Archive | April 2014

Watch pocket

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I’ve never had much use for the watch pocket, it’s not big enough for anything useful but I’ve recent discovered a new use – hair clips.
Now the little one’s hair is growing at an impressive speed it needs to be kept out her face (it’s not really long enough to tie back) and hair clips are a necessity. The problem is, she loves the bright colours they come in and they rarely stay in her hair for very long so I now keep a couple in my watch pocket for quick deployment, or to keep safe when I find them down the side of the sofa or in a shoe.
It’s a glamorous life.

Her: “What’s that?” Me: “You becoming self aware”

20140407-074538.jpgShe’s recently become aware of her belly button, and when her vest comes of her fingers explore her tummy until she find the wrinkled dimple and she calls out “Belly button!”
But during bath time last night her hands explored further and there was a different inquisitive “What’s THAT?”.
I stumbled for a moment before replying “that’s your front bottom”. It was the best I could come up with and I think I could have done a lot worse.
Do they really have to grow up so fast?!

Potty training day five – defeat or defiance

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We’re a working week into our potty training plan, and we’re not taking it any further. We’ve decided that she’s actually not ready yet, and it’s just going to be unnecessarily stressful for everyone involved if we continue.

After days three and four in nursery there had been 9 and 10 accidents and changes of clothes and although she has an excellent understanding of what the potty is for and how to use it, she physically can not hold back her bladder. It’s always too late for the potty by the time she realised what was going on, and Thursday night me and wifey had a long chat to decide whether we should brave the storm and stand strong in defiance, or give it one more day and if there’s no sign of any improvement we’d call it a day.

So day five came and there’s been another 10 changes of clothes so we’re going back to nappies full time tomorrow, and we’ll try again in a few months. >

Potty training day three – tricky trickles

20140403-185250.jpgWell, this may take some time.

We are having a 50/50 success rate, but it’s more luck than skill. She’s calling out for the potty a lot, and it isn’t too difficult to get her to sit down on it, but she’s only doing drops at a time, and when she doesn’t call for the potty she just makes a little damp patch on her clothes.

Apparently this is very common, which is good to know but not very helpful. Because modern nappies are so effective in soaking up wee to keep babies comfortable, the baby doesn’t actually realise she’s doing a wee, and gives a regular drip-drip-drip.

So the mental battle to go to the potty when the urge arises has almost been won, the physical ability to “hold it in” doesn’t exist and needs to be learnt.

So far our record is 9 changes of pants in one day at nursery. The laminate and tiled floors in our house have been a godsend the past three days.

Top five lessons so far

  1. You can’t have too many spare pairs of pants ready.
  2. Turn the heating up and have them wear as little as possible fr the waist down.
  3. Roll up all your rugs and keep the little one away from carpets where possible.
  4. If you live in a house get two pottys – one for upstairs and one for downstairs – when she says she’s going to go, you don’t have much time (she may have already gone).
  5. Sandals or plastic/rubber shoes like crocs are great so you don’t get trainers filling with piss.

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