Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Being a mother changes my perspective on a lot of things. I used to hope for much bigger things. I guess I still do. I do, however, use the word "hope" a lot more frequently without grandiose desires.

Take, for example, last night. It was a three committee meeting night at our congregation. Which means I was in meetings starting at 5, 5:45, and 6:30 (and made it to all three close to on time!) It's a crazy night--tonight is a close second with meetings at 5:30 and 6:30. Those are crazy times, but instead of five weeknights away from home, it's two--so a trade off I'm willing to take. But last night, the last meeting went a long time--thankfully with great conversation that was valuable. When I locked the door at 8:10; I sighed. And thought, "Okay, Precious will be asleep in bed. I HOPE Baby Girl will be ready for stories and sleep."

Yeah--maybe my hopes are too grandiose! Both were wide awake, wired, wound and playing. Ugh. Thankfully, they did settle down easier than I thought. Precious a bit more loudly, but both were asleep by just after 9.

Now for more grandiose hopes! I hope Precious is on her way to potty training! In the last week, she has expressed adamant desire to use the potty. Sunday morning and this morning, she pooped on the potty. (She's pretty consistent in time with the first poop of the day, so I wasn't super surprised. I was surprised by how she refused to let me take her off the potty before she pooped on Sunday. She sat a long time--for the always on the go girl!!) And, she peed in the potty twice two--once by expressing desire to sit and once when I just set her on. She's been tending to wake up dry from a nap but then wetting just a few minutes later, so one day when she woke up dry, I put her on the potty and, sure enough, pee came quickly.

I hope she will be using the potty consistently soon-ish. She's only 15 months, so I'm not expecting a whole lot. But I'm hopeful Precious will make it easier on us than Baby Girl did!


Wendy said...

15 months!! Wow, does time fly!

Wendy said...

I answered this at my place, but I'm repeating it here with one more thought:

Spanish was the only option. For me, the primary positive about the immersion is the how having/learning two languages in this manner shapes the brain in so many ways for future learning, but we live in an area that has a high latino majority, so Spanish is helpful on a purely practical level as well. Since Spanish and English are both considered primary languages at the school, they also teach Mandarin Chinese as a second language as the kids get a little older.

Parent to parent: It was a tough first day. Kendra said she was just waiting until 1:30 (it's an extended kinder day) because she didn't understand anything. It's hard for me as a parent to send a kid out into the world, knowing I'm putting her in a situation where she won't understand anything, but I know (even if she doesn't) that it will get better. They warned us that the first month is just really hard, and then they begin to understand. I want her to love school, and I hope that eventually she will. One day at a time, right now.