Friday, July 10, 2009

7 Fragments...

Esmé's Mommy here...

We're procrastinating on our "E" Adventures post still, so I've decided to play along with

and

again and give you 7 fragments of STUFF...
  1. I've been reading up on potty training again, and am reassured to find out that it typically takes 4-6 months to get the potty training thing done. Though technically Esmé is completely trained. She knows what to do and how to do it. She did it perfectly for three days straight. She just chooses not to at this time. And we've got plenty of power struggles going on without making this another one...
  2. So we're using Pull Ups, which are way expensive. And tell me who on earth decided it was a good idea to put two varieties of designs in one package? Because Esmé refuses to wear the Pull Ups with only 1 princess on them. She MUST have the Pull Ups with 3 princesses on. Why settle for 1 when you can have 3??? So we're stuck with half packs of expensive Pull Ups that we can only sneak on when she is too tired to notice...
  3. Remember me saying I'm curious about ARCs - Advance Reader Copies of books that get distributed free in exchange for reviews? And I LOVE free books. So I've been researching how to get these, and you'll start to see a few book reviews on this blog from time to time. These will generally be children's, parenting, and/or Christian themed. I've got three reviews lined up already and have been blessed with three excellent books - one picture book, one pre-teen book, and one written from the perspective of a 15-year-old. I'm excited about getting Esmé involved with book reviews already (yep - she's been interviewed for the picture book!), building up her library for future years, and being exposed to different genres and types of books that I wouldn't normally pick out myself.
  4. I just got 3 new books in the mail today! And 4 free magazines. And a free activity booklet. And a free DVD. And some free microwave steam bags. My kind of mail day!
  5. After some pipe cleaners stuck into an outlet and a burnt out fan, we've finally put in the outlet safety covers. I fear it's too late, however. Esmé has been fascinated by them and "helps" me by taking them out for me.
  6. Is it possible that Esmé is outgrowing naps already? I've been pushing her bedtime later and later (like 10 or 11 p.m.) to keep her from getting up before 7 or 8 in the morning - I kinda like a little sleep myself. On Tuesday she didn't really get a nap, so she went to sleep at 8:30 p.m., but then she was ready to go for the day at 4 a.m.! Help! And I treasure that naptime so much!
  7. Ahh - the challenges and joys of motherhood! As much as I complain about all the new stages and dangers she puts herself into, I am so proud of my big little girl who smiles and chatters and argues convincingly with everything we say! If we call her a monkey (or anything else), she insists she's a "girl." But if we call her a girl, she insists she's a "boy." Anything for a good argument. Now we've just gotta learn how to work with her to get things done OUR way!
Have a blessed weekend!

16 comments:

This Heavenly Life said...

Ouch. That 4am comment knocked me over - I have no advice, but hopefully she'll grow out of that stage. My 3 year old takes a nap rarely, but I still make her stay in her room for some quiet time, and that seems to help us get through the afternoon.

She's also quite argumenative :) Another stage? Hopefully!

ShEiLa said...

Miss Esme is proving to you that she has a mind of her own.

Frankly I don't miss the potty training stage... or the shove things in the outlet stage... or up their nose or in their ears for that matter. There was a child a couple years back that put something in his ear... the parents took him to the ER... they thought it would be a fast fix... not! Surgery was the fix and it was not cheap or fast.

ToOdLeS.

Mrs4444 said...

Does she take after her mom?? I think you could change Nap time to Rest time, and still make her stay in her room til a timer goes off, maybe? (Maybe not.) Let's hope it's just a phase....

The girl who painted trees said...

Ooh, I know what you mean about nap time. Mine is 23 months old and for two weeks has been napping only every two days. Nap time is my rest time and even when she has quiet time in her room without me present, it isn't the same (for me or for her). The days she doesn't have naps she crashes between 5:30 and 6. But then she wakes up at 5. It's hard isn't it? It seems one just gets into the "perfect" routine and then poof, it all disappears down the drain and they change!

Do you have a friend who also uses pull ups with their girl? You could possibly swap them their 3 princess ones for your one princess ones.

BaronessBlack said...

Hi there! Phoebe was exactly the same about potty training - she would show me that she could do it, but just refused to be consistent. Then, her little brother was born. She let him have the limelight for a couple of weeks, then smartly realised that a little girl in pull-ups/nappies can be asked to wait, but a little girl in panties can't! So, she very quickly switched to panties and was very good, but she did make sure she got her share of my attention!

Sara Bonds said...

Re: #4

Cool! Free stuff is always fun. It sounds like you got a lot of neat stuff. I would love getting free books.

Annette said...

Poor you! 4 am is just too early!

I'd love to hear more about ARCs. I also loveto read...and free stuff is awesome. I think reviews are so helpful!

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Esmé sounds exactly like the Princess Nagger - she liked the trio of princesses much better than the lone one, too! And she stopped taking naps when she was about 4 - but she's a late sleeper, so I at least have the morning quiet to enjoy...I feel for you on Esmé getting up at 4am...that's waaaaay too early! ;)

Happy FF a day late! :)

mamajil said...

You will have to share on how to review books etc...that sounds so great!!!

I agree there should only be one pattern on pull ups...I hate potty training I will say I've gotten more relaxed with the more kids I've had....The princess issue was huge here when Ruby was potty training so I can so relate...

love your posts!!! Happy Sunday!

mamajil said...

You will have to share on how to review books etc...that sounds so great!!!

I agree there should only be one pattern on pull ups...I hate potty training I will say I've gotten more relaxed with the more kids I've had....The princess issue was huge here when Ruby was potty training so I can so relate...

love your posts!!! Happy Sunday!

mamajil said...

You will have to share on how to review books etc...that sounds so great!!!

I agree there should only be one pattern on pull ups...I hate potty training I will say I've gotten more relaxed with the more kids I've had....The princess issue was huge here when Ruby was potty training so I can so relate...

love your posts!!! Happy Sunday!

Michelle said...

Ha, I'm with you on the nap thing. I don't want to give them up either. And Eliana went through the same with potty training - except she was trained for a whole month and then regressed. So, like you, I knew she could do it! We are back on track now after some heart to hearts. :-) Hope it goes well for you!

Melanie said...

We do the late bed time too- if not Hailey is up really early. I like her to have a nap (break time for me) so it means going to be at 10pm. And I totally understand the pull ups- they are soooo expensive and Hailey was the same way with the 3 princesses. We switched to Easy-ups- they are cheaper, work just as well and all of them have 1 Dora on them.

Me said...

Just ran across your blog and am enjoying it... :)

About the Pull Ups. I'm sure you've tried everything to get her to get her to wear the ones with just one princess.

Have you tried putting the two halves in 1 package so it looks full and after shopping, pull it out of the bag and showing her they don't have the ones with three princesses?

Kids tend to be smart, so I'm sure she'll be skeptical, but just thought it'd be worth a shot.

My oldest has been potty trained for about a year now (she was 3 in March) and we're playing with the idea of starting with our 20 month old. We'll be having a new addition end of the year, so I'm skeptical. I'd hate to be done and then have her regress just because of the new baby. Meh. Oh, the struggles of motherhood, haha!

For the nap thing, my oldest has been fighting them since about the time we potty trained her. I would recommend the lovely doorknob covers in the inside of her room. Sounds so cruel, however, for my daughter she throws an ENORMOUS tantrum but then falls to sleep and gets to keep normal sleeping hours.

Sorry for the novel. And you don't have to use any of my ideas, haha.

Good Luck!

Clueless_Mama said...

My little boy did the same thing with potty training. He went a full 2 weeks with no accidents and then just decided, NO not for me. Oh well. He turned 2 1/2 this week so I am not going to push him. I like my naps with the kids too. Though now they don't happen very much anymore either :(

Rachel said...

I'm with you on the potty training. Except that Ali just really doesn't seem to "get" it at all. She knows when she's doing it in her diaper, but can't seem to make it happen in the potty. (sigh)

And I am SOOOO sorry about the nap thing. That might near kill me.