Night time dryness

I’m getting lame on my post titles.

I just wanted to quickly post that, even though we are still using pull-ups on Aidan, he has made vast improvements. He has been dry for the past 3 days in a row when waking up. And the day before the first he was dry. He has had spells here and there.

Also, he actually sat on the toilet and attempted to squeeze one out.

Oh my god, we’re getting there!

***UPDATE: Day 4 of dry mornings!***

Potty Forcing

I don’t really think of it as training as it is forcing my son to change his potty habits in a nice way. A push.

So, I do believe this is attempt #3 at this. This will be the final attempt. He will get it or he will wear diapers on his first date…..whatever he decides.

Aidan has actually done really well with it this go ’round. We are using the sticker chart and treats for everytime he goes successfully in his potty. He gets one sticker for peeing and two for pooping. At the end of the first week – as long as he has stickers for everyday – he gets to go to Chuck E Cheese!

So far, though, he has not pooped in the potty. The first time around he only went once in it and held it every other time. Well, Aidan isn’t holding it this time; he’s going in his underwear. Yesterday we went to Home Depot and he forgot to tell me he had to go pee, so he wound up peeing all in their floor and on himself. I spent about 15 minutes cleaning it up. My nerves were shot bc it was humiliating and I felt bad for Aidan bc he was covered. Once we got to the car, we had clean underwear and wipes. Then I took a chill pill.

Next week we are going to continue rewards, but will mostly focus on pooping. If he poops in the potty everyday, then we will go to this place kind of like Chuck E Cheese in town that has one of those large bouncy houses in it.

I will have an update next week.

Ureka!!

OK….so I went to Chattanooga today to get some pics printed up and I had fed Aidan before we left. About 20 minutes before they were done, he pooped. I sat down to change him (I’ll change him wherever I feel like it!!!) and discovered I had left the diaper bag in the car. Dammit!!

About 20 minutes later we got to the car and I changed him immediately. His butt was orange from the poop. (He had eaten sweet potatoes before we left). As I was gently wiping him, he started to gasp as if it was hurting. He wasn’t even red or anything. So I cleaned as best I could without doing further damage.

I got home and he woke up a short while later and when I went to change him, his butt was RED!!! Poor baby. So, now I know it’s the friggin’ sweet potatoes. No more!! I gave him a bath and let him let it all hang out for a little while. He seemed so relieved. Then I put a big glob of A&D on and he’s now napping.

I absolutely HATE when he gets chafed.

At least now I know.

Mommies aren’t perfect. There’s no manual for motherhood.

Over the past few nights Aidan has woke up during the night – usually around 3 am – my guess is because he’s in pain from teething again. That, or because he’s not eating enough and not staying full through the night. He also had bad gas yesterday. Fart here. Fart there. Fart everywhere!

Well, I had gotten accustomed to sleeping through the night again. Suddenly I am awoken to have to tend to him. Not that I mind that at all, it’s just that it seems like forever to get him back to sleep. Really it isn’t, but because I’m not used to waking up again, I’m tired as hell when I do.

Last night I laid down to go to bed around midnight. Shortly after – like 15 minutes – just when I was getting comfy and asleep, he wakes up. I was very frustrated and shaky (you know when something startles you awake?).

Then he woke up again at like 4 am. Double whammy!! Man, was I tired. I was stumbling trying to get to the kitchen to make him some food and stuff. I was aggravated – not at Aidan – but at myself because it was like I couldn’t figure out what was wrong and fix it. And I didn’t want to ask Mike for help because he has to work; I don’t. I never want to bother him because he works long, rough hours. I don’t want to put my job off on him because I’m tired.

But….sometimes I’ll need help. Motherhood can be very exhausting and demanding, especially when your child is ill. Children get ill when teething. It’s painful and can cause fever, coughing, etc. I’m very fortunate that he’s never been sick from a virus or anything horrible like that.

Tylenol takes care of what we’ve gone through.

Back to my night. So I fed Aidan a bowl of rice and a bottle!! In the middle of the night. He slept until about 7:15am-ish when  put him in bed with me. Then we slept until 9am. There’s nothing better than cuddling with my child. Not even sex!!

This morning, Mike and I talked about last night and I broke down. I have a hard time asking for help with things…especially when I know how to do them.

There’s no manual on motherhood, so what you may do one day, may not work the next. Clearly I must change his eating habits and increase his intake.

He poops so much, too. I promise I change his diaper every hour and when he poops, immediately, but he’s still getting diaper rashes regularly. This is his first one in a couple of weeks or so. I think it’s the sweet potatoes that make him poop. It turns his butt red and it smells differently which signifies a chemical change which is what is burning his butt.

Poor baby. He cries when I try to clean him. I plan to just wash him when he poops.

Look at my rocking baby in his Misfits onesie and motorcycle boots!!

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doodie

Uhh….Aidan had the worst doodie experience ever.

He was in his rainforest bouncer when he stopped, leaned over and stared at me. I thought maybe he was going to puke again because he had just vomitted (for the first time in a LONG while). So I kept a close eye on him. Then came a grunt. Uh. Uhhh. Uh. Uhhhhhhh. He semi-strained for a good minute – longer than usual anyways.

So I was relieved to know he was just dookeying.

Then the smell hit me. It smelled like really bad vomit; kind of like when you wake up with a hangover and smell the nasty vomit from the night before in pile somewhere. It was so disgusting. I thought he had vomitted again. I went to check him out. I didn’t see any vomit. He was bouncing at the time, too.

I discovered that it was just the poop. It had leaked out of his diaper, in the seat of his bouncer, down his leg into the floor. Not piles of it, just a little pile. He managed to step in it, jump in it and smear it all underneath him. What a mess!!! It took a good 45 minutes to clean up.

I can still smell it despite all of the wipes and disinfecting cleaner that I used. I think the smell is stuck in my nose. Blech.