Saturday, 28 February 2009

Progress



We don't really have much to report in the Team T-Lo household this week. Everything has been going pretty normally around here. Same old: work, watching Logan, eating, sleeping stuff we always do.

Perhaps the most exciting part of the week is Logan's continued success with the potty! The boy is a potty training whiz (pun intended :P) Just look at all the stickers he's put on his achievement board. He's up to about 3 or 4 successful attempts a day.

My little man is growing up *sniff*

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Twitterific!

I usually don't write many blogs that are just about myself (maybe on my birthday and stuff), but I think I will today.

These past couple of weeks I've been really enjoying a social networking site called Twitter. Basically, it's almost the same as putting your status in Facebook, only you can do it a billion times a day without pissing off your friends. You can also follow other people's statuses and have mini conversations (140 characters or less) with them. There is also the typical Direct Message type thing for short private conversations and a feature where you can signal a reply to a particular person.

I love it! Lately, probably because it's been so cold out and I can't take Logan outside as much, I have been having a more difficult time being a stay-at-home mommy. I've added a bunch of mommies to my Twitter, and now I see that I'm not the only mommy experiencing the same things. Lots of mommies need their little ones to take a nap and get frustrated when they don't. Lots of mommies are brainstorming about indoor activities to do with their children. Lots of mommies stress over a good diet to feed their little ones. It is so empowering and reassuring to see that everyday.

I've also added mommies who sew to my list of Tweeple (Twitter-people). The only downside so far is that my list of sewing projects has gone up considerably, because they all have so many good ideas and many links to free patterns, crafty ideas, etc.

And of course there are plenty of websites and applications that are offshoots of Twitter. The most interesting to me are Twittermoms, who have wonderful groups and help promote my blog with a fabulous blogroll (now on my main blog page - check it out!). And TweetDeck - it's an application that I have on my desktop that organizes all my tweets into nice orderly columns that I can understand. Yay!

I recommend that you check Twitter out. You can follow me by clicking this link after you've signed up.




And now, because I can't have a blog dedicated entirely to myself, I will give you a potty training update:

Logan is doing super well! He has had a successful potty time at least once a day ever since we started before Valentine's Day. He has tons of stickers on his reward board! He is now up to 2 or 3 successful times a day. He is also starting to recognize the cues. It doesn't take a half hour sit to make something happen anymore. Logan will come up to me, say "potty time." He will then pull down his pants and I will take off his diaper and he will sit on the potty and go right away, or within a few minutes. Good boy! I hope he will continue his good work.

Thursday, 19 February 2009

We're Engaged!

On Wednesday last week, Terry was busy working on his resume for a position within his department. He told me that he had to stay late at work in order to submit it through the intranet. So I watched Logan all day and was busy preparing dinner when Terry got home.

He took Logan upstairs for a diaper change while I finished cutting up the veggies for the salad. A few minutes later I hear, "Tawny, can you please come upstairs? I think there is mold on our wall."

Well that got me up the stairs pretty damn fast. I walked into Logan's room at top speed and turned the corner and there was Terry and Logan down on one knee! I just about had a heart attack. Terry said, "Would you marry me?" Of course, I said yes! And cried.

So, Terry wasn't submitting his resume after all. He had submitted it earlier in the day. He was actually heading to the jewelry store to pick out the wedding bands that we had chosen a few weeks before.

We decided against a traditional engagement ring for two reasons: 1) We've been together for 8 years now. I think we're pretty much considered engaged already. 2) We're saving up for more important things like a new car and a house. And engagement ring seems frivolous at this point.

I'm wearing my wedding band proudly though. I love it so much! In fact, I was admiring it when I went downstairs to finish up the salad. Admiring so much that I cut my finger open on my other hand because I wasn't paying attention. Ooops.

Here are some pics of the lovely ring.




Look forward to a wedding sometime in 2010 (after I have the baby of course, so I look good in my wedding dress). We've got an idea of what we want to do, but are checking to see if it's feasible and within our budget.

Team T is engaged!

Saturday, 14 February 2009

Potty Time!

This Valentine's Week has been a really good week for Team t-Lo. I'll tell you about one special thing that happened. I'm saving the other special thing until all the family is contacted with the good news. *stay tuned*

On Thursday evening Logan successfully went to the potty for the first time! Good boy! We were beginning to think that we had started a bit too early. He was always interested in the potty, but somehow he wouldn't actually try it out. A couple of weeks ago we decided that he might have better luck if we switched from putting him on the big potty to his own little potty. We bought the one pictured below.






It seemed to work at least a little bit. Now when Logan has potty time, he can watch videos in the livingroom. We thought it would help him relax. But a strange thing happened. Every time we went to the bathroom to do our business, Logan would pick up his potty and join us. Yeah, there is no privacy in the Team T-Lo house.

We would ask him if he wanted to have potty time and his answer was always, "pretend!" He would then sit on his potty fully clothed and "pretend." This was getting a little frustrating by the beginning of this week because I would ask him to have potty time, he would say, "pretend" and then stand in front of his potty in the proper position and proceed to pee in his diaper!

He would then laugh and go on his merry way, leaving his mother to watch in bewilderment. So he knew what peeing was and what he was supposed to do in the potty. Finally, Terry asked him on Thursday evening if he wanted potty time and he actually said, "yes." Not wasting any time, Terry took off his diaper and pants and after some gentle coaxing and some music videos, the boy stood up, turned around and peed in his potty!




Yay! What a good boy! A few months ago when we were planning out our potty training strategy, we made a poster board that Logan could put stickers on when he had a successful potty time. When we were making Terry's Valentine's Day wreath, I let him put stickers on it. He really enjoyed that, so I reinforced that if he went to the potty, he would get a sticker to put on his board. This must have worked, because that was the first thing he wanted to do after he went. We let him pick the sticker and place it wherever he wanted on the board.

What a big boy!

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Logan's First Craft

Logan and I set out this morning to make Terry a really great Valentine's Day present. I wanted something that Logan could help me with a little more this year. I found a really great website that showed me the way. We made this Valentine's Day wreath.

It turned out awesome. I had to do all the scissoring, but Logan coloured the hearts. He also helped use the glue stick. He very carefully put a dab of glue on the back of each heart and told me where he wanted to stick them on the paper plate. Then he helped pick out the beads to glue onto the top. But his favourite part was when I pulled out all the stickers. He had a great time picking which colours of stickers to place on the hearts. He was so careful and precise when sticking them on. He really has the soul of an artist.

And here is our finished product!


Logan likes it so much that it's going to be difficult to wrestle it out of his hands to give to Terry tonight. Oh well, I'm sure Terry won't mind sharing.

Sunday, 8 February 2009

Team T-Lo is Dino-riffic!

Today we went to the Manitoba Museum. We saw a commercial advertising their new exhibit of Dinosaurs from China. Logan has been on a dinosaur kick lately, so we figured it was a safe bet for afternoon fun.


Mommy and Logan being raptors


We were correct! Logan really enjoyed himself at the dino exhibit. His favourite part was the dinosaur eggs. That was a little surprising since there were tons of huge Dinosaurs set up in the room. There were even little dinos for his amusement - but the eggs were more fascinating. The guy working at the exhibit let Logan hold one of the fossilized eggs (well it was a replica, but still cool).


Daddy and Logan checking out the bones

Then Logan was allowed to go digging for dinosaur bones in the sand pit. He was given some safety goggles and a brush to dust off the bones he found. Finding the bones wasn't as interesting as watching all the other little kids looking for their share of the dinosaur loot. Terry tried to help him uncover one, but he wasn't too into it. The other kids jumping around and digging in the sand - now that was extreme entertainment for Logan.



Logan the paleontologist

We walked around the main museum too. Logan was very good the whole way through. He didn't even have his nap until after we left at 2:00. And he walked almost the whole way instead of lounging in the stroller. Good boy! Highlights included: the Inukshuk, the many drawers containing various treasures (although the drawers held more interest than the actual treasures), the bat cave that Logan was allowed to walk through with a flashlight, and of course The Nonsuch boat (nobody can take a trip to the Manitoba museum without checking that out).

We tired the boy out very well. He fell asleep as soon as we put him in the car. Notice that he has his dino cup from the giftshop with him in his seat.



Tuckered out after all that learning and walking