Archive for the ‘Firsts’ Category

Fully Trained

December 6, 2011

Based on my last post, you might think we’ve completely wasted the last couple months, but that’s not true at all.  Quite the opposite actually as we used the time around the house to get serious about potty training.  And it’s official: Aiden is fully trained!!  Yay! 


Two things have led up to us figuring it’s a done deal. 1) He tells us now when he has to go (even poop) and 2) he’s used the bathroom in the night…without our help.


Everyone keeps telling me that I’m pretty lucky to have a 29 month old BOY that’s doing so well at this and when they ask me how we went about it, only one word comes to mind:  SHAME.

That’s right, we (and by we I mostly mean Dan who very impressively took the lead on this endeavor and made us stick to it) shamed him every time he peed or pooped in his pants.  Some of the more commonly used phrases in the face of an accident: "Why wouldn’t you tell us you have to go?",  "What were you thinking?", "I can’t believe you peed on Super Why/Pig.", "Only babies pee their pants.", "We’re so disappointed in you.", "Sit on the potty or you’re going to time out.  Better yet, we’re taking the potty to time out and you’ll sit on it there."


I’m exaggerating only a tiny bit on that last one, but you get the idea.  We didn’t rub his nose in it a-la dog-training style, but we let him know we weren’t okay with it either.  I’ll admit that I was not always super comfortable with this method because I didn’t want to give him a complex and they say they’ll train when they’re ready, yadda-yadda.  But Dan stuck to it saying that there is very little that the boy will not do without a fight (which was always the argument that got me), and I’ll be damned if it didn’t seem to work with little consequence (at least that we know of at this point).

Seriously though, way more than there was shame, there was positive reinforcement.  A lot of "good job Aiden" (to the point that he now tells us good job when we go which is great encouragement) and "we’re so proud of you Aiden" and "pee-pee in the potty” dances and high-fives and fruit snacks.  There were also a few weeks of a lot of really disgusting laundry that thankfully cloth diapers prepared me for a bit.  But it didn’t work at all until we made the commitment to throw away the diapers and the pull-ups even at sleep times.  After a naked weekend or two demonstrated to us that he knew when he was doing and could hold it for the most part until he got to the potty, we decided it was time to go all in even despite some hesitation from the school on his readiness.  It took just shy of two months to get here and hopefully we’re here for good.  Good job Aiden!



First *Professional* Hair Cut

October 21, 2010

I’ll admit that I’m partially responsible for the mess that Aiden’s hair had become.  I mean I did trim it a couple of times in an effort to combat the mullet, but not well.  It turned out to be a lot like plucking your own eyebrows.  You swear you’re only going to pluck a couple to even them out and before you know it, your eyebrows are GONE.  So Dan and I agreed that once the back grew out enough for them to fix my last attempt, that it was time to let a professional take over.

I made Dan take a million pictures, but they all ended up looking exactly the same because he held this look nearly the entire time:


And from a different angle…


But he finally came to…


…and spotted the train table.


But luckily she was almost done by then.  The pictures don’t do justice to the difference the haircut made in his look.  He just looked so…grown up.  And when he was finally released from the chair he bee-lined it straight to the train table.


Glad We Opted For A Membership

September 10, 2010

We had been waiting for a weekend like this past Labor Day weekend to take Aiden to the zoo for the first time.  The weather couldn’t have been more perfect… 


You might be thinking, “Aw, look at the cute baby roaring like a lion”. 

Nope.  We never made it to the lions.  We actually only made it like a quarter of the way through the zoo before we couldn’t take the screaming anymore.  I mean sure, it was cute when we were watching the birds that were making a similar sound.  It was as if they were communicating.  And it did stop briefly when we were standing ten feet away from an elephant (what must he have been thinking about that elephant?).  But I think we’ve learned that if you’re going to go to the petting zoo first, we’re just going to have to suck it up and let him kiss the goats…and the sheep…and the pigs…if that’s what will keep him happy.

What can I say? He loves animals.

First trip to the zoo = FAIL

First Steps

August 8, 2010

He’s been doing this for the last couple of days and is increasing his step count every day.  My back is breathing a sigh of relief just watching this video.

So That’s Where We’re Going

July 21, 2010

2010-07-19 07.16.01Trying to catch up on blogging, but had to take a brief moment to document the first time that Aiden got to see where he was going in the car, instead of where he’d been.  I think he was more than a little confused. Now before anyone goes all crazy on me about the safety implications of turning him around so soon, I’d just like to point out that we’ve been dealing with what we can only figure to be severe bouts of car sickness since I got my new car (yes, he saves it only for my car).  It’s like exorcist-style projectile vomiting and results in stripping the car seat cover to be washed.  EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.  And let’s not even talk about the smell.  For any of you parents out there that have had take the cover off your car seat for washing, you know it isn’t fun.  And well neither is feeling like you’re going to hurl every time you get in the car either.  I’m just saying…

Pool Days

June 3, 2010

Last Thursday we put Aiden in a little pool in the backyard.  He wasn’t sure at first because honestly the water was fra-eezing, but he got the hang of it.

Mommy's not getting in there...    Refreshing

Then we took him to the real pool over Memorial Day weekend and discovered we’ve got a little fish on our hands…

Chillaxing    Whoa

…who splashes on command.



It’s going to be a good summer!

My First Mother’s Day

May 11, 2010

Aiden’s been bogarting all the firsts lately so it’s nice to finally get one.  This is how my day started.  Don’t be jealous.

Cuddle time

And then the Guthrie’s came over for a little Mother’s Day BBQ.  I’ll let the pictures tell the tale.

Tyler & Aiden         Block chasing
Cousins                                           Little block chasing after lunch

After eating, Jimmy found his normal spot on the couch where he
pretty much stayed the entire time

Watching Aunt Becky juggle

 Mommy and me

 Mothers and daughters
Mothers and daughters

 Becky's little family      My little family
Becky’s little family                            My little family

 Proud Grandparents
Proud Grandparents

Uncle Jimmy  
Uncle Jimmy finally got up and held the baby for like the third time ;)

Slow down kid!
How you doin?

I hope all of you mothers out there had as happy of a Mother’s Day as I did!

Game Changer

May 7, 2010

It all started with this mission impossible style rolling around.  You would have thought he was being careful not to trip any sensors as he moved along the floor.  Then he’d get up on his knees and rock.  Then he’d move his hands, neglect his legs, and proceed to drag himself across the floor (my favorite).

A couple of days later, being lured with puffs, he almost had it, but quickly fell back into his old tricks…

But once he got the taste of movement it wasn’t long.  Later that day on April 29th, 2010 (two days shy of his 10 month birthday), he mastered crawling.  And look at him now.  Here he is playing his favorite game where he throws and chases after his blocks (don’t mind the Disney music in the background…you know you love it).

Despite the  eagerness we felt leading up to this, our sentiments on the new development went something like this: Oh crap, what are we gonna do now??  And what’s next?  Walking?!?

New Car Seat Day

March 1, 2010

I remember back nearly a year ago being fairly pregnant and visiting our friend Paula in DC.  At the time she had an 8 month old daughter and  was transitioning her into a “big-girl” car seat.  Despite having to lug around a heavy chair with an even heavier baby, she told us she was actually missing the convenience of the infant car seat.  I remember so clearly having this conversation back then.  Dan and I smiled and nodded and pretended to understand what she was going though, but really we were clueless.  Fast forward to today and here we are with our 8 month old little man sitting EXACTLY in Paula’s shoes.

8 months

We picked up his “big-boy” car seat today.  Aiden is quickly outgrowing the infant seat (mostly in length) and at eight months is doing a pretty good job of sitting up by himself.  This means we can feel pretty comfortable being out without his seat since we can do things like this when we’re shopping:

Shopping Cart at BRU

And this when we’re eating out:

High Chair at Five Guys

What you can’t see in the picture above was the old couple sitting close by watching, wondering why I was taking a million pictures of Aiden in his high chair playing with lids and Splenda packets.  Finally I looked over at them and was all like “WHAT!?!  It’s his first time in a restaurant high chair OKAY!”.  They smiled and nodded (like we used to do pre-baby), but I still think they thought I was one crazy mom.

Happy 8 months, Aiden!


January 19, 2010

I was off Monday for MLK Day so following a lovely lunch with my sister, I took Aiden to our neighborhood playground for his first go in the bucket swing.  This was per the advice of my friend Cara who’s son, Drew, was born a day after Aiden.  It was most excellent advice…Aiden had a blast!

I'm cute! Wheee!