Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Jaydan and Daddy's Camping Trip

As you know, from time to time, we struggle w/ behavior problems with our little Jaydan. If you've been a follower of this blog, you also know that we have NO problem bribing our son. So, one week he said he wanted to go camping and we seized the opportunity for shameless blackmailing. IF he was good at Ms. Kate's all week, THEN he could go camping with his Dad. Well, it was a struggle but he did it! Unfortunately, Mother Nature didn't get the memo and it was COLD that Thursday night. So, Daddy built a campground in the middle of the living room and they did their camp-out right there. It was probably a good way to get their feet wet, because honestly, neither of them has a whole lot of experience in this department. They have since graduated to camping in the garage and one time even the back yard or "ward" as Jaydan calls it. As a former Idahoan, it has been difficult for me to let them do their thing w/out offering my two cents. They have spent a few very cold nights w/ not enough ground cover, and their "camping" involves a portable DVD player, BUT I do try hard to let this be their "thing". They are planning a real camp out when Grandpa comes this summer..... and in the meantime, you can find them practicing in the garage!

New Pics

I finally got around to uploading some old pics and I've updated some of the older posts w/ photos that I always intended to come back to later...... check out Halloween '09, Christmas, Easter and the newest camping entry!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Potty Training 101

I'm happy to report that we have made some real progress in this department over the past few weeks. Jaydan finally tried pooping on the potty and as long as Mama is around, makes it to the potty more often than not. That being said, we've learned a couple of lessons the hard way, and though Jaydan will hate me for this one day, I'm willing to pass our knowledge along.

1) Never let your trainee fall asleep on your back with undies on. This one goes to Jeff.... they boys feel asleep watching cartoons the other morning, with Jaydan laying on Jeff's back. Jaydan peed on his Daddy, got down stripped his undies off and pooped successfully on the potty and THEN woke his Dad up and said "I pooped on the potty all by myself. Sorry I peed on your back, that was an accident". Hard to be mad about that!!!

2) If your trainee suddenly goes very quiet, be VERY afraid. We have dealt with our share of messes for overlooking this one. I asked him one time if he was pooping and he told me "don't worry about it". I should have been worried...... very, very worried.

3) Your child can go a weekend at a time without an accident, but the second you take said child to Walmart, they will pee their pants. Guaranteed.

4) Blackmail, bribe, or do whatever it takes to get them to sit on the potty..... they will NOT ever learn if you can't get that much done.

All things considered, I feel like we are well on the way at this point! Three were times when I thought it might never happen, but I think we are getting there! One out of diapers, just in time to start all over again!! Woo hoo!!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Gestational Diabetes

I learned about two weeks ago that I've got gestational diabetes this go-round. I guess it shouldn't have come as a surprise, here are some of the risk factors:
1) Family history of type II diabetes (check)
2) Previous baby weighing greater than 8.5 pounds (check.... kind of. J was 6.6 lbs almost 6 weeks early).
3) Overweight prior to pregnancy (check.... shocking I know).
4) Maternal age great than 25 (check).

So yeah, I suppose I should have seen it coming..... the thing is.... I DIDN'T. I have been so much more careful about weight-gain this pregnancy and over all I FEEL so much better... this was kind of a punch in the gut. I barely failed, which means that they believe they can control it with diet alone but it means sticking my fingers four times a day and trust me, between this and the Progesterone shots, I feel like a human pin-cushion (and I'm not ALL that fond of needles anyway).
Ok, enough with the whining. There is SOME good news in this. They sent me to a nutrition class and I actually learned a lot, so I feel a lot more empowered about this whole thing now. I will be going to the doctor every week now, and they will NOT let me go until my due date, so now we know that Miss Kennedy will be joining us some time prior to June 25 (hopefully not too much prior). And at my check up last week they were VERY pleased with my numbers and said I was going a fantastic job! And the best thing..... this goes away after delivery. It was a bit of a wakeup call though and I'm trying to make long term changes to the way we eat, so that we don't have to deal with this again down the road. One diabetic per household is plenty!