As soon as we were done we hurried and cleaned up the party, got in the car, picked up Corbin at school and headed to McCall. I've been wanting to go to a hotel or do something fun with our kids for awhile. We had stake conference last weekend and I thought lets get out of town (since I'm a primary teacher and always have to find a sub). I contacted my brother Hart to see if we could possibly stay in his time share in McCall. He said the weekends were always booked but we could stay on a week day. So I thought, why not? The condo was about the size of our house. It was awesome. The kids thought they had died and gone to heaven. We basically in door camped for the night. It was great. We all got on our suits and went to the pool but the water was freezing. Even our kids wouldn't swim in it. So we were huddled in a tiny hot tub with other people. After 10 minutes we just went back to the condo for the kids to swim in the tub. We just ate lots of junk food, played games, and watched movies. Check out was at noon the next day. We drove around the town of McCall because it's a cute little town and then we drove home.
That night Corbin had a scouts family dinner and I went to The Boy with a friend. It was dumb. On Wednesday I started potty training!
I got the idea on Sunday that maybe I could potty train Ryan. He's been tugging at his diapers more and he's really annoying during his diaper changes. Plus I much prefer potty training in the winter since you are stuck indoors anyway. I normally like to start on a Monday but there wasn't an available Monday any time soon and when I want to do something I want to do it! I ordered his underwear online on Monday and it was supposed to arrive on Tuesday but then it didn't come until Wednesday evening. I could not wait another day to start, I already felt like I was two days behind. So I borrowed some giant old underwear from a friend and started with those.
Finally around 10:00 in the morning on Wednesday I was ready to start. I got Ryan in a shirt and underwear and he was not happy! He was crying and freaking out. I had to hold him on my lap for the first hour plus. He happily ate crackers and drank capri suns. After awhile the accidents began and I rushed him to the potty where he screamed. I grabbed some books and made him sit while I read to him and he screamed. He finally calmed down and got comfortable with the potty chair. Then we just repeated all day long. I thought he had it early on. At one point he was sitting down and started to pee and stopped himself and said, "pee" and we rushed to the toilet. I was like YES, he's got it already. Well five days later he does not have it. He hasn't really done that since. Wha, wha. Around 5:00 pm his new underwear finally came in the mail and that was pretty exciting for him to open his package of new undies.
He woke up wet in the morning but stayed dry during his nap that day. Pretty much same as day one. Catch him in an accident, rush to toilet. The good thing about Ryan is that when I would catch him with his accident he would finish on the toilet. That was a pretty big deal. I think with Piper she wouldn't release in the toilet so to get out all of her pee from one incident I would maybe go through 6 pairs of underwear. Woof!
He woke up wet in the morning (poor buddy was a frozen pop cycle). I really tried to focus on waiting for him to tell me he needed to pee or start having an accident before I took him to the potty. (In the days before he had just casually gone potty a few times when maybe Piper was going potty or something and not really because he felt and understood the urge). He drank 3 capri suns and I waited 4 hours for him to finally start peeing. That was long. For 2 of those hours I was intently waiting to jump into action. He finally spilled and I put him down for a nap. He woke from his nap dry. He got two very tiny poops in the toilet that day. That was a big victory! Piper held in her poop for like a week when I was potty training her. It was awful!
He woke up dry! I was pretty busy making cookies and getting things ready for a bridal shower I was co-hosting with a friend. He went poop in his underwear when I wasn't watching him. Again this is much better than holding it in. Still tried best as we could to catch accidents and go to toilet.
Day 5 today
He woke up dry! He still won't tell me when he needs to pee or rush himself to the toilet. I'm not sure if he's going to get it.
Things he has learned; bladder control, he wakes up dry from naps and in the morning. He can pee on command if necessary, (like before church). He has gotten poop in the toilet.
He is over my constant watching and asking him to tell me if he needs to pee. He yells at me every time I ask him. At this point it's just a matter of figuring out if he's going to do it or not. It's like when Scott tried to make Corbin say "banana" for 30 minutes when he wasn't ready to talk yet. Ryan knows what's happening but is he ready to take the responsibility for it? I'm not sure. I don't know at what point to throw in the towel. I'm pretty determined but if he doesn't fully get it I will put him back in diapers. I am not into dealing with accidents for 6 months. If my kids don't get it and aren't accident free they go back in diapers. So we'll see. He's young. By next week he will either be accident free or back in diapers. Stay tuned...
Planing and executing a birthday party, family trip, potty training, and bridal shower was a bit insane. Hope next week is less crazy...
Scott had a second job interview and it went well. To be continued...
Ryan: While I was getting him dressed for church he called out, "Gabby, it's time for church!"
He has gotten used to me being right next to him over the last several days. He was at the table eating crackers and drinking juice and I went and said something to Scott, I came back and Ryan pointed at the bench and said, "SIT!"
During church during the prayer, "Prayers Piper, Prayers!" Because Piper was not folding her arms.
Piper is on some crazy kick. She is so concerned about growing up. She wants to be a kid forever. She has been talking about it constantly. "Mom, I have something to tell you," me:"what", P:"I never want to be a mom, I want to be a kid forever. Isn't it so sad that I never want to be a mom?" She's a nut. She's also a perfectionist and she's really concerned that she won't be able to cook like me when she grows up or be able to play the piano. She is so concerned about life!You're 4! Calm down.
After Gabby came home from school on Friday, "So mom, how's potty training going?" Ha.
The McCall condo except there was tons of snow.
|Cookie Decorating (Gabby wanted it to be a costume party)|
|Catch the marshmallows in cup game|
|Who can blow the most cotton balls in a minute game.|
|Keep balloon in the air.|
|Gabby and Piper have been the best cheerleaders. They come and clap and congratulate Ryan with every victory.|
|Painting while waiting for next spill.|
|Toilet Paper Wedding Dress|