Sunday, August 23, 2009

Potty Wars Part I

It's my parenting Waterloo.

We attempted our potty weekend, hoping that we'd make some kind of headway and at least get this process started but we were faced with some obstacles to our success are facing a big fat FAIL for our efforts.

  1. First, we weren't able to start first thing on Friday am and while we did talk about it ad nauseum for weeks ahead of time, we couldn't get the thing going until after we dropped Sienna at the airport.

  2. Friday, she woke up with a cough that developed into full-on croup, including a midnight trip to the emergency room. We had to put a diaper on her at that point since I couldn't see having her pee all over the floor at the hospital. So much for consistency. Did I bring a diaper with me to the emergency room other than the one I put on her? I did not. Did she fill her diaper with poop one hour into the three and half hour emergency room visit? Yes she did.

  3. Saturday she was clearly not feeling well but we continued working on all of that crap (bitter? moi?) that you read about in books: treats, positive feedback, no criticism of misses, talking about the potty, potty dances, potty books etc. In a fit of desperation, I ran to Target and bought a doll that pees (it was Baby Alive who I wanted desperately when I was a kid but my mom said the good thing about dolls is that they DON'T pee and well..she was right). She loves playing with the doll and putting her on the potty but not so much for herself.

Still, here we are in the middle of day three after many hours of Elmo, many cups of chocolate milk and she still does not care. She doesn't care about wet pants, poopy pants, she doesn't care that she just peed all over Elmo. She's happy about the treat she gets but thus far has not connected the two events.

So, where does this leave us? Give up? Continue? Do it half-assed? Invent a time travel machine so that my grandma could potty train Ruby in the outhouse as she did with me? I don't know at this point. I just know I am ready to put this weekend behind me and focus on a better one and find better strategies that work for us to get this going.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Goat Nibbles

Ruby has an unfortunate encounter with a billy goat.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Ruby and Ally

Ruby and Ally made friends on our camping trip this weekend. Here they are sharing secrets.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Monday, August 10, 2009

La Playa

Yesterday afternoon, after having a short rest (and no nap thank you very much), Ruby was a little cranky as was mummy. I didn't feel like entertaining her, she needed to be entertained. I asked if she'd like to read a book and she requested "the playa book," a book we've been reading of late that's actually titled, ?Cómo iremos a la playa/How Will We Get to the Beach? After we read it, Ruby looked at me and said, "Vamos a la playa?" At that point, there was no question that we were going to get our tushies to the beach! It was a gorgeous afternoon and we grabbed a bucket and shovel and hopped in the car and were at the beach in 15 minutes (yet another reason why I love Seattle!). We met a nice little boy, played in the water and then the Dad came to meet us and we all had dinner together. A great way to end the weekend!
Walking to the beach

Digging in the sand

Getting the feet wet

Fresh Figs!

Our fig tree produced mountains of deliciousness over the weekend. At first, Ruby was reticent to try one but she was soon asking for "More figs?" and loves plucking them off the tree and sticking them right in her mouth. Is there anything more satisfying than seeing your child eat fresh food that she picked herself from your own yard? I think not!

Summer Pics

Oh, I am so remiss in posting but here are a few more pics from July and early August. We had a great visit from Stellie, Ruby's cousin this July. Every morning, Ruby would go in and look for Stellie and keeps asking where she is. Unfortunately, Stellie was rocking crutches because she broke her leg, so we were more slow moving on this trip than normal. However, we still managed to pack in the zoo, trips to Stellie's favorite eateries and lots of trips to the park!
Ruby and Stellie at the park
Grandma Genie also came to town and gave Ruby some lovin'. Here they are reading a story together (Crazy Hair by Neil Gaiman):

We were also lucky to have a spur-of-the-moment visit from my friend Luke and his daughter, Annie. I hadn't ever met Annie so it was great to meet her. Ruby and Annie hit it off right away!

We have been having lots of fun with the kiddos in the 'hood. Ruby and Carden regularly ask for each other and love to play together. Here they re-enacting The Carpenters:

This past weekend, Ruby and I took a trip to the zoo with my friend Shannon. Ruby kept asking for Koko so we spent a lot of time at the gorilla exhibit where we watched mama gorilla eat her own throw-up over and over (yeah, nice but the kids were lovin' it!). Ruby kept saying, "Ew! Gross!" but we could barely tear her away from watching that and the baby and the big silverback. She was also very impressed with the penguins and, though a little nervous at first about sitting near these little windows, warmed up to it as she watched the little guys swim right by her face. More summer fun to come!

Thursday, August 6, 2009


Ruby was awfully quiet this morning. Turns out she found the lipstick!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

A Few Oldies From This Month

Here are a couple of photos from our trip to Boise that I haven't gotten around to posting. This first one is of Ruby's big goose egg from her tumble on Grandma's bed where she clocked her noggin on the head board. It was not a good fall and she still (nearly a month later) has a little dent in her head. We gave her a bubble bath to help her calm down after and you can see the wound in all its glory. And, I just really like this pic of her in her new visor from Grandma Rita: