Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Potty Training Update

Was just discussing potty-ing with one of Charlie's care providers. Apparently he was willing to sit on the potty at preschool today (a first), and even used a tissue to wipe, though he did not actually "do" anything.

At home Charlie is going poop in the potty about every 2 or 3 days (the other days he goes in his diaper, or as he did one time last week, the floor). He is really excited when he does it. Have not worked on going pee yet. I don't think he is really clued in to that particular body function at this point. I am told it helps to just let kids run around the yard buck-naked so it is easy to notice when they go. I just don't know about that. We haven't a fence here, so he would be quite exposed, and it is a lot of work for me to keep him from dashing off. I think the neighbors would really start to wonder if they saw me running down the alley after a totally naked toddler very often.

Anyway, there is progress, and we are proud of our part time potty pooper. :)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Father's Day 2009

Well, now we can't let this day pass without honoring our Daddy. Raymond is an amazing father. He is steadfast, he is dedicated, and he loves all of us so much. I can't think of a better father for our boys.

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Do you know he gets up every morning at 6:30am when we hear Calvin over the baby monitor, and fetches him for me? He gets the boys set up with breakfast even while he is making his lunch for work. He is amazing.

He parents with so much creativity, and the boys feel so at home in his arms. There is nothing like watching him together with our boys, doing all the things that boys do.

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Thanks, Ray, for being a most excellent Daddy.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Now You See It...

This video (in the post below this one) is of Charlie performing a fun trick he made up all by himself. This kid is way too cute, and funny, and amazing, and and and!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Fat Lip

Calvin... Oh, Calvin!...

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Your little mind is two steps ahead of your little body. Such an adventurous spirit, you are.

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Well, sweet boy, I hope that fat lip heals quickly; and, hence forth I promise to make sure the slides are properly spaced so as to avoid another face-to-slide encounter.

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Flashback Friday

Charlie at 11 months. Look at that hair! He was a bald baby until about 8 months when it started growing straight up on top.

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At 11 months old Charlie could roll over, sit unassisted, play a mean drum beat, and clap too. He could do a lot of fun things, but those seem like the major milestones at the time. I think our struggles at that point were communication, fine motor play, and eating and drinking. He just would not eat or drink anything! (You would never know from all the chub, though, eh?)

Boy, those days seem to have gone so quickly. I can remember thinking things like, "Will Charlie ever crawl?" "When will he be able to tell me what he wants?" "Am I going to have to breastfeed this child forever?" Now, when I begin to ponder the "will-he-ever's," I remind myself of those early days, and I know my answer is "yes." Yes, he will. Yes, he is capable. Just, in his own time.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Guess Who...

...went poop on the potty today??!!

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He was so proud of himself! He walked over to his potty and said, "poop," then made a grunting noise. I asked him if he wanted to poop on his "froggy potty," to which he replied, "yes!" So, down came the pants, off with the diaper, and 5 minutes later he told me he was done! Just like that! I was out of chocolate chips (for a reward), but he was so pleased with himself anyway. He carried the pot to the toilet and helped me dump out his, well, dump. Then he flushed it down while we all waved bye-bye (Calvin was audience to the whole affair). Last, he stood on the step-stool to wash his hands in the sink. He was so excited about what he did. I was excited, too! Yay for Charlie!!!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Melt

Tonight Charlie came in the kitchen for a milk refill. I helped him pour some milk into his cup and screw on the lid. As he padded away, cup clasped in chubby little hands, I heard, "dank-oo, ama." This boy has my heart.

Monday, June 1, 2009

When Charlie's Away

Snow-angels in the wood chips.

Scrunchy faces at the check-out lady.

Friendly visits with the goats.

And... Oh! This:
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These are some of the things Calvin and mommy do while we wait for brother to be done with school.
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