Advancing in potty training

I am happy to report that the Kiddo used the potty for #2 last night!  This is only the second time in two months that she has done so.  The first time she went into the bathroom by herself and called me in, this time she walked up to me as I saw on the couch watching TV and said “Mommy, potty again!” (she had just gone #1 a short while prior).  So we trotted back to the bathroom, put her up, and she told me to go away (just like last time).

So I step outside into the hall and out of her site, and in moments she announces she is done, that she poo-poo’d on the potty.  I clapped and cheered and heaped on the praise, and gave her TWO stickers (usually she gets one for going #1).  Then after clean up we went out to the living room and she announced to her daddy what she did, jumping up and down excitedly.  And of course he clapped and heaped on the praise, too.

I hope this is a start of things to come.  She still had another pee accident later after that, but I don’t mind those so much if it’s only a little bit (she finished in the toilet).  I just dislike cleaning up the poopy panties, particularly if it’s not, um, solid.  Ick!

Anyway.  Yay for the Kiddo!! :nocare:

My child is strange sometimes

But whose isn’t, really?  Kids can do some really funny things, and also some really weird things.

Something she likes to do recently, and I really have no idea why… is climb on the couch and wedge herself behind me (kind of like if she was going to do a piggy-back ride, but sitting), wrap her little arms around my waist and pull me back so I’m leaning on her.  I don’t put all my weight against her of course.  Then she’ll just sit there, and peek around me to try to see the television.  I guess maybe she sees it as me sitting on her lap, without really sitting on her lap?  Because when she sits on my lap, that is pretty much how it is – she sits on my lap, and my arm/s are around her waist.  *shrug*

This next bit, cracks me up every time she does it, which is probably why she does it.  When she’s wearing a diaper or a pull-up, and it’s started to get saggy (which means we’re obviously overdue to change it – oops), she will stand with her legs apart and shake her little butt and make the saggy part flop back and forth.  And she’ll do it with a ear to ear cheesy grin on her face, because she knows it will make mommy (and daddy too if he’s nearby), burst out in laughter.  And then shoo her into her room to change said saggy diap.  :roll:

Fun with Playdough

Tuesday evening, my husband decided we should go to the toy store and buy the Kiddo some new playdough and some of the play sets that go along with it, since a) she really likes playing with playdough and the accessories when she is at school, and b) it would give the two of them something to do while he stayed home with her the next day.

So off to ToysRUs we go, and we bought a Dora themed fun-factory, the food making set, and a package with smaller tubs of playdough and oodles of little extras – playdough scissors, letter stamps, etc.

And of course, she could hardly wait to open them when we got home.  Heck, my husband was even excited to open them up. LOL

We probably sat and played with the playdough for about 30 minutes before it was time to get her ready for bed, at which point we would get an emphatic, “NOoOooooo! Pay pay-dough!”  We were finally able to convince her that she’d be able to play with the playdough the following day.

Which she did.  In addition to watching Lilo and Stitch several times.

I’m sure I’ll be picking bits of playdough out of the carpet for while to come.

Chapstick: It’s the new Crack.

“Jus’ a wittle bit.”

Anytime the Kiddo sees my purse, or even a glimpse of a tube of Chapstick (or any type of lip balm, for that matter), she HAS to put some on.  And she says that phrase, to let me know she is bent on doing so.

She will unzip my purse, and root around inside to find that coveted tube.  If left to her own devices, she will apply it.  And apply it.  And apply it some more.  Nope, not done yet – and more and more.  She would probably try to put half a tube of it on until she was caught and stopped.

So any time I hear that phrase, and I am not in the same room as she is, I have to RUN to find where she is to keep her from using up the entire thing.

Somehow, I think my daughter will definitely not follow in my footsteps when it comes to make-up.  I wear little to none of it except on special occassions.  Seriously – my make-up expires before I can even use 1/16th of it – and that’s being generous.

I have a feeling she’s going to be a definite glamour girl when she gets older.

New template

I wanted to add a header – well, add text to the header – but the template I was using before didn’t have a header for starters, and second, I couldn’t find any good alphabets to match up with the colors.

So I switched to a different template and added text to the header.  I kind of like it, at least when someone visits it will be clear what the name of my blog is. LOL

Anyway, I got the images for the letters from Lettering Delights, using their free title maker.  It also lists any fonts or alphabets that you’ve already purchased, but the best one that fit with this template was a freebie alphabet.

Now to find one that matches up with my other blog.

Finally, a different movie

I finally convinced her to watch something else besides Toy Story 2.  I think my poor iMac was about to keel over from playing that one constantly.

We’ve moved on to Lilo & Stitch.  I expect that one to play over and over.  And over and over.  And over.

I swear I start dreaming about these movies after hearing them so many times.

How does that taste?

Yep.  Eating my words.

*sigh*

Topical antibiotic cream, 3 times a day, for 10 days, keep her home from school today and tomorrow, blah blah blah.

Boy do I feel dumb.

And a bit ticked off.  I called the daycare this morning to call the Kiddo out sick for the day.  I called them again after the doctor’s appointment, to let them know what she had.

The girl that answered the phone asked, “What is that?” when I told her what the Kiddo has. :annoy: Then, “Is it contagious?”

:fools:

Oh. My.  *double sigh*

Yes, it is contagious.  Very.  I told her I was letting them know so they could watch the other kids there to make sure it wasn’t going around.  Because lord knows it probably is, chances are pretty good that is where the Kiddo got it, not to mention the fact that she was there both Thursday AND Friday with full blown bilsters. And because, not knowing any different, I thought it was simply a contact blister from her pull-ups. What is to say that any other parent wouldn’t think something similar if they have no idea what it is, like I did?

So, I am staying home with her today and tomorrow, and my husband will stay with her on Wednesday just for good measure.  If we had enough vacation time we’d keep her the whole week and only pay half the tuition, but the doc said we only needed to keep her home for two days; we’re just opting to keep her a 3rd day just in case.

Now I know what to watch for in the future.  Man I hate daycare bugs!

I may have to eat my words

Those blisters might NOT be caused by her pull-ups.  :blush:

One more popped up on her leg, nowhere near where her pull-ups would be, and it was when she’d been in underwear for two straight days.  My MIL had looked up some pictures of a certain skin infection when she had the Kiddo overnight on Saturday, and showed the pictures to me when we went over to hang out and pick up the Kiddo yesterday.

:shock:

Yeah. Those pictures showed what looked an awful lot like what I saw on her tummy on Friday.  *sigh*

So today I’m staying home with her to take her to the doctor to have what’s left checked out – plus another patch of OTHER skin ickies on her other leg (unrelated to the new stuff – looks more like zits or bug bites), and the cough that cropped up over the weekend.

This is what we get for her switching rooms at school.  She was doing well with not bringing home ickies in the other room, then she gets moved and *bam*!  First the tummy ickies, now some skin ickies & a cough.

Yippee.

Miss Sleepyhead

Most days, we have to convince the Kiddo when it is nap time to go lay down and get some rest.

Today was different – she was sitting watching Toy Story II, and decided to pause it and proceed to tell me “I tired, I want to nap.”

O.o

You won’t get any argument from me on that, girlie. 🙂

So I followed her out of my office, asked her to go give her daddy a kiss and then she went straight into her room to her bed.  All I had to do was change her into a diaper in case she wet while she sleeps, give her a kiss and put her blanket on her, and walked out and closed the door.  If I had to guess, I’d say she was probably out within minutes of me leaving.

Wow.  Some days she just amazes me. 🙂

Being rubbed raw by Huggies Pull-Ups

The last few days, I’ve noticed a little sore on the Kiddo’s tummy.  First one appeared, it looked like it had been picked at, I figured she had just scraped herself on something, or it had been an itchy spot that she scratched until it scabbed up.  Then another appeared, less than an inch from the other one, but smaller.  Then one more, about the same size as the second.

Then yesterday, we get home and I go to change her out of her pull-up, and notice a HUGE blister (like, the size of a green pea!), near the first three other spots, plus another much smaller spot that also appeared to be a blister.  What in the world??

When I took off her pull-up, I noticed that the “waist line” of it lined up exactly with where the blisters were at. Hmm.  I wonder if something was rubbing wrong in that spot and causing the blisters?  We are using Huggies brand, which I did notice that those have been redesigned sometime in the past couple of months, because now they have this extra purple elastic in the front and the back, which I presume is to make them “better fitting”. We’ve used Huggies in the past and she never had any issues, but that was before they redesigned them.

So rather than put her in another pull-up and make things worse, I put her in underwear and then we went to the grocery store.  She did really good, only had a tiny accident when we first got to the store because dummy mommy didn’t think to have her use the toilet before we left the house, and when we got to the store, the second we step foot in the building she tells me she needs to go, and the bathroom is not exactly close to the entrance – maybe about 70 feet away.  And 70 ft to a toddler who has to go potty, could just as well be a mile away.

She asked a second time while we were shopping to go to the bathroom, so I had to park the cart at the end of a check-out isle and dash into the restroom with her.  The third bathroom visit came after we left that store and I realized, well crud, I forgot something! So I drove to a different store down the road (don’t want to look too dumb, ya know?), and she told me in that store she had to go again.

I swear toddlers must have bladders the size of a thimble.

Since she did so good, including going one more time before dinner, she got four stickers for her potty sheet – one for each visit to the potty.  Today she went to school in underwear (instead of the usual pull-up), and the teacher took her to the toilet as soon as I left the room since she sat on our toilet for a good five minutes and didn’t do a darn thing.  She’ll only be wearing a pull-up for nap time, but she does have a bandaid over the spot where the blister is/was, so hopefully that will be fine for just nap time.

I’m a little annoyed at this because we have a nearly full package of pull-ups now that we probably won’t be using anymore.  I think I am going to write to Huggies and complain about this.  I took a picture of the blister, too, so I will probably include that in the letter.  I want my money back, I don’t even want to donate these to the daycare in case it rubs some other kid’s poor tummy to blistering.

It was rather odd that it was only on the one side, though.  I guess she favors her left side in that case, since the blisters are on the left.

Anyway – has anyone else had this experience with the new design of this brand of pull-ups? I just wonder if it’s an isolated incident with just my daughter or if there are others it is happening to as well.