Monthly Archives: November 2010

Thanksgiving

Our Thanksgiving celebration here via pictorials.

We also celebrated Christmas together since we will all be in different places celebrating in December.  A term was coined…Christgiving.  Catchy huh?

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A Day in the Life of the RobinsonHomeSweetHome or Potty Training: Take One

My friend Lacy is doing a Day in the Life post on her blog and I thought it would be fun to do as well.

Today is the day I am choosing to post about. It is not a typical day in our life though due to the fact that today is:
Day 1 of Potty Training Little Man!

Oh yes…today is the day! Follow us along the way if you’d like 🙂

4:00am I wake up for the first time…because I don’t sleep well.

6:45 am I wake up, realizing that I forgot to set my alarm and missed saying bye to my hubby for the day 😦

7:30 am Little Man stirs and I hear him calling out for me, “Mommy? Where are you?” I go in to get him and realize that his diaper is completely dry and has stayed dry all night. Its is then that I decide today is the day and we quickly talk about the excitement of going potty in a big boy potty and rush downstairs to use the little froggy potty we bought him eons ago.

7:35am Little Man goes potty in his potty for the first time today! Yippy!

7:40am We head upstairs to let Little Man put on a pair of underpants that he is SO excited about!  (I have pictures of this however I feel as though I may be crossing a line to share these on here! )

7:50am Eat breakfast

8:00am Potty attempt number 2- a no go.

8:05am Play downstairs while Mommy cleans up from breakfast.

9:00am Go upstairs to get us ready for the day.

9:07am  Potty Attempt number 3- success!

9:15am  Little Man Plays in his room while I sort out clothes he has outgrown, labeling them and packaging them to be packed up in big tupperware boxes.  (Very exciting stuff!)

10:10am Potty attempt number 4- a no go.

10:20am Second Breakfast or mid morning snack or cashews and cheddar cheese cut into sticks.

10:45am Potty attempt number 5- a no go and Little Man is showing signs of exasperation so I resort to more serious measures, i.e. an episode of his much beloved Kipper as reward for joyfully trying to go potty.

11:30am  Little Man continues to state his hunger. So I begin making an early lunch of grilled cheese with a side of applesauce while he plays in the water at the sink next to me.

12:00pm Finally lunch is served.

12:25pm  Little Man is finishing decides he is full and as I begin to get him cleaned up he declares…”I made a Weeeeet Diaper!”…shoot.

12:27pm Take Little Man to the potty and explain the cause of his predicament including warm soaking wet clothes…

12:30pm Nap Time with a diaper.  I explain that when he wakes up, he is to call for me and we get to go straight to the potty, instead of wetting his diaper.  He repeats this to me and seems to understand.  We will see.

(When I first typed this up I realized I didn’t say what I did during his nap time so:) While Little Man sleeps I take a deep breath, clean up lunch, unload the dish washer, load the dishwasher, get some rice soaking for dinner, read the chunk of scripture for the day from Hubby and my 30 Days Through the New Testament plan, spend a few minutes relaxing, finish up laundry, check my email, read a few blogs…and go get Little Man when he wakes up.  Whew!

3:15pm  Little Man wakes up with a dry diaper!  We go straight to the potty and there is success with Potty Attempt number 6!

3:20pm back to the underpants and lots of playing in the water again while Mommy gets dinner prepared by chopping veggies and pulling out necessary spices, etc.

4:02pm Little Man declares once again… “My pants are alllll weeeet…”  Accident number 2.

4:08pm All dry and we decide to go out to the yard for some outdoor fun on this 73 degree November day (for goodness sake its almost Dec.!  Where’s the cold weather!)

Little Man doing his 'neighbor wave'...hand held high but very still.

5:00pm Daddy gets home and we head in to show him how Little Man has been potty-ing in his potty all day!  Very exciting Stuff.  I cook dinner now as well while Daddy and Little Man play upstairs.

5:45pm We eat dinner.

6:20pm I clean up dinner and pack up left overs for Hubby’s lunch tomorrow while Hubby and our friend whose living with us set up the camera and tripod to take a cheesy “family” portrait all together for Hubby’s brother who has been eager for us to do this.  It was…needless to say… hilarious. See?

7:00pm Some friendly young ‘elders’ (if you know what I mean) stopped by our home for the second time and Hubby invited them in and they ended up having a almost two hour long conversation.  Little Man is watching a Kipper video during this time.

7:40pm I go to check on Little Man and notice the last story of the new ever-trusty Kipper video is in fact a bit sketchy…and Little Man is deeply effected by it, bursting into tears at his favorite characters fear of an owl…oh goodness.  Learned my lesson very quickly about previewing even the most trusted videos before letting my child watch them.

7:45pm  After calming Little Man down we go upstairs to get him ready for bed while he continues to talk about the “Perendus”  (he gave the scary creature that was actually an owl the name Perendus) all the way until I say goodnight to him and walk out leaving his door wide open and the hall light on all at his precious request.  You know  I was kicking myself in the butt, right?  (He did not talk much of this the next day potentially due to my fervent prayers that God would graciously not allow my child to suffer for my mistake…)

8:00pm Little Man’s in bed, I get ready for bed myself, clean up down stairs, and sit in on the rest of Hubby’s conversation.

9:00pm Hubby gives our young ‘elder’ friends a ride back to the place they are staying, I hop on the computer and use up the last few brain cells left for the day to check my email.

9:15pm Hubby gets home and we talk for a while.

10:00pm  Sleep…oh precious sleep.

That’s it my friends…whew…what an eventful day!

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Little Man in a Big Boy Bed OR How to help your toddler miraculously sleep in a big bed…

A quick disclaimer:  We in no way claim to have figured out the mysteriousness that is The Toddler nor in posting this do we claim to have found the secret to success in going from crib to big bed.  The following is what worked for our son…which will be different for each and every little one.

Okay, on with the show 🙂

So Hubby has been pressing the Big Boy bed a lot lately. He was more ready than I to put Little Man in it because well…frankly…I love sleep. And Little Man is not big on change. And having Little Man in his crib, I felt, guaranteed sleep more safely than him in a ‘big bed’.  (Yes, I do realize how silly this is.)

However, wanting to follow my husbands lead…I agreed to surprising Little Man yesterday after church by putting his little toddler bed where his crib has been in his room (with his crib safely tucked in the corner of the room…just in case.)

And you know what happened? Little Man was ECSTATIC. He took a 3 hour nap in it, stayed in it and called for me to come get him when he woke up, slept all night in it last night after waking only once (although this is somewhat normal as he cries in his sleep while dreaming fairly often now), and is still sleeping, at 7:22am. (Update:  Slept until 7:30 and is now taking a nap with no issues whatsoever!)

Hooray! Hooray! Hooray for following my husbands lead. He DOES know better than me! 🙂

How we prepared our toddler for a big boy bed:

(This worked for our son, but every child is different…if there’s one thing we’ve learned over the last two years…its this fact!)
1) Pray. A LOT. We prayed that God would prepare him for his bed, that in His mercy and generosity (not because we deserve it because we don’t) that He would grant our child and us a smooth transition to this next stage in life: Big Boy Bed. And pray that God would miraculously surprise you…I think He likes to do this, as He seems to do it quite often for me.

2) Talk to him about it far in advance. We talked to Little Man about his new bed months before the actual transition. Because our Little Man has not dealt with change well so far in his little life, we wanted to attempt to ‘prepare’ him for this big change. We even bought the bed and kept it, put together in our garage for 2 months +, so he could see it and we could talk about it.

3) When the time comes, make it a big, exciting, gift-kind-of surprise! On Sunday morning, Hubby told little Man that after lunch he had a big surprise for him.  They spent lunch talking about the surprise:  Was it something he could unwrap?  Was it big?  Where was it at? Could he play with it?  etc.  I even raced ahead of them on our way upstairs to cover the bed with a sheet that Little Man could pull off and ‘unwrap it’.  We let him play on the bed, and spent a good 15 min. talking about the bed before we attempted his first nap time in it.

4) Remind him of our expectations. Because we spent such a ridiculous amount of time talking about his bed with him in advance, we only needed to remind him of our expectations of him sleeping in his big boy bed.  Like for example: how he was going to “get to!” (instead of “have to…”) sleep in his bed for both naps and at nighttime, and how he still needed to call for mommy or daddy to get him when he woke up.  Our hopes for that last expectation is to attempt to remove the chance of our day starting at 4am due to Little Man coming in because ‘he’s awake’ as well as keep him safe, as his room is upstairs and we don’t allow him to go down the stairs by himself yet.  We do have a gate at the top of the stairs, but it is so loud that it wakes him up in the morning and during nap if we have to open and close it to go up and down.

To be completely honest though, I can not even pretend like we are the parents who have it figured out because frankly… we do not! Ultimately, the thing that caused Little Man’s transition to Big Boy Bed to be so smooth was the unmerited generosity of our sweet God and to Him we are incredibly thankful for this and so much more!

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Family Photos October 2010

I somehow talked our amazing friend Kelley into taking some family photos for us.  I had the perfect place in mind.  I have been dreaming of having some pictures taken in this exact spot at this exact time of year at this exact time of day for over a year!

Take a look…they are a dream come true for us!

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Thanks Kelley!

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Our Trip with Daddy

Hubby has to go out of town every once in a while with his job.  Little Man and I very much dislike being away from him, so the last time he was scheduled to go on a business trip, we decided to tag along!

I was a little nervous about having Little Man in a hotel room for 5 days straight…but over all it was like a mini vacation.  We slept a lot, since the little guy goes to bed around 8:30 and its dark in the room, Hubby and I usually went to bed then too.  I didn’t cook or clean all week, since we weren’t home.  And there were no chores waiting for me during Little Man’s afternoon nap, just a quiet room and plenty of time to relax and read.

It may have been the most relaxing 5 days of my life…haha, ok thats a bit dramatic.  But it was so nice.  I got to JUST enjoy spending time with our little guy, without any other things calling my attention away.  What a blessing!

We did a lot of this:

Relaxing on the bed, watching Dora the Explorer

And this:

 

Exploring a little bit ourselves in the Flight Museum

Climbing inside

And a lot of this:

Expoloring the city and eating at fun local restaurants.

 

This monument is the 'highlight' of the city we stayed in...I know. Creepy, right?

We even got to meet up with a childhood friend of mine who we didn’t know lived in town.  So crazy!

Over all a very fun week 🙂

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Friday Night Fire: A new tradition

A while back, Hubby and I got the idea to get a firepit to have something to have friends and neighbors over casually, like for s’mores or roasting hot dogs, etc.

Low and behold, some friends from our church had a firepit they couldn’t use anymore and they GAVE IT TO US!

Now you know how excited I was about that.

We had our sweet neighbors over one Friday soon following our receiving the firepit, and it has turned into a Friday night tradition ever since then.

Everyone is welcome!  If you are ever in town on a Friday and you wanna join us, just come on over.  You can expect a warm fire and plenty of s’mores to go around!

There’s nothing quite like a fire on a crisp fall night.  The Fall may forever remind me of s’mores…or vice versa.

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What we’re doing this week…

Sunday: Packing to go on another business trip with Daddy for the week.

Monday: Storing our luggage in the living room floor while Daddy’s trip gets postponed by a day.

Tuesday: Unpacking our luggage since Daddy’s trip got canceled for the week.

Wednesday: Restocking the cabinets with food since we were planning on being out of town all week and roasting and pureeing this monster–>

Thursday: Freezing above pumpkin puree and spending some time with a few friends.

Friday: Preparing for the best weekend EVA’…with Grandma and Papa Woof, Aunt Beck and Uncle Brother (I call my brother Brother, so to Little Man he is Uncle Brother) coming into to town for an early Turkey Day celebration.

Saturday-Sunday: Party the weekend away with parental units and brethren/sistern.

[Sigh]  Life is good.  🙂

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