This month has been one for the record books! At least in our family. Each one of my kids has accomplished some major feats and I could not be more proud! And also sort of terrified and nostalgic and overwhelmed.
I do not know where this kid came from! She is something else. This year she has participated in more activities than I have in my entire life. Since she is the only one of my children old enough to really get involved in activities, I decided to just let her experience anything and everything. So at one point this winter she was a gymnast, a ballerina, an ice skater, a basketball player, and an actress all at the same time. And she loved every minute of it!
Her first year as an elementary school student culminated in many very exciting events, starting with field day.
For her school field day, each class competed on its own in 6 different events. Three events gave the kids the possibility of placing in the top three and earning a ribbon. Jade was awarded 1st place in all three events (the 50 yd dash, the softball throw, and long jump)!!! Go here to watch her in action.
Next came her gymnastics show and ballet recital on back-to-back days. This session she was moved up a level in gymnastics and is the youngest in her class. She’s also the youngest in her ballet class.
And last, but certainly not least, she lost her two front teeth! It was quite a battle. She was hanging on but the teeth wanted out and they finally won.
Oh, and one more thing: Next week Jade will be honored by her class and her teacher at the last Student of the Month assembly of the year 🙂 Shhh…It’s still a secret, so don’t tell her!
I wish I had video to prove it, but Lochlan’s vocabulary has exploded this month! He really only says a handful of words that I can understand (mom, daddy, cracker, more, and ball) but he spouts off sentences like he owns the conversation. He knows exactly what he’s saying and he gets frustrated, I think, that I don’t get it. Also, his hair is getting sort of crazy. Maybe a real haircut will be another big milestone.
Now onto the really, really big stuff…
Everest and Calder
There’s not a word that describes what has been happening in my brain since the big “P” day. And I do mean day literally. I foolishly attempted to use Teri Crain’s Potty Train in Just One Day method. For someone who thrives off of being in control, this is a vulnerability like I’ve never felt before. Potty training twin boys!
“The day” actually went surprisingly well. As you can see, I was prepared. And I was determined. I had a small window of opportunity to make this happen while Jade was at school and Lochlan was at Grandma’s.
Our *Potty Party* started, of course, with gifts. And what better gift to give a child than a Disney stuffed animal wearing a diaper.
The goal, of course, is to have the child tell their new doll that its time to get rid of the baby diapers and to teach them how to use the potty. Both Goofy and Donald successfully mastered their first attempt (using a medicine syringe filled with water) and were rewarded by big boy undies! Calder and Everest were so proud that they helped their new friends choose a reward sticker and put on their new underwear to watch a movie.
Now it was time for the twins to try! This is what the next 9 hours looked like…
Only sometimes the sippy cups were filled with chocolate milk, juice, or pop…
And sometimes they switched potty chairs.
What a day! After a few hours Everest was our first success story. By the end of the day they each had half their chart filled up, and by day 3 (yeah yeah, I know it was only supposed to take 24 hours) they’d filled them completely.
I can’t say that my twins are “Potty trained” per se — What does it even mean when someone says “It worked for my kid!” ? — We’ve been at it for a week now and, while they haven’t put a diaper on since, I’m pretty sure pullups accomplish the same goal. They know I’m not going to risk it and since we try not to sit at home on the potty watching TV every day they have spent most of their days/nights in these cop-out undies.
The good news is May has also been a month of many baths.