Thursday, August 5, 2010

Thursday Nonsense

This is Alex.

I haven't quite figured out how she got to be so grown-up.

She gets herself dressed in the morning.
When she decides she's hungry, she grabs a peach, washes it, and uses a napkin because it's "drippy."
She's a great debater, which may serve her well in the future, however it is a(n) mildly moderately intensely annoying quality in a five year old.
She likes to take showers all by herself. 

But just to make me feel a little better, she still has many toddler-like qualities about her.
Like the way she runs naked through the house no matter who's over.
Or how she still needs me to wipe her hiney.

Nevertheless I totally disapprove of her being 5 years old and leaving me to go to kindergarten, and I think I'm going to go tell her so.

But only after I'm sure she's forgotten our morning conversation: "Mama, how does God get babies out of their mama's tummies? Do they come out of the belly button?"

Me: "Is that the phone ringing? I'll be right back."
*never comes back*

I mean, I'm pretty sure I already explained it to her in this exchange, but thankfully it must not have stuck. 

Speaking of non-approved growing up...
Derek is becoming quite the ladies man these days.

He's got a new girlfriend.

He explains the intricacies of life to her...

...and she uses her feminine wiles to bend Derek to her will.

While he's wearing his briefs, no less.

I'll keep you posted on this Love Affair, Little Tykes Edition, as the situation develops.

And now for an update on
Potty Training 2010: What Doesn't Kill You Only Takes Years Off Your Life

*Knocking on wood*
It's actually going pretty well.

He hasn't had an accident in a week or more.
He wears his "big-boys" all day while we're at home, and a pull-up when we go out, just in case.

But nothing is without it's challenges, is it?
Derek's main issue is that he hasn't quite figured out how to get his poo-poo out when it's ready to come out.
He will literally take hours and hours to poop.
Step one:  He will clutch at his bottom and run off to the potty with an urgency you've likely never seen before.
Step two: He will get on the pot, and the urge will suddenly dissipate.
Step three: He will get off the pot.
Step four: He will resume his normal activities for anywhere from 30 seconds to 3 minutes.
Step five: Return to Step one.
Step six: 5 hours later, succeed in pushing out poop.

It's mildly exhausting.
And makes it difficult to get out of the house.
So I'm retreating to my hermit-like tendencies.

I'll see you in a month or so, when we've got it all ironed out.


Teresa Dawn said...

I love the pictures :) So cute! I can't wait to have kids of my own... in the meantime though, they do grow up way to fast... I remember my much younger brother following me around asking if he could help clean my room at age 3... Then I blinked and he was graduating high school...

PBJCJ said...

You are not alone in the 'hours to go potty' drama! Jonah did the same thing - in fact, it sometimes took a day or two, not just hours! He is much better now, thank goodness! There is hope :)

Proverbs 31 Wannabe said...

I'm right there with you on this whole kindergarten thing. My twins are going to kindergarten next week! This has totally thrown me into a tailspin and I don't know what I'm going to do. I started to get baby fever, since I will have no one left at home, but then I thought about having to do potty training all over again and that cured me.

I'm Erin. said...

Beth I'm glad to hear that J eventually got it figured out! It gives me hope :)

P31, I can't imagine letting twins go off to school! It's going to be so quiet around your place. I'm not sure what I'd do if I didn't have Derek to keep home with me.

On second thought, I'd probably just go shopping in peace. ;)

Taylor said...

I don't know where you are going wrong.

I had no problems potty training.

Taylor said...

PS-it was hard for me when my girls went to kindergarten.

and now they are in 1st and 2nd.

and now i am super bummed.