Posted by Darryl Melanchuk on March 20th, 2008

  I thought I would provide updates on a few things.

Amelia pulling the plug I am ironing regularly, and its not too bad.  I have to say I don’t mind it that much, just the sleeves!  The only hard thing is if Amelia is awake, because the ironing board is in our bedroom which is not really a play area.  Amelia goes straight for the alarm clock cord, unplugs it, and then carries it around – dragging the clock of course.  Sometimes she gets tangled up in it.  Amelia also likes to search through drawers that have all sorts of things a baby should not put in her mouth.

Potty training - Kathryn is doing very well, in my opinion.  She usually needs me to make her go to the potty, but she’s only had a couple accidents in the past couple of weeks.  I have nothing to compare to, except my own former dread.  Of  course she wears a diaper for naptime and nighttime, so we still have a long ways to go.  But we have less dirty diapers and our wipes are lasting much longer already.

I am still a winter wimp .  I met a girl at the park yesterday (who had lived in the States for several years) who said this was the warmest winter in a very long time.  Some days it looks a little like spring outside, but it doesn’t feel like it to me.  Its the wind.  I don’t like it and neither does Amelia.  Well, now it actually started snowing, so we went outside to catch some snowflakes to eat.  They were enormous flakes!

Kathryn - 1st day of spring our view - first day of springAmelia - 1st day of spring plombir

Our door was taken away from the hallway one day. 

Luckily we haven’t had any more raisin ice cream .  Darryl’s missionary favorite, plombir, is a definite winner.  Plus, the plastic containers double as tupperware for our leftovers. 

Its Potty Time!

Posted by Amanda on February 29th, 2008

Monday morning we started officially potty training Kathryn.  Gone were her diapers (except for sleeping).  I went with her a few weeks ago to buy some panties.  She was very excited about them, though.

Potty training is something I have been dreading since before Kathryn was born.  I just had no idea how to do it and was really afraid of accidents.  So I asked someone in our branch that has a daughter one year older than Kathryn.  She recommended a book, “Potty Training made Easy, Fast, & Simple”, by Johanne Cesar.  It sounded reasonable to us (since I had no idea what to do), and was also similar to what Andrea had told me, so we decided to try it.

We set a timer and when it went off, we took Kathryn to the potty.  Darryl put the Veggietales theme song chorus as the timer music.  Monday I set the timer for 10 minute increments, Tuesday 20-30 minutes, by Friday I didn’t use the timer, but just took her once an hour.  For Kathryn this worked well, because the first day she was going quite a bit – a little at a time.  But Friday just going once an hour she didn’t have any accidents.  We obviously still have a long way to go.  She hasn’t yet told us that she needs to go.  We just take her and she goes.  But I do feel encouraged.

It is interesting to see how all children are different.  From what we have heard and read, incentives can play a big part in potty training.  The first day we started giving Kathryn stickers when she actually went on the potty.  By the end of the day she didn’t care about stickers.  Then we moved to candy.  By the end of Wednesday that didn’t mean anything, either.  So we really aren’t using anything as incentive. 

I’m looking forward to not using/buying so many diapers.  Of course, she went through 4 diapers during one of her naps this week.  She kept getting up and wanting to use the potty right after wetting in her diaper.  But Kathryn isn’t ready to go nap-less.  And neither am I.

So we’ll just keep taking her to the potty regularly and asking if she needs to go.  We welcome tips from anyone!