Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
He did a great job and looked like such a big boy! Here he is loving this new view of life!
Here's the picture of Jackson on his first outing in the front seat. I wish I knew when this was taken. I bet he was about the same age, around 5 -6 months.
Monday, July 26, 2010
These dreaded words have been slowly creeping into my vocabulary as we have inched our way to the beginning of 3-year-old preschool. Knowing that Jackson had to be out of diapers by September, I decided (why exactly, I am not sure) that the best time to conquer this task would be by myself while Wesley was in Jerusalem.
So, after our week in Nashville, I ventured home to prepare for…well, I wasn’t exactly sure. All I knew was I needed patience, prizes and liquid! After Jackson went to bed Thursday night, I set up his award station. Friday morning, we began.
I really had no idea what I was doing. Scared that my carpet was going to be completely destroyed, I rushed poor Jackson to the potty every 10 minutes. Even still, we had several accidents as Jackson learned what it felt like to go with out the familiar comfort of a diaper.
We survived day one and had amazing success day two. Sunday was a different story. After spending the day cleaning up accident after accident, I put both boys down at 6:30 and called my sister in tears. Had he forgotten everything I had drilled into his head the past two days?
Being the older, wiser, experienced sister (she trained two at once!) she told me to stop stressing and if need be, put the training on hold for a few days. Sensing that either Jackson or I would not survive another day in the house, she strongly encouraged me just to get out and celebrate the successes Jackson had had over the weekend. Yes, Sunday was bad, but Saturday was great.
It was really difficult to change directions in my potty training regimen. I had a goal – to have completely potty trained Jackson in four days – and I felt as if I left the house, I would not achieve my goal.
It was then I remembered this wasn’t really about me, was it? It was about Jackson and if my stress was stressing him out, we wouldn’t get anywhere! I decided to take her advice, and a trip to the mall for a ride on the train quickly went on the agenda for Monday. I put Jackson in a pull-up and vowed that if he had an accident, it was no big deal. It would happen eventually.
Well, it turns out removing the stress from the situation was a huge motivator for Jackson. We went to the mall, rode the train and carousel, and even attempted to tinkle in the mall potty (which he thought was a hoot!) He came home with a dry pull-up and went right back into the underwear. Wow! What a difference a day of low stress makes!
We had a great time at the mall and enjoyed the rest of our time together until Wesley returned home so proud of his little man!
Overall, I can honestly say the experience wasn't all that fun. We ended on a high note but I now know why potty training gets a bad rap. It is quite stressful, discouraging and down right miserable at times, but in the end, it is pretty amazing to see your child achieve such a milestone. He was proud of himself and I was so very very proud of him. He is doing so well and it was worth all the frustrations and tears those four days brought.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Today was Jackson’s 3rd birthday. He celebrated with Mimi and Pop Pop who had come down for the weekend.
The celebrations started last night when Pop Pop took us to Chick-fil-a for Jackson's favorite: chicken nuggets, french fries and ketchup. This afternoon after church, we had a lasagna birthday lunch and opened some presents.
Mimi and Pop Pop’s presents of a microphone and guitar were an instant hit! He immediately started singing and entertaining.
Here are some pictures from the day. Happy Birthday, Jackson!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
I can’t believe that Philip is already eating “real” food! We gave him his first taste of rice cereal on Tuesday, July 6 and today he started with green beans.
He loved the first bite of cereal but that doesn’t surprise me. This boy has been waiting to join us at the table for awhile! So far, he has preferred rice over oatmeal, and green beans over cereal. He loved the beans! Hopefully, we will have this success with all the vegetables!
Am I crazy for suggesting that a fun activity would be picking blueberries in July at noon with a 3-year-old and 5-month-old?
Is Kate crazy for thinking it would be fun to join us with her 3-year-old and 4-month-old?
Or are we both crazy for actually going??
Well, one things for sure...the boys weren't crazy when after 15 minutes, covered in sweat, they wanted back in the air conditioned car! Jackson used words; Jack and Philip just showed us in tears that this party was over!
Only little Sam enjoyed the hunt for the blueberries...which he correctly informed me, weren't really blue after all...so why don't we call them purpleberries?
Here are some pictures from our yearly trip to Blueberry Hill. A trip that from here on out will come at 8:30 in the morning instead of midday! Good did come out of the trip though - I got a whole bucketful of delicious fresh berries!
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Tonight Wesley and I were able to attend the wedding of Liz Peterson and Austin Alvarez. This sweet couple started dating in high school and both were in the teen program at the Alpharetta Y. Though they each went onto different colleges, their relationship stayed strong. They hold a special place in our hearts, and we were so happy to celebrate with them tonight.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Today was Jackson’s 3rd birthday party. Keeping true to his passions, we let it be Trash Day!
We kept it very simple only inviting a few of his friends. We had a few games, ate some delicious cake (I can say that because Susan made it for us!), opened presents, and just let the kids play!
Here are some pictures from the garbage -filled festivities.