Tuesday, January 10, 2012

McKenna Summary: 33 Months Old

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McKenna is now 2.5 plus three months old.

McKenna just loved Santa this year. She had no idea what Santa was supposed to do, but she loved him. My girls have some special spirit about them where they absolutely love the elderly (not to call Santa old...). I cannot tell you how many older people my girls have just made so happy. Most children are afraid of the older people who are wheel chair bound, who have Parkinsons and shake, who are very skinny, who have arthritis, and so forth. My girls are not. I take no credit for it, they are just little sweeties.

Eating is normal. She still eats well.

McKenna's favorite present at Christmas was a Fisher Price Princess Castle. She loves to set her little dolls up and play princess wit them. It is so strange to see her getting older and able to play with stuff in that way. 

Sleeping at night is normal. Her naps have been a little off. This I blame to potty training mostly. She has been up every 15 minutes needing to go potty and poop for two hours. She also really wants to play. I will also blame the lack of outside play since it was so very cold all month. 

We randomly started potty training one day. It is not like me at all. She woke up, I had the thought to potty train her, so I asked if she wanted to wear panties, she said yes, so we did it. She did incredibly well! She had some accidents as is to be expected, but not as many as I thought she would. She had a hard time getting the hang of just letting herself use the bathroom on a toilet, as is normal, but she got over it very quickly. It was an exhausting first day, but after that she has been really easy. 

She wanted to sleep in panties from the get-go, which made me nervous but if she wanted to stay out of a diaper I was going to let her (though I did tell her nighttime was non-negotiable at this point). She mostly stayed dry, but she would pee in her sleep sometimes, so we do pull-ups for naps. I call them "naptime panties." That way we don't need to change sheets daily. She wakes dry half of the time and wet half of the time.

Now, let me be clear that when I say it was all rather easy, I mean for potty training. On the potty training scale, it was on the easier end. I don't find potty training to be anywhere near relaxing or easy in general. In fact, I was totally exhausted by the end of the first day. And running to her room every 15 minutes during naptime isn't exactly relaxing, either. She was, however, willing and trying her very best, so as far as potty training goes, it was easy.

Another trip to the doctor and another double ear infection! Poor thing. He decided to give it another round of stronger antibiotics and see if we could get it cleared up, so we will be doing another round and check before moving on to the ENT. I really don't want her to get tubes the more I learn about it, but we shall see what happens.

Babies and Little People things. And dress up.


8:00--Wake up and eat breakfast
9:15--Get ready
10:00--Learning Poster and read stories with Mommy
10:30--Independent Play
11:30--TV time possibly
12:30--Learning activity and free play with sibling
4:00 or 4:30--Get up--or free play. 
6:00--Family Activities
7:30--Get ready for bed


Sarah said...

Val, congrats on potty-training! My Jack turned 33 months on the 8th and we are at the same point with PT. What do you do about pooping? He is refusing to go on the potty and almost always goes during IP which is an hour. I exercise during that time so I can't run in and out every second, so lucky me, I get to clean it out of undies on a daily basis. Did any of your other kids have this issue? I don't want to make him scared to poop and then hold it, as has happened to some of my friends' kids. What would you suggest? We have upped the rewards for pooping and he understands, but says he is not ready yet!

Riddlez said...

Hey Val,
I don't remember if I left a comment on this or not so I'm going to leave another.

Have you tried dropping milk? Sometimes that clears up chronic ear infections for kids. Might be worth a shot to avoid tubes.


Leigh said...

I'd also like to hear your comments on pooping! My daughter (28 mos) also goes poop almost consistently during IP time. Either that or when she's running around after dinner. To pin her down to get her to sit on the potty for poop is difficult! I also find that I'm reminding her a lot to sit down to pee, even though she often will go when I tell her, so I know she had to use the potty. I have only used the potty seat on the big toilet, because I was afraid if I didn't start with it it would make her have an extra step to have to use that. But I'm wondering if maybe a little potty would encourage her more? Oh, and the pooping inconsistencies make me leave her in a pull up more because I hate cleaning panties, and I know that must be hurting my cause (I was so against pull ups before, but now she is in them 95% of the time:(

Leigh said...

p.s. I agree with Sarah - I have friends and family members whose kids are terrified to poop or even sit on the toilet, so I'm afraid of scaring her off too. Though she's not scared at all right now and always will tell me that she is supposed to go on the potty not her panties...

Julie said...

My daughter is 2.5 and has been not sleeping well. She used to be on the same sleep schedule as your daughter but now all of a sudden she is coming into our room by 6 sometimes before. Then her nap during the day has been ending at 3:15 instead of 4 :( I'm not sure what to do bc she can get really crabby when she does that over a period of time. Suggestions on what to do?

Plowmanators said...

Sarah, at first, she was calling to me when she needed to poop, but then she wouldn't poop and it was every five minutes going in. So I put her potty in her room on a towel and told her to call me if she actually pooped in the potty. That worked great. I did the same for nap time. It doesn't solve your problem totally since you are exercising, but it should make it so you only have one interruption instead of 12 :0)

Plowmanators said...

Thanks Riddlez. She doesn't really drink milk anyway. She drinks at most ever 8 ounces a day, typically only 2-4. But she has since had tubes and we found out the reason...it will be in the toddler summary next tuesday :)

Plowmanators said...

Leigh, have you read On Becoming Pottywise? They suggest you focus on clean and dry panties rather than going in the toilet, and that really does help.

I do think a little potty would be a good idea because my kids have all been more comfortable with that initially, plus it is something a little one can do herself.

Plowmanators said...

Julie, what do you do when she comes in at 6 AM?


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