Finally, After Five Long Years…

The problem with this blog and http://eliminationcommunication.wordpress.com blog not showing up in the WordPress reader has been fixed!    It seems that I may have been posting too consistently back in the day for a very, strange, unknown topic and I got flagged as spam for both blogs!

I know it has been a problem.   I just couldn’t find a solution, was unsuccessful in getting help, and gave up.   I purchased a domain name for my new blog http://www.laissezfairelife.com, and an opportunity came up and the problem got fixed in twenty minutes.).   You can now also follow The Other Side of the Moon and Pottytunities for Two on Bloglovin.

Thank you for following and for your patience over the years!

Month 33: Me Do This – Day 976 to Day 1006

Compare to Sister’s Blog:   Month 33:  No Problem, I Got I Covered

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Rear mounting helps the boys aim.

10/22 Wednesday Day 976 (32 Months)

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment

There is getting to be very little to say these days on the state of affairs.    Being a butt wiper after a poop just isn’t that blog worthy!


10/23 Thursday Day 977

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment


10/24 Friday Day 978

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment


10/25 Saturday Day 979

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment

It’s been a rough month, but it seems like we are coming out of the end of it. Between the leaves…oh my goodness…the LEAVES. Will it never end!? And the body restructuring going on with the littles, I am not sure where I am, who I am, and what year it is. Even the cats are keeping a wide berth.

I couldn’t find a Velma outfit for Itty Bitty that was her size. I did manage to find a red floral skirt that I can turn inside out to make solid red. I had to go searching in the “boy” department to find an orange sweater. I couldn’t find orange socks ANYWHERE. Luckily we have red socks and Itty Bitty can wear her black dress shoes. We had some old 3D glasses that kind of look like Velma’s specktacles. I will put Itty Bitty’s hair in a faux bob after I straighten it a bit with a flat iron and it will look Scoobtastic.


10/26 Sunday Day 980

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment


10/27 Monday Day 981

Night EC: No night pee! 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment


10/28 Tuesday Day 982

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment


10/29 Wednesday Day 983

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment


10/30 Thursday Day 984

Night EC: 2 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment


Velma and Scooby!

Velma and Scooby!

10/31 Friday Day 985

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment

Happy Halloween! The Scoobies are ready! Daddy Man is supposed to be Shaggy but didn’t buy any acceories. He did wear a green shirt and khaki’s, though Itty Bitty and I agreed that the green shirt wasn’t green enough! I was pinkified with my wig, heavy makeup, flower child inspired design on my cheek, and I even had fake lashes! Itty Bitty looked just like Velma and I even put on fake freckles. Mini Moose wanted hiss face done too, so he got a Scooby inspired face paint to go with his costume. We makde a last minute addition to his costume. Daddy Man opened an old cereal box, turned it inside out, scrawled “Scooby Snaks” on it — and that was Mini Mooses’ trick or treat container! The boy wouldn’t let it go even when it got heavy. I was holder of the pillow case for holding the excess loot.

It was a brisk night…a little cold but clear. Itty Bitty refused to wear pants or a jacket over her costume, so I just layered extra shirts under the sweater and made sure he knee socks were pulled high. Some people knew we were Scooby and the Gang, and others took a while. Are we really that old!? Yeah…we are.

Much candy was collected for Daddy Man and I to loot later. Muahahahaha.


11/1 Saturday Day 986

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch

It is now November and since it is clear that we don’t have any Day EC issues worth mentioning at all, I’ve cut down our daily report to nights. Even that is pretty routine. Dull dull dull…is what we want though! Most of the time now, I don’t even know when Mini Moose has gone potty, since he doesn’t need to tell me unless he’s having a problem, or we are out and he can’t go by himself. He prefers to rear mount the toilet still, so he’s usually without pants since that is easiest for him. It’s not that he can’t take his pants off, it is just more convenient. He can’t put them on yet, though if they are already on he can pull them up. Somtimes when Itty Bitty is going, Mini Moose will decided it needs to be a joint effort. I really don’t like cleaning out the Little Potty when that happens! I really could just put it away, but it doesn’t hurt to have it out. We don’t use the little potty at night, we are still using a jumbo, plastic soda cup for night pee. With a boy, it is really easiest and less likely to miss fire! Mini Moose has tried to pee himself in a cup on his own, however, he has not yet learned the utmost importance of aiming first (he aims when he uses the big toilet, but forgets elsewhere)! He does like to empty it too, though, I (being a tired parent, recovering from a double growth spurt of a five year old and 2.5 year old) don’t encourage it — I’m just tired of cleaning the backsplash on toilet.

I still have Mini Moose in his Imse Vimse training pants at night just in case of a miss. I do put him in traning pants under his clothes, not because of mishaps (which don’t happen anymore), but because they fit him well and they aren’t good enough to pass on to anyone else. Several of them, after two rounds of EC, are getting holes! I can put him in regular underwear with confidence, just trying to get as much life out of these as possible!


11/2 Sunday Day 987

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch


11/3 Monday Day 988

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch

How does Mini Moose aim in the toilet? Does he stand? No. He sits facing the toilet with his legs straddled wide, both hands holding him steady, leans forward so he can aim, and pees free style. He’ll even do a number to this way, but he prefers to face the proper direction for that.


11/4 Tuesday Day 989

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch


11/5 Wednesday Day 990

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch


11/6 Thursday Day 991

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch


11/7 Friday Day 992

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch


11/8 Saturday Day 993

Night EC: 1 night miss (I was really out of it) and 1 morning catch

Dear Mini Moose…I would appreciate it if you switched to a verbal, “I have to pee,” rather than crawling on my face and sreeching as your potty signal. Thanks.


11/9 Sunday Day 994

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch


IMG_060711/10 Monday Day 995

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch

Mini Moose almost lost an eye!

All I wanted to do was…rake…again. It was a nice day. The kids were at each other’s throats. So we went outside. It was okay for about an hour, then I moved down the driveway while the kids were playing with their trikes. The area I was raking was not an area with much visibility and had a lot of debris. I don’t mind the kids climbing on rock and things, but we have an area for that where you can actually see where you are going. I had JUST finished telling the kid, “Not safe over there. Not for climbing!” A few seconds later, Mini Moose decides to jump off into a ground cover, and pops back up with a bloody eye! My heart was in my throat! I tossed the rake, leaped over debris, scooped up the boy, called the girl, ran into the house, and applied ice.

After the initial adrenalin rush, I could see that he was a very lucky little boy. Half an inch higher and he’d have been blinded. It wan’t bleeding much and he gouged out some skin, but I now know why our eyes are set inside bony sockets that protrude! He stopped crying after three minute, and after five minutes acted like nothing happened except for wanting ice on it and asking to nurse. Instead of going to the ER, I took him into the peditrician’s office. We still waited an hour and a half, but that is way less than we would have been at the ER. By the time we were seen, the swelling was down a bit. The eye itself was undamaged. The doctor said a stitch wouldn’t help the flesh injury, and to just leave it alone. We got some topical antibiotic prescribed that he said we probably wouldn’t need.

What is it with this boy and his eyes!? This is the second eye injury, and I think it is the same eye!


11/11 Tuesday Day 996

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch

Day 2: The swelling is mostly all gone today. The injury is scabbed over and look ugly, but is already healing fast. I put some of the ointment on it today because he was touching it with a finger, and some vitamin E oil. I doubt it will get infected, but toddler fingers are dirty beasts.

We stayed inside and played with play doh. I am just not up for going out. I’m more shaken about yesterday, while the kids are back to normal.


11/12 Wednesday Day 997

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch

Day 3: The eye is healing really well, and I swear that this lucky little bug is probably not even going to scar!


11/13 Thursday Day 998

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch

Day 4: Everything is going well. Healing fast, no sign of infection, no swelling. Kids are fighting again. More leaves fell.


11/14 Friday Day 999

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch

Day 5: Scab fell off and bled a little. It look like little more than a scratch. “Boo-Boo eye” will soon be an after thought.


11/15 Saturday Day 1000

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch

Day 6: Happy 1000th Entry! Wow. What is there to say, except I think it is time to think about starting another blog that isn’t dedicated to …output. I can’t believe I’ve been doing diary entries about EC for FIVE years now and only had each child in a diaper for a year or less! It doesn’t seem like it has been that long, yet, Itty Bitty is five years old. Wish I had something profound to say. How about: “In your face, critics!”


11/16 Sunday Day 1001

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch

Day 7: Eye looks great, the second scab over is also healing well.


11/17 Monday Day 1002

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch

Day 8: He picked his eye and left fresh skin exposed. THAT might scar. If he had left it alone, it probably wouldn’t have at all. We’ll see in a few weeks. But for now, I consider it fully healed.


It was a groovy Halloween this year.

It was a groovy Halloween this year.

11/18 Tuesday Day 1003

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch


11/19 Wednesday Day 1004

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch


11/20 Thursday Day 1005

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch


11/21 Friday Day 1006

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch

New Directions

Greetings from 2015!

untitlednlkA big thank you to all of my followers and those of you who have been with me from the beginning five years ago.  When I wrote my very first blog dedicated to Itty Bitty’s EC journey,  I never thought even two people would bother looking at it, much less generate a very respectable number of intimate followers.   Even when WordPress stopped showing it in the feed for some reason, many of you followed it on Facebook instead.    This blog has a spotty upload history!   I always had those notes laying in the wings, but never seemed to have the time to upload as often as I had planned!    I am rather proud that I managed to keep a daily log for the entire journey, even though at the end there wasn’t much to report.  Another big update is coming soon.

I appreciate that you have stuck in there.    However, Mini Moose  is coming up on three years and I just like his sister, my roll in their  potty adventure has long since been a fraction.    He will soon no longer need my help with anything at all.  Three years is about the upper limit of the topic for us!    Alas, there will be no future spawn to discuss an EC journey.

As I mentioned in my mad ramblings before, I am beginning to transition to a new, more general blog focusing on more topics of interest to me, Amazon reviews (good and bad), domestic tips, and other opinionated musings at Laissez Faire Life which has it own Facebook page.    A few people now and then ask me about accessory recommendations and I am putting together reviews and lists of such products, that I will add to this blog and it’s sister blog as they come up.     I may in the future, open up Q & A posts or more opinion pieces depending on what the fates throw my way.

I am turning 42 this year and I want to take a new approach to writing by focusing on broader topics, and even to feel my way around Review writing.   As the children grow there is more time to take for myself.   I hope you will join me this year in a new direction!

Month 32: Whatever She Can Do I Can Do – Day 948 to Day 975

Compare to Sister’s Blog:   Month 32:  Itty Bitty Role Model

Happy Birthday!   The cake gave mommy some trouble, but rainbows make everything better!

Happy Birthday! The cake gave mommy some trouble, but rainbows make everything better!

9/21 Sunday Day 947 (31 Months)

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment

Happy Fifth Birthday Itty Bitty!

I am still exhausted and we didn’t finish cleanup from yesterday. We took Itty Bitty out for her birthday breakfast and just pretty much stayed close to home. It rained all day with a lull in the afternoon and the the kids enjoyed playing in the warm puddles.

I wonder how many years of puddle splashing she has left? Of course, I hope she puddle splashes as an adult! It can be really hard to keep that little inner child sparked.

Itty Bitty you are growing so fast. Every so often I catch a glimpse of my little baby, and I miss the smell of your bald head. Sure, sometimes it smelled like armpit, but I could still get a great whiff of that baby perfume. You are so affectionate and headstrong. I am sorry if some days I feel all touched out, and aren’t as free with my hugs as you. I am sorry if sometimes I demand too much quiet or just can’t answer one more question. I don’t want you to stop asking questions or to stop challenging me, even when I raise my hands in exasperation. The world is still all new to you, and you haven’t yet grown tired. Though I know that I should try to see the world through your eyes, this Mama Bear just wants to curl up and hibernate for a while!

Know that I miss your noise when you aren’t near. Miss the questions once I’ve had my half hour of recharge time. I love your persistence and passion. Yes, I see how much better you are drawing cats and people. Yes, thank you for getting the laundry. You may not lick the window! Wow, look at how easily you can do a flip now! No, I don’t want help eating my piece of birthday cake. Thank you, but I don’t want to listen to that song a 61t time. Please, do not jump on my foot! Do not tie that around the cat! You’ve called me twenty times in sixty seconds, WHAT!? Yes, I love you too.


9/22 Monday Day 948

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment


9/23 Tuesday Day 949

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment

Happy 62nd Birthday to my mom.
Itty Bitty did something stranger today…she fell asleep next to me on our cuddler loveseat and took a nap while Mini Moose didn’t take a nap! Wow. The party must have taken a lot out of her and she needed to reset.


9/24 Wednesday Day 950

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment

Mini Moose has been continuing his trend of solo pottying. He sometimes dissapears to go on his own, though he still usually announces to me before he goes, and often returns to give me the usual status report.
Oh, and I realized that I totally flaked forgot to put out the homemade onion dip and carrots for the party. Guess what we are eating?


9/25 Thursday Day 951

Night EC: 1 night miss, 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment


Making giant bubbles!

Making giant bubbles!

9/26 Friday Day 952

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment


9/27 Saturday Day 953

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment

Daddy Man took me out for a birthday dinner to the place they all went to on the fourth of July when Mini Moose was sick. Yay! It was so good. The specialize in wings and specialty sauces, but everything we ordered was good. Even the coleslaw! I had myself a birthday cocktail. I should have had two. Mini Moose was napless today so he was really antsy, but we managed to hold it together, but we didn’t get to have desert. It was okay though because I was way way over full.

Oh…and…by the way Mother Nature…thank you for the monthly gift. It was really, really unnecessary though.


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Happy Birthday to mommy!

9/28 Sunday Day 954

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment

Happy 41st Birthday to me! The weather is gorgeous, if a little hot. Summer decided to come back and say goodbye to me one last time. *sniffle* Thank you Summer, that was very thoughtful.


9/29 Monday Day 955

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment

Grandmama and a very good friend came by today and we hung out and had some Mommy birthday cake that Grandmama brought over. I even go to blow out candles. Yay!
The kids and I showed them how we make gak/slime with borax, pvc/elmer’s glue, and water. That kept the kids occupied for two hours while the big folk got to watch a football game in peace.


9/30 Tuesday Day 956

Night EC: 1 night miss and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment


10/1 Wednesday Day 957

Night EC: 1 night miss and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment

We are having trouble with the middle of the night pee. Thankfully it isn’t a big gusher, but still getting kicked from a toddler who is half asleep with damp pants doesn’t put me in the rainbow zone.


10/1 Wednesday Day 958

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment


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Mini Moose, please, maintain three points of contact at all times!

10/2 Thursday Day 959

Night EC: 1 night miss, and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment

Managed to keep the kids occupied for hours with the slime and Itty Bitty was doing one of the craft kits she got for her birthday. Breathing room is good.


10/3 Friday Day 958

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment


10/4 Saturday Day 959

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment

These new brain the kids are growing ar really killing me. I may not survive the ordeal. Restless nights, the fighting, the naplessness, the fighting, the crazy. I want my babies back!


Mommy is having a small heart attack.

Mommy is having a small heart attack.

10/5 Sunday Day 960

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment

It seem like Mini Moose has the poop well in hand now. We have no issues any more even with pants on, though it is easier for him without pants. He can take them off on his own, though he usually comes to give me the potty signal and says, “Poot!” I take his pants off and he goes running. Sometimes, instead, I’ll say, “You don’t have to tell me, take off your pants, go go go!” And shoo him off in a hurry. If he remembers he takes his pants off first before running, though usually they end up around his ankle as he shuffles. Once in a great while, the get to destination first, then remove them. No matter how it starts, he inevitably ends up pantsless. “I fush?” Is is finishing question if he wants to flush, though usually doesn’t wait for an answer.

Now if he can just hold his pee all night, we’ll be golden.


"Look how high I am!  I can do it Momma!"  Yes, I can see that you can.

“Look how high I am! I can do it Momma!” Yes, I can see that you are several feet above the ground.

10/6 Monday Day 960

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment

Can we have one day where you two aren’t fighting!! Gah. Please finish this double growth spurt and brain burst quickly. Please. I am begging.
On top of this rewiring, Itty Bitty informs me that she doen’t want to be a pony for Halloween, but wants to be Velma. I went to the store to buy her new pant because she’s outgrown all but two pairs in a week! While I was there I happened to see a Scooby Doo costume for Mini Moose so I bought it. Last one in his size! I was going to go for more of a Superhero costume like Super Why to echo Itty Bitty’s two year costume a Detructo Girl. There were no Super Why cotumes and ALL of the other superheros had gigantic fake muscles and they looked weird. I couldn’t find a Daphne costume for me, so I’m going to groovy up as a hippie and be the “guest star”. I even got a pink wing and a pink/purple gogo dress (I’ll be wearing pants). I don’t do pink, so this costume is way out in left field for me. So…now I have to find a Velma outfit.

Mini Moose has suddenly burst out with new vocabulary, phrase, and sentences. So I was right. New brains. The fights between he and Itty Bitty are the direct result of new awareness. They also play together with imaginative play complete with dialog, so it isn’t all conflict. Just…a lot of it.

Exhausted. Yin and Yang.

Exhausted.
Yin and Yang.

Mini Moose Word Burst:

YouheppaMe = You help me.
Eyeheppayou= I’ll help you.
NoIwannadatone = No! I want that one!
Disonenaynay= This one nay-nay. (says when he wants to switch nursing sides)
EyingAqueen! = Lightning McQueen
IckHips! = Chick Hicks
DaddyPudaVroomVroomCah= Daddy, play vroom vroom cars on your computer
Puda = Computer
Idoewandit = I don’t want it.
Eye-doe-no = I don’t know
Wook Wook a circle! = Look Look (I made) a circle!
Pwayne = Plane
Wook it waining = Look it’s raining.
Shirt off = Shirt off (to match the pants that are already off)
Shirt peez = Put my shirt on please
Dis one = this one!
I’m shad! = I’m sad!
Dat/Dis/It hebby = That/This/It’s heavy.
Nonono Waitda second = No, no, wait a second.
Where’s Daddy? = asks when he forgets that it isn’t the weekend.
Daddy adda work? = Is Daddy at work?
Take it = (Minni Moose enjoys giving orders)
PayDoe = Play Doh
Why? = (so many why’s…let me count them)
Pieda = Spider (pretty much any multi-legged critter. “I think that’s a tick, honey.” Pause. “No! Pie-da!”)
Pieda Mane = Spiderman
Housh = House
Top it! = Stop it! (often said to his sister)
Outshied = Outside
Oh Man! = (I think I say this a lot)
Hrmph = (crosses his arms with displeasure and snorts this sound through his nose)
Momma, Yucky poot! Heppa me. = (a plea to help me whip his bottom free of a particularly grueome poo)

Mini Moose still says: MauMau for Micky Mouse. But has stopped saying “Shoom-Shoom” for airplane. *sniffle*


10/7 Tuesday Day 961

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment

Itty Bitty’s brain has been rewired too. She’d been doing well with number for quite a long time (counting 100 and above, adding, subtracting, using the simple abacus), but suddenly out of the blue she’s started doing low number multiplication, and has a better understanding of even and odd numbers. “Momma, four is an even number because you can make two groups of two. And six is an even number because you can make two groups of three. Three is an odd number because you can’t make two even groups.”

I was quite surprised with the length of the profound utterance. She still has a little trouble with counting because occasionally brain cells go on the fritz and she forgets the repeating pattern (particularly with the teens). She also still has difficulty saying “fifteen” as it comes out sounding like “fifty”, even though we know what she means.

I guess it is about time to start teaching her how to count money, and explain that the number of coins isn’t the amount of money you have! I also should get back on track with letters and sight words…I’ve been rather neglecting that part of our play to learn.


10/8 Wednesday Day 962

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment


10/9 Thursday Day 963

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment during day, a mishap with daddy in the evening (oops!)


10/10 Friday Day 964

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment

Mini Moose is obsessed with cars. Particularly Lighting McQueen. Obsessed. It causes so much strife with his sister that I’ve had to put away most of the cars and limit them to a few at a time just to keep them reeled in and encourage mor cooperation.


10/11 Saturday Day 965

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment


10/12 Sunday Day 966

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment

Happy 91st Birthday Great-Grandma!


10/13 Monday Day 967

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment

Hello. My name is Mommy and I’m a yeller.
I don’t want to be a yeller.
I don’t like to yell.
I can’t stop yelling.

Can I get just FIVE MINUTES alone to PEE without there having to be an argument, crying, and a crash of some sort!
I’M SELLING YOU ALL TO THE CIRCUS!


10/14 Tuesday Day 968

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment


10/15 Wednesday Day 969

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment


10/16 Thursday Day 970

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment


10/17 Friday Day 971

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment


10/18 Saturday Day 972

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment


10/19 Sunday Day 973

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment


10/20 Monday Day 974

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment


10/21 Tuesday Day 975

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment

Month 27: One Catch at a Time – Day 787 to Day 816

Compare to Sister’s Blog:   Month 27:  Making Strides

The "rear mount"

The “rear mount”

4/22 Tuesday Day 787 (26 Months)

Night EC: Same. 2am and 6am.
Day: No misses.
Poop: 50/50

Routine is what we like to see with Elimination Communication.   Just part of every day life.   Brush teeth, fling clothes, empty out every toy, hug sibling, annoy sibling, hug sibling again, sit on sibling, eat, and potty.      However, it doesn’t make for very exciting diary entries.


4/23 Wednesday Day 788

Night EC: Big 6am pee
Day: No misses.
Poop: 50/50


4/24 Thursday Day 789

Night EC: Same. 2am and 6am.
Day: No misses.
Poop: catch!


4/25 Friday Day 790

Night EC: 2am and 6am.
Day: 3 misses. Off day.
Poop: 50/50

Managed to book Mini Moose’s belated second birthday party at a local community venue. Better late than never I guess! It will be a Winnie the Pooh theme. I can seem to find any of that theme amongst the Spongebobs and Sophias, so I’m going to focus on the cake and make character ears for the kids. I got some good deals on party favors at Easter markdown (really, if you can Easter markdown is the best time to get cute party favors at rock bottom prices cheaper than the dollar stores).


4/26 Saturday Day 791

Night EC: Two usual pees.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: 1 catch in the morning, 1 miss in the late afternoon.


4/27 Sunday Day 792

Night EC: Two usual pees.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: 80% catch!


4/28 Monday Day 793

Night EC: Same. 2am and 6am
Day: No misses.
Poop: 50/50


4/29 Tuesday Day 794

Night EC: 1 big wake up pee around 6 or 7am
Day: No misses.
Poop: 90% catch!


4/30 Wednesday Day 795

Night EC: Missed one, caught one. I fell back to sleep the first time oops!
Day: 2 misses.
Poop: 50/50

Accursed poops.  Half catch is better than a full miss though!


5/1 Thursday Day 796

Night EC: Back to the pattern 2am and 6am.
Day: No misses.
Poop: 80% catch

Mini Moose has been a huge crankopotomous. There are changes afoot for sure. Itty Bitty has been antsy to go outside, but the sporadic cold/rainy weather is getting on all our nerves.


5/2 Friday Day 797

Night EC: One big wake up pee around 7am
Day: 2 misses.
Poop: 50/50 If he would just give me more warning we would make it 100% more often!


5/3 Saturday Day 798

Night EC: Two usual pees.
Day: 4 misses. Wow. At least he brings me the wet underwear.
Poop: miss.


5/4 Sunday Day 799

Night EC: One big wake-up pee.
Day: 2 misses.
Poop: 50/50

For those new to the blog, understand that two misses is nothing.  A pittance.  Hardly even worth noting.  I only mention them because I want people to know that EC is a process; it is not perfect.   I don’t count the number of times Mini Moose pees in a day, but it is WAY more than twice.


5/5 Monday Day 800

Night EC: 2 catch at usual intervals.
Day: No misses.
Poop: miss

A big milestone happened today for Mini Moose! Normally when he signals to pee or poop (even if we miss all are part of the poop), I shoo him to the bathroom with a frantic, “Quick go to the potty!” or a “Shoo shoo to the bathroom!” or “Eeek…go go go!” And he makes a mad dash to the bathroom with me herding him like a sheepdog with her flock of one. Today though, I said “Go potty!” when he signaled and he ran off before I could herd him that direction! He then dropped his pants in the hallway halfway there, straddled the little potty, aimed and peed! He has pretty good aim for a short-stack. We almost had a mishap when he then emptied the potty in the toilet. No matter, the events occurred and that is huge. I don’t expect it to be consistent yet, but it is a start. I don’t mind being a kid-herder anyway.


5/6 Tuesday Day 801

Night EC: Same. 2am and 6am.
Day: No misses.
Poop: 50/50

Mini Moose and Itty Bitty were playing together when Mini Moose suddenly got up silently, strolled to the bathroom, (I followed him discreetly), peed in the little potty standing up taking careful aim, he then emptied the potty (making a bit of a mess), flushed, walked out of the bathroom and went to resume play. I guess there was some brain rewiring going on with the crankitude a couple weeks ago.


5/7 Wednesday Day 802

Night EC: One big wake-up pee.
Day: No misses.
Poop: 50/50 Curse the poop.

Mini Moose took himself to the potty twice today with prompting. “Go pee!” has been rewarded with the flinging of trainers and a trip to the potty. He won’t sit, but straddles it standing. He repositions and reaims if he misjudges.


5/8 Thursday Day 803

Night EC: Usual 2am and 6am.
Day: 2 misses in the morning.
Poop: catch!

I’m kind of liking the “Go Pee!” initiative, it is not always mess free however. Unless we are outside, then I can just tell him to go pee on a tree and he runs across the yard with a bare little bottom to find an appropriate place to mark territory.


5/9 Friday Day 804

Night EC: One big morning pee.
Day: no misses
Poop: 50/50

Happy Mother’s Day! I almost missed it. Where does the time go anyway!? I am so not ready for anything anymore. Got some flowers, cards, and Daddy Man is going ot cook out for me and his mom this weekend.


5/10 Saturday Day 805

Night EC: Two usual pees.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: 1 catch in the morning, 1 miss in the late afternoon.


5/11 Sunday Day 806

Night EC: Two usual pees.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: 80% catch!

Mini Moose is communicating a lot more, picking up new words and always asking, “Oowad Dat?” He will repeat new words if they end a sentence and it sounds like a bonafide question with a dash of surprise. I say, “That’s a stick.” and he’ll say, “Stik!?” He makes requests all the time for specific cartoons, “Rockee” (Little Einsteins) or “Ohnut (Octonaughts)” or “Osho (Special Agent Oso). He gives orders, “Sheet Down!”, “Go”, “No, stop.” or makes demands, “Wet go!” “Poomee down!” “Oh-gurr-p! (Yogurt)” “Mine!”, “Me Hahtit (give that to me I had it!)” Makes inquiries, “Bah-tin? Bah tin? (Where’s the remote control so I can press the buttons and turn the tv on.) Initiates games, “Hide Shhhh!” (Hide and go Seek) “Nose, Eye, Hay (hair), cheeks…” (Let’s play name that body part!)

Got to love the toddler-speak.

Itty Bitty has been singing…a lot. Like a lot a lot. Like…I want to put my head in a plastic bag stuffed with cotton wool a lot. I admire her memory, but after the 400th verse of True True friend or Let it Go…I’m done.


5/12 Monday Day 807

Night EC: Same. 2am and 6am.
Day: 3 misses.
Poop: 50/50

Despite the misses, Mini Moose will immediately come to me or Daddy Man to rememedy the situation — usually with soggy pants in hands. Mini Moose’s curly cues on his head are getting knotted and I actually have to take five whole seconds to brush them out.


5/13 Tuesday Day 808

Night EC: Big 6am pee
Day: No misses.
Poop: 50/50


5/14 Wednesday Day 809

Night EC: Same. 2am and 6am.
Day: No misses.
Poop: catch!


5/15 Thursday Day 810

Night EC: 2am and 6am.
Day: 3 misses. Off day.
Poop: 50/50


5/16 Friday Day 811

Night EC: Two usual pees.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: 1 catch in the morning, 1 miss in the late afternoon.


5/17 Saturday Day 812

Night EC: Two usual pees.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: 80% catch!


5/18 Sunday Day 813

Night EC: Two usual pees.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Miss.


5/19 Monday Day 814

Night EC: Same. 2am and 6am.
Day: 3 misses.
Poop: 50/50

Mini Moose still occasionally will use the little potty, but he has a clear preference for the big potty. It is funny, Itty Bitty was FAR more independent and delighted on getting on and off the big potty by herself, using and emptying the little potty by herself, and stripping her clothes off. Mini Moose had control of pee much earlier and he CAN get on the big potty and use the little potty…but he doesn’t have the intense “me do myself” drive yet. For him, it seems like he wants to prove to himself that he CAN do it, yet once he has mastered it he prefers to relinquish the sole control in preference over cooperation. If we are outside, there is no need for any aid when he can pee on the endge of the lawn on a tree, weed, or bush so I can just say, “Go pee on a tree,” and he dashes off. If we are in the house and I say, “Go potty.” He goes to the bathroom and waits for me.

Not the behavior I anticipated. Not that this is a bad thing. Not at all! Just an observation.


5/20 Tuesday Day 815

Night EC: 1 night pee, then the morning pee.
Day: No misses.
Poop: Miss.


5/21 Wednesday Day 816

Night EC: Same.
Day: 2 morning misses.
Poop: Miss.

Month 31: Le Streak Indépendante – Day 914 to Day 947

A walk to see the sunset.

A walk to see the sunset.

Compare to Sister’s Blog:   Month 31:  Veni Vidi Vici

8/22 Friday Day 913 (30 Months)

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch

We are on an amazing streak! I don’t know what to do with myself!
If I could do a cartwheel I would.   I’ll have to be content with the Snoopy Dance!


Amusements!

Amusements!

8/23 Saturday Day 914

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch

Grandmama treated us all to a trip to an amusement park today!   We rode on so many rides (Daddy Man went on the crazy Roller Coaster by himself.   I don’t do coasters and he doesn’t do teacups so we’re square).     The food was way over priced, but the admission was pretty reasonable with unlimited rides so it balanced out.

These were very fast!  They both LOVED it and went on it two  more times, willing to stand in line.

These were very fast! They both LOVED it and went on it two more times, willing to stand in line.

I was rather taken aback though when I paid for a stroller so that the kids didn’t have to exhaust themselves between rides with walking.    The stroller rental was thirteen dollars, so I tried to give $23.00 so I could get a ten dollar bill back.   I hand them the twenty, and was digging in my pocket for the three ones, “Hold on, I have three bills so you can give me a ten back.” and they said, “Sorry we can’t do that.  We can’t make change.”      I blinked, “Uh, I don’t want change, I just wanted you to give me back a ten instead of a five and singles.”       You know, because usually it is better to keep the singles you have since they can dwindle pretty fast.      They refused to give me a ten and referred me to customer service!     I…I have no words that are kind.

The kids were exhausted by the time we got home, but we had no potty issues and Mini Moose and Itty Bitty were fearless riders of even the most surprisingly fast kiddie rides.   Daddy Man will one day have steady company on his Roller Coaster rides.


8/24 Sunday Day 915

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch


Itty Bitty tests out the new swim bubble with Daddy Man.

Itty Bitty tests out the new swim bubble with Daddy Man.

8/25 Monday Day 916

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch


8/26 Tuesday Day 917

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch

We seem to have cracked the poop! WOO HOO! Steady on Mini Moose, steady on!


8/27 Wendesday Day 918

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch


8/21 Thursday Day 919

Night EC: 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses, except one when we were out and I forgot to pee him as soon as we got home.
Poop: Catch


8/22 Friday Day 920

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch


8/23 Saturday Day 921

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch

I really am going to miss Mini Moose’s little naked tush when he finally starts wearing pants all the time. I sometimes miss it when I realize that Itty Bitty hasn’t needed me for potty help for months — not since she was sick. She just takes care of herself. It is funny though when she suddenly runs by in panic to make it to the bathroom because she waited too long. Once in a blue moon she doesn’t quite make it. She tells me, then tosses her dirties in the hamper, and gets herself new underwear. It’s not that I miss poop patrol, it is that I realize that she hasn’t been my teeny little baby in such a long time.


8/24 Sunday Day 922

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch


8/25 Monday Day 923

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch

My moods have not been the best. As the kids grow, we are more and more on each other’s nerves, especially when in a big house they are up my rear end when I just need a few minutes alone to just center. The same go rounds every day are really getting old and wearing me down. Can we have ONE morning where there isn’t something unpleasant going on? Just. ONE.

I try so hard to use positive language and all that, but lately I just…Snarl. Really. It get’s to the point where you are so tired you just spew all the cliche negative barks: GET OFF YOUR SISTER’S HEAD! STOP TEASING YOUR BROTHER! PUT THE CAT DOWN! DON’T PICK YOUR BROTHER UP BY THE HEAD! BOY, BALLS ARE FOR OUTSIDE! THERE ARE 50 CARS, STOP HOGGING THEM ALL BOTH OF YOU! CAN I HAVE JUST FIVE MINUTES OF PEACE!!! GET OUT, GET OUT GO OUTSIDE!

Gah! Children for sale!


8/26 Tuesday Day 924

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch


8/27 Wednesday Day 925

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch

At night we still always do a catch in a pee-cup still. Much easier than the bowl set up we used when we were first starting out. No fuss and back to slumber in less than a minute. Most of the time he still has his eye closed!


Giddy-Up!

Giddy-Up!

8/28 Thursday Day 926

Night EC: 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses, except one when we were out and I forgot to pee him as soon as we got home.
Poop: Catch


8/29 Friday Day 927

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch


8/30 Saturday Day 928

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch

Daddy Man told me that after he was done with his pit stop in the downstairs bathroom, Mini Moose decided that he too was going to pee into the big toilet standing up. Daddy man said he was barely able to reach standing on his tiptoes to pee into the bowl freestyle.


8/31 Sunday Day 929

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch


9/1 Monday Day 930

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch


Tasting the blueberries to be sure they are okay for picking.

Tasting the blueberries to be sure they are okay for picking.

9/2 Tuesday Day 931

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch

Things are pretty on the potty front. I can now just tell Mini Moose to “go potty!” when he comes to me and gives me the “may-may” sound and potty sign. I don’t always follow him to the bathroom now, or I’ll just peek in quickly and leave him to it. He’s mostly naked so pants aren’t a problem. However, sometimes he has on trainers so I do have to remember to say, “Take off your pants.” or just “Pants pants!” if he is already rounding into the bathroom. He has found that his favorite way to potty now is rear mounting the toilet (facing the tank). I’m glad of it since if he does on occasion pee in the potty, he feels he needs to empty it (and he’s not so good about pouring without missing the toilet!). He comes back to give me a status report, “I pee!” or “I fush!” or “I poot” (I pooped). He’s been a bit of a bear lately, but we can now see through his vocabulary burst and control of more independence that he’s been growing some more brains!


9/3 Wednesday Day 931

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch

You know, I am not sure if I can call poop “catches” anymore since I don’t participate actively in its deployment any more. He tells me, I direct him to scoot to the potty, and he takes care of business.


9/4 Thursday Day 932

Night EC: Miss
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful deployment

We had a miss last night because Mr. Independent decided that “Nyo! Nyo pee!” he has also been saying, “Nyo nap!” when I suggest it, but then five minutes later he’s crawled up on my lap asking for nay-nay then passes out cold. He just doesn’t have Itty Bitty’s Bladder of Steel so he needs to pee at least once no matter how much he protests. The waterproof trainer cover is getting a bit tight so I have been just doubling up his trainers in the event of a miss when both Imse Vimse trainers are dirty. He’s been really restless at night too. I think he’s teething those last two year molars on one side finally.


9/5 Friday Day 933

Night EC: miss
Day: No pee misses, except for a little damp mishap with Daddy Man when I was at work.
Poop: Successful deployment

Missed last night again. I was in a really deep sleep. On a brighter note, whether he has pants on or not doesn’t seem to affect our success rate anymore. The extra time he spent bottomless, for some reason, helped him to learn to signal before critical moment, and to hold it better. Go figure.


9/6 Saturday Day 934

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful deployment

Been working on Itty Bitty’s party. She’s been wanting a pinata for two years and I’m making one. A big one. Probably two big considering I’m a novice pinata maker. We’ll see how this goes. The things I get myself into sometimes.


9/7 Sunday Day 935

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment


9/8 Monday Day 936

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment


9/9 Tuesday Day 937

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment

We are amazed at Itty Bitty’s growing strength with the trapeze on the play structure. She has also had a big spurt in understanding number relationships and has gotten more adept at subtraction and addition. She still tries to “count over” from the beginning to add, but there are times where she is using patterns. She’ll see a group of 8 and then 2 and just say 10, for example. She can count to 100 by herself (though she still has trouble with those teens) and with prompting can count higher. She recognizes the pattern of numbers most of the time, though once in a while she “loses” it. He fine motor skills have improved too. She can color within lines better, has finer control of a pencil when copying numbers, uses scissors with more refinement, and can use glitter and glue with control. We’ve tried some reading/phonetics but something isn’t quite clicking yet…but she is right on the cusp. She can recognize some sight words of course, so she just needs to find a connection to make it all click.

Itty Bitty still has wordisms:
Diamond room (dining room)
Bemember (remember)
Free (three)
Barm (farm or barn)

She is always asking me, “What’s that word mean?” Whenever I say a “big” word she doesn’t recognize.


9/10 Wednesday Day 937

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment


9/11 Thursday Day 938

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment

Mini Moose still takes a late afternoon nap around 3:30pm like Itty Bitty did but…he also has been skipping a nap entirely once or twice a week now and then. Man…I don’t like it when he skips a nap! Today, I had had it with the two of them, and I made them both take a nap, which I normally don’t enforce naps. But I needed a nap myself, and it was one argument after another. No acknowledgement of hurts to each other, and increasingly dumb decisions about personal safety. I banished Itty Bitty to the floor bed in Mini Moose’s future room and told her if she didn’t take a nap, no TV with Daddy Man. (Yes, Yes, I know…but I was desperate). She tried a few times to pretend to sleep and come out and I’d just say, “I know you didn’t sleep,” and shooed her away. In about fifteen minutes she was out cold. Mini Moose gave me lip for a good ten minutes before he too passed out after nursing.

I got to have myself a much needed nap and quiet time. Ahhhh….Zzzzzzzzz.


9/12 Friday Day 939

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment


9/13 Saturday Day 940

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment

Mini Moose has been a real grouch. Which means he fights with is sister, wakes me up for non-pee reasons, and just makes this horrid screetching sounds. Boy…you BETTER be up to doing something amazing soon or else I’m going to have to eat you or build a trebuchet and launch you into the woods. Every morning it is the same arguments at the exact same time with the two of them! And the groping…can…we…stop…the…groping! Put your hands down! That include your elbow, and the back of your head, and your foot, and your knee, and your forehead, and the back of your hand. GAAAAAHHHH!

I’ve turned into he world’s worst angry Mogre (mom ogre).


9/14 Sunday Day 941

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment


9/15 Monday Day 942

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment

The pinata I was talking about…is going to kill me. Why couldn’t I do something simple? No…it has to be Twilight Sparkle with a saucy tilt to her head and jaunty leg that is as big as Itty Bitty. Sheesh. I’m also making rainbow cake, rainbow cupcakes and chocolate cupcakes. It should go pretty smoothly with the cakes. My experimental batches went well and didn’t take long.

I can’t believe summer is almost over and my little baby girl is turning five. I feel like my life is flashing before my eyes.


9/16 Tuesday Day 943

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment


9/17 Wednesday Day 944

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment

Can we stop the fighting kids or else mommy is going to lose her mind. No, wait, I already lost it! GROWWWWWWWWWWLL! I was so mad and done by evening that I left them both in the family bed with lights out for a couple of minutes. I let Her Royal Contraryness and His Royal Orneryness to stew for a while before I came back and turned on a light. I told them I was going to go sit with Daddy Man and if they left the room I was going to turn out the light again. They, surprisingly, stayed in the room playing with stuffies. When I came back Itty Bitty was passed out and Mini Moose was pouting a bit, but still playing quietly. Usually, I leave them with a movie when I do need to buy some time, but tonight they were so growl inducing I just blew my stack. Neither one of them gave me any lip when I carved myself out a spot on the bed. Mini Moose had nay-nays using proper manners and no groping attempts for once and fell asleep in five minutes.


9/18 Thursday Day 945

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment

Countdown to party. I have so much to do still!


9/19 Friday Day 946

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment

I am so not ready for the party! Despite all my planning and starting early, I just think I need another week! I baked the rainbow cake which was surprisingly easy (yes, I had six cake pans on hand…don’t ask why). The rainbow cupcakes took a bit longer beacause all my pastry bags were too big and I had to do them by hand. The chocolate ones were okay, but the kids distracted my brain and I accidentally put in an extra egg so the texture was more fudgy than cakey. Itty Bitty’s costume is ready, I did her hair for tomorrow, got all her accessories lined up. Decorations are ready to go except for the balloons.

NEW DEVELOPMENT:
Mini Moose appeared early in the afternoon. I asked Daddy Man…”Hey, where is Mini Moose I though he was with you?” We had no idea where he’d gone off too and then we heard the toilet flush! I went upstairs to see what he was doing and the door was closed. He opens it and comes strolling out. “Did you go potty?” I asked. “Yesh, I poot.” I blink, “You pooped?” He nodded, “Yesh, I poddy I fush.”

Well just hit me with a stick and color me flabbergasted. That was out of the blue!


9/20 Saturday Day 947

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses (despite a lot of distractions, Mini Moose just deferred to GrandMaMa for any potty assistance required).
Poop: Successful Deployment

Party Day! Thankfully it wasn in the afternoon because…you know…not ready. I mean the piece de resistance (the stupid pinata) is done and look fantastic. I did the signs last minute this morning for the games/stations: Pin the Tail on the Pinkie with Applejack (a big banner deco that will be used as decoration in Itty Bitty’s room), Fluttershy’s Critter Toss, Spike’s Treasure Hunt, Rarity’s Boutique (face painting, mousestaches and pony ears), Derpy Bubbles (need batteries!!), and of course Rainbow Dashe’s Pulverize the Pinata, and Zecora’s Mystery Cupcake (I made one cupcake vanilla marble so whoever eats it gets a surprise). I made potty ears last night, which thankfully didn’t take that long. I just hot glued my finger’s a lot. The cutting and putting them on the hair clips and head bands was super easy. The dang balloons were giving me trouble and set me back time wise. The air compressor we have with the new attachments I bought for it worked beautifully, but the day was hot and gusts of winds blew down my big balloon strings and they kept popping as the morning warmed up. I had to re-tie them with proper string I managed to find and made more balloons. I finally got a handle on it, but then it was getting down to the wire. I went in to make the whipped topping for the cake…and that’s when things went south…

The test whipped topping whipped fast, easy and was perfect. Today it just wasn’t cooperating. I couldn’t get it to work. I finally had to just work with it even though it was really too soft, but it had to do. Then I messed up when I frosted the top layer with the wrong color and had to salvage and make it work. Then all the pre-made cutie mark candies I’d cut the other day were all stuck together! I had to bang out cupcake decorations in five minutes. Oh, it was getting to be a disaster. Guests arrived, the food wasn’t out. Daddy Man came in to ask if I was okay, “NO, I’m not okay!” He put some of the snacks out and a threw together a snack tray that I forgot to prepare in the morning, threw small apples and bananas in the bowls for the kids. Then I went back to that STOOPID whipped topping, smacked it together on the cake and cupcakes. The cake layers were starting to list to one side and I managed to balance them somehow. Shoved on halfassed decorations on both trying to cover the flaws. It totally did not turn out looking out the way it was SUPPOSED to, but it came out pretty decent. It was almost an hour after party time that I finally got out there and started the games, took pictures and video. Whew!

Everyone seemed to have a lot of fun. The Pinata thankfully broke exactly when it was supposed to. Itty Bitty got hit in the head with the pinata stick…ouch! It was a big hit! The kids enjoyed the different games and stations. Treasure hung popular with the older kids and the critter toss went over really well with the little ones even though they all played them. The cake held up and didn’t fall over (well it listed a bit to the side when it was getting cut)! The kids were really, really excited that the cake was a rainbow and were cooing over the rainbow cupcakes. Nearly all the cupcakes were gobbled up. We had about half of a 8 inch cake left which isn’t bad considering about five adults declined cake entirely. Every kid went home with a prize and goodie bag. I didn’t put a lot of candy in the pinata (some smarties and chocolate crackles), mostly pencils, erasers, party noisemakers, some tops, glow bracelets, and some dissapointing slide whistles that broke before they even got used. Next time I’d go with plastic animals and more glow bracelets rather than cheap whistles. The pinata guts made a dandy fire too.

My baby brother, his wife, and their twin girls came and we all had a chance to chat and play after guests left. They ran into heavy traffic. Daddy Man made them steaks on the grill and the girls had a good time playing with party aftermath and the destruction that was in the playroom. The little kids at the party had come and gone in and out of the house and made a jolly mess. Itty Bitty, I am proud to say, made sure that “The inside toys stay inside, outside toys are for outside.” We have a HUGE yard that isn’t all connected together so finding small toys in all that is pretty much impossible. Thank you girl!

I am so tired. So…so tired.


Twilight Sparkle Pinata

The gigantic Twilight Sparkle Pinata.

9/21 Sunday Day 947

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Successful Deployment

Happy Fifth Birthday Itty Bitty!

I am still exhausted and we didn’t finish cleanup from yesterday. We took Itty Bitty out for her birthday breakfast and just pretty much stayed close to home. It rained all day with a lull in the afternoon and the the kids enjoyed playing in the warm puddles.

I wonder how many years of puddle splashing she has left? Of course, I hope she puddle splashes as an adult! It can be really hard to keep that little inner child sparked.

Itty Bitty you are growing so fast. Every so often I catch a glimpse of my little baby, and I miss the smell of your bald head. Sure, sometimes it smelled like armpit, but I could still get a great whiff of that baby perfume. You are so affectionate and headstrong. I am sorry if some days I feel all touched out, and aren’t as free with my hugs as you. I am sorry if sometimes I demand too much quiet or just can’t answer one more question. I don’t want you to stop asking questions or to stop challenging me, even when I raise my hands in exasperation. The world is still all new to you, and you haven’t yet grown tired. Though I know that I should try to see the world through your eyes, this Mama Bear just wants to curl up and hibernate for a while!

Know that I miss your noise when you aren’t near. Miss the questions once I’ve had my half hour of recharge time. I love your persistence and passion. Yes, I see how much better you are drawing cats and people. Yes, thank you for getting the laundry. You may not lick the window! Wow, look at how easily you can do a flip now! No, I don’t want help eating my piece of birthday cake. Thank you, but I don’t want to listen to that song a 61t time. Please, do not jump on my foot! Do not tie that around the cat! You’ve called me twenty times in sixty seconds, WHAT!? Yes, I love you too.

Month 30: A Time for Change – Day 878 to Day 913

Compare to Sister’s Blog:   Month 30:  Equinox

Hopscotching

Hopscotching

7/22 Tuesday Day 878 (29 Months)

Night EC: 1 night catch, 1 morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Miss. Mini Moose ended up with pants on and pooped in them in the evening. Daddy Man is dumbstruck.

We are just baffled at how having pants on makes such a big difference. With pants off if Mini Moose starts going poop he squeezes his cheeks together, gets an urgent look on his face, makes the potty sign, and says “Poooooop!” And we rush or shoo him to the bathroom. With pants on it is like the signal gets crossed and he stands there like a deer stuck in headlights. “I’m pooping…what do I do?…Shoudl I say something…?” And we all know how critical those seconds are, and there is not time for thinking only action!

 


7/23 Wednesday Day 879

Night EC: 1 night catch, 1 morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch. No pants.


7/24 Thursday Day 880

Night EC: 1 night catch, 1 morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch. No pants.


7/25 Friday Day 881

Night EC: 1 night catch, 1 morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch. No pants.


7/26 Saturday Day 882

Night EC: 1 night catch, 1 morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch. No pants.


Arobatics are no problem for Itty Bitty, and Mini Moose is a swing pro!

Arobatics are no problem for Itty Bitty, and Mini Moose is a swing pro!

7/27 Sunday Day 883

Night EC: 1 night catch, 1 morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch. No pants.


7/28 Monday Day 884

Night EC: 1 morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch. No pants.


7/29 Tuesday Day 885

Night EC: 1 night catch, 1 morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch. Miss, forgot to take pants off!


7/30 Wednesday Day 886

Night EC: 1 night catch, 1 morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch. No pants.

Well, it seems that the pants are the key. As long as I remember to take them off first thing in the morning, Mini Moose comes to us in plenty of time. He gives the potty sign with his high pitched “mAY mAY” sound, we shoo him to the bathroom, he toddler trots, we lift him on the toilet and leave him to it. He gets down by himself or calls us to help with wiping by saying, “Ah poobed!” He’s also started going longer between between pees, havin more “epic pees” and starting to go longer at night sometimes going 5-6 hours. He wakes up in the middle of the night to pee.


7/31 Thursday Day 887

Night EC: 1 night catch, 1 morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch. No pants.


8/1 Friday Day 888

Night EC: 1 night miss, 1 morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Three Catches. No pants.

Sometimes we have the occasional miss at night when I am in the dream loopy state and notice the signs too late. The thick Imse Vimse trainers do an adequate job, but I only have two of those. When I haven’t washed them I double up Mini Moose in Gerber trainers (and yes, we use the pink ones too!). The waterproof cover is starting to get small on him I noticed so I don’t always use it. When we have a miss now, it is pretty big. I still have a our flannel wee-wee toppers on the bed just in case. Last night it was needed! Easier to change and toss than to deal with the whole bed. Yes, he goes right back to sleep because he’s used to it. We’ve done this since birth, so it’s just not that exciting for him to be awoken in the middle of the night. Once he can go all night without needing to pee it will be fantastic, but he may be like me and often have to get up to go unlike Itty Bitty who has bladder of steel. I was really night spoiled with her being night continent so early.


8/2 Saturday Day 889

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch. No pants.


8/3 Sunday Day 890

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch. No pants.


8/4 Monday Day 891

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch. No pants.


8/5 Tuesday Day 892

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Miss. Forgot about the pants!

Yeah, I left Mini Moose in pants after an outing. It’s funny, we are fine when we are out and he is fine running around bare bottomed either naked or in a long shirt. The moment we are home and he has pants on, it’s like a switch goes haywire. “I’m pooping. I have pants on! What do I do!? I am still pooping. I’m POOPING IN MY PANTS! I don’t want to poop my pants! Panic. Wait…I remember now. If I tell mommy or daddy they’ll help me get to the toilet.” I imagine that must be his inner dialoge because by the time he gets to the signal it is too late and we miss part of the poo. We are spoiled parents and we don’t like missing even part of a poo. Older kid poo is not cute baby poo. It just isn’t! Frankly, it stopped being “poo” a long time ago. It’s $hit. Sure, it is funny when they try to walk with a load in their pants, but that’s where the amusement ends and the gag reflex begins.


8/6 Wednesday Day 893

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch. (I don’t think I mentione that though he usually goes once a day, it is sometimes two or three times)


8/7 Thursday Day 894

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch

Usually for a pee or a poop, Mini Moose will come to me or Daddy Man for assitance. He really prefers the big toilet. He likes the inserts, but he is big enough and strong enough to easily balance on the toilet with out it. He can sit forwards fine, but I usually face him backwards since I think it is easier for him to aim his penis that way because the toilet is wider at the back. Sometimes I do send him to the bathroom on his own, “Go potty!” If I don’t follow him he will use the little potty. He has found that mounting it forward facing it backwards works the best not only for sitting, but also for aiming. He does also like to stand up and straddle it to pee, but his aim is sometimes off, so that is my least favorite configuration. It is very cute to watch him try to fix a misfire. He CAN climb on the big toilet on his own, but it is a lot of effort and I don’t blame him for wanting to be lifted. He’s just not as much into the “me do” as Itty Bitty was at this age. Then again, she is also a far better climber than he is. Mini Moose is more of a runner. He also likes clothes whereas Itty Bitty prefers being in the buff. It’s not that Mini Moose doesn’t like to be nude, but he will ask to put on a shirt on his own while Itty Bitty was usually taking them off.


8/8 Friday Day 895

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch


8/9 Saturday Day 896

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch


8/10 Sunday Day 897

Night EC: 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch


8/11 Monday Day 898

Night EC: 1 morning catch (If we have need for a night catch it is usually between 2:30 and 3:30am)
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch


8/12 Tuesday Day 899

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch

Happy 8th Anniversary Daddy Man! I got my favorite lavender flowers. I can’t believe it has been 7 years already.


8/13 Wednesday Day 900

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch

Things on the EC front are obviously very routine and uninteresting. The poop was really our last conundrum. We don’t really mind that he needs to be naked. Less laundry, too. He’ll eventually get the hang of his pants and have the desire to take them off.


8/14 Thursday Day 901

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Miss. Curse the pants!


Itty Bitty and Mini Moose disagree over how to put together a floor puzzle!

Itty Bitty and Mini Moose disagree over how to put together a floor puzzle!

8/15 Friday Day 902

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch

Mini Moose is growing so fast. Still working on those molars and we know how much of a pill toddlers can be when they are teething. But now I can leave Mini Moose alone for short stretches outside with Itty Bitty so I can run into the house for a quick potty break. Itty Bitty looks out for him, but they will continue playing. And having a back door makes it easy to pop in and out. It’s nice not to have to be right on top of either of them to supervise. I can sit across the yard and do my own thing while they play together. Mini Moose and Itty Bitty have free reign to go in and out of the house (as long as they remember to close the screen so the cats stay in), and they have a very large wander radius of the yard being able to play on the driveway at their leisure. Mini Moose and Itty Bitty tend to stay in proximity. Often that proximity is right up my butt, but at least that means they aren’t going to run off right?

Mini Moose like Itty Bitty, now has carte blanche to wander the house even if I’m still in bed. He’ll go play in the play room, or hand me the remote control to watch a cartoon in the morning. I’ve heard him somtimes playing by himself in the playroom while I and Itty Bitty are still trying to catch sleep for up to an hour. Yesterday morning he even came back to bed, curled up, and went back to sleep. That’s a far better scenario than the one where he was enjoying lifting my eyelids and rubbing his head on my boobs like a suckling pig.

I guess I should mention too that he still nurses but I’ve had to drastically cut his demands to three times a day because it has been hurting and he’s been leaving teeth marks. I think my period hormones are messing with my supply and comfort. I have to be careful not to accidentally wean him, so I need to stay on top of refusing his requests. It has been really hard though. With Itty Bitty it was different because when he was born supply was abundant and he was generating plenty of oxytocin. Now that he is at that age and there is no new baby, he just isn’t creating that hormone rush like before. When women talk of nursing aversion, I think most of that has to do with lower oxytocin levels. Toddlers just don’t suckle like newborns…it is just different…and it is hard to explain how.


8/16 Saturday Day 903

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch


8/17 SUNday Day 904

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch


8/18 Monday Day 909

Night EC: 1 morning catch. Wow, that was big.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch. We were panicked because we left his pants on, but we managed without incident. Pants off is still the way to go, but we can see he will eventually be okay with pants on too.


8/19 Tuesday Day 910

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch


8/20 Wenesday Day 911

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch


8/21 Thursday Day 912

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch


8/22 Friday Day 913

Night EC: 1 night and 1 morning catch
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch