On my needles

I’m going to turn $2 of thrift store yarn into a neutral winter scarf…if the toddler will stop messing with it. He has already pulled my yarn off the needle once, and I am not a skilled knitter so that was a nightmare for me to fix. ;P

I probably shouldn’t be drinking coffee while I knit with such light yarn either…especially with a 3 year old and 1 year old running around. 😉

I am making some progress. It’s not perfect… I’ve made more than a few mistakes but I’m pretty happy with it.


Big Boy Underpants

Today was the day to try another potty training method. Our friends had luck with their son by switching to underwear and training by the feeling of wet/dirty underpants to motivate him to use the toilet.

My son woke up with a dry diaper after having slept nearly 12 hours. I figured if he could do that he must be ready. I put him on the toilet, but he got down. He ended up peeing on the bath mat while we were discussing options. I got his new underwear and as he excitedly put them on I told him he needed to tell me if he felt the need to pee or poop. Not long after our chat, there was some screaming. He peed his pants, and did not like it. I brought him to the toilet to finish, and he was more receptive than earlier.😊 He is wearing another pair of underwear now, so hopefully he’ll remember he can’t comfortably pee in them and want to use the toilet again.

Well, I had to pause to deal with the second accident. It was pee again, and not much time had passed since the first accident. 😞 I asked him if he wanted a diaper or underwear, and he said underwear. I hope I can avoid another accident. I guess we’ll just head to the toilet every 20 minutes or so.

What Was I Thinking?

I have had a rough for me weekend. Two trips out shopping and errand running by myself with the 3 kids, then 2 1/2 hours at the public pool with them today. That trip to the pool was horrible!  It ended with me being slapped in the face by a 2 year old.😣

Thankfully hubby was willing to pick up take out for dinner on his way home from work. I just don’t have any energy left for cooking.

I sort of regret agreeing to work tomorrow, on my normal day off. It isn’t for overtime pay or holiday pay either…just straight pay.😞 I know we could really use the money, but I would LOVE an actual day off this “weekend” . I brought my knitting to the pool today, thinking maybe the 2 year old would just sit in the stroller watching the kids swim…yeah right.😝

Oh What A Night/Morning This Is Going To Be

Around 8 pm hubby was getting tired. He had been up since 3:30 this morning, and worked 11 1/2 hours with an hour commute on each end of that, so I suppose being tired was warranted. 😉 I thought well, I can’t go to sleep now. The toddler was “napping”. He had been cranky around 5:30, so I put him in his crib with a movie to watch so I could get some things done before dinner. He fell asleep, like I knew he really needed to. 

I should have woken him up for dinner, but the house was peaceful. 😉 I just didn’t think to wake him, and when I did think about it, I also thought he might just sleep through the night. 

I had put the baby to bed around 8, and then the rest of the family just hung out in the livingroom using devices and watching tv. Hubby did fall asleep on the couch, but around 10 I woke him to go to bed. I guessed that the toddler would wake up as soon as I decided to lay down, but no, it was the baby who woke up as soon as my teeth were brushed. I took him to bed with me, so I could nurse him and get some rest. He ate for about 30 minutes then fell asleep. I figured it would be too risky to take him to his crib, since he shares a bedroom with the toddler. I really wanted to get at least 2 hours of sleep. Lately the baby has been up every 2-3 hours to nurse. The baby slept on my chest, and I tried to fall asleep. Around 11:15 the toddler was calling out a request for pizza through the monitor.:(

It was time to carry the baby to bed, and switch to toddler mode. 😉 I changed his diaper, got him a drink and made him a pizza. He’ll be up for hours. 😦 

So, he’s got Paw Patrol on, a couple of toys to play with and his tablet…he can’t just focus on one thing. Especially his “dinner”, he’s only had a few bites of that pizza he was calling for as soon as he woke up. 

My eyes are feeling heavy, and I just want to pass out. I don’t have a set time to be up, but we have a busy day ahead of us, and I wanted to be well rested. I guess that won’t be happening. 😛 We have to go to the library,  drop the car off at a garage, pick up a rental car and grocery shop. We would like to get everything done early, to be home at a reasonable time. The library was to be our first stop, and they don’t open until 10am, so I suppose I could still manage to get a few hours of sleep. I’m hoping the toddler will be satisfied with his meal soon, and happy to go back to his room if I offer another movie. We’ll see. Until then, I guess I will just read some blogs. 

Two Year Old Drastically Changing Behavior

Do any of you have a two year old that has suddenly had a drastic change in behavior? My little guy is 2 1/2, and gives me so much more trouble than usual. I have heard of the terrible twos, but from prior experience I thought it actually hit closer to 3. 😉

My little guy screams most nights at bedtime. He shares a room with his six month old brother, so it’s really hard to put him in his crib to cry/scream it out. I try to cuddle and rock him to relax him, but he just yells “Let go me!”. I want to soothe him, and find out what is setting him off, but he won’t tell me. I’m not sure if he even knows why he’s fighting bedtime. We all go to bed together, so it’s not like he thinks he’s missing out on fun times by going to bed. I just don’t understand. 😦

 He also fights diaper changes. He will kick and roll. It becomes extremely difficult to get a diaper off (without making a big mess…depending on the contents), or on. My 11 year old has the hardest time trying to diaper his brother. I need him to help at times when I am nursing the baby though. I have tried to get him to use the potty which would eliminate diaper changes, but he really doesn’t want to try it yet. He has sat on it a few times, but hasn’t used it yet. I remind him nearly every time he fights the diaper changes, that the toilet is another option for him, but he just says “No toilet!”.

I refer to this child as my monster, because he really can be one. He hits his older brother, throws toys, tells everyone to shut up and loves to tell us no. He has always been more difficult than my first child, but this is getting ridiculous!

He has his sweet side too, where he’ll cuddle and tell us he loves us. He’ll even share toys with both of his brothers sometimes. 

For the bedtime fight, I’m thinking of trying to implement a bedtime routine to get him to relax. I know other people do this, but we’ve never been routine people. It might be hard for me to stick with it. It used to be easy to get him to bed, because we would put a movie in for him. He would either quietly watch it or fall asleep within a few minutes and we’d turn it off. I wish I could just get into his head to understand why he gets so worked up.

For the diaper changes I am stumped. I don’t want to force him onto the potty, and make going traumatic for him. I guess it’s already a bit traumatic since he fights the changes so much. 

I know this is a very temporary stage in life, so I won’t let it stress me out too much. 😛