All posts tagged: potty training

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Girl, Uninterrupted

Zachy takes his bath in the evenings, around 6pm. He has it warm with bubbles, toys and bath crayons.  He spends about 30 minutes or so splashing around, plays with boats and ducks and balls and scribbles draws pretty pictures all over the tiles. When he has finished, the Greek God(zilla) or I, will take a towel from the heated rack and wrap him up in it.  Then he is tickled, moisturised and dressed in warm pyjamas before being allowed to watch one of his favourite television shows, uninterrupted. The Greek God(zilla) takes his bath in the mornings, around 6am. He has it very hot, with lots of bubbles and the radio playing in the background.  He spends about 20 minutes or so relaxing until the water warms his every muscle. When he has finished, he takes a towel from the heated rack and wraps himself up in it.  Then he lies down on the bed for 10 minutes to dry naturally before moisturising and listening to one of his favourite radio shows, uninterrupted. I tend …

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Wake-up Call

It was around 5am this morning when I first heard my name being called. At first it was just a gentle whimper but the longer I ignored it, the more insistent the voice became until finally it boomed ‘MUUUUMMMMMMMMMMMMMY!!!!’ I pulled back the duvet, tiptoed out of bed and found Zachy waiting for me on the other side of the stairgate to his bedroom, bleary eyed and holding his arms up to mine. Without speaking a word, I lifted him over the gate and carried him back into my own bed.  I climbed in beside him and settled my head down on the pillow for another doze. “I want Bear and Piggle and Ben Elf and Bunny’ said Zachy. I tried to look like I was sleeping peacefully. The Greek God(zilla) was doing quite a good job of that too. ‘I WANT BEAR AND PIGGLE AND BEN ELF AND BUNNY!’ So I got up again and tiptoed back to Zachy’s room, collected Bear, Igglepiggle, Ben Elf & Bunny from his bed and then returned with them to mine. I …

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Drunk Skyping, Breast flashing & Poo catching – just an average weekend then

Ah, that’s better.  The sun is shining again, I managed to skillfully catch Zachy managed to do a big poo on the potty over the weekend and he only got up once in the night for a cuddle.  So, by last week’s standards, things are definitely looking up! On Friday night, I had an impromptu catch-up with an old friend over a bottle of wine.  Only, this particular friend lives in NYC so we chatted over Skype and I was the only one drinking wine, as it was the middle of the afternoon over there and that would just be wrong.  Apparently. Two hours later, I was really quite sozzled but definitely in much higher spirits!  I hope she is not regretting having me over to visit in a couple of weeks time… have another Skype session scheduled this weekend for agenda planning and wardrobe consultation, so I will make sure to be fully dressed with brassiere firmly on this time… and must also brief the Greek God(zilla) not to wander around in the background wearing just his underpants and a thermal white …

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When life gives you lemons, ask for some salt and tequila

The last few weeks have been a bit up and down. It is probably fair to say that they have been a bit shit. Ironically, the lack of which is what is causing us the most grief. Our toddler has decided that although he is happy enough to wee on his potty, he’s not as convinced about going number two, so has just decided that he will not go.  Like, at all.  Of course, there is only so long he can hold it in before an emergency dash to the potty is required, but then the actual act of going freaks him out so much that he resists going again for another day or so.  At the same time we started potty training, he started to climb out of his cot.  So, we took the bars down and made his bed up with a shiny new duvet and junior pillow set.  This he loves.  He also loves getting up in the middle of the night and coming into our room.  You know, just because he can. The Greek God(zilla) …

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Potty Training

The Greek God(zilla) and I both took a week off work over Easter to start potty training with Zachy. Well, that is not the only reason we took the week off but figured as we would both be at home for a week, then it was as good a time as any to make a start on moving him out of nappies. Zachy had shown some interest in using the potty in the run up to his training.  Mostly when he was stripped down before and after his bath.  And, once or twice during. He had also started to tell me when he had “done a big poo, Mummy”… whether it be in his nappy, or in the bath. So, all the signs were hinting that he might be ready. But then what?  I was not sure what I actually had to do next. “Just whip the nappy off and let him roam free” was the general advice from friends and my new parenting bible, Twitter. “But he’ll poo all over the carpet!” “Put some sheets down” …