Potty Training

Yesterday I decided to start trying to potty train Aidan…again. The first time I don’t think he was as ready as I was hoping. So I prepared myself for this time because I really want to stick with it. Plus, it’s discouraged to start then give up. SO, here we are on day two.
Well, I can say that I am exhausted from wiping up so much pee lately. Well, not SO much, but doing it what seems like back-to-back-to-back-to-back.
I looked up a suggestion that was given to me by one of my former patients. She had seen a Dr. Phil show on potty training in a day where he uses a peeing doll and goes through the motions to sort of “train” and motivate your child to want to repeat the same behaviors. In the end, the doll was rewarded with a party and lots of attention was given to the doll for its success. Your child will vie for that attention.

Now, other resources say not to go overboard with the rewarding because it can also cause anxiety for fear of failure the next time.  I decided to do a mixture of both.

Yesterday afternoon, Aidan peed in his potty when I went to get him a book. We celebrated with ice cream and soda. I have since commended him on his successes by telling him he did a really good job. He has peed in his potty twice again today, so I consider it a success so far.

I am proud of my little punkin butter bisquit.

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Is he a toddler now, or still an infant?

Aidan is fast approaching his 1 year birthday!! I can’t believe how time flies!!!

I was wondering the other day when will he be considered a toddler? When I think of infants, I think of babies that need to be held all of the time. When I think of toddlers, I think of kids who are walking and talking. Aidan is neither. I’m not fretting over it.

When he gets fussy and wants a bottle, he now says nnnn bobble or baba baba baba. It’s so cute. I finally realinzed what he was saying yesterday.

As I was giving him a bath last night, I turned on the faucet to rinse him and he loves reaching for that water. When he does, he just keeps his hand under it as if he’s trying to grab hold of it or catch it. It’s the cutest thing. I think it amazes him. When he was little, the trees outside amazed him. Everytime we’d take him out, he’d break his neck trying to look up at our Crape Myrtle and he’d stare at it forever.

I can’t wait to see what’s next.

Beat me up, Scotty!

I’ve been a slacker and have not been posting about my ooglie booglie.

Like always, he has made several accomplishments and honestly I don’t remember which ones I haven’t told you about. But, I’m going to say them and if I repeat myself, no apologies. If you’re a mom, you understand the decrease in memory after having a wee one. 🙂

Whenever we’re feeding him and he’s in his booster seat, he likes to push himself backwards and pop the back of his seat loose. He then reaches around and grabs it, pulling it up front to play with then drop. He’s got this feat down pat.

He also likes driving around in his little car and grabbing everything off of the shelves. He has boocoos of toys all his own, but does he play with those? No. He wants to play with the coasters, mommy’s metal slug, the DVD players, DVDs and whatever may be on the coffee table. And of course, it all goes in his mouth.

We bought him a little push car that will help him learn how to walk. At first he’d lean into it and it would take off and leave him face down (we caught him) because it weighs nothing. He figured out that he can’t lean into it. He wants to walk all the time. Whenever I hold him in my lap, he just squirms his way until I let him down to walk. He does very well, but where he’s so used to walking around in his car, he has learned to lean into the seat. Whenever he’s trying to walk, he leans forward like that’s what he’s supposed to do!! He walks up a storm when you let him hold your fingers. Hecan stand alone for a long time, but when you put him in the middle of the floor to stand alone, I guess he gets intimidated and starts wiggling a lot. Then he just wants to sit down.

We’re almost there.

He also likes saying, “Huh” and will carry on an entire conversation comprised of just him saying the word. It’s cute. He does try talking and will make variations in his voice tone.

Something he does that is so frustrating is when he’s being changed, he does not sit still. He will flip over then crawl towards the shelf on the side that has all of his butt meds and lotions. Then he wants to pick one to play with while being changed. It’s like taking a kid to the dentist and letting them pick out their toothbrush to keep them calm and satisfied. And of course, he gets bored easily, so just as I am about to powder him or put on goo (or right after I have), he goes for round 2.

We are fast approaching his first Christmas and I can’t wait to watch him tear into gifts and get all excited. Maybe he’ll be walking by then. Ganny got him a cute shirt for the day and it says “I’m on the nice list. Trust me.” with a skull wearing a Santa hat!!

Sneaky little Devil!!

My son has been learning new things, non-stop!! Everytime I turn around, it seems, he’s doing something I’ve never seen him do before!!

Lately he chases me around the house anytime I whip out the broom to sweep. He runs after me in his little car with one arm extended, like he’s desperate to help. When he gets it, he starts shaking the broom against the floor like he’s trying to sweep. At least I know when he gets older he’s more prone to want to help me since he’s showing interest at such an early age!! 🙂

He also started clapping his hands together last week, but with one hand balled in a fist. Yesterday he started clapping with both hands open; I think he likes the sound it makes.

He also loves to play with our hair. He’s opposite of most kids: he’s very gentle with our hair. He likes to run his fingers through it and just let it dangle against his hands. It’s interesting.

We bought him a car on Sunday that is supposed to help him learn how to walk, however, it is so lightweight that it just takes off without him the moment he puts the slightest bit of weight into it. I’m not sure how it’s supposed to work like that. It is also a little car that he can ride around as well. He’s quite the cootie (cutie) when he’s on it. He likes to try to prop his legs on the front so that he’s in the Indian style position.

And boy is he testing out those lungs and vocal chords!!!

When he eats, I guess it puts him in a good mood, because he gets hyper while he’s still in his chair. He flits his arms out and starts screaming at the top of his lungs!!!