Monday, March 26, 2012

Potty Training Time!

It's that time again... potty training! One of my least favorite parenting tasks, ever. Tyson was daytime potty trained by his 2nd birthday (a few weeks before Miles' birth) and I hoped to have Miles on that same time frame too.

We cleared three days on the calendar and it happened to be right before Spring Break, so we have less activities going on than usual. We started Friday and very quickly, I was frustrated and questioning if it was going to work so soon with Miles. He had ELEVEN accidents that day! Granted, I gave him a lot of liquids so he had plenty of opportunities to practice. He was not getting the concept and we were going through undies like crazy. I barely got them all washed and dried before he was having another accident! It was such a relief when he took a nap with a Pull-up on (I'm not even going to tackle potty training while sleeping for awhile) and I didn't have to worry about him having another accident.

With Jeremy home over the weekend, things got a little better. The weekend was a bit of a blur but luckily the weather was great so we spent a ton of time outdoors, while staying close to home. Miles still had several accidents and spent a lot of time sitting on the potty trying to figure out what to do. I lured him to sit still with my phone and the iPad, and we spent a LOT of time in the bathroom.

Today, on day 4, we attempted our first outing to the grocery store. I put a Pull-up on over Miles' undies in case of an accident. He still kind of worries me when he tells me he has to pee, because sometimes it's already too late. He mentioned "pee" when we were in the checkout line but I couldn't do much with two kids and a cart full of groceries. I was worried he had a full-blown accident, but it turned out he only dribbled and finished up when we got home. And he has went great in the potty the rest of the day!

I know we still have a ways to go, but he is making progress every day. I hope the worst is past. I'm proud of our little man, Miles!

And now, for some pics of the big boy... because I think a boy in his undies is the cutest thing!

Jumping on the couch

This is just wrong

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Our Terrarium

I LOVE house plants, and was excited awhile back when I saw an article in Lowe's Creative Ideas about tabletop gardens. By the way, if you like DIY projects for the home, you should sign up for this free publication. Lots of awesome ideas to be found!!

I had bookmarked (actually, pinned) the article and forgotten about it. Then last week at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, my mom and I came across a vendor that was selling similar terrariums. They were a little pricey so I decided I wanted to make one myself (plus, it's more fun).

I picked up a good-sized glass jar with a lid and some decorative stones from Hobby Lobby, along with a few succulents and another small house plant from Home Depot.

In one afternoon (actually much less than that) with my little helper Tyson, I put together our terrarium. I rinsed the smaller rocks in the sieve and layered those in the bottom of the glass container. Then I added a decent layer of potting soil, placed the plants, filled in with the moss and stones, and gave everything a good drink of water.

All of our supplies (please ignore the large plant on the right!)

Tyson enjoyed this project

Some nice patches of moss we scavenged from the back yard


The finished product

Happy plants in their new home

I hope I can figure out how to keep the right amount of moisture in there. With the lid on, condensation forms and it's like a whole little ecosystem. I don't want it to be too damp, so I'll take the lid off from time to time to let everything dry a bit.

I don't know what it is about terrariums that I think it totally cool, but I just do! This one has it's new home on our kitchen table. Hope the boys leave it alone. I might make another one or two smaller ones if I can find spots to keep them away from those sticky fingers!

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Springtime on the Pier

My mom and I had another fun one-day bus trip, this time to Navy Pier. The Chicago Flower & Garden Show was going on, and the trip included a two-hour boat ride on Lake Michigan. It was a crisp sunny spring day, and we had a great time!

The famous ferris wheel (we didn't ride it, though)

The views of the city were stunning from the lake! I was snapping pictures like crazy; I just couldn't help myself.

Mom & I

The flower & garden show was pretty awesome too. It was unreal the kind of elaborate exhibits that were set up indoors. It makes you wonder what they do with all the plants and water features when the show is over!

Pretty purple glass flowers

This looked like a little house for trolls

Who could sleep in this bed?!

Loved these!

There was also a huge marketplace with plenty of vendor booths for everything you could possibly want. Most were garden-related, but not all. My mom came home with a wire basket for harvesting garden veggies, and I picked up some delicious local almond butter and raw honey, and an Easter egg wreath.

It was a great day on the Pier with my mom! I would love to go back again next year.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Tyson's New Bike

For Tyson's 4th birthday, he asked for a big boy bike with "stabilizers" (that's British speak for training wheels courtesy of his favorite show, Peppa Pig). He has been riding a tricycle and was more than ready to move up to the next level.

We did some research and decided on a 16" Schwinn Gremlin bike. His favorite color is green and he really liked the looks of this bike. I ordered it online and it came in a couple days ago. With this unseasonably warm weather we've had lately, we wanted to give it to him early to enjoy (his birthday is in three weeks).

Tyson assisted Jeremy in putting the bike together yesterday:

Then he was ready to ride!

At one point Tyson took a little tumble. He was riding pretty slow and getting used to the stabilizers (er, training wheels). Also, his seat was a little low and needed to be adjusted. He took a break from the new bike and played on some other toys with Miles.

I'm sure it won't be long before he is speeding along on his new big boy bike!

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