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When Did I Become That Mom?

Valentine's Cookies

I just spent my entire evening slaving away in the kitchen making cookies for Zach’s Valentine’s Day party at school tomorrow. Okay, so I bought the pre-made dough and icing in a can, but I still had to roll the dough out, cut out the heart shaped cookies, bake them, wait for them to cool, ice them, and then add sprinkles. It was supposed to be a group project, but my “group” tuckered out on me shortly after we started. He prefers to just eat the cookies, not decorate them.

I never really pictured myself as the type of mom who would get into this sort of thing. Sure I care about Zach’s school and I love the kids in his class, but never did I see myself as the homeroom type of mom. You know, the type of mom who wants to be there for every little party or volunteers at the drop of a hat to bring snacks or anything else they might need. I’m not really sure where this person came from.

I also made my first formal complaint about a teacher today. I felt bad doing it, but I felt something needed to be said. Zach’s regular teacher has been out sick all week and I’m not very thrilled with the care that he is getting from the subs. He came home with a big scratch under his eye that no one could explain yesterday. Plus, judging from the looks of his underwear the last couple of days, he’s not getting the assistance that he needs in the restroom. He may be potty trained, but you can’t really expect a 2 1/2 year old kid to be able to get themselves clean after going to the bathroom.

The school director was very understanding about my complaints, but I still felt bad doing it. Zach really does get good care at his school for the most part, but these were two things that I just couldn’t let slide by this time. I don’t want to be known as a bitchy parent, but I also want to make sure Zach is getting the supervision that he needs when I’m not with him. I’m certainly paying enough money out each week to expect nothing but the best care.

It is really funny sometimes how becoming a parent changes you. I’ve always had a hard time standing up for myself, but when it comes to my kid I have no problem saying exactly what is on my mind.

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We May Be Closer Than I Thought

Remember just a few days ago when I was complaining because I thought there was no way Zach would be potty trained by the time his little sister arrives? Well, I may have spoken a bit too soon. I may regret actually coming out and saying it, but he is doing very well this week. Not only is he staying dry during the day (generally one accident but that’s major progress!), but he’s also staying dry overnight. If I can get him to the bathroom quick enough after he wakes up in the morning, his pull-up is dry and he pees in the toilet.

Over the last couple of days, he has started actually telling me when he needs to go instead of having to rely on a timer. I still try to take him every hour or so, but I don’t worry so much if we don’t get there right on the dot. I can almost trust that he will tell me when he really needs to go. He seems to be getting much better control over his bladder.

If he keeps at this pace, I may actually let him wear his new Buzz Lightyear underwear to school next week. That will be the true test. Of course I would prefer that he starts pooping in the toilet as well before we do that. He has gone in the toilet several times, but it isn’t very consistent and most often ends up in the pull-up rather than the toilet.

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28 Weeks and Counting

28 WeeksIt appears that Baby G is growing quite well these days. My belly just keeps getting bigger and bigger. According to the measurements at the doctor’s office she is right on track with my due date, but I am feeling so huge it is hard to believe that I have another 12 weeks to go.  My doctor is keeping a close eye on the baby’s size this time around though so I might actually have a chance to deliver a normal sized baby.  She has scheduled a 36 week sonogram to check the size and I guess we’ll decide what to do from there.  I’m really kind of hoping that she comes a little early, especially considering that I just found out my doctor is planning to take a vacation during my 40th week.

The last week or so has brought along the 3rd trimester fatigue.  Part of is it most likely due to the chaos of the holidays, but making it through the day is getting harder and harder.  By about 2:00 I’m struggling not to fall asleep at my desk and by the time I get home in the evenings I’m ready to just go to bed.  That wouldn’t be a problem if it weren’t for the fact that I have a husband and son at home who kind of like me to stay awake for a little while.  The last few nights I’ve found myself snoozing on the couch while Zach plays.  Then I wake up long enough to get him to bed and usually fall asleep in his bed with him.  Last night I woke up in Zach’s bed around 12:30 and had to force myself to get up and move to my own (much more comfortable) bed.

On top of the fatigue, I think I may be having some Braxton Hicks contractions.  I first noticed them a couple of days ago, but figured it was just my stomach revolting from all of the junk I put into it over New Year’s.  Then I noticed it again yesterday, and a couple more times last night.  I don’t remember having them at all when I was pregnant with Zach so I looked it up in my handy dandy pregnancy book and I’m pretty sure that’s what it is.

Just yesterday I realized that I ONLY HAVE 12 WEEKS LEFT! Somehow 12 weeks sounds like much less time than 3 months.  Even though I’m hoping she does come just a little early, I’m suddenly feeling very unprepared for this baby.  Judging by how quickly the weeks have flown by so far, this baby is going to arrive before I know it.  I have so many things I want to do before she gets here.  Besides things like setting up the crib, washing blankets and tiny baby clothes, and digging out the swing and other baby paraphernalia, I have a lot of preparation to do with Zach.  I’ve been trying to talk to him more and more about the baby over the last couple of weeks, specifically talking about how the baby will come home with us and be part of our family.  Unfortunately, I still don’t think he has a clue and I’m really scared of how he will react when Baby G actually arrives.  I know he will be a great big brother in time, but those first few weeks may be very difficult.

When I first found out I was pregnant with Baby G, I set two very specific goals that I wanted Zach to reach before the baby came.  The first one was to break him of his pacifier, which we accomplished fairly easily.  The second was to get him potty trained and out of diapers.  That one hasn’t come so easily.  We’re getting much closer, but I really don’t see him being able to go without his pull-ups before the baby comes.  He’ll go on the toilet when I take him, but he hasn’t really figured out how to detect when he needs to go and actually get to the bathroom on time.  He has actually told me he needed to go a few times over the last few days so I think it will come soon, but not soon enough.  I really wish I could just take a week off work, keep him home, and do nothing but potty train him for the entire week.  I really think he would have it down if I just had a little more time to work with him.

I know that in the end it will all work out.  I’m sure I’ll get things ready before the baby gets here.  If Zach isn’t potty trained it isn’t the end of the world.   He’s only 2 1/2.  We still have plenty of time.  I’m just having a little pre-baby panic.  I just want everything to be perfect when Baby G finally shows us her pretty little face.

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Potty Training Weekend

Here we are on day 4 of NaBloPoMo and I’m already finding myself not feeling like writing. I think it is a lot harder on the weekends because I would much rather just be sitting on the couch staring at the TV. But, I signed up so I can’t give up already.

I’ve spent the majority of my weekend taking a toddler to the potty every 30 minutes. I’m determined to get back on track with this potty-training thing and so far it is going pretty well. I bought a new digital kitchen timer and every time it beeps Zach yells out, “pee pee” and takes off for the bathroom. We’ve got a sticker chart and he gets a big prize when he fills up all the squares.

So far, it seems to be working pretty well. We’ve only had two accidents in two days so far and one of those actually happened in the bathroom. He has yet to tell me when he needs to go, but since I’m taking him every 30 minutes anyway I doubt he has felt much urgency.

My only problem is, he’s earned two prizes already because he’s doing so well. It’s time to make a new chart now, but I think I’m going to have make the next chart with a few more boxes on it. Plus, the prizes are not going to be quite as exciting because I can’t afford to keep up at the rate he’s going now.

He’s definitely gotten a good start (again), but I wonder how he’ll do during the day at school this week. Will he revert back to just going in his pull-ups or will he actually remember and try to wait until he gets to go the the bathroom? I’m guessing most of the work we did this weekend will be forgotten. It is so hard when I only really have the weekend to work with him. I know his teacher at school will work with him, but she can’t really be expected to stop the other 7 kids in his class every 30 minutes to take Zach to the bathroom.

I guess we’ll see how it goes this week and do another crash course next weekend.

30 Days of ThanksToday I’m thankful because Zach actually slept last night (after an hour long tantrum) and I got an entire 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep for the first time in two weeks. Not only did he sleep during the night, but he also took a nap (which I joined him for) and both of us have been in excellent moods today. It may not seem like much to be grateful for, but I can’t even tell you how much it means for my sanity.

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