Saturday, September 29, 2012

Introducing... Dorothy the Fish

Here she (well, it's actually a boy fish but whatever) is!  Dorothy the fish.  She is Nolan's reward for doing such a great job potty training.  He really is doing so super well!  
He is pretty interested in her, he seems upset he can't hold her in his hands but was excited to say goodnight to her tonight and even showed her how a good boy lays in bed, which can sometimes be a difficult task.  
She seems happy in her new home.  She lives in his room when he's well behaved.  On a very high shelf.  

Thursday, September 27, 2012


A few days ago I found Nolan asleep like this.
Really?  I thought maybe he was playing a joke on me so I sat and waited for him to flinch or open his eyes.  He didn't.   
How stinking cute does he look?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Mr. Mom

For the past few days while I was taking a class, Dave has been home with Nolan and I've been heading out at 7:30.  While I get home around 4, instead of the dreaded 6pm, I think he got a taste of what our day can be like.  Here Nolan and Dad are playing doctor.  Nolan is taking his blood pressure.
And administering some medicine (said: meninine) 
 And here they are reading a story after a bath (which they generally do, not just on days where Dave is home)
It was a great class, I feel like I learned some practical stuff.  Dave and Nolan ventured out, sans diaper and Nolan told Dave when he had to use the potty.  I'm so proud of Nolan for how great of a job he has been doing and also very impressed with Dave's courage of going out without the diaper.  I might have stayed home another week or so.  thank you, sweetie.  You're awesome.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Birthday Presents

My birthday was last week.  It was a great day spent hanging with the boys and just relaxing.  Nolan has been really interested in birthdays lately and whenever Dave asked him what they should get me for my birthday Nolan would respond with 'Cars and Trucks'.  (I wanted a kindle).
So on my birthday, what did I get from Nolan?  Yes, you guessed it... Car and Truck. One of each.  This kid was nuts about the presents.  He was more excited then I was!  And I love presents!  He was trying to pull them off the counter and then was jumping up and down doing a jig while I opened my presents.  When he saw the Car and Truck present he went crazy with excitement.  Of course, I shared my present with him (well, not my kindle). 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Day At The Farm

Nolan was invited to a birthday party at a farm we've frequented the past two years.  He was excited to hold the baby chicks and to see all the animals.  Except the cows.  He said there weren't any cows at this farm (there were the past two years).
He was quite excited for the baby chicks and we got to hold one.  (for the record, this can be real scary to let your 2 year old hold a baby anything).  And he got to ride on the tractor bikes and bounce in the pumpkin bouncy house. 
 However, what he was most interested in was riding this pink Barbie bike.
 And he became possessive of it.  He rode it for most of the free time we had (rather than feed the goats, pet the animals, etc).
 And if he would see someone else going for it he'd run toward it as though it were 'his'.  
He had a great time at the party.  Though I'm not certain he knew it was a 'party'.  He might have believe it was merely a bike ride at a farm.  Regardless it was a lovely day.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Potty Training: Day Two

Day one was a little tougher than I imagined.  But we got through it.  Today has been excellent!  I'm so proud of this boy!
So here's how it went.  He picked out his underwear and put them on.  He was so excited it was almost like he didn't know what to do?  That makes two of us!  I set the timer for 15 minutes, he tried. I set it for 5 more minutes, he tried. Repeat, repeat, repeat until SUCCESS!  So I set the timer back to 15 minutes again.  When it went off, after all the cheering, special treats, phone calls etc Nolan looked at me like- 'are you serious?  We have to do this again?  I just went!'  So since it took him about 1 hour to go the first time I pushed back the timer 5 more minutes... I shouldn't have.  So a minor accident and me scooping him up yelling "pee-pee in the potty" we ran to the bathroom where he started crying, screaming and refusing in every way to sit on the potty.  After I got him on the potty we hugged, he calmed down and he peed.  A LOT.  Why don't people tell you that kids pee a real large amount?  I was shocked!  ANYWAY.  After 6 pair of underwear the first day and only one major accident I was thrilled when it was over.  And I was surprised how excited I was looking forward to lunch/aka sleeping diaper on.
Yesterday afternoon and today have been super so far.  He's tried every time he heard the timer go off.  He is only on his second underwear which is fantastic!  And he was successful 7 times this morning.  SEVEN.  Which means he's going often.  I wonder if this will eventually spread out so we can, you know, leave the house?!  

At any rate, I am SO super proud of him.  This is hard work and he's doing a really super job! 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Time is Ticking: Potty Training Eve

Today is the day before we officially 'begin' potty training.  We've cleared the calendar (except for a trip to the doctor for his 2.5 year checkup) and we've got lots of juice, special treats and yes, you guessed it, underwear.
This kid loves his underwear.  He helped fold it and put it away.  I'm afraid to think of the difficult decision he'll have when he gets to pick which of his 24 pair he wants to wear first. 
 I foresee my biggest struggle tomorrow and the days to follow to be getting him OFF the potty if he doesn't produce.  We're going for the time-set approach- every 20 minutes or so go try.  I was hoping to set a timer for how long he can try for too.  We'll see.  Also a goal is to load him up with liquid so he goes a lot.
 So for all friends and family, keep your cell phones on!  Hopefully he'll be calling you soon to brag about his success!  Wish me (er, I mean us) luck!
Dear Potty Fairy:  Please make this a lot easier than I envision it being.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Hide & Seek

This is Nolan's (and Dave's) preferred hiding spot.  Can you find him?
Yeah, it can be tricky.  But if you listen closely you can hear him giggling.  
Oh what a fun game!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A card

A few days ago Nolan made a birthday card for his little friend.  The intense concentration he afforded to this task was precious.  Each sticker was carefully placed on the paper.  Each mark was well thought out and drawn.
I've never really seen Nolan concentrate so hard on something.  It was really cool to watch him dedicate himself and his creativity to this task.  I can't wait for the next birthday to watch this in action again.   
How proud does he look?  

Friday, September 7, 2012

Boy and BoBo in a Box

Here is the boy and his monkey, Bobo, in a box.
 Here they are chumming it up, what a nice friend.
 (this is the best!)  Here Nolan is making Bobo smile.  Yep, he's squeezing his mouth together in a smile.
 Here's another shot.  
Sorry for the lack of video on Video Friday.  It's been a trying week!  Hope to have some for next week!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Big Weekend

Guess what this weekend was the start to???  Yes, you guessed it.  Notre Dame Football started this weekend.  9am on Saturday.  Look at this big boy all geared up for the game.
We made special 'football for the morning' food which was scones and breakfast pizza. 
 Here's Nolan helping snip the basil for the top of the pizza.  What a helper.
Go Irish!