Anyway, this blog has been a different story. It is so easy to write about what the baby is up to because, well, he is always doing new things: crawling, eating food, cutting teeth, standing etc. Babies grow up so fast there is always something new to document and a monthly picture to post. I promise, I spend an equal amount of time with each of my boys. I don't feel like one monopolizes more of my time than the other. So to anyone worried about that issue when you are thinking about adding to your family...don't worry each one gets the same amount of lovin'! You just find the time.
Back to the reason for this post.
I thought I'd write about what The Boys have been up to, no Jacob talk this time I promise!
Vincent and Landen seriously crack us up everyday. They are saying new things constantly! Little sponges soaking everything in. They are also two. You know, the terrible two sayin got invented for a reason! They get time outs, sometimes multiple times a day. And then sometimes we will go a few days with no one in time out!
**side note: I'm beginning to see that the topic of discipline is about as opinionated infested as breastfeeding and sleep training. To spank or not to spank. Incentives are bribes or are they positive reinforcements.. Oy vey! moms are just way too opinionated in my opinion! ha see what I did there :)**
Our biggest battle with them is sharing and being nice to Jacob. I get it, brothers won't get along all the time, but man...it is exhausting to listen to them arguing sometimes! And 90% of the time its with Jacob, they get along with each other just fine.
Vincent is the instigator. He will put a toy down on the ground and inch it towards Jacob until Jacob reaches for it. Then he either pulls it away really fast "no Jakey!" or sits there and screams because Jacob took his toy. grrrrr. I say to myself its just a phase...its just a phase. And I do my best to take advantage of teachable moments. (insert "forced-grin" emoticon here)
A few weeks ago Vincent got stung by a bee on his belly. Super sad afternoon! He started screaming, I saw the
L: "mommy, legos?? legos?....mommy, play a legos?"
M: "you want to play with the legos?"
L: "Ohhh!! OKAY!!!"
L: "mommy, watch a fireman?...fireman mommy?"
M: "You want to watch the fireman movie?"
L: "ohhhh!! OKAY!! a mooo-bee!!"
A few things they say sound so cute and toddler-ish. Sometimes I hope they never say it correctly:
"mommy... aaaa this!" (mommy, watch this!)
"aaa woah-sie" (ring around the rosey)
There are a ton more but that would be boring.
Landen also has very keen sense of hearing. His ears will perk up! "heli-cockter! hear it?!" and he puts his pointer finger on his cheek because he doesn't quite make it back far enough to his ear.
Both of the boys say bye to EVERYTHING! bye truck! bye car! bye fwow-wer! sometimes they add a 'see you later' to it but it just comes out later. bye house, later!
Okay, just one picture of Jakey...because he's just too cute! no more I promise.
There were chickens, goats, parrots, roosters and even a big huge turkey. Here are the boys by the goats:
A lot of the things sitting around were for sale. Old antiques, signs, collectables and even some handmade things like these play houses:
|Looks like Landen is saying "Come on everybody, time for church!"|
They had a little play shooting game. I wish I would have gotten a picture of what you actually shoot at. It was like the place at disneyland where you shoot at the red lights and then when you "hit" one something happens: a sign moves, something pops up, banging and clanging noises play. There was an old rusty car that had eyes and the grill was the mouth. At one point the car talked and moved and even squirted water at you. This is an example of how opposite the boys are:
The car started talking and Landen fah-reeaakss out! Like major clinger status onto my mom. Would not let go!! crying and saying "home! home!" The kid just wanted to get out of there! And Vincent turns and looks at me and says "ha ha, car funny!"
We had a nice lunch while Jacob napped in the stroller and then Grammie treated the boys to some yummy ice cream.
Well they say the third time is the charm
The thought of only buying diapers for one kid sounded soooooo amazing!! I have NEVER had that luxury. Diapers for only one kid! So my first attempt at potty training was last November (the boys were 21 months) They did great each of them went poop and pee on the potty! but I was using pull ups and I was getting frustrated because I couldn't tell when they had gone. Sometimes their pull up would be full when I would take them to the restroom and I wouldn't know if they went a while ago or just recently. And then they got sick. The winter sickies put potty training on hold.
|Landen in November (21 mo.)|
Then they turned two. I thought hello! they are two! They can be potty trained now. I went and bought big boy underwear and thought this is going to be great! Yeah right!! I didn't have a whole day for them to be in underwear. Maybe in the morning and then we had a play date in the afternoon so they were back in diapers. Or maybe we had errands in the morning and they had diapers on and then in the afternoon I would put them in underwear. Poor guys were getting confused...ok when is it okay for us to pee our pants and when is it not okay?!
|Boys in big boy undies back in February (24 months old)|
So after FIVE accidents in a row I threw in the towel. Forget it. Diapers it is. I started asking around and researching some success stories. Some say wait until they are 3. Some say oh its totally easy, they can be trained at 18 months. Again...opinions I tell you.
I came up with a game plan. When I work back to back weekends I have the monday through friday off in between those weekends. So I marked my calendar and intentionally didn't make any plans for that week. We were going to stay home and do this!
|This calendar is what we keep track of our work schedule on. I promise its not our social calendar, we are not that boring.|
For a month I looked at that week on the calendar pretty much dreading it. Not wanting my hopes or my expectations to get too high. I was going to give it a good hard effort and if they didn't show improvement by the end of the week. I was going to stop and try again later. Maybe even wait until they were 3 as some suggested.
My plan: to take them to the potty every 20 to 30 minutes. Encourage them to drink water. BRIBE them with a sticker and a treat (small cookie), and not put diapers on them during the day (no matter how nice the idea sounded)
It is a trip to see them running around in these big boy underwear. They are 27 months old.
The first day was exhausting!! Several accidents but also a few successes so not a complete bust. AND it was memorial day so we went to my moms in the evening (they wore pull-ups) which was a nice break and the ONLY plans I made an exception for since it was a holiday and all.
The next day....a huge improvement!! By wednesday we only had one accident ALL day! I have learned that Landen is more comfortable standing. So we are working on aiming with him. When he sits he doesn't push it down far enough so it ALL goes in front of the toilet. When he stands he makes at least 50% in the toilet. Vincent has been a surprise! I thought Landen would be faster at picking it up. Vincent has only had TWO accidents all week!
|ummm hello!? of course they are fireman stickers!|
I would NOT say we are potty trained. They still wear a pull-up for naps and a diaper at night for bedtime. But during awake time they are in underwear. When they have an accident its not like they are standing in a puddle of pee on the floor, they have only a quarter size amount on their underwear, they stop themselves, tell me they have to go and finish on the potty. We are on our 5th day and that has only happened once today (Landen). They have only gone #2 on the potty one time each this week. They have been going in their pull-up at nap time or diaper at night. I figure the poop training will happen eventually and at least they aren't going IN their underwear.....yet (fingers crossed this doesn't happen....ever) We have ventured out of the house a couple of times. No diapers and No accidents!! (but you better believe I will be making sure to pack a change of clothes just in case! and I'm thinking the entire time we are away from the house please don't have an accident...please don't have an accident) I have already noticed a HUGE difference in the amount of diapers we used this week! Only 10 pull ups and 10 diapers! We are making progress!! My little boys are growing up!