Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Random A-Z

I am borrowing this idea from my friend Carman!

A. Age: 26
B. Bed size: Queen, but I would LOVE a king!!
C. Chore you dislike: Laundry
D. Dogs: Cooper, 2 year old Cocker Spaniel
E. Essential start to your day: These days... Getting to the bathroom as quickly as I can waddle!
F. Favorite color: Purple
G. Gold or silver: I prefer to wear white gold, but my wedding ring set it yellow gold, and I love it!
H. Height: 5'6"
I. Instruments you play(ed): I took piano lessons for 9 years and can still read music pretty good!
J. Job title: 5th grade teacher at Lee Elementary
K. Kids: Kathryn Elizabeth "Katie" - 16.5 months and Anna Claire - due June 11
L. Live: Springdale, AR
M. Mom’s name: Debbie
N. Nicknames: I don't really have any nicknames.
O. Overnight hospital stays: When I had Katie!
P. Pet peeves: Bragging, Secretive people, people who are late!
Q. Quote from a movie: THIS IS SOOO NOT MY CATEGORY! However, the only quote I can think of at this moment is... "I'll be your Huckleberry."
R. Righty or lefty: Righty
S. Siblings: Emma - 9
T. Time you wake up: It depends.. If I shower in the morning then it's 5:45, and if I bathe at night then it's 6:15.
U. Underwear: Definitely Mommy undies!
V. Vegetables you don’t like: My taste buds are off when I'm pregnant.. Right now, I don't like spinach.
W.What makes you run late: Usually my husband...
X. X-rays you’ve had: My teeth, my foot (when I was in 2nd grade).
Y. Yummy food you make: I make a mean pot of chili!
Z. Zoo animal favorites: I love the monkeys!!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring has sprung :o)

Today was the most beautiful Spring day... We took Katie outside to play two different times!! She found a dried-up wipe in her Cozy Coupe that entertained her the entire time. She cleaned everything in sight - her animals, the mail, the weeds, an empty Diet Mountain Dew bottle, Mommy's legs, the road, her face, etc... It was rather entertaining :o)

We also took her on a walk down the street. She refused to hold our hands because she's too independent. She loves to explore and discover things without the restraint of a hand. She loved picking "flowers" in the neighbor's yards (aka their weeds). She also enjoyed seeing a cat - from a distance. There was a man sitting in his driveway revving up his motorcycle, and she got a kick out of that, too! Little one even managed to scuff her knee up for the first time. She cried for about 5 seconds and was ready to go again. Our neighbors across the street have this little bench in their yard. Of course Katie HAD to sit on it and threw a huge fit when it was time to go!!!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Beginning Stages of Potty-Training

Katie spent a couple days with her Grandma and Grandpa in Hot Springs a few weeks ago. While she was there, Grandma noticed that she would tell her everytime she dirtied her diaper. When we picked her up, we noticed her doing it, too.. So, we talked about it and decided it was time to go pick out a potty. When we got back to Springdale, we took Katie to Wal-Mart and let her pick out a little girl potty. She picked out a very cute pink one!

We took her home and asked her if she wanted to sit on the potty. She replied, "Yea." So, we did just that! We sat her on it with NO expectations. We just wanted her to know what it was.

Daddy read her a book while she sat there. She continued to sit there, and we finally had to ask her if she was done.

When she was done, she got off and THIS IS WHAT WE FOUND!!!! Our baby girl pee-peed and poo-pood in the potty!
Now, we have had QUITE a few people "inform" us that 16-month-olds are just not ready to potty-train. Maybe their 16-month-olds weren't ready, but I think ours is! Keep in mind, that we are BY NO MEANS pushing this on her. If she doesn't want to go, then we don't make her. We are still in the beginning stages.
We have, however, learned a few tricks... Keep the Pat-a-Cake book on hand, have either blanket, binky, or dog with her, and make a HUGE deal about seeing pee or poop in the potty! If there is pee and/or poop then we always take her to the big toilet and let her say bye-bye. That's her favorite part :o)
I am so proud of her! We have no set timeline on when we want her potty-trained. We know this could take 6 weeks or even 6 months to fully set in with her. Either way, we are still proud of her!