First Day of Pre School

So, today was Zoe’s first day of Pre School.

Breathes out slowly.

It was a bit hard to sleep last night.

It was harder on me to leave her there than it was for her.

She had a great time, she behaved, and they seem to be charmed by her.  I didn’t really do much more than stare at the clock the whole time before going to pick her up.

Tomorrow might be a bit more productive as I start adjusting.

Goodness, it was a serious “next step” realization in this whole adulting and parenting thing when I was packing her first lunch for school last night.

Here’s to the start of a long next stage of our lives.

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Reading Rainbow

Yes, you heard me.  Reading Rainbow!  Who remembers that as fondly as I do?

I was stoked to hear rumors about a year ago that LeVar Burton himself was stirring up the old Reading Rainbow idea.  And to be perfectly honest, I had no idea that it had continued on well past when I graduated high school!  It started in ’83 (when I was born) and ran for more than 20 years.  I had no idea.  Of course, as a growing tween, I forgot about such things.

But these days I look fondly back on things like that.  I was hoping that it wasn’t just another internet rumor.  And it wasn’t!  Granted, it’s not the show, but it is a fantastic program that works with kids of varying ages.  We went ahead and got a year’s subscription to it, and so far it’s not been the most intriguing thing for Zoe, but I’m hoping that that will change soon.

She’s surprised me lately with how her speech has progressed since we visited family up in Connecticut, and lately we’ve been working on the sounds of each letter and how they apply to simple words, mostly 3 letter words.  She’s done pretty well when we do it on the chalkboard with her.  She also has phonics apps on our phones that she gets to play from time to time, and she’s really quickly making headway.

She also has a little game on my phone where it has her fill in the missing letters of three letter words.  It starts with filling in one letter of three, then two of three.  She’s absolutely blown me away with it.  There are letters she certainly is having issues with, such as C and K, and E and A at times when hearing a word to spell it, but it really is just absolutely amazing to me.

Though, at times she does it by process of elimination, since she gets three options.  I know she’s being a bit lazy when she does that with words I know she knows.  🙂  Mark of a smart kid, I tell ya.  Sheesh.

Poop Progress!

Around here, I get excited by the little things.

Like my kid finally pooping on the potty for the first time in months.  At least what feels like months.

Even though I had to shoo her over to it and pull her panties down and plop her down myself, at least it didn’t touch the panties this time.

Yay me!

I did, however, shower her with praise and hugs and kisses after.  I know she “gets” that she is supposed to poop in the potty, but she’s having a hard time with either deciding to head to the potty when she feels it, or telling us that she feels it coming on.  But hey, I’ll take my positives when I can.  🙂  I even put her back on diapers (still have a few stragglers hanging around) to drive home the point of her not pooping in her underwear.  After a couple days, she wanted to go back to underwear.  Her pooping schedule seems to be a bit wacky.  It seems like she’s trying not to, and doesn’t for a couple days, then poops at least three times in a day.

Though, they say that some things fall a bit by the wayside when it comes to milestones when something else is being focused on.  And right now, that seems to be her reading.  But that’s a topic for another post. 😉

Happy Pooping, Y’all!

Obligatory Catch-Up Post

Well, as anyone who has been following me for long enough already knows, I am horrible at posting on any kind of regular basis.

A quick catch-up since the last post:  She’s back into the swing of being pretty darned compliant with nap times and bed times.  It’s certainly quite nice.  And her potty training is getting better as well.  She’s still having some issues with recognizing and vocalizing when she has to poop, but she hasn’t had a pee accident in ages.

We’ve had some busier than normal times in the past month, lots of little visits with friends and family.  A dear friend of ours moved back down to the area from up north and he came to stay with us a couple times before we went to stay the weekend at his new place to help with the absolutely massive yard he now has.  James had a ball using Clint’s new 0-turn radius mower.  Zoe had a blast riding in his lap.  Between the front and back yards surrounding the house, it’s probably a good 2-3 acres, and he got to mow most of the front.  It’s absolutely beautiful up there.

We also got a visit from one of James’ sisters, Shaunacee and our adorable nephew whose facial expressions rival Zoe’s.  It was really nice to have so many visits.  Got to have some awesome sis-time as well and brought her out and popped her karaoke cherry.  Corruption: One song at a time.  😀

I’m now recuperating (read: hermiting aside from karaoke) from traveling two days back down the coast from spending about a week up in CT and surrounding areas to see my family.  It was quite lovely to have all three of us kids and respective loved ones all in the same place at the same time.  We all managed to overlap our visits with Mom & Dad.  It’s been quite a while since that’s happened with us being 3000 miles away until last November, my oldest brother and his family being in Texas, and the other being up in Massachusetts.

Meeting the newest addition to the family (well, human addition at least) was awesome.  We celebrated her 1st birthday while we were there, a bit early.  She is just the cutest little bundle of awesome.  Her older brother has absolutely sprouted into a 6.5 year old bean pole who still has seemingly boundless energy.  A few of us were a bit apprehensive how the meeting of the cousins would go, but within a couple minutes at the airport, Zoe and Fran were two peas in a very bouncy pod.  They were practically inseparable.  And being around an older kid for a little while was very good for her, since last week, her sentence structure when speaking and her communication of ideas has just bloomed.  Her potty training has also taken some steps forward, after seeing (well, not literally) another kid going by themselves and washing their hands by themselves.  She now does both, on the full size toilet with the stool.  She even moves it herself to wash her hands and demands to do it herself.  Though, we are still having some poop issues from time to time, but at least it’s progress.

Our newest non-human addition to the family is an absolutely gorgeous tri-color collie named Moya that Mom & Dad got 3 months ago.  I have the feeling she’s going to be quite a bit larger than the tri-color we had when I was growing up.  I would say her current size at 6 months is rather close to Brandy’s full grown size, just not as heavy.  Her coat is absolutely beautiful, mostly black with a white mane, white legs and feet, pink pads and a hint of tan on her muzzle and underneath.  She has the sleek head structure of the “Lassie” style collie, and looks like she’s certainly going to have the stature.  One of the more adorable things about her is her rather cat-like behaviors.  She adores cuddling, and will circle you and rub up against you like a cat, she climbs up on the couch with my Mom and tries to get up on her shoulders, nipping at her hair.  It’s quite amusing, to say the least.

All in all, a bit overwhelming but has left me in a better mood overall than I’ve been in a while.  Gotta love that introvert need to hermit after that kind of thing.

Tantrums and Naps

So, things are slowly getting back to a more “normal” state around here as far as her crazy tantrums have been lately.  My oddly very good at listening little girl is returning to herself.  For as long as she’s been able to so far in her extremely short life, she’s been pretty darned good at listening to us.

And perhaps we became a bit too lax with her over certain things, add to that her growing want for independence and control over her own life, being a three year old..  We’ve definitely hit the stage most people seem to think is attached to the age 2.  Myself and friends and even friends whose kids are quite grown have lamented with me on the 3’s being a heck of a lot worse with some kids.

On one hand I know it’s just a part of her growth, her learning, her little world expanding, but on the other hand I often wish for the little amazing child who could actively listen, understand and chose to do things the way we wanted her to.  I’ve always been absolutely amazed at just how thoughtful of a kid she’s been to this point.  She still is, but of course, there will always be times when she wants things her way, and we’ve had to remove some of the previous choices we used to give her in order to deal with her incredible meltdowns.

They seem to be falling off a bit now, I can’t even put a number on how long she’s been throwing them at this point.  Her phases of different things have always run their course and I’m finally feeling like I’m coming to terms with just waiting for the other side of it, rather than being too overwhelmed while in the midst of it.

Her tantrums are coming a bit swifter, but are far shorter now.  There are moments when she’s listening to not just me or my husband, but also to herself, whether it be regarding her level of tiredness before a nap or bedtime, but also with her potty training.  We’re slowly able to work back in a choice-making option when it comes to certain things, giving her the ability to “control” a bit of her life while trying to instill the idea that most things are choices, she can’t have everything, and to encourage her to chose what it is she really wants.

Also to remind her that she can have the things she wants/do the things she wants to if she complies with things she has to do, like naps, getting out of her nighttime diaper and into daytime panties, giving up her binkie when she’s not napping or going to bed at night.

We’re still having some issues with things she’s starting to cling to, but that is always going to be a work in progress.  At least things are calming down again (and hopefully won’t pick up again now that James is heading back into shift work for the next couple weeks), and I am hopeful that I will be able to keep her on a positive track.

Getting Back On Track – Potty Training

So, we’re still fighting on getting panties on half the time instead of a diaper, but it’s getting back on track.

HUGE step forward last night, though!  She wanted to wear panties to bed!  She made it through even after crawling into bed with me this morning sometime after James headed off to work.  Though, I could tell she needed to go after we got up.  She was doing the age-old grab-and-dance, so I scooped her up, got her undone and plopped her on the potty.  Good to go!

Pretty excited about that, it was a nice way to wake up!

Then off to an appointment for the car, she made it through that just fine as well.  Though as soon as we got back on the road, she’s telling me she’s got to pee.  So…a block later I stop to find a bathroom.  Success!

Then we stopped at one more place (because honestly, this 90something degree weather I’m just plain not ready for) to pick up a few things and some project stuff for Zoe.  She was having too much fun running around and touching every last little toy and sparkly thing she didn’t tell me she had to poop.  Soooo, I don’t notice anything until we’re checking out and I lift her to sit on the end of the checkout.  Thankfully it didn’t escape her training panties.

So, I’ll take the overnight win!  We’ll continue to battle the poop!

Backward Steps in Potty Training

So, we’ve hit a bit of a bump.  Somewhat coinciding with her starting her most recent and pretty full-on bout of potty training, she’s also hit quite a new stage behaviorally.

She’s been at times somewhat appalling.  My normally sweet if rambunctious, well behaved child has been lighting a fire under her usual tantrums.  They’ve developed into full blown, screaming, yelling, hitting, kicking, shrieking, exhausting fights.  Over things that generally were never a problem before.  (Only one of the reasons I’ve barely left the house lately.)

She’s also regressing a bit, refusing to wear panties much of the time and wanting diapers again.

She’s also been weaning off her binky, which had largely been going well, and she was pretty well behaved about it being only for nap time or for bedtime for quite a while now.  We definitely realized that she wouldn’t go cold turkey on the thing just yet.

Well, that has been a fight as well.  She’s been wanting it more often, claiming she’s tired just to get it, stealing it from wherever I manage to put it, among many other things.

I’m pretty willing to let her go back a bit at least on the diapers, not so much on the binky, but the tantrums are wearing on me pretty hard.  I really, really hope this is just one of her small spells, and that it goes away soon, because I honestly don’t know what to do about it.  She has always been amazingly adept at listening to us if we explain things, but lately she hasn’t been having it.  Seeing as how I’m feeling lately, I’m hoping that my lack of patience for it at this point is signaling the usual pass in the spell.  The more it wears me down, it usually ends up ending shortly thereafter.

I can only hope.