Thursday, May 23, 2013

Gymnastics Yo



Nice picture huh? Getting 3 kids to look at me and pose at the same time is impossible. This was the best I could get. They were trying to show me their ribbons. There were people waiting and I took about 8 pictures to get this gem of a picture.
Diva has been doing gymnastics for about a year and half now. She LOVES it. Over the course of her gymnastics career the Dudes have been sitting in a little windowed room watching her. Every once and a while they would sneak through the door and try to join the class. My plan was to sign them up the second they turn 3. The facility we go to has a Mommy and Me class for kids under 3. Problem being there is one Mommy and two Me's. Doesn't really work out.
One of Diva's instructor's, Miss Bailey, has watched the Dudes and their friend Fynn whose sisters do gymnastics with Diva. She has seen them sneak into class and how active they are. Three weeks ago Miss Bailey let the 3 boys do a trial class. Fynn's birthday is the day before the Dudes. They are all a little more than 2 1/2. I wasn't sure how the class was going to go. They were so excited to get out and "bounce." The class went amazingly well. I was surprised. Carter only threw one temper tantrum. Last week was even better. Then today was the best it has been. The Dudes love it.
Today the kids all got to do a little "show" and show off the skills they have learned. At the end of the hour all the kids got ribbons and a chance to stand on the podium. It was a VERY. BIG. DEAL.
They had to have a picture with Miss Bailey

Monday, May 20, 2013

Potty Training Twins Is Not For The Weak

It's been a looonnnnnggggg week of potty training. I was hopeful, and honestly they are doing better than Olivia was at this point in the game. I reached a point this afternoon when I was telling myself that diapers were easier.
I am confident enough to say that Owen is 90% trained. Most of the time he will come and tell me when he has to potty and then go potty. He has even woken up dry every morning except this morning. At nap time I tried to put a diaper on him but he takes it off. But, he stays dry during nap time. Over the course of the week we have managed to get 1 poop in the potty. Today he pooped his pants 3 times. Grrr....I'm taking it much harder than I should.
Carter on the other hand is a whole other story. He pees in the potty about half the time if that much. To say I'm frustrated is an understatement. He did really great the first few days of potty training. He would tell me when he needed to go potty and didn't have any accidents. Then it all fell apart. I'm not sure what happened or where it went all wrong. But, it did. He may pee in the potty once or twice a day. The rest of the time he will pee his pants maybe 5 minutes after he gets off the potty. And he has yet to get a single poop in the potty. Not to be outdone by his brother he pooped his pants 3 times today as well.
I want to scream. Candy does not work with these kids. They could really care less. They get a little excited about putting stickers on their charts. They could also care less about getting their underwear dirty. I'm not sure what to do. I don't know if I need to start from square one with Carter or if I should just start putting him on the potty every 20-30 minutes during the day. I have a general idea of when they go poo so tomorrow morning I'm going to stay right by their sides and try to catch a poo in the potty. Cross your fingers!
There is a bright spot in this whole process...we have taken several outings and they have not had a single accident. In fact at gymnastics last week Owen yelled at me from the floor that he had to go potty. So I ran down and took him potty. I told him how proud I was. Today I went to the gym with them for the first time. I decided to do two classes. I went and took them potty (neither one went) in between my classes. Neither one of them had an accident the whole time we were gone. I was super proud of them, and told them so. Of course, the drag to this is that when we are in public we have to go potty 30 times. It's exhausting. I'll be glad to get through that phase of potty training. I think Mr. Mayer will too.
I did not handle today well. I was cranky and yelly and frustrated. I know that they are doing well for their age. I need to relax and not get so wound up about it. I need to find the key for Carter that will make it click. I don't understand how he could do so well for those few days and now do so badly. That and the poop thing. Ugh...I really just want one to go in the potty!! Gah!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Day 3...

Today was day 3 of the 3 day potty boot camp. I'm not sure what I was expecting. I have felt very frustrated this evening with the Dudes. But, as I sit here typing and looking at their little potty charts for the day I feel silly that I was so frustrated this evening. They did great. I'm crazy to think they would be 100% accident free at 32 months old and 3 days in big boy underwear.
This morning started off great. The Dudes got up and we trotted them off to the bathroom. Owen went pee pee immediately. Carter did not. They had breakfast and we went upstairs. It was a full hour until Carter told me he had to go to the potty. But then he went. All morning I would tell the Dudes to "Tell Mommy when you have to go potty." And they would. There weren't as many false alarms this morning. When they said they had to potty they went potty. Mid morning Owen got really still and said he had to go poop. We ran to the bathroom. He sat down on the potty and went poop. A little bit later he tells me that he has to poop again. We trot off to the bathroom. Unfortunately he had already gone in his pants. I clean him up and remind him to tell me before he goes. Owen pooped in the potty 3 more times today. I'm not sure he was actually finishing his business and that's why we had so many trips. The only accident the Dudes had this morning was Owen's little poop incident. At nap time I put them in diapers. Partly because Carter's bed does not currently have a mattress protector on it and I didn't want to ruin the mattress. When I went to wake them up to go pick up Olivia from school Owen had unfastened his diaper. It was still on him, just not fastened. Both boys were dry. We went potty before we left the house and both boys went~a lot! We came home and my neighbor, H, came over to watch the boys so I could take Olivia for her ultrasound.
I won't lie. I was super nervous about leaving the boys this afternoon. I went over our routine and showed H where the extra underwear were. As we were getting ready to leave Carter got real still. I tried to catch him, but I was to late. He pooped in his pants. I sat him on the potty and told him poopy goes in the potty. He says "Okay Mommy."
While Olivia and I are gone I text H to check on her. She says all is going well. Whew! We come home after about 2 hours. Owen had pooped his pants. Again. I swear that kid was full of it today. Carter had peed his pants and peed on the potty. Win and Lose. I had to take Olivia to dance so I had the Dudes go potty before we left. Owen went. Carter didn't. Then peed his pants as we were walking out the door. Grrr....I change him and we take Olivia to dance. On the way home I hear "Uh Oh!" Carter peed his pants~again! We go in, change and play a while. Owen goes potty. Then pees in his pants. I decide to give them a bath. About 5 minutes after we get out of the bath Carter pees his pants. OMG!! Mr. Mayer and Olivia make it home with dinner. Through the course of the rest of the evening no one pees their pants. We manage to go potty a few times and it was finally bed time. I was ready for bed time tonight.
Reflecting back I can't count today as a failure. In fact, I think they are doing remarkably well. It took me years to get Olivia to use the potty and she still pees her pants. In fact she was about to get in the bath tonight and took her pants off. She had peed her pants. I asked why and she just shrugged her shoulders and said "I don't know." That's frustrating.
My conundrum is returning to real life. Ugh...we do great at home when it's just me and the Dudes. What happens when we let real life in and have to run errands and get busy? Yikes! We can't sit upstairs and hide forever. I'm working on letting go of some of my need to control the situation. It's as much potty training me as them. I will get in the habit of taking extra clothes with me when we go out. That is not a habit I'm currently in. I barely remember to take diapers with me.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Day 2....


 
Day 2 was not without some frustration. We started the morning off strong. Owen peed in the potty first thing this morning. Carter waited over an hour and then pooped in his underwear. However, sometime this morning Carter got it. He started peeing in the potty. There were even times he would tell me he had to potty and we would go in and he would sit down and pee. He had three accidents all day after he pooped in his pants. Proud Mama over here! Owen had a lot more accidents today. It frustrated me because he did so good yesterday that today it just kinda went down the drain. I think he turned it into a game and I'm not real sure what to do about that. He would say about every 30 seconds he had to potty. We would go to the potty and nothing. He would sit there and giggle, laugh and wiggle around on the potty. Then he would get up and go play. A minute later he was back on the potty. Ugh....it was exhausting. And majorly frustrating for me. He only peed in his pants a few times though. It was usually right after we had sat on the potty. He would sit on the potty and grunt a few times and I was sure he was going to go poo, but no such luck today. In fact he didn't poo all day. I'm hoping for good things tomorrow!
Now, this morning was going great. It fell apart around lunch time and I take full responsibility for that. I got over confident. The guys had been doing so good. It was lunch time so I had the Dudes go potty. Then I told them to holler at me downstairs if they had to go potty again. Any other time they have no issues hollering at me down the stairs. It's almost a contest to see who can yell the loudest. I came downstairs and made lunch. Went and got the Dudes and they had both peed their pants. D'oh!! Serious. They had just peed before I came downstairs. I change them and we sit to eat. Owen and I got to the potty once during lunch. We get up from the table and Owen had peed his pants~again. Dang it. I make them go potty again and it's nap time.
Yesterday I had both wear diapers for nap time. They both woke up bone dry after nap time. Today for an experiment I let them wear their underwear for nap time. Owen woke up bone dry and then peed in the potty after nap time. Carter was soaked. I think he had gotten up and walked to the door and peed because there was a huge puddle in front of their bedroom door. #fail.
So, despite my frustration with Owen's shenanigans I'm not counting today as a failure. There wasn't even once that I wanted to quit. In fact I think they are doing fantastic. I'm hoping for a lot fewer accidents tomorrow. Although I have to have a babysitter tomorrow afternoon. I'm a little anxious about that. And, what happens after tomorrow and we have to go on with real life? The past two days we have lived in undies and t-shirts. They haven't even worn shoes half the time when we go outside. On Thursday do I put clothes on them and go about real life and just take them to the potty every so often? How do I go out in public with them? I have a lot of anxiety about this in case you can't tell. Things are just easier at home, but I know we can't stay at home forever. We like to play at the park and go to Target from time to time. Is that going to be possible?! Yikes!
Another fun game the Dudes played today was switching undies. They would be in the bathroom and one would say "Trade Brudder" and the other one would say "Okay" and they would switch undies. Gross. I tried to get them to stop because I thought it was icky. They weren't getting that. And as much as I tried to keep the undies straight, I'm confident there were a couple of times they managed to switch. I'm going to remind them of that at their High School graduation.
And, finally, let me just say....I have always thought that little boy's underwear was adorable. And these little tushies in undies are super adorable.


Monday, May 13, 2013

Day 1

I bit the bullet and started potty training. The Dudes finished preschool last week and don't start their summer camp until June so I thought this was as good a time as any. That and I was getting tired of them taking their diapers off telling me they were yucky. Ugh. Hunting dirty diapers is not very much fun.
I decided I would do the 3 day boot camp I had heard so much about. However, we are still using diapers/pull ups at night~for now. Unfortunately my life isn't one where I can be completely at home. I still have to pick up Olivia from school and her various activities. Other than picking her up today we didn't have to leave the house for anything else which was nice. However, dealing with her this afternoon was frustrating. There were some jealousy issues. I tried to explain that her brother's need my attention right now, but she wasn't buying it. It was a frustrating afternoon. I'm hoping some sleep does everyone good.
So this morning I put some "big boy underwear" on the Dudes. They were very impressed with the "choo choo's" on their drawers. I filled them with juice and pretzels. They thought it was great that I was letting them have juice and snacks. It was a treat. I only have my experience with Olivia to fall back on with the potty training thing. Training her was a hot mess. I'm still traumatized by it. In addition to a horrible potty training experience she has a bladder the size of a flea. I was fully expecting the Dudes to have to pee about 5 minutes after their first drink this morning. It was a full hour and 15 minutes before anything happened. That threw me for a loop! We sat on the potty this morning and got off the potty and immediately peed our pants. Awesome. I was convinced that was how my entire day was going to go. However at some point this morning I caught Owen mid-accident and ran him to the potty. After that he started telling me when he had to go. Wow!! And a couple of times he started to pee in his pants and stopped himself and ran to the bathroom to finish. I was super impressed with his progress. It was much better than I had anticipated. Then there's Carter. That child. He would pee his pants and then tell me. All. Day. Long. There was even one point I had gone into their bedroom for 30 seconds and he pooped in the floor. Then came into the bedroom to tell me that he "make a mess." I told him about every .05 seconds to tell me when he needed to pee in the potty and ask if his underwear were dry. It was like talking to a wall. That kid. I wouldn't even know when he would pee his pants until he would say "Uh oh, I wet." Grrr....Tonight after Mr. Mayer got home he caught Carter mid-accident and ran him to the potty where Carter put a couple of drops in the potty. We cheered and let him put a sticker on his chart like he had filled the potty. I'm hoping that it will click with him soon.
All in all I think it was a good first day. I only wanted to quit about a dozen times. I'm nervous about the rest of the week. I have to have a babysitter Wednesday afternoon so I can take Olivia to a doctor's appointment. Thursday all 3 of them have gymnastics. Olivia has already had a complete freak out because she thought she was going to have to miss gymnastics because of her brother's. Sigh....I re-read the 3 day boot camp ebook I have for reassurance. It said a lot of the time that kids don't get it until the end of the 3rd day. I'm hoping that the Dudes have another great day tomorrow. I'm only mildly convinced at this point in the game that I will never get to leave my house again. Or that I will be forever chained to the potty. I know that isn't true, but there are times it still feels like that.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Gym Etiquette?



I have been a gym rat for a while now....I have years of research on the subject of gym etiquette. The main thing I have learned is that I am doing it all wrong. 
Appearance
I have come to realize that what you look like at the gym is very important. 
Drawers: I'm still a little confused on whether you wear underwear or not with your workout gear. I used to think that it was mandatory to wear gigantic granny panties while you worked out. However, since I have joined my new gym I have realized that going commando is the thing to do. There is no way anyone is wearing gigantic granny panties with the spandex shorty shorts I'm seeing around that place. On men and women. And men....don't waste time on putting on bike shorts under your very loose and shiny athletic shorts. It's way cuter when you are free ballin'. It's really great if you can adjust yourself every .05 seconds. Women really love that. 
Outfit: The outfit is super important. Shirts and pants are supposed to match. Oh...and the sports bra must coordinate and supply adequate lift. Spandex is preferred but if unavailable really tight cotton will do. Your outfit can make or break your gym experience. If you do not match and look super cute then it's a wasted trip. There was a woman in the gym today in a great outfit. She had on black spandex shorty shorts and a hot pink Victoria's Secret tank top and coordinating black sports bra. The tank top was very clever. In the front it looked like a normal shirt. However, when she turns around the back is scooped out all the way to her lower back. It was so low that the straps of the shirt couldn't stay up on her shoulders. She was able to push them up every time she moved. Super cute. 
Shoes: Your shoes must be equally as cute as your outfit. It helps if they are brightly colored and you have coordinating knee high socks. This is a very cute look. To really cinch the look you should have contrasting shoe laces. 
Makeup: You must wear a full face of makeup at all times when working out at the gym. Regardless of whether you are there at 5am or 9pm, your make up must be in pristine condition. Try not to work out to hard so you don't smudge it. You don't want to melt your mascara and have raccoon eyes. That's not a cute look. 
Behavior
How you behave in a fitness class is super important. It's how you earn your gym rep' and cute nicknames. Well, that's how I assign it. 
The Moaner: It's really great if you can moan, groan and hiss while exerting energy. It's even better if you can manage to spit a little when you hiss. Everyone really loves a spitter. 
Grunting: If you are going to add in something new to your gym routine I recommend grunting. It is the thing to do. You let out a very loud deep grunt every time you lift a weight, stand up/sit down on a spin bike, run on a treadmill/elliptical, use the rowing machine or walk across the floor. Grunting shows that you are really working hard and makes everyone around you super jealous. 
The Animal: Barking, howling and whining like an injured animal are all appropriate sounds to make during a fitness class. 
Woo Woo: Everyone loves a woo woo girl. They are always the life of the party. They are really at their peak at 5:30am. They always have so much energy and can really project their voices over the instructors music. 
OCD: It is perfectly normal and not strange at all for you to completely cover your spin bike, elliptical, treadmill or other fitness device in towels. Even better when you can cover the entire floor surrounding said device in towels. 
Gossip: Who doesn't love to hear some good gossip?! Especially when you are three rows behind me. I love keeping up. A few weeks ago I was in spin class and was able to hear the following:
Woman: I went to Senior Prom with him. I ran into him a few weeks ago at a football game. His wife's real cute so I guess he's doing well. 
Butterfly: I have recently noticed a new species at the gym. Sometimes they are alone but sometimes they travel in packs. They flutter around the gym and stand by different pieces of equipment. The really fascinating thing is that they never have to actually use the equipment. They can get a full workout just by standing next to it and talking to their friend. It's amazing. I need to figure out how to do that. 
Cell Phones: You can get a killer work out while you talk on your cell phone and walk on the treadmill at the same time. You don't even have to take a shower afterwards because for some reason you don't sweat that much. The radiation from the cell phone must absorb it or something like that. Don't worry about talking to loud. Everyone in the gym really likes hearing about your date last night. 
Locker Room Etiquette
It is the social norm to stand completely nude in the middle of the locker room and catch up with your friends. Preferably near the entrance/exit so everyone can try to walk around you. That's not weird or uncomfortable at all. It really adds flair if you swing your towel over your shoulder. 
Food and Drink
Drink: Now, the old thing to do was bring a bottle of water to drink while you were at the gym. Then it progressed to sports drinks and the occasional energy drink. Now the really cool thing to do is drink coffee. How cool do you look on the spin bike sipping your travel mug of coffee? Not to mention everyone else in spin class gets to smell it and be super jealous.
Food: If your gym time happens to fall during one of your normal meal or snack times it's okay to eat while working out. Zero's out the calories. It's even better if you can eat something really loud and crunchy. It's not obnoxious at all. 

Folks....this is just the tip of the iceberg on gym etiquette. Like I said, I have years of research compiled.