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He can spell his name! I had no idea! They must have been practising at daycare, but today is the first time I’ve ever heard him even try and he spelled it all, perfectly! I was pretty flabbergasted and so proud of him!


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Just wanted to share our exciting news that so many of you have already experienced! Nicholas has been wearing underwear for 2 weeks! And he’s so happy about it!

Truth be told, I decided to put him back in diapers (they’re much cheaper than pull-ups) and he really did not like that, so after about a week, he announced he wanted to wear underwear and has been dry every day since (with only one accident).

Yippee for me! But he also thinks it’s pretty cool.

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Nicholas has been in potty-training mode for 14 months now! I really thought it would go faster than this, especially because we were using cloth diapers. I’m trying to encourage and support and hope he’s ready to move to underpants soon. We have a picture on the mirror and each time he tells me has to use the toilet (successfully), he gets a sticker. No reward necessary … just the sticker makes him happy enough! Usually, though, it’s me telling him to go every couple of hours or so and he doesn’t collect stickers very quickly.

On occasion when I’ve tried to push for “the change”, it hasn’t done any good and I just ended up being the one who was frustrated and had to clean up all the mess. I imagine it would be more stressful if you have a specific time-line for the change. We’re lucky that we can just let him decide when he’s ready. I’ve been really amazed at the back-and-forth of it all … just when you think he’s well on his way, he suddenly says, “Mummy, I want to be a baby!” and proceeds to poop in his pull-up. Ugh!

Today was a very exciting day – completely dry from sunrise to bedtime!!! That’s a first! With any luck, it may continue!

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Three separate issues that fall in the “one step forward, one step back” category:

Toilet training really is ridiculously frustrating for those that have it dragged out. We’ve been at it for a year! I followed all the advice of “don’t push it” and yet it is terribly annoying to take a step forward and a step back with such inconsistent consistency! Big moment today … Patrick thought he heard water running in the bathroom, so went to investigate and there was Nicholas on the throne, saying, “I don’t need help, Daddy, I can do it all by myself!” What a proud moment! On the flip side, though, two hours later his pull-up was wet – arrrgh!

Sleep – going well. Although he often fights it, we haven’t experienced anything as horrendous as we did in September. Almost every night he comes out at least once for either a drink of water or a visit to the bathroom. He’s taken to saying, “I come out of my room for only ONE reason!” What a little negotiator he is already! Every night he falls asleep reading a book, which is exactly how I still fall asleep, too.

It’s interesting to see how independent he can be one minute (going toilet by himself) and reverting to infancy in the next. There have been a few times over the last couple of weeks where he has commented that he wants to be a baby. I suppose he recognizes that babies don’t have many responsibilities. Today he even asked me if he could please drink “lechita” again (our word for breastfeeding). Well, it’s been 9 months since he weaned off, so this came as a bit of a shock!. When I explained the lechita is all gone, he was adamant that he could still smell it! Fascinating! I wonder if it is a memory or a real smell for him.

Sign language – something we haven’t done for ages, with any consistency. There are certain signs we still use regularly … out of habit and because I like being able to communicate across a room without yelling, especially when he needs to be disciplined. “Sit down” and “stop” are very effective tools in certain situations! Today he asked me to show him how to sign “OK” – he could do the K all by himself (what a shock!) but needed help understanding how to make the O. I thought it would have been the other way around – go figure! Always surprising us!

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Nicholas had a fantastic 3rd birthday – it was a Sportball party. We had tons of kids running around in the back yard, perfect weather, and Patrick made an amazing cake, decorated like a soccer pitch.

For all the issues we’ve had with the house, the back yard has been everything and more than I hoped for. Watching the kids run through the blueberry patch, filling their faces with fresh fruit, and then play hide-and-seek around the grapevines is such a treat. We’ll have to figure out how to care for all the plants and trees, but I know we’re going to appreciate the time and effort as we eat all the fruit!

As of his birthday, he is 38 inches tall and weighs 37.5 lbs. Just a week before his birthday we moved him into his new “big boy” bed and he has adapted to it very well.

3rd Birthday Cake

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Nicholas has been weaned. It happened partly by accident, partly on purpose, and with only a little bit of fussing. He was nursing only once, first thing in the morning – a great time for me to slowly wake up because I’m not a morning person. Monday and Tuesday mornings were so hectic, though, that there just wasn’t time – and he was so distracted that he forgot to ask. Wednesday morning, when he asked, I was still feeling ill from the 24-hour bug I had, so I explained…. “it’s all gone – babies drink lechita and you’re not a baby anymore” to which he replied, “bye-bye lechita”. With only a little bit of fussing, he moved on. Just like that. He asked again this morning, had a 2-second cry when I reminded him that he had said good-bye, and then he let it go again. I don’t really know why I told him “no” on Wednesday – it wasn’t planned, it just happened. Just like that, it’s over.

2.5 years seems like a good length of time – I didn’t have pre-conceived ideas of how long it would last – I just figured it would end when it was the right time and I guess now is that time. I’m not sure how I feel right now – a little sad, a little relieved, all at the same time. I really miss the physical closeness of it, but I also appreciate not having to share my body. What a range of emotions!

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I have absolutely no idea when they showed up, but they are a definite part of his mouth now.  Somehow, along the way, recording the arrival of teeth became insignificant to the day-to-day happenings around here.  Go figure!  We have a full plate, so always seem to be rushing out the door to something.  That explains how we completely missed filling in the baby book, too.  I think it’s too late to sit down now and try to remember emotions of 2 years ago – it’s probably not even possible anymore, because my emotions are always changing with each phase he goes through.  Nothing is stagnant with this child … not for a moment!

He’s had a few nights of waking between midnight and 2 and not settling down again (even announcing that it is playtime) – I wonder if that’s the 2 year molars coming through, even though I don’t see anything there yet.  He does eventually fall asleep in bed with us, but not without lots of “shush or you’ll have to go back to your own bed – Daddy needs to sleep”!  Daddy’s alarm at 5:10am comes all too early on nights like this.

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