Tuesday, April 16, 2013

6 months

My little Zachy boy is 6 months old! And I must say that he is practically a whole new baby. He is happy and content most of the time now, which sure beats crying all day/night! (Although the past couple of days, he has been really fussy...not sure why.) But I love that big, silly smile and that crazy hair!

At 6 months Zach...

-weighs 18.5 pounds...what a chunker!
-is 27.2" tall
-loves to eat cereal and veggies.
-loves his dangly toys.
-likes to look at his Daddy and sister.
-has the cutest little laugh.
-doesn't like bottles.
-likes to be held and walked around.
-still is not sleeping through the night (uggh!)
-kicks his feet around all the time...seriously this boy can't stop moving.
-likes to sing.
-likes to hold onto things, especially my finger or hand.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Potty party

We've been having a potty party over here the last few days. I finally decided to take on the challenge of potty training Emmy. I seriously have been dreading this task, and I had to gear myself up for it for like 3 weeks before we actually started.

I decided to start last Saturday. I figured that we'd start over Conference weekend so that Matt would be home to help with Zach for a couple of days and so that we wouldn't have to go to church. And we'd be home for a few days in a row. And I have a break between semesters of teaching.

Anyway, we decorated the bathroom with balloons and hearts and prizes and treats to make it really fun.

We got her a little tiara and magic wand to wear/hold while she sat on the potty. (I read that if they are scared, you can have something fun for them to hold while they go and tell them that the thing they're holding will help it not be scary.) We also got some dry erase markers for her to decorate the potty with.

We got lots of fun drinks so she'd have to go a lot. :)

And of course some fun undies.

When she woke up that morning, I told her it was "big girl day" and that there were lots of surprises for her in the bathroom. I had put away all the diapers the night before and showed her that the diapers were all gone and so she'd have to wear underwear. I told her that it was her job as a big girl to keep the underwear dry. And then every 20 minutes or so, I'd have her check and see if the underwear was still dry. And then she got lots of praise if it was. Then I'd ask if she was ready to go potty and then if she said no, I reminded her to let me know when she was ready to go potty.

She had 3 accidents before she actually went on the potty. And LOTS of praise and rewards when she finally went. The biggest hit was the Finding Nemo fruit snacks. She LOVES Nemo and LOVES fruit snacks, so she was really motivated to earn the fruit snacks.

Sometimes she would say she was ready to go potty when I'd remind her and other times she would say no. But by the end of the first day, she said she had to go potty and went! On Day 1 she had 4 accidents and 7 successes. Day 2 was a little stressful, and we were all a little frustrated. She had 3 accidents, and 5 successes, but several fits about going potty. But on Day 3, she stayed dry all day except for a little 1/2 accident where she started to go in her undies but then finished on the potty! My mom came over and brought her some potty presents too (undies, stickers for her potty chart, and some juice), which was fun! She loved telling Grandma that she was a big girl and knew how to go potty.

Finally today (on Day 6) she went #2. I think she was really scared and was holding it all in. (She'd save it for her "nighttime underwear" aka..a Pull-up...at night.) But she's done it multiple times today. I am so proud of her!

By the morning of Day 4 she had filled up her whole potty chart! (Also, I told her that when she went #2, we could go get some ice cream. She went at like 9 a.m. this morning and then promptly said, "Let's go get some ice cream! And of course no ice cream places are open at 9 a.m. so we had to go to Grandma's house to get some ice cream. Ha!)

Anyway, I'm sure I'm not done yet, but I think she has done really well. She has stayed dry for 2 days straight. She has said really funny things throughout the process like, "It's also fun to go potty in Mommy's bathroom" and "Does Grandma have a potty chart?" What a funny girl!

And this is totally unrelated, but we were making cookies the other day, and here she is watching them cook.  Then she told me that I couldn't eat any cookies because we had to save them for Daddy. Ha!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


Easter this year was lots of fun! The Easter bunny came and left these fun things for the kiddos.

We went to the Riverton City Park for the annual egg hunt with our friends, The Bradys. Emily got some candy for her basket.

Here she is examining her loot!

And eating all the candy. Good thing she got things like almonds and raisins in her eggs from the Easter bunny to make up for the candy filled ones she got at the park!

She refused to sit on the Easter bunny's lap at the park for a picture, but she was excited about the bunny hat, pinwheel, and cookie!

Then we colored some eggs. Emily had so much fun coloring on them with crayon first and then dropping them into the dye. Seriously, she would drop them in and splash dye everywhere! Then she would pull them out and say, "Look...it's orange!" It was pretty funny. Then she had to put glitter and stickers on them. Zach had fun watching.

Here is Zach all dressed up for church! His Easter outfit was a 9-month size and the shirt and sweater fit fine, but the pants were way too big, so he had to wear some other pants. I can't believe he's wearing a 9-month shirt size! And a 6-month pant size.

Emily looked so pretty in her Easter dress.

After church, we went to Grandma Lively's for an Easter dinner. Grandpa Lively took it upon himself to "fix" Zach's hair and give him a comb-over. I think he looks like a little 1950s soda shop boy!

Emily and Derek had lots of fun putting things in these flower pots.

It was a fun Easter weekend!

Oh yeah, for Lent this year I gave up second helpings. I did pretty good. There were only a handful of times that I really wanted a second helping. I resisted most of those times, but there were probably 2-3 times where I gave in. Overall though it was a good practice in portion control. And I also gave up plucking my eyebrows. I know it's weird, but they were really getting to be too thin so I grew them out and now I'm going to go get 'em shaped this week. Happy Lent!