What an exhausting day.
I had to call my mom in the middle of the day to get a pep talk. (Thanks, mom!) I set the girls up to watch a video so could phone her without the girls getting into trouble. I hate doing that; I feel like it is too easy to put the TV on to distract them and I’m constantly fighting the urge to do so.
V skipped both her naps today, which is the first time that has ever happened. Usually they both sleep for about 1.5 hours before lunch and then another 1.5 hours in the late afternoon. Frequently one or both of them will skip one of those naps, but never before have one of them skipped both naps. Today V wouldn’t go to sleep for the morning nap, and then while we were out running errands after lunch, she fell asleep in the car and napped in the stroller for maybe a total of about 45 minutes, so I was sure she’d need to nap in the afternoon. WRONG.
Just missing the naps would be a bad enough, but V was also in a crazy mood all day. She’s starting to climb stuff, which means she needs to be monitored even more than usual. She likes to use her plastic tricycle as a stool, so I catch her standing with one foot on the seat and the other on the handlebars, reaching up to grab books on the top shelf of their bookshelf. Oh, and their bedroom window overlooks a 3 story drop down to a concrete driveway, so I can’t leave them alone in the bedroom with the window open for any time at all, for fear she’ll figure out how to climb onto the dresser (she tries all the time), push out the screen, and fall out the window.
The positive thing about the day was that potty training has kicked into high gear. V managed to pee on the potty 5 or 6 times today! And then just before going to bed, both of them pooped in the potty. AMAZING. S sat on the potty many times all day long, but never managed to pee. But she gets an ‘A’ for effort for sure.
But all that time in the bathroom with one or both of them is pretty exhausting. Both of them like to put stuff (books, toys, stuffed animals) down into the potty while they are sitting on it. So I’m always on the watch for that, especially if the potty is in imminent danger of being used for its intended purpose. V is pretty much straight to business when she sits down, but S spends a lot of time sitting and wanting to be read to. And they both don’t like their sister being in the bathroom without the other (and with me, of course), so I have to monitor both of them, one (usually V) who is trying to open every cabinet, check the trash can for anything to mess with, grab the roll of toilet paper, open the toilet, and a new trick, which is to climb onto the toilet to get access the bathroom drawers which are otherwise inaccessible (and due for a drawer lock when I get time to install one…).
Then there is the time after one of them has successfully used the potty. I have to be super excited and positive, but at the same time try to avoid letting them stick their hands into the potty to investigate, which they inevitably try to do. Sometime both at once. It is a HUGE challenge to stay upbeat and encouraging while simultaneously maintaining discipline about “NO TOUCHING” while trying to maneuver the wipes and dump the potties into the toilet and so on.
Oh, and I’m also working on weaning them from bottles, which I didn’t think would be such a challenge. At lunch today I gave them some milk in a sippy cup, which went well for about 5 sips and then they started trying to get the milk out. And then Sofia started filling her mouth with milk and then spitting it out. So then I took away the cups of milk and gave her a cup of water, which she did the same thing with. DADDY HULK MAD! SMASH SIPPY CUPS! YELL AT TODDLERS!
Last week Mike was in a mostly minor car accident while driving our family car. The girls weren’t in the car, but their car seats were. The insurance company told us to throw away the car seats and get new ones, and sent us a check to do so. Today I saw that Babies R Us was having a sale of 25% off car seats if you gave them your old ones (and they would dispose of them for you) so I decided to buy the seats there. The tricky part was that I needed to take the girls with me to do this, so take them out of their car seats, put them in the stroller, take out the old car seats and into the store for the exchange, buy the new cars seats and install them, all with the girls in the stroller. It actually worked out pretty perfectly. I bought the exact same type of car seat that I got rid of, to minimize the potential problem of not being able to figure out how to install the new seats in the car. I went into the store with the girls before taking the old seats out, and then asked for some help to carry them into the store. I had no problems getting the new seats installed, so it went pretty smoothly.
I was on dad duty from 8 am when they woke up until 8 pm when they went to sleep, with pretty much zero breaks. During the 20 minutes or so after I put them down for both naps before V squawked enough for me to come get her, I was cleaning up the mess they’d made of the house.
Now I am typing this in between games of Left 4 Dead 2, finding solace in zombie violence.