Monday, September 6, 2010

Changes

So I feel bad blogging this without pictures, but its big news and I need to document it here! I'll add a picture post soon- promise. We have moved! We are all so excited that we found the perfect place. Shaun is now 20 min from work, we have doubled our square footage, it is in a fantastic neighborhood with great school, AND its on a lake. We have already been loving the benefits of having one of our favorite activities outside our back door.

Mackenzie has done fantastic with the change. She is a pretty adaptable kid. The move has prompted multiple other changes for her that we have been putting off. She had finally discovered she could climb out of her crib, so she is now in a twin bed. Her second set of tubes have been placed in her ears, so we no longer have an excuse to let her keep her pacifier (we kept saying we didnt want to take it away until after the recovery). And potty training has begun in earnest- she is THREE for goodness sake! So far, the only thing we have had much success with is the pacifier. The boppy just simply did not move with us. That is it, cold turkey, its gone. So she had very little choice, although she does still ask for one occasionally. The sleeping situation is hit and miss- fine on some nights, crazy on others. Naps have sadly fallen to the wayside- no way I can force her to stay in that bed in the middle of the day, and school pickup tends to interfere anyway. And bedtime....well- Z thinks bedtime is party time. All the bedrooms are upstairs, so tracking her is pretty easy. We tuck her in all snug, usually with a book she can look at for a few minutes. We place the baby gate across the door so that she will stay in her room at the very least. And we go downstairs and wait for the herd of elephants. The girl is NOT light on her feet! Off the bed, over to the window, over to Ashtyns bed (poor thing shares a room with her and is suffering in the sleep department because of it!), back to the bookshelf for more books, then to the door....Thankfully all of the toys are being housed in a designated playroom downstairs so at least that distraction is not there. I just keep remembering the super nanny episodes and stand firm...bedtime is bedtime. Problem is she DOES share a room with her sister who really does need her sleep, so we have said forget this and brought her back downstairs until Ashtyn is out a few times. And then there is the potty training. Yeah....not so good so far. She has had a few random successes- absolutely loves being rewarded with a Hershey's kiss. But most of the time I am battling that strong will of hers. I can MAKE her sit there, but I cant MAKE her go...and she cant sit there all day, so she gets up after she tries...and pees on the floor. And then blames it on the dog! I think it may be awhile before we are diaper free...

I do promise pictures later....