Ingrid :: 3

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Ingrid turned 3 back in May. In comparison, Ingrid was a much easier 2-year old than Syd was, but that had a lot to do with Sydney dedicating her second year to not pooping. Ingrid wasn’t prone to tantrums, was relatively content watching other children or pestering her sister.  They also play well together so I can’t really complain to much when they argue over a project or toy. I often would find Syd in Ingrid’s crib playing with her in the mornings; always melted my heart.

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Potty training was *relatively* simple for Ingrid although the processes was a bit forced against us by day-care which both she and I resisted.  They started transitioning her into panties back in March, but Ingrid wanted nothing to do with it here at home so I usually just let her wear diapers when she wanted to because I didn’t want to deal with a screaming child over something I didn’t think she was ready for anyways. It all worked out for us in the end, just took longer than it did with Sydney. In the end she was potty trained by the time she turned 3 and accidents are few and far between (but happened way more than they did with Syd!).

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Ingrid isn’t much of a talker. She has definitely taken to words slower than Sydney and her peers.  One of her friends at school can talk circles compared to Ingrid. I would blame it on having an older sibbling who is around to do all the talking for her but her comparator classmate has an equally (if not more) verbose older brother the same age as Syd.

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Ingrid is definitely known by her silly hair. She got her mom’s curly fro that is usually a rats nest each morning and typically looks that way throughout the day.  It fits her personality though so I hope it never changes! Untitled

Its funny, Syd’s 3-year post was all about her favorite color and how we were working on letters and phonics. I can confidently say I have no idea what Ingrid’s favorite color is because she either never voiced such a strong opinion or has been fickle about the concept.  We haven’t sat down and gone over letters with her once that I can recall. I never got far with Sydney on the concept so I leave the education to school and try to fill her days in with play and reading.  Oh how your time-priorities change when you have two kids to focus on instead of one!

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In addition to a joint day-care party with one of her close friends, we had a quiet birthday party here at home among our neighborhood friends per tradition.  We had a Doc McStuffin’s themed cup-cake cake from the bakery and Ingrid seemed less than impressed with the cake and our signing apparently.
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Ingrid had her 3-year well visit on May 19th.  Since her 2-year visit she gained 6.6 pounds and weighs in at 32 lbs (64%).  She grew 2.5 inches, and is now 37.25 inches tall (45%).  No head measurements are done at the 3-year visit but I can assure you Ingrid’s head is plenty big!  Some of it may be the hair though. For the most part Ingrid is a tank compared to Syd at 3 (who was the same height but weighed only 28 lbs).  Poor Ingrid is built like her mama from her head to her bones!  I wonder if that is why the pediatrician calculated her BMI for us…16.2 (65%)…

Ingrid still seems so much more of a baby to me than Syd did at 3 and I don’t know why…I’m in no hurry for it to change much though since she will always be my baby!

Potty training :: 2

I hate to jinx myself but we are actually getting somewhere with potty training.  I never really had a plan when it came to this topic.  Sydney is a pretty strong-willed child and I knew she would never do something she didn’t want to do and pleasing us is a poor motivator.  She is motivated by candy, but only to some extent.  Sydney really just needs to please herself to be interested in something.

Last weekend going in the potty seemed to please her so I just went with it.  Prior to this weekend she would pee on the potty occasionally, if she was in the mood. Since mid-September she has been a bit better with it but her interest would wax and wane so I never pushed the topic.  And then there is the poop issue so I figured potty training would come either 1) when Syd wanted it to happen or 2) when she overcame this poop fear.  #1 came first so there you have it!

I do have to thank hurricane Sandy though since it closed day-care and I got two extra days home with her to reinforce the issue.  I do not think habits can be introduced over a 2-day weekend and the school day habits are different from the ones here at home so confusion can set in.  On Tuesday of last week, our second day home from school with Sandy, she wore her big girl underpants all day (except nap time) and kept them dry.  She actually hasn’t had an accident in her under pants (yet).  I’m really good of remembering every hour or so to make her go sit on the potty so that’s maybe why we are successful there.  I did learn that if you ask her if she  needs to go, her likely response will be “no!” (she is 3 after all — it’s her favorite word!) but if I tell her go “Lets go to the potty before we do X”, she happily agrees.

Since our daycare has also involved in the process for a long while as well she is already adept at puling up/down her pants and can get on/off the toilet on her own.  I was a bit stressed out that on Nov 19th day-care expected her to be in underpants at school, but I think we may actually be able to achieve that goal.  I do worry about nap times though — she is such a deep sleeper that it may be a while before she can stay dry during those 2-3 hours.

As for the poop issue it is getting ‘better’.  I’ve figured out her poop schedule and I know with near 100% certainty when she needs to poop based on her actions and behavior.  My hunches are confirmed if she sits on the potty and is vehemently opposed to it the minute she gets there — I know she needs to poop — and we sit and wait until it happens.  I also know the louder she screams “I don’t need to poop!” that the amount of poop that will come out of her will likely clog the toilet.  If only I had such insight to the lottery!  Another bonus is that cleaning up pure liquid poop is insanely easier when it is done in the potty and not in ones pants.  Yippie!  The past few days there has been a lot less crying and the poop-process has been a lot faster so I really hope we are getting some where with this…

So far all weekend she has been successfully wearing her “big girl” underpants (except at nap time) so slowly making progress.  I plan to send her to school in underpants starting Nov 19th, if not before!

So very proud of Sydney for figuring this out on her own!

 

Potty training :: 1

I’m sure this will be a series of posts so I’m just going to start at 1.

We are trying to get Syd potty trained before baby #2 arrives in May. By then Syd will almost be 2.5 years and even if she regresses, which I expect, it will still be easier to retrain than train once baby is here.

Thankfully our daycare is also involved in the process as well. The class she is in now requires pull-ups and they work on teaching the children to pull their pants up and down on their own and they also have kiddy potties for them to use too. Three months before she turns three they will require her to wear normal underpants. Sort of a sink or swim mentality but supposedly it works per the other parents who have children at the same center.

Syd has successfully pooped in the potty at daycare twice now. The first time they sent home this little note that was so cute I nearly burst and Syd was so proud of herself!

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We haven’t had success at home. She will sit on the potty while we fill up the bath tub each night but that’s about it. We tried bribing her with candy since she announces when she is going to poop, but so far she usually just throws a fit and wants the candy without going in her potty.

The other day she came to Royce and said “I poop over there (points to a corner)…candy?”. Not quite sweetie…almost…we will get there!

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