Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering Gods grace in its various forms.

1 Peter 4:9-10

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

We Have Lift Off, Well, Poop Anyway... :)

I don't want to jinx this but I'm so happy I could cry!  Over poop, yup that's right - good old fashioned poop!  My wild man F I N A L L Y decided to poop on the potty.  This has been an on-going battle for the last 4-6 months with no success.  We tried everything.  I do mean everything - good and bad.  I've been at my wit's end over this last month trying not to pull my hair out.  I read weblogs, websites, scanned magazine articles, even contemplated buying a self-help book (horrors!) trying to figure out what we were doing wrong.  Wild man had gotten it into his head that he was going to refuse on principle, just because we so badly wanted him to.  He even made it a point to tell me this about 2 months ago.  You can't force them to do it - it has to be done in their own time - but come on!  Actually telling us he wouldn't do it because we wanted him to?  Cheeky!  I mean he's been peeing on the big potty for nearly four months with no issues - even getting so he can stand on a footstool and pee like a big boy. 

So, today, I knew he had to go.  He'd been wearing his big boy underwear and knew he couldn't poop in them like he can with his pull-ups.  He was doing the potty dance but refusing to even try.  We've taken away all his computer privileges and have been using it as an enticement for about a week.  I could tell we were wearing him down but was unprepared for how suddenly he switched!  We went in and closed the door.  He flipped out, screaming, kicking, hitting, banging on the door - I stayed perfectly calm, sat on the footstool and closed my eyes.  I ignored it all.  I thought, "I've tried everything but this."  Every so often I'd crack an eyelid and catch him watching me. When he saw me looking he'd start in on the tantrum all over again.  I finally, calmly and cooly, let him know that I was happy to talk to him about this.  He settled down and we had a little conversation.  Turns out he was scared of the big potty (as I suspected) and didn't tell us for reasons unknown.  I asked him if he'd like a little potty of his very own - one where his feet wouldn't leave the floor and he could sit and read or play his DS.  The more he thought of it the more excited he became!  I went into the garage and dug out his training potty, which is WAY TOO SMALL for him, tweaked it and fiddled with it so I could finally sit him on it and have a hole big enough to do what it's supposed to do :)  He happily sat down, turned on his DS (which was a perk he had to earn back through this whole process) and talked, sang, chitter chattered and finally, 20 minutes later, we had accomplished the deed.  He was SO happy and proud of himself!  Now he can't wait until he has to go again!  He wants to earn another privilege back and win a toy!  And, if all goes well, at the end of five consecutive days, he gets a big prize and Mummy will throw him a party complete with cake, ice cream and friends.  He says he can't wait!  So cross your fingers and PRAY really hard for us that he'll stick to his game plan.  He had a chart on the fridge reminding him of his good deed and he's looked at it at least 20 times already!  So we're happy and to top it off, I got about 10 rows done on my crochet project while we were sitting in the bathroom :)  Bonus!

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Books on Tap for 2011

  • Knit Together - Debbie Macomber
  • Captured by Grace - Dr. David Jeremiah
  • Murder Most Foul - A Collection of Great Crime Stories
  • Fireproof - Eric Wilson
  • There's Something About Christmas - Debbie Macomber
  • Questioning Evangelism - Randy Newman
  • Murder Uncorked - Michele Scott
  • A Sacred Sorrow - Michael Card
  • Prayer: Does it Make any Difference? - Philip Yancey
  • Get Out of That Pit - Beth Moore

Books Read in 2011

  • What a Sista Should Do - Tiffany L. Warren
  • 90 Minutes in Heaven - Don Piper
  • Forgotten God - Francis Chan
  • The Purpose Driven Life - Rick Warren
  • Dead Reckoning - Charlaine Harris
  • Shadowfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Chill Factor - Sandra Brown
  • Heaven Has a Blue Carpet - Sharon Niedzinski
  • Dreamfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Wednesday Sisters - Meg Waite Clayton
  • Stealing Home - Sherryl Woods
  • Bound for Murder - Laura Childs
  • Bloodfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Faefever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Darkfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Under Her Skin - Susan Mallery
  • The Red Pyramid - Rick Riordan
  • No Wonder They Call Him Saviour - Max Lucado
  • I Still Dream About You - Fannie Flagg
  • I Am Number Four - Pittacus Lore
  • The Last Olympian - Rick Riordan
  • Spider Bones - Kathy Reichs
  • A Thread So Thin - Marie Bostwick
  • The Battle of the Labyrinth - Rick Riordan
  • The Search - Nora Roberts
  • The Titan's Curse - Rick Riordan
  • Wicked Appetite - Janet Evanovich
  • The Sea of Monsters - Rick Riordan
  • Awakened - PC & Kristen Cast
  • The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
  • Photo Finished - Larua Childs
  • Keepsake Crimes - Laura Childs
  • Sizzling Sixteen - Janet Evanovich
  • The Icing on the Cupcake - Jennifer Ross
  • Fleece Navidad - Maggie Sefton
  • Dyer Consequences - Maggie Sefton
  • The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree - Susan Wittig Albert
  • Heaven Has a Blue Carpet - Sharon Niedzinski
  • Dreamfever - Karen Marie Moning

Books Read in 2010

  • The Yada Yado Prayer Group - Netta Jackson
  • Silver Borne - Patricia Briggs
  • The Hole in Our Gospel - Richard Stearns
  • A Winter Marriage - Kerry Hardie
  • So Long, Insecurity - Beth Moore
  • Knit the Season - Kate Jacobs
  • Dead and Berried - Karen MacInerney
  • Murder on the Rocks - Karen MacInerney
  • where do i go - Netta Jackson
  • be sweet - diane hunt
  • The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown
  • Raven - Allison Van Deipen
  • Push (Precious) - sapphire
  • Faces of the Gone - Brad Parks
  • The Lace Reader - Brunonia Barry
  • Burning Lamp - Amanda Quick
  • Fired Up - Jayne Ann Krentz
  • The School of Essential Ingredients - Erica Bauermeister
  • Matters Arising - Sarah Harrison
  • The Sheen on the Silk - Anne Perry
  • I Saw the Lord - Anne Graham Lotz
  • The Dangerous Protector - Janet Chapman
  • The Seduction of His Wife - Janet Chapman
  • Re-reading all the Tintin graphic novels - Herge
  • The Sugar Queen - Sarah Addison Allen
  • the last time i saw you - Elizabeth Berg
  • Garden Spells - Sarah Addison Allen
  • Wild Ride - Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer
  • Dead in the Family - Charlaine Harris
  • The Girl Who Chased the Moon - Sarah Addison Allen
  • Grave Secret - Charlaine Harris
  • Crawl Space - Sarah Graves
  • The Honey Thief - Elizabeth Graver
  • The Otherworldlies - Jennifer Anne Kogler
  • Saving CeeCee Honeycutt - Beth Hoffman
  • A Face at the Window - Sarah Graves
  • Draycott Eternal - Christina Skye
  • Shelter Mountain - Robin Carr
  • Virgin River - Robyn Carr
  • Death by Cashmere - Sally Goldenbaum
  • An Ice Cold Grave - Charlaine Harris
  • Grave Surprise - Charlaine Harris
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