L in LaLa Land

August 23, 2012

August Roundup

ImageDid you miss us? It’s that time again for my once in every 2-4 months post LOL. New apartment and daycare seem to be working out well.  I’m trying to decorate, but I was not born with that womanly skill AT ALL! I need help…desperately! I’m very plain Jane-ish but I want my apartment to look welcoming.  However, it’s hard to stay motivated to decorate with a destructive two-year-old living with you.

Speaking of my angel, the daycare change is going beautifully.  He is still going through his terrible terrific twos (depending on the hour), but he’s growing and becoming more independent each day.  We are pretty much fully potty-trained with accidents only happening overnight once in a blue moon.  I must give props to the daycare for that, because they had me put Alex in underwear after being there for only one week.  There is one kid in his class that I have “issues” with, so I’m going to have Daddy handle that because I am NO GOOD with confrontation…I’m too nice.  I’m trying to be proactive with his learning because he seems to be leaps and bounds ahead of most of the kids in his class, but I don’t want to push him too much either.  It’s a blessing and a curse to have such a smart child. LOL! But seriously, I’m running out of age-appropriate material for him.  If I can hold out until Christmas, my next gift will be the LeapFrog reader or even the LeapPad (my niece has a LeapPad and it’s amazing!).

On the home front, me and the Man are great!  We just celebrated 3 years of marriage (5 years of being together) and it’s still like when we just met.  We are both trying to be healthier, however he seems to be better at it than I am.  It’s kind of hard when you HATE to sweat!  Work is uneventful, but I love it. Health-wise, I’m on my full dose of Rebif and I have good days and bad days. I get a recheck in September, so we’ll see how I’m really doing.  New goals for the end of the year are: lose 10-15lbs, find a babysitter (we need some adult time), get this apartment looking nice, and find a church home up here (yea, I admit we have been slacking on that end).

Any new goals for my friends out there?

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July 11, 2012

It’s Been Forever!

I’m always saying that since I’m never near a computer to post anything! LOL! Let’s see, new stuff since I last posted: Alex had his 2nd birthday (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme), I’ve been working at the hospital, we moved to the north side of town (about 10min commute), and I’ve been able to make sense of weird stuff going on with me.
Second Birthday: Awesome! Close friends and family and the best thing that I could’ve purchased…A BALL PIT.


Work: I love it! I got the hours I wanted and work in the section I wanted. People are great and it’s like a mini family (most days)
Move: We had to do it. Our health and family time was suffering. The hubby and I work about 5 minutes apart and driving an hour and a half to work in two different cars was not the business. Now we have less than a 10minute commute and it’s a better neighborhood. We even got little man into a new daycare (same company, new location).


Me: Well, I had been having weird numbness/weakness in my legs and bouts of vertigo as well as other things. After numerous tests with a neurologist, I was diagnosed with MS (multiple sclerosis). Start on Rebif this week. Both husband and baby (and my friends too) have been awesome through this! That’s all I’m gonna say about it, because this will NOT change me.
Baby Alex: He has always been a talker but now he just won’t STOP! He still has some tantrums, but what 2yr old doesn’t? I say he is awesome and annoying all at the same time! We are pretty much potty trained (minus overnight but I don’t want to push that) and the new daycare is to thank for that. I was working with PullUps potty timer/watch and they said, “put him in underwear“. Two weeks of accidents every few days and now NO MORE. The daycare is more diverse, so seeing him interact with different cultures and nationalities is kind of funny. He has taken over my Kindle that daddy bought me for my birthday, but he is learning on it. The other day I caught him spelling and I was in shock! Anyhow, I could talk about him for days…

Before…

…and AFTER!!!

What’s new in your world?

October 17, 2011

Toddler Bootcamp

Since these last few weeks of clinical training for school, I haven’t been able to spend time with Alex like I want to. We have been potty training and working on vocabulary as I got him ready for school in the morning and ready for bed in the evening. But these past six weeks while I was training, Daddy took him to school in the morning and I was just to exhausted in the evening.  Potty training took more than a backseat since the daycare wasn’t enforcing it like I thought. Alex started acting out and screaming for things since I wasn’t there as much as I used to be (and yes, this broke my heart entirely). So, I decided that during my two week break from clinicals, Alex was gonna go through “Toddler Bootcamp”.

But why mommy? You know I love you right?!?

For me, Toddler Bootcamp was heavy (well heavier, since I’m not TRYING to stress it too much) potty training, introducing new words and making sure he used his words when asking for things. So far, today Monday is day 3.  I am proud to say that Alex has been asking for the potty consistently and we are back up to approximately 50%. Also, there have been less meltdowns but he’s been slightly under the weather so that calls for more cuddling rather than falling out in front of the fridge because I can’t tell whether he wants yogurt, milk, pediasure, or water.

So, what am I doing different? Pottying: asking more often, paying more attention to cues, and for about 2-3hrs a day he is diaper-free. Vocabulary/Manners: introduce new words as often as possible, reinforce manners where important like the dinner table, make sure that both Daddy and I use manners. Other things: discipline with this little one has been HARD. We have a timeout chair which he does sometimes but in true mischievous little boy fashion, he loves to disobey.  So for now, taking the Nanny Jo approach with timeout, explain afterwards what was wrong, child apologize, hug and keep it moving. Let’s hope all this stuff works!

What is new with your little ones? Am I crazy for putting little man through “toddler bootcamp”?

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