Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Potty Training Fail

Wow, I just realized its been two weeks since I posted anything; oops! I actually do have things to post, it just seems like never enough time or energy to do it!

I mentioned in Claire's 18 month post that our pediatrician said if we wanted to, we could start potty training Claire. I didn't really feel like Claire was ready and honestly I was feeling rather lazy about it since I only recently started feeling better and more energized. We've been keeping a couple potties around the house and after nap or randomly throughout the day we would let Claire sit on them, but we never had any success. Well on Sunday we had Claire stripped down, and much to our amazement she pooped and peed on her potty on her own! We were socked to say the least. At this point I thought, well I guess she's ready so I should suck it up and we should really dive into potty training.
Monday morning I was all set; sticker chart, treats, lots of water, and of course paper towels to clean up messes. The first part of the morning was going pretty well. Claire would start to pee and then stop herself and I would sit her on the potty and she would finish peeing. I figured I would count this as a total win since I wasn't expecting too much the first day. Well after nap it was all down hill, as was all of Tuesday.
Claire is a very strong willed child, and has now decided she hates her potty. She will not sit on it longer than 2 seconds and when she starts to pee I quickly put on her toilet to finish and she cries. She's gotten to the point that I can tell she needs to pee or poop but she's trying to hold it because she doesn't want to use her potty.
Wednesday we tried the big girl underwear approach and tried to make a big deal out of them, and let Claire have more accidents. We thought maybe if we gave her more space, and we didn't swoop in and set her on the potty ourselves, maybe she would do it herself. Well that was a bust too. She didn't even care about feeing wet in her underwear,
To say its frustrating would be an understatement, and Claire and I have both shed a few tears over it. So I've decided that neither Claire or I are ready for this. Claire is too stubborn since its not her idea and mommy is too hormonal to deal with it haha. I was never under the impression that I would only have one in diapers at a time, or that Claire would be potty trained before she was two, so I actually don't feel much disappointment in letting it go. I know that someday Claire will be ready and interested, and hopefully then I will have learned from our first potty training fail :)



Tuesday, January 15, 2013

19 and 20 Weeks


In case you missed it, baby Arnold is a boy! 
I was telling Drew before the ultrasound that he should try to sneak a video of the ultrasound tech telling us the gender, but it happened so fast he wasn't prepared! With Claire the ultrasound tech had a hard time seeing around her little crossed legs, so we didn't hear the gender until the very end. This time our ultrasound tech basically set the wand down on my stomach and there was a very clear crotch shot haha.
Drew was completely shocked to hear it was a boy; he had been telling me all along it was another girl. Even though I had been saying I thought it was a boy all along I was a little stunned to actually be right! Everything looked great, but because little man decided to hang out in such a weird position we had to go back a week later to get a few more detailed pictures, which actually turned out great because my mom and Claire were able to come with my and see the baby the second time.

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Yep, its a boy!

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He refused the move from this position pretty much the entire time. Those are his legs sticking straight up in the air, and he had his arms curled in by the side of his face.

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His first profile shot!

So far little man remains nameless as Drew and I cannot agree on anything! 
Naming a girl is so much easier.
How far along? 
19 weeks 
Maternity Clothes?
Yes
Sleep:
Much better! I'm actually feeling like I wake up with energy this week!
Best Moment this week?
Finding out we're having a little man, and watching him be stubborn for the ultrasound tech. Looks like I'm bound for two stubborn children :)
Miss anything?
No
Movement?
Yes, he is a kicker.  Claire was more of a stretcher, but I think little man prefers to kick and jab.
Food cravings?
No
Queasy or sick?
I've been feeling so much better this week! Energy and nausea free
Started to show?
Yes
Gender Prediction?
Boy
Labor Signs?
No
Belly button in or out?
In
Wedding rings on or off?
On
Happy or moody?
Happy

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I'm not sure what it is, but I feel like I look ginormous in this picture! 

How far along? 
20 weeks 4 days 
Maternity Clothes?
Yes
Sleep:
Much to my husbands dismay, I've added another pillow to my sleeping regimin; this baby makes getting comfortable difficult!
Best Moment this week?
Working on little misters bedroom 
Miss anything?
Really working out. I'm starting to feel a little ridiculous at the gym.
Movement?
Yep. I think I felt the first bout of baby hiccups this week.
Food cravings?
Deviled eggs. Yeah, I know, weird. It happened with Claire too. But thanks to this craving I tested out Alton Brown's trick of hard 'boiling' your eggs in the oven (325 for 30 minutes)...amazing! I can't believe how much easier they are to peel and how much better they taste!
Queasy or sick?
I jinxed myself by writing on the chalkboard that I was feeling better :( After almost 1.5 weeks of feeling good, I'm back to feeling nauseous 
Started to show?
Oh yes
Labor Signs?
No
Belly button in or out?
In
Wedding rings on or off?
On
Happy or moody?
Happy


Sunday, January 6, 2013

Christmas 2012


I'm a little behind but it has been a crazy past few weeks!

Our Christmas started out on Saturday the 22nd and continued on until Christmas day. We were all ready for some rest by the end ;)

On Saturday we had the Arnold family Christmas. The original plan was for everyone to come to our house, but a few hours before the part, my poor mother in law came down with an awful stomach bug and proceeded to throw up for the next few hours. We decided to move the party to my sister in law and brother in laws house so mom could have some quiet time to rest. 
We opened presents and did the traditional birthday cake for Jesus. I made a pecan cheesecake for the birthday cake this year, and I have to toot my own horn and say it was pretty delicious! I think the crust was a little thick which made it hard to cut into, but the flavor is so good.

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Claire was loving Auntie Daylan's camera.

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We have to use Hanukkah candles so they don't melt before we get all the way around the circle!


On Sunday, after church, my mom's side of the family all gathered at my parents house to do our name draw gifts, presents, and my cousin's birthday celebration (she's a Christmas eve baby!). Claire was in a much better mood this day which made it even more fun. She started to really get the hang of opening gifts and helping pass them out to other people.

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My mama :)

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Playing with great Aunt Karey and Krista 

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Thanks Wilson's for Claire's new book!

On Monday night (Christmas eve) we went over to celebrate and open gifts with my Dad's side the of the family. Claire loved that she had the older girls to follow around and dote on her. It was nice to be able to visit with adults and have Claire be happy and entertained too!
We accidentally left the camera in the car, so we don't have any pictures from this night :(

On Christmas we were able to stay home, just the three of us, for the first Christmas ever! Drew and I have been living in Corvallis since we got married, but now that we have Claire we thought it was important to start our own traditions are our own little family. It was so great to wake up in our own beds and go on our own schedule for the Christmas morning. Needless to say, Claire was an expert at opening gifts by this point, so she got right to work.

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After Claire's nap we went over to my parents house to exchange presents with them and have Christmas dinner. As usual my parents made some amazing food and we had such a great time just having a nice low key evening together.


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opening presents with Grandma!

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She even opened baby brother's presents too.

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She loved these mega blocks that Uncle Jared got her! She is always asking to play with her "blocks".

We had such a great Christmas, and we are continually amazed at how blessed we are by our friends and family. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

17 and 18 Weeks


Tomorrow is the big day; we find out if little bean is a boy or a girl!

I cannot wait to find out, and finally be able to call this baby a 'he' or 'she' instead of an 'it'.


How far along? 
17 weeks
Maternity Clothes?
Yes
Sleep:
Would be the best Christmas present ever.
Best Moment this week?
Celebrating Christmas with our families 
Miss anything?
No
Movement?
Yes
Food cravings?
No
Queasy or sick?
Queasy
Started to show?
Yes
Gender Prediction?
Boy
Labor Signs?
No
Belly button in or out?
In
Wedding rings on or off?
On
Happy or moody?
Happy





How far along? 
18 weeks 3 days
Maternity Clothes?
Yep
Sleep:
I wish I could sleep all the time! 
Best Moment this week?
Daddy got to feel baby move for the first time on New Years Eve
Miss anything?
No
Movement?
Yes
Food cravings?
Fruity Pebbles. I seriously have no idea why
Queasy or sick?
Queasy
Started to show?
Yes
Gender Prediction?
Now that the day is almost here I have no idea. I think I will be shocked either way!
Labor Signs?
No
Belly button in or out?
In
Wedding rings on or off?
On
Happy or moody?
Happy