Monday, December 21, 2009

Potty Training

We did it! We potty trained Claire. How awesome is that? The answer is VERY awesome. I've been wanting to potty train her forever but she just hasn't ever wanted to. Well, these past 2 weeks she's been sick so we've just stayed at home all day, every day. Well, I guess she got bored and wanted something new to do so she decided she wanted to be potty trained! It started Wednesday night when she just randomly wanted to go in the potty. So then Thursday I just let her run around naked and she went pee AND poop in the potty (from what I understand, a lot of kids have a harder time pooping in the potty, not all, but a lot of kids). Well, she did really well and we even went to the store on Saturday night to test it out and she didn't have an accident there, either! I tried on Friday night (I think) to have her sleep without a diaper but she wouldn't fall asleep, she just kept asking to go pee 'cause she was frightened to death of peeing in her bed. She's the type who always wants to do things right so I think it was causing her some anxiety (I wonder where she got that from? Levi). So anyway, she wasn't falling asleep so I finally just put a diaper on her but she still would wake up wanting her diaper changed every time she peed in it. Last night, however, she refused to wear a diaper, had an accident and was very upset about it but she still refused to wear a diaper during her nap today. However, the smart person I am (thanks mom) I got those training pants. They're plastic pants that go over their underwear, sort of like those pool pants, only way thicker and HUGE... aka HOT. Not to mention they didn't have anymore girl ones so hers have cars that say, "beep, beep" on them. That'll save me (Levi) from washing a lot of sheets.

Today we went to the store again but I brought her little potty with us in the car. She's scared of the big toilets 'cause she almost fell in hers the other day, I had to help her up. Anyway, so I brought her little potty in the car and if she had to go she would just go in there. She almost pooped her pants in Target but I grabbed her and sprinted out of the store. It was awesome and very superwoman-like of me. Needless to say, she had zero accidents while we were out and about, which was a relief! I'm VERY proud of her and this is a huge accomplishment for me, I truly thought I couldn't potty train her for some reason. I just thought I'd fail in that department. But then when it came down to it, I realized it doesn't have much to do with me but A LOT to do with her. So now I don't have a change another diaper for 3 more months!!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas Recipe Group

Every month for the past 4 months, my friends and I have been having a recipe group. It's been really fun and this month it was at my house. I called dibs on Christmas 'cause as everyone knows by now, I LOVE Christmas. Levi thinks I act like a little kid around Christmastime. I just can't help myself, it really is the most wonderful time of the year. Anyway, at our recipe group we had appetizers, dinner, desserts, home-made presents, and Christmas Pictionary. It was the first time we were able to have everyone there! I had a lot of fun and I hope everyone else did as well! Thanks guys for coming!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Big Girl Bed, Pigtails, and Baby's Room

Claire got a new big girl bed a while ago. It's not really "new" but new to her. It was mine from when I was little, up until I was maybe 16 years old. She, Levi and I painted it white to make it look not ghetto. She loves it and always wants to show it to everyone who comes over. I thought she'd fall off of it if I didn't get one of those side guard rails, but she doesn't! She makes sure to scoot all the way over to the wall so she doesn't fall. 
Dean (Levi's dad) and Levi have built a new room down in our basement for the baby. I'm really excited about it! I thought it would be a bit small but it seems perfect for a baby's room. I can't wait 'till it's all finished and I can put the furniture in there. I'll post pictures when it's finished.

Here's the closet so far.

One side of the room, the closet and the entryway are to the right of this photo.

And the other side of the room. 

Now, Claire has never had very much hair but I'm showing proof that it IS growing. I can now put pigtails in the back of her hair. This is a big step and she LOVES having "two ponytails". She asks for them all the time but I rarely do it 'cause she doesn't have enough hair. Well, now she does.