? He has a rash on his butt from pooping in the middle of the night and then wearing it until morning. (sorry, is that too much information?) Anyway, I thought that it might feel better if he was bare booty, so we are going for it tomorrow. He hates wearing underwear. Even the super cool boxer briefs that I got him, so he will be going commando. I wish someone would make pants out of a sponge! (or socks for that matter, that's wear the pee usually collects!)

So, cross your fingers, pray, send good vibes or whatever you do for the following two things:
1. That Ben will eventually "get it" and decide that peeing in his pants is not the best option
2. That Ben does not poop whilst going commando

Thursday, January 28, 2010

ok, am I ever going to get it together?

Every time I get hassled by Karen, I make a promise to myself that I am going to do better about writing on my blog! Well, guess what happened? That's right---hassle! So, here I am. Actually, this is a good time to update all of my many, many followers on what is going on with me. My life is a three ring circus--can you handle it???

So, in the first ring we have a kindergartner!! woop woop! Kinsey rocks at school. She is BRILLIANT!! AMAZING!! OUTSTANDING! She will amaze you with her reading skills! She will blow your mind with her vocabulary and penmanship. She is truly, one of a kind!

But, of course there has to be a downside. Right? Here it is---my AMAZING kindergartner makes my life a living HELL in the mornings! I simply cannot believe that she is only six years old, yet she is unable to wake up for school. She has been the recipient of a lovely Hello Kitty alarm clock that gives her plenty of time to ease out of her peaceful slumber into some semblance of consciousness, but that is not enough. Oh no. It requires a minimum of ten minutes of "MOMMY!! IT IS TOOOOOOOOO EARLY!!! WHY DID YOU WAKE ME UP?? I AM TIIIIIIIIIIRED!!" Are you 16? NO! You are SIX! Get out of bed! sheesh! But, as soon as she gathers her wits and her blankets and hauls herself downstairs for breakfast, she is generally becoming human again. But, those ten minutes? PURE HELL!

Ok, in ring number two we have a little boy who refuses to pee on the potty! You will be amazed as you watch him kick and scream and run away from his poor mother who is merely trying to put underwear on him. You will tell your friends about the little guy who looks like an angel, but can pee on the floor the second you turn your back!

What am I going to do with this guy? Seriously!!! He is 3 years and 4 months old. That is plenty old to not sit around in your own pee for hours on end. It is plenty old to tell me that he has to pee and then go do it! I have been changing diapers for 6 years straight and I am over it!!

Please check out the below picture. Don't they both look like a handful? How I am surviving this Mommy thing is beyond me!

In the center ring....we have DOUG!!! I don't really have a lot of drama with him, but I thought that he deserved the center ring! Isn't that nice of me? He has been traveling a lot lately, so I feel like a single mom, but what are you gonna do?

So, that is my update. Stay tuned to follow the hugely successful potty training journey that I am about to embark upon. (I have decided that if I can't do it, I am outsourcing the job! Any takers?)