I wanted to share a story of recent accomplishments in our house but I won’t be sharing images to go along with it. So I hope you like the video that is completely unrelated. The girls are 20 months old now and I keep getting how to potty train emails from the parenting websites I am registered on. I am a believer in the idea that there is no need to push the issue. But if they are interested why not foster the interest, what’s the worse that could happen, umm, eekk, yeah. OK, well here’s the thing. I’m not home during the day, our super nanny is, and she decided to make an activity of it. Great, all I ask is that the couch doesn’t smell like pee and poop at the end of the day. We have had two little portable potty’s and a toddler seat for the regular potty in our house for a while now. Every now and then before bath I would ask the girls if they wanted to sit on the potty. Two times Jordan made pee pee a little, yay! I was so proud. But more often she would sit there a few minutes while Talia was flushing the toilet repeatedly. They she would say all done get down and proceed to pee all over the floor.
Yesterday the girls spent the whole afternoon with no diapers and went pee pee in their little potty’s multiple times. Talia had a few “accidents” and Jordan had none. Good job girls, mommy is super proud. So this morning Jordan communicates to me that she wants her shirt off, then her pants, then her diaper. OK, off they come. I told her if she was going to be without a diaper she needed to sit on the potty and try to make peepee. So she did, just sat there. I went back to cleaning the kitchen and then I hear little feet. I turn around and Talia is carrying the inner pot of the little potty down the hall and Jordan is following. I follow them in to the bathroom where Talia was trying to open the child safety on the toilet. I open it for her and she dumps the contents of the little potty in to the regular toilet. Team work! Jordan went peepee and Talia cleaned it up. See they really love each other like sorority sisters! So weather I like it or not here we go on the potty training train. It will be interesting to see how this works out on the weekends we when are out and about the majority of the days. I think I’ll be purchasing another portable potty and a travel toddler potty seat, sorry for the indecent exposure but I am not about to start trying to hold one kid over the public gross toilet while yelling at the other one to not touch anything. I change their diapers in the trunk, why can’t the go peepee in the trunk? How did potty training go for you? How old were your kids when you tried to get them to use the potty?
“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2013.”
I have no idea what she is doing or thinking in this photo. I am sure I just caught her in an in between moment. But I’d like to think she is silently concentrating on being present in the moment. Soaking up the warmth of the sun of the summer that has snuck up on us.
“here I am” a favorite game of the girls, in the little house, behind the curtain or under a sheet. They are fond of peek-a-boo. We play it in hebrew “efo Talia” (“where’s Talia”), and out she pops. Always with a giggle.
Talia is the bossy one. She leads Jordan to do what she wants to do and always wants what Jordan is playing with. She babbles and babbles to her sister and really gets unhappy when her sister is not near by. Jordan is happy to comply most of the time, Talia’s games make her laugh and laugh. And when she laughs she does it with her whole body, her belly and shoulders laugh too! Other times we have to go searching for Jordan because she is off playing quietly by herself. She gets very protective of her current toy fearing Talia will take it, she hugs whatever it is at the moment close to her body and makes her funny face.
In the video Talia and Jordan are singing and dancing to oogah, oogah, oogah. It’s the Hebrew version of Ring Around the Rosie. During their dance Jordan runs off a few times and Talia is heard yelling “dy, dy, dy” It’s her way of saying “Yadyim”, the hebrew word for “hands”. At the end of the video my husband is heard in the back ground asking the girls to go do their dancing on the carpet by the couch.
Jordan saw a little boy with no shoes so she picked her foot up and asked “off, off”. She then squished her toes in the sand for the first time that she could remember, she just squished and squished for about five minutes before getting back to digging and dumping.
Talia plays and plays then all of the sudden realizes she is covered in sand and dirt and tries to clean it all off.
It was an action packed weekend around here. My husbands parents were visiting from overseas for the week so when they are here we try to pack as much fun as possible into the two days we have all together. It was pretty amazing that we were able to get out of the house at all with the insane amount of rain we have had here lately. But with careful planning, early outings and a close watch on the radar map we were able to sneak in some good summer fun outdoors. We visited one of my favorite park playgrounds at Roswell Area Parks then ventured north to try a new restaurant, Phish Phood. Surprising to me it has no relation to the band but was well worth the drive.
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“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2013.”
I realized on friday that I hadn’t taken any new photos of the girls since last weekend! Bad mommy ; ) So these photos are courtesy of grandma Safta.
So many new words this week-they just keep shocking us with the things they are learning to say. Prpl (purple), Bew (blue), cow, kn (yes-in hebrew). I sit hear and try to think back over the last seven days but my mind goes blank. The last week blends into the weeks before, all the giggles and jumping and MOMMYMOMMYMOMMYMOMMYMOMMY is distinguishable from one week to the next. I think I’ll tape a paper to the wall with a pen close by and when ever there is a new word jot it down, I’ll let you know next week how that goes. Hope you had a good weekend, all about ours tomorrow.
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When they were tiny I would put them in suitcases because it was cute and funny.
Turn out they really like them. Maybe it means they will love to travel just like there Mama and Aba, maybe they just like the small space. Either way a year later they are still pretty cute in a suitcase
I’ll tell you what’s not to love about sandboxes, sand in shoes, that ends up in cribs, yuck! But a sand box is a great way to entertain a toddler, they can pour and fill and shovel and dump for probably close to an hour, then it’s usually nap time. I am a pretty forgetful person, sometime just rushing and forget to take step to make life a little easier. Like removing shoes before placing a sleeping baby in there crib for nap. Or making sure they are wearing open toe shoes when we go to a sandbox. Removing shoes before playing in the sandbox is an option, but it’s not one I’m a big fan of, because they don’t tend to stay put for long and putting shoes on and off on and off is not my idea of a good afternoon at the park. And when it’s chilly out open toes shoes are not the best option any way. Yes trying to figure out the exact right outfit for baby is a challenge, you don’t want them to be too warm or too cool, some things are ok to get dirty, some are not. It is definitely a learning process, you are going to make mistakes, but don’t worry your sweet baby will survive all the wardrobe errors you make, just try to not worry about it too much, do your best and get on with playing.
As a general rule I like knees to be covered, as much as possible, so jeans, leggings, even cropped leggings are my first choice for bottoms. And I prefer shoulders to be covered if we are going to be outside for a while. I love how little tanks look on the girls but I prefer a short sleeve or a cap sleeve in the sun. I’m big on layering pieces, not only is it an easy way to adjust to the changing temperatures throughout the day but little cardigans layered on are so cute!
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Jordan, new words: yeah woah (yellow), maykie (make up), favorite word: Wash (otherwise known as playing in the water)
Talia, new words: ah ghe (again), up (used for up and down), favorite word: No (used for yes and no). Make things a bit confusing for us.