Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Too Much, Too Soon?

Wow, today was one long day!  I didn't leave work until almost 7pm because I had to do my monthly Volunteer Orientation.  Orientation is truly the bane of my existence.  It is always lurking in the back of my mind, and I dread it.  Oh, how I dread it.  It completely drains me.  Having to talk for 3 hours straight is hard on anyone, but especially an introvert like myself.  I'm just so glad to be home with my family now.  I don't have to work again until Friday!  Whew!

When I got home I was greeted by this:

There are a couple of things that I must explain about this photo.  First of all...the pants.  So around November, I found these gray leggings for super cheap, but they had this lame design on them that I knew would need to be changed.  I cut flowers from some fabric and embroidered them on.  They really looked cute, but I realized that they were much too springy for her to wear right away.  Okay, so fast forward to this morning.  I found them lurking in the back of her drawer and figured this might be the only chance to wear them before she completely grows out of them.  I don't know if it was the early morning hours, the lack of good light, or what, but I can't believe I let her go out in these.  When I saw her this afternoon, I couldn't help but laugh.  They are SOOOO tight and short!  Poor Shelley must have really wondered about her today...well, she probably more wondered about me:)

Second...the hair.  I wish I had gotten a better picture, but she has pigtails in.  This is actually the best her hair has ever looked at the end of the day after daycare.  Her pigtails stayed in for the whole day!  I don't know what happens at Shelley's house and I'm not questioning it at all, but she always looks like some sort of refugee child when she gets home.  Not to say that she doesn't in this picture, but I'm just really impressed.

Third...the smile.  This is what I get now when I ask her to smile for the camera...yup.   

So, the last thing I want to do is rush Monroe into potty training.  I have had too many parents warn me and read too many articles describing horror stories involving starting too early.  With that being said, I'm really torn.  I feel like Monroe is interested.  She has started telling me when she's going peepee or poopoo.  She's also very interest in "helping out" when I'm going.  I know this sounds strange, but she just wants to help give me toilet paper, flush the toilet and wash her hand (yes, she only wants to wash one hand...go figure).  A few minutes ago, she brought Mark a diaper and a wipe and said, "poo poo", then proceeded to lie down in front of him so he could change her.  To me these are good signs, but I don't know!  Everyone says that this is way too early to start.  I guess I could try and if it doesn't work, it doesn't work.  We could always just put it on hold.  I'm not in a hurry. Any words of advice?  I would appreciate any.

Pregnancy-wise, things are going well.  This little kiddo is quite active.  I love feeling the little kicks and seeing my belly moving around.  It's easy to forget I'm pregnant, so these little reminders are nice.  Impossible P received her first gift this weekend from Auntie Nicole...

Isn't it soooo cute?!  I'm going to look and see if I can find a matching one in Monroe's size.  

Our menu this week is a little late, but better late than never, right?! 

Monday:  Red Robin
Tuesday:  Spaghetti and Three Cheese Marinara Sauce with Bread and Salad
Wednesday: Quesadillas (You can probably tell I've been craving these a lot lately)
Thursday: Taco Soup 
Friday: Sub Sandwiches and leftover soup
Saturday: Cottage Cheese Patties, Mashed Potatoes, Salad & Bread (I didn't end up making these a few weeks back, so I figured I should)
Sunday:  Biscuits and Gravy, Fruit 

Well, I better sign off.  Thanks for reading!


Hanne Noel said...

i have only potty trained 1. but my advice is this. don't start, unless you are not going back. once you ditch diapers, ditch them. i think the back and forth is too much. its frustrating for you and them. now if she is wanting to try the potty, by all means! but i hear most people say (and same with hudson) around 15-16 months they get real curious about it, then fall back. also let me remind you how easy diapers are! no running for bathrooms, stopping at gas stations, and so on. and with a new baby, it will be even harder. hud trained at 3, and it was super easy. my doctors advice. i am getting ready to start on claie (she will be 3 in june), but have to wait until i am good and ready, because there will be no going back. we dropped diapers, and never looked back with hudson. of course, that is one moms thoughts. my sister says the same. just be done! all kinds of ways to do it no doubt. and if it worked well how exciting to have one less bum to diaper! :)

Michelle said...

That picture made me laugh so much! It was a much needed laugh too. We are so looking forward to seeing you guys! I love reading your blog and I am a faithful follower, haha :) I feel like I read it as soon as you update. Love you, have a good night sis!