Before I get to this post I just want to say..THANK YOU EVERYONE for all the sweet comments on my "reality" post. I can't tell you how much we ALL appreciate your kind words, funny stories, ability to relate, and most of all your words of encouragement. We have the BEST readers! Seriously, thank you! You ALL warm my heart!
now, on to the topic at hand..
As most of you know, a couple of weeks ago I'd had enough of our kiddos playing with poop. So, I decided to start "potty boot camp." Things were going great. However, the timing wasn't the best. After a week of HUGE progress (the girls nearly trained), Conor and I took off for four days. By the way, so NOT a cool thing to do to The McNulty's (while leaving them with the kids). I'm a total goober! Sorry, Dep and Jon!!
Anyway, when we got back we kept plugging away at the potty.. but the interest was just not there anymore. So, I decided to put the toilets away. We took a break for a couple of days. Then, I brought them back, expecting to pick up where we left off. Well, that strategy didn't go so well. I hate to say it.. but.. (this) window of opportunity for potty training has passed. It looks like I'll need to wait for the next round of interest. So much for my "cold turkey" plan.
For those looking for tips and help... I am truly so sorry to disappoint you. I wish I had better news or some great words of wisdom to impart. The truth is, i just have no idea. In a way, I'm relieved. We did our best. Like all things in parenthood, sometimes you've just gotta go with the flow and see the glass as half full... celebrate the positives. That said, all is not lost. Since Potty Boot Camp our kids have changed many habits for the best..
1. We haven't had a poop incident since "poop-a-palooza 2008!" They now understand that "poop" is yucky and not to be played with. Thank GOD!
2. All four of the kids have become VERY aware their bodies and communicate what's happening with a greater understanding.
3. The "Elmo Potty Video" is now a house hold favorite. This gives me hope that the next "potty boot camp" will be much easier than the first.
4. When one of the kids goes potty in his or her diaper, they want to be changed right away. It's much less of a fight and that makes our life much easier.
See, some good did come from all that hard work. Hopefully the next go around will be the last. For now, I'm relieved and the kids are staying nice and clean. Again, I really am sorry that I don't have better news or great tips to share. I wish I did. sniff sniff!!!!!
Nap Time or Party Time??
The kids share a room. That's the way it has always been and it is the way it is going to stay.. at least until we buy a bigger house. With Conor and me out of town the last couple of weeks, they have just been off. But, they are working their way back. Our kids have NEVER been very good sleepers anyway. They'd much rather be playing. I'm not a "napper" either.. so I guess I don't blame them.
I have to laugh about yesterday. I was having the usual nap time battle when Libby and Russ started begging, "sleep on floor mama.. please!" I looked at them and said, "I don't care where you sleep, as long as you GO TO SLEEP!" I walked out and closed the door. Five minutes later.. they did just that!
I brought Ally and Molly downstairs so Libs and Bubba could catch those much needed zzz's! Check out the vacant nursery (below). One of these days all things will go according to plan... riiigght!
Hmmm 4 beds.. 0 toddlers?
Russell- out cold!
Libby- sleeping like a rock!
"So your telling me, if I don't want to nap.. I get to hang with mom? SWEET, sign me up!"
"Ally, i think your onto something here.. you genius you!"