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Saturday, July 28, 2007
Weekend Reflection
(This is a post from my deleted blog.)

In all honesty, I am glad to be at the end of the week! Generally speaking, our week was fine; but some of the challenging moments of motherhood were getting to me by Friday (okay, they were getting to me by Wednesday, but mommies can't quit)! My husband has been traveling quite a bit, we are potty-training, we visited the doctor twice, and I let the garage door down on my bumper. Now, I am just happy that my husband will be home next week, and we can start with a clean slate!

Potty-training is going very well. My Best Girl is wearing undies all day except naps and bedtime, and she has had no accidents since Tuesday. However, she really wants to wear diapers. As much as she wants to be a big girl, she also wants to hold on to being the baby as well. I mentioned last week that we promised to get her big girl bed out if she would sleep through the night. The bribe worked well, and she slept through the night twice, so we set up the bed. After lying in it for about ten minutes, she called to us and said, "Okay, I am ready to sleep in my crib now!" Every time we put her down for a nap or bedtime, she will lie in the big girl bed for a few minutes, but she moves into the crib after that. Because she now has no incentive, she is back to waking 3 or 4 times a night. I think we are going to have to throw her out with the trash (kidding)! :) I do not have her bedding yet, but I will post a pic when I do. In the meantime, here is a series of pics demonstrating my child's favorite activity during those 10 minutes in her big girl bed. We place her blanket over her, and then she kicks it over her head. She thinks this is quite a trick!

I am sure you are in awe of my child's talent!


  posted at 9:06 PM  

Sunday, July 22, 2007
Weekend Reflection
(This is a post from my deleted blog.)

Many of you already know that we had VBS this week. VBS is always wonderful, but it is exhausting as well. Both my kids were sick at some point this week, and it finally caught up with me Friday afternoon. I spent Friday afternoon and Saturday feeling under the weather, but at least it was after I completed my VBS responsibilities. I am feeling much better today.

For the past couple of weeks, my Best Girl has not slept well. While she was sick, of course, we coddled her and cared for her when she was feeling bad during the night. Unfortunately, her sleeping habits didn't improve when she felt better. She has been waking 4 times a night and crying. On Friday evening, she cried for an hour when we put her in the bed. We would go in and check on her, and she would give us some reason she was crying. As soon as we left, she would start crying again. We finally just had to let her cry herself to sleep. I really felt like she was taking advantage of her recent illness, and now I know for sure. Last night, we told her that if she could start sleeping like a big girl again that we would put together her big girl bed. The little rascal slept all night! She didn't even call for us when she woke this morning. When my husband went in to get her, she said, "Can I have my big girl bed now?" Obviously, she was taking us for a ride with the all night crying. Now we plan to put together the big girl bed, but we will keep the crib handy in case she can't handle the freedom! :) I ordered her some new bedding yesterday, so I will post a pic when we finish it.

That's all the excitement around here. For more Weekend Reflections, visit Judi. Have a great Sunday!


  posted at 9:04 PM  

Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Another Example of How the Apple Doesn't Fall Far from the Tree
(This is a post from my deleted blog.)

I mentioned previously that my five year old has been thinking about how he could save money on his first car purchase. I also mentioned that this frugal-mindedness places him solidly in the image of his father (okay, I am pretty frugal too, but not as much as Dad). Last week, Dad was away for one night. I decided to take the kids to Ben & Jerry's for a treat. When I mentioned this to my Favorite Boy, he responded in such a way that I actually thought his father was talking.

He said, "Mom, we already have ice cream in the freezer. We can eat that for free. If we go to Ben & Jerry's, we will have to pay. Why don't we just eat ice cream here?"

Ah yes, he makes his Dad proud! However, this wise answer came back to haunt him. He has been begging to go to Chuck-E-Cheese (we rarely go there), so I decided to use his reasoning on him. I said, "Son, we already have pizza in the freezer. If we go to Chuck-E-Cheese, we will have to pay for the pizza. I think we should just stay home!"

For some reason, he decided he didn't like this reasoning any more. :) Just so you know, we did not go to Ben & Jerry's, and I do plan to take him to CEC some time in the near future.


  posted at 9:02 PM  

Thursday, July 5, 2007
Questions and a Laxative
(This is a post from my deleted blog.)

When we visited The Magic House in St. Louis, I saw a sign that said the average four year old asks 437 questions a day. I would say that my five year old is certainly in the ballpark on this one. Of course, most questions are simple: What are we having for lunch?, Can I have some milk?, Where are we going?, Can I have a Playstation?, How far is one mile?, etc...

And then, of course, there are the questions that take you by surprise.

My Favorite Boy: Mom, can I have your car when you die?

Me: Sure.

My Favorite Boy: Thanks. That will really save me a lot of money!

Of course, while I will gladly leave my car to my son, I hope it won't be for many, many years. For those of you who know Dad, I am sure you are smiling at my son's reasoning. You know Dad is all about finding the best deal. As they say, "Like father, like son!" :)

Here is another conversation that recently took place at our house.

My Best Girl: Mom, will you read Three Billy Goats Gruff to me while I go potty?

Mom: Could we read something else? We have read that one about 300 times.

My Best Girl: No. Three Billy Goats Gruff really helps me poop.

I just thought I would share that in case anyone needs help. I am sure you can find it at your local library. Beware of the side effects. You may be saying "Trip-Trap" in your sleep. :)

I guess one of the reasons kids are so much fun is you never know what they will say next! Have a great day!

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