Friday, February 26, 2010

Catching up & Growing up

So here's the latest on the job situation:
  • Casey has a part-time job delivering for Mazzio's, and he really likes it! It's usually just 3 hours a night, but he typically comes home with cash in his wallet from tips so that makes him happy.
  • I was able to get my part-time job back at the gym working in the nursery. My schedule is anything but regular, but I am scheduled for at least 10-15 hours each week. The bonus: I get to take Abby with me. We've just gone once so far, but she had a good time playing with the other kids. It's amazing how much she has grown since I worked there last! She is able to reach so many toys now that she couldn't get to before. She has gotten a LOT taller in 6 months!
  • Casey has been interviewing for a job at the police department here in Searcy as an entry-level officer. He has made it through interviews with the hiring lieutenant, major, and chief of police. They like him so far, so they are going ahead with the background investigation! If/when that clears (could be a few weeks), they will have him do a psychological evaluation. Then if that goes well and he fits their profile, he should begin training! Obviously there are still several hoops and hurdles to get through, but we're excited that they are considering him as a candidate!
Ok, now is the time where I ask for input from other moms who have been through (and survived) potty training. :) **If you have no interest in reading about my child's toilet habits, please stop reading now. You have been warned.** Here goes: Abby is a pro at going in the potty.... as long as we are at home.... and she is completely naked from the waist down. I don't have to worry about her having accidents around the house--she always runs to her potty in the bathroom when she needs to go. But the moment we put on a pull-up (princess, of course) or panties, she just goes in whatever she is wearing.
Question #1: Is this a developmental/she'll-do-it-when-she's-ready thing? Or is this something she has to learn and I'm just not teaching it well? I wouldn't have even messed with potty training this early, but the girl loves to go in the potty! She pretty much begged to be potty trained. So here we are.... running around the house half-naked, but wearing diapers when we leave the house. Which leads me to...
Question #2: Should I put her in pull-ups all the time now and just nix the diapers? Or do I keep putting her in diapers when we leave the house knowing that she will go in whatever she is wearing?
Question #3: What should I do if she has already figured out how to manipulate the reward system?! She will go pee in the potty, and then stand up and say, "Yay! M&M??" So we go get her an M&M. She will eat it and then go right back to the potty and pee some more! Same response--"Yay! M&M??" and she runs to the kitchen where I stash them. Seriously?! She is stopping mid-stream so she can get 2 M&Ms?!? *sigh*
Ahhh, the joys of motherhood. But I can't get too frustrated with her. Especially not when we have times like this:
Oh, and remember how I mentioned the insane increase in height? Here is Abby with her piano 10 months ago (right when she started walking):
And this was her yesterday:
I mean, really. It's just ridiculous. Also, the hair.... the hair! In between those two pictures being taken, the child has had seven inches of hair cut off! I know... I can hardly believe it myself.
I'll end here with an Abby funny of the day: I made blueberry pancakes this morning, and as Casey was helping Abby cut hers up, he said, "It's a blueberry massacre!" To which Abby replied, "Massacre da pancakes!!!" ..... I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried. :)


Deborah said...

I cannot believe how much she has grown!! That is so cool that you have her picture by the same toy to document it.

As far as the potty training goes, I say it's INCREDIBLE that she is even going in the potty at ANY point in time at this age. As far as the "system" goes, I am a big fan of M & M's. They definitely worked for Caleb. If you are worried she's getting too many, could you offer one ever other time? Just a thought. Or, every time she gets an M & M, Mommy gets one too. Then, you'll be begging her to go potty more often!:)

Nicole Whaley said...

I am laughing out loud all the way from Australia. First of all...I just don't believe you. You MUST be feeding her something special for her to be GROWING like that and her hair, too! AMAZING!
And the whole stopping mid-stream thing...hysterical. Sorry...I have no pointers for you.
We did buy big girl panties today. And a little potty chair. Ella "picked it out" but she has no clue what it all means. I would love to see her and Abby together. Abby would be a great teacher for her! :)
Hope you get it all figured out.
And great news on the jobs.
Love, Nicole

Aunt Donna said...

Too many years have gone by for me to give ANY kind of potty training advice. I agree with Deborah; I'm impressed she will even go on the potty at all!! I do remember I didn't even try with mine until they were at least 2 1/2.

However, I must comment on how much she has grown. WOW!!! She is going to be tall just like her Mommy and her Nana! She is a beautiful little girl. Can't wait to see her -- sometime!