Monday, May 31, 2010

Potty Weekend

*** Just a warning this post is about pee and poop....skip to the bottom for the cute pics ***

We were pretty free this weekend so we decided it would be a good time to start potty training in earnest with Grace.  Grace needs to be potty trained by September as the new preschool she will be going to requires that the kids be trained.  We have plenty of time but the summer can get busy and go by fast so we decided to get a head-start.  We have been sitting Grace on the potty at night and in the morning and most of the time she will pee.  She has also recently been asking to sit on the potty but that has been pretty sporadic but it tells us that she is now ready,

A couple months ago we tried with not great results as she obviously wasn't ready and neither was I.  It started out pretty well and then Jen left to run some errands....big mistake.   About 2 minutes after Jen left Grace climbed up onto one of our dining room chairs and proceded to pee on it.  This was change #1.  About 10 minutes later I sat her on the potty and she peed.  Then a few minutes later she peed on the couch, change #2.  About 10 minutes later we sat on the potty but she didn't have to go.  But just 5 minutes after that she peed on the floor.  At this point I was getting frustrated and decided that she was just not ready.  Jen came home and agreed and the diapers went back on.

This weekend started pretty well, she went most of the day Saturday in dry panties.  We went out later in the day and used some pull-ups and she did pee in those once.  But overall it was a pretty good day.  Sunday we were running errands most of the day so we were on and off with the panties and pullups.  She was able to experience peeing and even pooping in a restaurant bathroom but also peed in her pull-ups a couple times. 

Monday all hell broke loose....I needed to get some things done around the house so Jen was on her own.  As I was coming upstairs from mowing the lawn I caught a glimpse of a pile of poop on the bathroom floor.  Apparently it fell out of her panties as Jen was sitting her down to pee.  This happened again about an hour later.  We kept sitting her on the potty throughout the day every 15 minutes or so and had some success and some failure.  At one point I think Grace had enough and refused to sit on the potty...when I finally got her on she started crying that she wanted to put her diapers on and then threw up all over herself.  Poor baby.

The rest of the day went pretty well.  Jen put a piece of paper on the wall next to the potty and gave her a sticker to put on it whenever she had a successful pee and that seemed to work pretty well.  Tomorrow it is back to work and daycare for Grace.  Jen wrote up some instructions for them so hopefully they keep her in panties and have some success.  We shall see.  Just a couple pics of Grace being silly from this weekend below.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

2 Year Familiversary

Two years ago today we met our Gracie for the very first time.  Hard to belive it has been two years.  It feels like it was just yesterday and yet feels like she has been with us forever.



Sunday, May 23, 2010

Ponies and Canoes

It was a beautiful weekend here and we took full advantage of it by trying to be outside most of the time.  On Saturday we attended a birthday party for Jen's coworker's daughter.  They had great food, a fun playset and Grace's favorite.....Ponies!!!!

On Sunday we trekked down to Newton to a canoe rental place to give Grace her first taste of the Charles River.  She actually seemed to like it.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

No Like the Mice

One of the restaurants in the area has a character brunch for kids a couple weeks a month.  This Sunday was Mickey and Minnie Mouse so we got up early and met up with the Shahs for a liitle fun.  Unfortunately Grace wasn't into the mice this time around which is very out of character for her.  The one pic we got below.

Fortunately this weekend was beautiful.  We spent the day Saturday on the Minuteman Bike Trail and most of Sunday outside around the neighborhood.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's day to all of the mothers and mothers-to-be out there.

We had a nice mother's day.  Grace and I started out with a run to the local coffee shop to get donuts and coffee for breakfast in bed for Mommy.  We headed to Portsmouth, NH for lunch and some shopping.

We gave our mothers framed copies of the below portrait.   This was taken at costume day at school.  They brought in a bunch of costumes for the kids to choose from and, of course, Grace chose the fairy costume.  Just love the devilish little smile in the pic.

Sunday, May 02, 2010


I made kind of a big change this week.....after almost 14 years I am leaving my postition at the company I work for to take a new job.   I will still be working in the IT field (actually I will be doing the exact same job I have been for the past few years).  But I will be knocking about 2 hours off my daily commute.  No more driving into Boston every day and I will have more time to spend with my girls. 

We had some really hot weather this weekend and got to spend part of it celebrating Uno de Mayo with the Shahs.  It was our first cookout of the year and Grace got to take a couple swings at her first Pinata.  Some pics below.