Jan/February G2K Becca & Heather

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Thu, 01-05-2012 - 8:11pm

The New Year has been good to us at this point, though I do have to say that Ben's Terrible Twos already seem worse than Tim's were. ;)

My favourite thing about winter is probably the warm clothes and cuddling under a blanket in the evening.

My hidden talent... Not really kept a secret, just not shouted from the rooftops - usually. ;) ;) I'm very good at spelling and word searches.

Any prayer requests, Heather dear? :) Tell me how Adelaide's doing and anything you want to share from your life!

My kids are growing well. Still not sure whether Ben's got one or two molars to go on the bottom 'cause he makes it hard to see. I once had a small dental mirror but it disappeared in the move to our current house, or maybe before. Ben's also starting potty training this week, so that's going to be interesting. ;) So far he likes it better than Tim ever did. As for that big guy ;) he's working on night training and overcoming the scariness of the regular toilet seat. He'll go back to speech therapy soon after a winter break. And we have to register next month for him to attend kindergarten in the fall!

Hopefully I won't spend all of my Friday evening being too busy for a recap of the week. Talk to you later!

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Fri, 01-06-2012 - 10:57am

My new year has been really good so far. I hope it continues this way, I could use a good year! (who couldn't!)

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Mon, 01-09-2012 - 12:47am

Hope you had a good weekend! I'm with you on the hot tea and reading under a good blanket. No quilts here, so I must learn to make one someday. ;)

Tim was doing really well in speech therapy and I've heard more of the missing sounds show up during our break over Christmas. Yay! I hope he'll continue to surprise us as he begins to enjoy learning. (And talking clear enough to be understood, which leads to actual conversation!)

Our speech therapist (at a community health centre that also does hearing tests, mammography clinics, flu shots, etc.) did an evaluation on our first visit, but it seemed quite laid-back compared with the one conducted last June. Both times it was good to have someone checking up on his progress against a specific list of sounds and level of comprehension rather than just a certain number of words in his vocabulary and how well his family can understand him.

I hope Adelaide's easy to potty train when she's ready. Doesn't sound like she is right now since she can't hold it long. One sign of readiness is supposed to be staying dry for more than a couple hours, I think. (I'll find you a list of signs and post the link.)

So far Ben seems much more conscious of making a stink than being wet. He'll show up at my side with wet pants and doesn't seem too uncomfortable yet (although when I started with no pants at all, he was off to get a towel to clean up the floor, so maybe just the new underwear is the best plan for now as long as he's warm enough). I'm trying to get him to the bathroom every hour and/or at those big times that you mentioned, though I did forget bedtime since he's in a diaper again by then. I ask him to keep McQueen dry, since we picked up Cars underwear. If he does have an accident (rather than just holding it until it's time for a pull-up or diaper), we clean it up and tell him it's yucky or bad (probably yucky is best). Lots of praise and reward for getting something in the potty and I usually sit on the side of the tub beside the potty chair, to keep him sitting about 10 mins - long enough to give it a try and not long enough to get sore or testy!

Definitely praying for you to have willpower and motivation to stick to your weight-loss plans. I think I understand about every part of your life being affected - my mum has talked about her health problems before she changed her diet and began exercising back in the early '90's, and it wasn't just something her doc said when she came in for a regular checkup. For me it's usually just that my clothes don't fit as well as I want, but there are times when I feel a bit out of shape while walking with the stroller up a hill or doing something else with the boys that should be easier for me.

My prayer request for now comes out of a non-fiction book I read in the last few weeks (One Thousand Gifts, Ann Voskamp). Normally I just read novels, but my co-CL loved the book and the title stuck in my mind, so when I had extra ebook money just before Christmas - a gift card not sent to Hubby's SIL because we got a specific gift request - I decided to buy it and start reading right away. (Also unusual since I collect free ebooks and some really cheap ones, then only read a few here and there, tsk tsk.) I found it amazing in its simple yet profound message of thanking God for everything, thanking for the small and the big things. Viewing the world from a different perspective, one of so many gifts already given and God loving us, wooing us, wanting us to enjoy it all and grow closer to Him through that experience. I want all that! I want to be able to let go of the worry and stress and the anger that easily creeps in, along with the need to control my life because it's all His, anyway. I just want to go through each day thanking Him as I should, but it's going to take practice, daily practice of counting the blessings and not taking it all for granted instead.

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Wed, 01-11-2012 - 4:35pm

Becca,

I'm so sorry I got behind on posting. (I"m not always the best at that)

WOW, sounds like such a convicting yet inspiring book! I''m on one like that now. I should say we are, Mike and I are reading some chapters

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Thu, 01-12-2012 - 11:07am

Sorry about that.

Yesterday was a bad day. Adelaide had another seizure (or maybe more than one) yesterday. So I was on high alert and she was very, well different. So I didn't sleep well last night. I can't wait till nap time. Today she is back to her normal self with no apparent adverse effects. I hope this either stops or I learn how to deal with it better emotionally. ah, well. Onwards and upwards right?

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Thu, 01-12-2012 - 2:46pm
Is Adelaide still on the same medication from last summer? When do you go back to any docs about her condition? It must be scary and disrupting to your normal routine for more than the day of the seizures. I'll be praying for wisdom for the doctors and peace of mind for you that God will be with you for each day, normal or not.

I'm letting the car warm up before disposing of the Christmas tree (at a drop-off point in the village) and checking the mail. Hubby got his engineering stamp for approving designs at work, but he's still waiting for the paperwork from the province's engineering association. If not for these errands, I'd be staying inside. It's so cold out! After stuffing the tree in the trunk of the car (to avoid moving car seats to the truck and back) I went in search of my thermal pants to put under my jeans. Brrrr.

The boys are almost done watching "Cars 2" (for the dozenth time, at least) and Ben's doing well with staying dry, but I wonder what will happen when he can't hold it any longer. He seems to wait for naptime pull-up, an outing needing a pull-up or will finally just go in his pants. I'm going to try stickers on a chart to motivate, plus rewards of couch time (not allowed with just pants or underwear 'cause I can't clean the couch while the floor is no biggie LOL).

Tim's been having some attitude problems lately and Hubby shared his concern yesterday when he came home from work and there was an incident, so I've got to step up the discipline when Hubby's not home - neither boy will go as far with Hubby because he gets on the problem behaviour right away, but apparently their mum is a softie... ;) I wouldn't want them acting up with teachers or the folks at church, so it's time to make sure they understand that being cute isn't going to cut it. ;) ;)

Oops, I've left my reply unposted long enough that I can tell you Ben still seems to prefer changing his pants over the potty. *Sigh* Will keep trying to get through to him. Not only does he need to learn how to let go when he's on the potty, we need to find proper motivation so he'll work hard on it!

Time to make lunch for my kiddos. Virtual hugs on their way to you and my prayers are with you!

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Mon, 01-16-2012 - 10:57am

I miss the cold. Sounds crazy since I hated to go out in it. I think I miss the quietness of it and the sheer beauty.

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Wed, 01-18-2012 - 3:08pm

Don't worry, it's not crazy to miss the cold. I once heard a mum in a playgroup talk about living in Hawaii and saying it was boring not to have all four seasons. Even with it cold here, I have to admire the beauty of a fresh snowfall and how great it feels when the sun shows up too. Without winter, I guess I might not appreciate the rest of the year as much!

Praying Adelaide has been well since your last post. (Can't believe I let myself get too busy to respond right away. Tsk tsk!) With the energy my boys usually have, I can imagine that her quiet recovery periods are a bit unnerving for you.

I can't actually think of a lot of shows with dogs that my boys have watched. Tim seems to like Kipper, so I've played that through Netflix before. Cute!

I'll have to look into the Ted Tripp book just to see what that's about 'cause I understand your concern with blind obedience to adults. We want them to respect folks and listen to teachers and parents, but within reason as well. Hubby's really good at getting across his authority, so I'm the softie of the two and have to step it up so they don't walk all over me (and also pick up bad habits for behaviour when we're out of the house).

Computer time's over for a bit - have to whip up some sloppy joe filling for the crockpot, then wash the dishes. Hopefully today will be a good one for writing when Ben goes for a nap. Wasn't too inspired yesterday, but I pushed through it and did more than my daily goal. Even if it stinks, it counts! ;)

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Thu, 01-19-2012 - 11:55am

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Thu, 01-19-2012 - 3:21pm
I'm going to do an answer-and-dash so that I tackle the housework when I should. ;)

Just wanted to satisfy your curiosity on the writing. It's been a hobby of mine since I was young, but there's little discipline, so I have a lot of unfinished works and could also use more work on technique, I'm sure. My dream for many years was to publish a novel, but recently I've shifted to writing for pleasure and perhaps publishing down the road. When there's a story in my head, I want to get it out and see what happens. When there isn't, I want to challenge myself to see what I can create. I don't paint or draw, plus I'm slow and not very talented with embroidery or crochet, but words are my thing and I love 'em!

(Now you know why my replies are always so long. LOL)

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