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Clean Up

I’m going to clean up the house this week.  No really, I am.  Ok, I’m at least going to try.

My house is a wreck.  At least it is to me.  It might seem hazmat material or perfectly clean to you, depending on what your own personal messiness scale is.  There’s no garbage on the floor.  Except for some food near the highchair, and this diaper I just found that somehow got kicked under the playpen.  Oh, and there’s that empty chip bag that was cracking Squeaker up earlier because it crinkles.

There are toys everywhere.  They’re like tribbles.  How did I end up with so many toys?  And why won’t they stay in the play room?  Not that anyone plays with these toys.  I put the toys away.  Then they end up all over the living room despite the fact that I never actually see the kids playing with them.  But the kids play with everything else, which explains the rest of the mess.  Well, most of it.  Shoes are apparently toys.  So are pots, pans, spoons, paper cups (the real ones are too high to reach), pillows, paper towels, DVD cases, remote controls, sponges, diapers, towels, cardboard tubes, boxes, clothes, you get the idea.  If it’s not a toy, it gets played with and strewn about the house.  If it is a toy, it just gets strewn about the house.

I don’t really straighten up very often.  It seems like the house hits this plateau of messy, where if I wait a few days it’s not really going to look any worse.  Conversely, if I do clean the house it will look as if I’ve done absolutely nothing within 24-48 hours.

So, back to cleaning up this week.  I’ve decided to go room by room.  Monday, livning room; Tuesday, kitchen; Wednesday, bedrooms; Thursday, bathrooms; Friday, rest, maybe.  A thorough spring cleaning.  Get rid of clothes that don’t fit, stuff that we don’t use much, maybe even start packing for out move this summer.

I’m just so tired of the clutter.

Wish me luck.

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More Potty time

I decided to make one post for the remainder of the week.

Day 2 (here is day one)

The day started off well.  Instead of dribbling on the floor every 10 minutes like he did yesterday, Mr. Bug peed on the floor 3 times before noon.  This may not sound like an improvement, but I’d rather clean up a bunch of pee 3 times then a little pee several dozen times.  Also, there has been no mopping of pee with hair today.  He also pooped in his underwear, but he told me he was stinky which he’s never done before.  At lunch, he started to pee on the couch.  He stopped when I said stop, we ran to the potty, and he finished peeing there!  This is incredibly exciting to me.  It’s funny how something so small can be such a huge achievement.  We put on Thomas the train underpants, and 10 minutes later he asked for Micky Mouse instead.  So we switched.  He started to pee on the floor, and kept peeing as I picked him up and put him on the potty.  But about half of it got where it was supposed to go, so I guess that’s good.  He peed on the floor 3 more times before bed, but at least he did not play in it today.

Day 3

Today when Mr. Bug woke up, his diaper was completely dry.  I took it off and followed him around with the potty till he started to pee.  Most of it ended up in the potty.  We went to toddler time at the library.  I packed several changes of underwear and pants, anticipating at least one accident while we were out.  He refused to use the potty at the library, but he also didn’t have an accident while we were there.  We got home, and I sat him on the potty where he stayed for 20 minutes without peeing.  He then got up to play with his magnets in the kitchen and peed all over the floor.  We ate lunch, he peed on the floor three more times.  I did not catch it in time to get him on the potty for any of them.  The 3rd time he sat down and started splashing happily in it.  Toddlers are so strange.  Or maybe it’s just mine.  I dumped him in the tub for a bit.  After the bath he peed two more times on the floor, and finally fell asleep in his high chair at dinner time.  Today was worse than yesterday, but better than day 1.  Two steps forward, one step back.  There was no poop today, which does not bode well for tomorrows first pair of underpants.

Day 4

The day started off bad, but it got better.  Diaper was dry in the morning, but the minute I took it off he peed all over the floor, and I wasn’t even close to getting the potty under him in time.  Note to self, take of diaper next to potty.  Granted this should be a no brainer, but I’m not a morning person, and I hadn’t had my coffee yet.  So then I get all his stuffed animals together, a bowl of water, and a bulb syringe.  See where this is going yet?  I told each animal that it was time to go to the potty, set them on the potty, and squirted water into the bowl.  I then gave the animals lots of hugs and kisses for peeing in the potty.  I also had them “pee” on the floor, which I told them no for, set them on the potty, and then repeated the first scenario.  He’s spent most of the morning sitting on the potty while watching TV.  Apparently it worked, because he’s peed in the potty 4 times before noon.  I give him cookies for doing this.  Yes I bribe him.  It works.   Lunch time was a little worse.  Peed on the floor once in the kitchen, and twice in the living room.  The second time in the living room was half in the potty, so 41/2 potty times?  Hubby came home from wal-mart with an elmo potty and sticker book.  But we had a doctors appointment so we went out again.  Mr. Bug did not pee the whole time we were out, though I tried to get him to use the restroom.  He fell asleep on the way home, and did not wet his bed during his nap.  As soon as he got up, I told him it was potty time, and sat him down.  It worked!  More pee in the potty.  More stickers and cookies rewarded.  Unfortunately, the day ended with poop smeared on the floor.  Oh well; win some, lose some.

Day 5

The morning started the same way last night ended.  Poop.  Everywhere.  Well, mostly on the kid, so we tossed him in the tub for a morning bath.  He apparently had not peed yet, and when he got out of the tub to run around naked for a bit, he peed on the floor.  I guess I should have set him on the potty first thing.  A couple hours later, I’m nursing the baby when I hear him say “pee pee in potty.”  He sits sideways on the potty, and pees all over the floor next to him.  I can’t help but laugh.  Especially when he looks up and says “oops, I spill.”  At least he’s getting the idea.  We clean it up, and the next pee makes it into the potty.  He wet himself during nap time, which is no big deal.  Then my hubby bravely takes both kids with him on a grocery run to give me a little time to myself.  Mr. Bug stays dry while they’re out.  I put him on the potty when they got back , but he wanted to go play.  Of course, 5 minutes after I let him up he peed his pants.  We ate dinner, and one more pee made it into the potty before bed time.  All in all, a decent day.

Day 6

Today, Mr. Bug peed in the potty6 times.  He did not pee on the floor once except for dribbling a little bit while he was trying to hold  it on his way to the potty.  He did poop during nap time which meant yet another bath.  I am beyond thrilled at his progress though.  Not much else to say about today.

Day 7

Today we had two accidents in the evening.  The rest of the day, he went in the potty.  One time today, he even told me he wanted to pee.  Though he has yet to poop in the potty, I’d call week one of potty training a success.

This was my trial week.  I decided that I would try potty training for a week, and if it wasn’t working out we’d put it on the shelf for a month or two.  It’s worked out well though, so we’re going to keep up with it.

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Potty Traning

Oh dear.  I’ve gotten mixed feedback on starting to potty train Mr. Bug.  Several think I’ve started to early, and several others think I’ve started far too late.  I figure 26 months is as good as any other time. 

Today was day 1.  Most of the day was spent mopping pee up off the floor.  He did actually pee in the potty once, but that was accidental.  He was sitting on the potty while playing, and just happened to need to go during the hour he used it as a chair.  He promptly peed on the floor again 30 minutes later. 

I don’t mind cleaning up the pee.  What I do mind is my toddler thinking pee is something to play in.  He pees on the floor, then sits in it and starts splashing as I grab for a nearby towel to clean it with.  A couple times, by the time I reached him he had turned part way upside down and was rubbing his hair in it as though trying to mop it.  My child is strange.  We ended the day with a nice long bath. 

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How does anyone with a toddler ever keep their house clean?

Seriously, the house could look wonderful because I’ve just spent several hours organizing, and sweeping, and cleaning things up.  Less than 24hrs later, it will look like I’ve done nothing for days or even weeks.  Honestly, there is a point where I just let it be because the mess plateaus.  I know it’s not going to look much messier than it is, so I don’t bother cleaning up.  I saw a welcome mat online that said, “The house was clean last week.  Sorry you missed it.”  I need that mat.  No one ever drops by when the house looks good.

Sure, I could clean during nap time, but the moments I have to myself where there are no little people attached to me are so few and far between, that the last thing I want to do with them is clean the house.  I’d rather eat a sandwich without having to share, or read a news article in peace and quiet.  Or sit and do nothing.  Really.  I’d rather do nothing during those quite moments than spend them cleaning, only to watch all my hard work demolished as soon as my hurricane of a boy wakes up.

I could clean while they’re awake, but Mr. Bug delights in following me around as I clean and immediately undoing any organizing as I do it.  Books that I put on the shelf come right back off.  Toys put in the toy box are suddenly the most interesting thing in the world even though they’ve been lying under his highchair neglected for several days.  Clothes folded neatly in drawers, hah!  Now that he knows how to open the drawers, he has fun strewing his and his brothers clothes about the room.  I would reprimand him, but he’s not doing it to be malicious.  He’s really just playing.  He even sorts the clothes into piles of pants and shirts.  But they rarely stay in the drawers.

So the mess stays a mess for most of the week, and I am perpetually embarrassed if people drop by unannounced and see it.  People who’ve known me long enough, know that I have never been an organized soul, and may wonder if I’m just using my kid as an excuse.  The truth is, I clean 10 times more often, to no avail.  Hopefully though, this means that once the boy is out of this stage I will have gotten so good at cleaning that the house will actually look nice.  Then again, I’ve been told that boys never grow out of this stage. 

C ‘est la vie

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Destructive Toddlers

So Mr. Bug was playing nicely and quietly in his room, giving me a few moments of peace.  Or so I thought.  Turns out he was ripping the nice wall clings that I got to decorate his room off of the walls.  And when I say ripping, I mean Elmo’s torso is separated from his legs, Cookie Monster is missing a hand, Ernie is missing half of his head, and it looks like he tried to eat several of the clouds.  Guess I should have put them higher.  They’ve been on his wall for a few months.  I guess he just figured out they’re removable.   Should I bother putting them back up?  I really liked how that wall looked.  Oh well.  At least I have pictures of how nice it used to look.

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