Adventures in potty training; and the tale of the disappearing Bubby

It’s been awhile and so this is a 2-parter.

Part 1: Adventures in potty training

It may come as a surprise to exactly no one that potty training doesn’t happen overnight. And bribery only gets you so far. Mini M&M’s gave way to candy corn, which gave way to cookies, which were eventually replaced by $100 IMG_2134bills. OK, so we never got to that point, but the novelty of receiving a bite-size sweet in exchange for losing the luxury of just peeing or pooping your pants whenever you want, with no consequence or repercussions, apparently wore off. Most people have house-trained a puppy before, and while I realize it’s rather crude to compare Hannah to a pooch, I’m afraid our carpet has suffered a similar fate.

It feels like we’re through the worst of it though. From mid-September all the way through October we had a multitude of “accidents.” I use that term loosely because when the little stinker is smiling while soiling, well, it hardly seems like a mistake. There was the time she was hanging out in her undies watching Nemo or something when she stood up on the couch and before I could give the “sit” command she told her bladder to “release.” I saw what was happening and immediately scooped her up like a ladle in chili and futilely tried to stop the leak with my hand. You know when you want to make a hose spray and you don’t have a nozzle, so you use your thumb? Yeah, you get the picture. I think even Cleo got caught in the crossfire.

Want another one? Hannah’s in the kitchen playing with her “clay dough” (yes, in her underwear again…at this point we had pretty much decided her wearing pants at home was just increasing our laundry) when we heard and saw the tinkle start to sprinkle. This time I picked her up under her arms and held her out in fIMG_2500ront of me like a smelly infant and beelined to the bathroom. Sam was less than pleased as she watched Hannah leave a nice wet trail behind. Lesson learned was a big puddle on a hard floor is much better than a line of pee stretching across the room.

So let’s just say if we had one of those metal detectors that you see old guys in sitcoms using to sweep the beach, and that apparatus detected pee instead of metal, then the batteries would wear out in a heartbeat in our family room. Not to worry, though, future visitors of our home, we’ll be getting our carpets cleaned very soon and it will be like it never happened! At least until the carpet gets pulled up and we see yellow spots everywhere on the padding underneath. Hopefully that will be someone else’s discovery, as this carpet is new and will likely remain in this house longer than we will. Until then air fresheners and candles will do.

It’s now been more than 2 months since the potty training started and Hannah is no longer peeing every 20 minutes. She’s getting better at telling us when she needs to go. She’s still occasionally motivated by a candy corn or M&M, and a popsicle is a nice incentive as well, but accidents are truly just that for the most part and are fewer and farther between. Just in time for us to have another one come along and start the process over! Yay us.

 Part 2 The tale of the disappearing Buppy.

Hannah’s best friends are Ducky, Blanky, and Bubby. The first two are obvious – a stuffed duck and blanket that she’s had since her first Christmas when she was just 2 months old. However, her Bubby has been around since birth. We don’t know at what point she named her pacifier Bubby, but she did. We never called it that before and so you can imagine how she lost her mind one day asking for it by name and we didn’t know what the heck she was talking about.

They’ve been through a lot together, Hannah and Bubby. Through doctor’s appointments with what seemed like enough immunizations to protect a colt. As a comfort when we started having to leave her with strangers who became family when Sam went back to work. And as her daily and nightly sleep companion. Sometime a few months back we weened her down to just having it for naptime and bedtime, then it got to the point where she didn’t need it at daycare at all and we simply just enabled her at home to get her to go to bed without too much of a fight. All along though, Sam and I have both dreaded and looked forward to the day when Bubby would have to go bye bye for good. Little did we knoIMG_2393w it would be done for us without a hitch!

We read and talked to people about various methods of disposal. None really sounded like they would work, or we tried them and they didn’t work (0r maybe they would have but we just didn’t give them enough time…don’t judge us). Then someone at Sam’s work had an idea we liked – replace Bubby with a guppy. Well a Glo-Fish to be exact. We thought, that sounds fun, let’s give it a try. Then Hannah got sick, then she watched a movie with us that scarred her (Monsters, Inc…yeah yeah, in hindsight we should have known better), so we just kept putting it off week after week not wanting to rock an already nearly capsized boat.

Then the right moment came along, completely by accident. Grandma Deb came over to watch Hannah last Saturday night so we could go catch a late movie. We failed to leave a pacifier out on the counter or anywhere visible, so when IMG_2391it was time for bed and Hannah asked for Bubby, Deb told her it was gone. I can just imagine the confused and sad look on Hannah’s face, and it would have completely melted us I’m sure. Luckily, Hannah is much more rational when she’s with relatives that aren’t her parents, so she just asked a couple of more times, then meekly went to bed without Bubby for the first time in her short life. Of course, when she got up a 4am I gave it right back to her, but it was the breakthrough we needed.

The next day Sam and I held our ground during naptime and no Bubby was provided. It was then that we suggested to her it be replaced by a fishy. Hannah seemed to think that was a fair trade. Bedtime rolled around that night and again, “no Bubby, but you’ll get a fishy.” Lo and behold, it worked. It’s now been 5 nights of no pacifier and she’s pretty much stopped asking for it. Which is pretty much what we were told would happen and deep down what we expected would happen. However, we were skeptical – she was supposed to stay the night at my mom’s a few months ago during the summer when we neglected to pack a Bubby and she was inconsolable – so we didn’t have the highest of expectations.

Little Jake Jr. (not his real name) is due in March and he’ll most likely get his own pack of passies, so we’ll see how Hannah handles that. If we know her like we think we do, not only will she be pretty pissed about not having her Bubby, but I wouldn’t put it past her to start peeing on the floors again. She’s stubborn and feisty like that…should be interesting!

November 20, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Observations and musings, Updates. Leave a comment.

Knowing how to blow your nose should not be taken for granted

Little Hannah has reached a new milestone, though it’s one we weren’t looking forward to. She came down with her first cold. Of course, as things tend to go with us, she started showing symptoms the same weekend we were moving into our newly purchased home. As happy as we were to be getting our own place again, we couldn’t fully embrace it because we have never had a sick child before. Naturally, we took every precaution, checked her temp every 15 minutes, made sure she was getting enough to eat, counted and examined every diaper and even purchased a little Swedish contraption that allows us to suck the snot right out of her nose. Yes, that exists. I refused to participate at first due to the perfectly logical and rational fear of ingesting my child’s mucus (no matter how much I love her I have to draw the line somewhere!)…however, once I realized the only way the stuff is getting all the way through the tube to my mouth is if I hooked it up to a shop vac, I decided I could contribute some lung capacity. As terrible as it sounds, we’d actually recommend the thing, combined with saline drops it really does help clear out the nose better than a bulb (and it’s supposedly less irritating for the baby’s nose…though Hannah may not agree). OK, enough product pitching, that’s not the point of the post. Not that I ever really have a point.

It started with a stuffier than usual nose and she pretty much didn’t do anything for a couple of days other than sleep and eat. Her fever got over 100 a couple of times, but not by much, so the doctor didn’t want us to bring her in. Regardless of how many times we called. Which was a lot. And I’m fine with that. One thing I read prior to Hannah‘s birthday was that you shouldn’t hesitate to call the doctor’s office if you think there’s a problem. Better to go with your gut and annoy a nurse than to sit around wondering and worrying all the time. I’m sure as we become more seasoned we’ll be able to figure some things out on our own, but right now we’re rookies and we’re not ashamed of it. She’s not out of the woods yet by any means, but so far we’ve been lucky. At Hannah’s age, just 3-4 months, the potential is there for it to get so much worse. Poor Sam is a little more…shall we say cautious…than me. Part of that is due to her huge sensitive, loving heart. Also contributing is the fact that she’s a nurse and sees worst-case scenarios on a daily basis. Maybe it’s just me, but I think one of the fortunate things about being a guy is we tend to under-react and have a bit more tolerance when it comes to stuff like this. On second thought, I hope it’s not just me…I don’t think I’m just insensitive and cold! I care, I swear! It’s just easier for me to not dwell on it. Sam can just stare at Hannah for hours constantly checking her vitals and meanwhile I’m trying figure out what’s for dinner and why the hell the Yankees can’t hit all of a sudden.

Like I said, it’s not completely gone. Hannah’s still got some congestion and drainage. She snores away, sounding like a little pug when she sleeps. She also seems to be spitting up/puking more than usual, so we’re really looking forward to our next appointment with the doc in a couple of weeks. He has no choice but to see us then, it’s state law! Until then we’re just going to keep sucking her snot, playing CSI with her diapers and hugging and kissing those stupid germs right out of her!

October 20, 2012. Tags: , , , , , . Observations and musings, Updates. Leave a comment.

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