Friday, January 23, 2015

Potty Time... Excellent

Sorry about the Wayne's World title there... but I couldn't resist.

As the title suggests we have officially begun potty training.  I know that E is not even two and I'm sure some of you think I'm absolutely crazy for doing so.  However, remember that post a year or so ago about cloth diapers and how kids in them can potty train faster?   Well, they're working.  Around Thanksgiving time or so, Eliel began to tell us when he had messed his diaper.  He was not very happy to sit in one when he had done so.  With all the craziness of the holidays, I figured it wasn't a very good time to try and potty train our little guy so once the holiday were over, we gave it a try.

We started with a naked day.  Basically, Eliel ran around naked and as soon as I would notice that he was about to or starting to go, I would rush him to the potty.  That worked quite well and after only a few hours, he was able to tell me when he needed to go.  That was about two weeks ago.  Progressively, Eliel has been getting better at telling us before he needs to go potty.  Once in a while, he has a little accident but usually it's followed by an 'oh no Momma' which lets me know it was an actual accident. 

Our biggest surprise though came earlier this week.  Eliel woke up dry after sleeping all night (thirteen hours nonetheless)!  I was truly amazed myself as I expected that although we might be able to potty train during the day, it would be quite a while before we were able to during naps or at night.  Ever since that night, he has woken up dry every morning and had been dry through almost all of his naps for the entire week.  I am truly amazed at how this little guy is learning!

Most of the time, Eliel is able to go potty for the whole day at home without having an accident.  It is a whole different story, though, when we are out.  He is used to going on his potty chair and so the big toilets are somewhat scary (totally understandable!)  However, we are learning this as well!  Wednesday, he went potty at the library and today, he went potty twice at GG's house!  I know it doesn't sound like a big deal, but it truly is!

Now, we just have to work on going #2 on the potty.  Eliel has a tendency to 'hold it' for days rather than go on the potty.  We're not exactly sure why but hopefully we will remedy this soon!  But for now, I'm enjoying the fact that I have less laundry to do as well as a smiley little boy!

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

More chatting with E

We've got another rousing episode of chatting with Eliel for you again!  It's a little long but a good excuse to take a break from whatever you are doing!
Eliel is learning lots of new words every day! He's learned how to say yellow and little all in his own special way.  He also has learned the name for different kinds of trucks.  It's a blast to ride near a construction site with him!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Fun indoors

Since it's been so cold, we've had to find new ways of burning off some energy.  We go to the library a lot but the other day, Mommy and Eliel went to a park district indoor playland to have some fun!  It was Eliel's first time on a carousel.  Surprisingly, there wasn't any qualms about getting on the huge horses.  And of course, he had to always pick the largest one to get on, even though Mommy is quite short.  After about seven times in a row, Mommy asked if we could take a break because she was getting a bit nauseous!

He also loved playing in the jungle gym although he would not go only and made Mommy come with him.  I'm a bit claustrophobic and being inside a jungle gym made for 2-8 year olds was not exactly my idea of fun.  Where was Daddy when you needed him?!? :)
C'mon Mama!

You can easily fit in here...

Eliel's favorite part of the morning?  Driving around in the cozy car!

I figured we'd stay for about an hour but Eliel was having so much fun we stayed for over two.  Poor guy cried when I told him it was time to leave.  It's definitely something we'll have to do again soon!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Who's Having More Fun?

This is what Daddy and Eliel do for fun:

And the grand finale:

Notice which hand he holds it in?  I think we might have a left-handed little man! :)

Monday, January 5, 2015

Fun in the snow

I know most of us don't think of snow as being fun, but we all did when we were kids.  And since Adam and I get to live out our childhoods again through Eliel, the snow that fell yesterday was fun!

It was the first time Eliel got to shovel and use the sled he received for Christmas from Papa and Gram.  He loved shoveling and just about shoveled off one entire section of the deck for us!  Unfortunately, he just put the snow on the lower part of the deck which we then had to shovel off anyway.  It kept him busy for a very long time though!

Sadly, he wasn't too thrilled about the sled.  When we tried it out with just his clothes on, he fit fine.  However, once  he became the abominable snowman with all of his outdoor gear on, he could barely fit in it.  Poor guy was sliding out every five seconds!  We did get a few smiles when he went down the sledding hill which is a block from our house.  I didn't bring my camera with me there though because I was afraid of dropping it or damaging it.  So, you don't get to see happy sledding pictures.  We might have to invest in a longer sled where Mommy or Daddy can sit with him!  In the end, none of it  mattered though.  Eliel just likes being outside and it was nearly impossible to get him to come back in.  It's going to be a long winter!