It was July 23. I took a leave because I wanted to have an agenda-free day. No errands. No projects. No sick child. I just wanted an extra rest day. I am really glad I took a leave on that day because that morning, Aki said poopoo before actually soiling his diapers for the second time. I blogged about the first time here. It does not matter if he actually did the deed 3 hours later. The important thing is that he sat in his potty for hours and actually pee-ed and pooped on it. Oh what joy!
For the rest of that week, he has been asking for his potty. His accuracy was about 50 percent. The week after, it was I would say 80%. Unless he was too engrossed in an activity, he would inform us if he needs the potty. I actually bought stickers and studied the how-to’s of administering a progress chart system ala Kazdin method. The stickers ended up in my craft box because Aki did not seem to need any additional encouragement. On the week that he got hospitalized, we even had my in-laws bring the precious potty because Aki would not pee and poop on his diapers. Now, more than a month after he asked for his potty for the second time, he pees standing up and goes to school diaper-free.
A few months ago, I shared a video that made me cry buckets of tears.
Normally, I am giddy excited every Friday afternoon. I live and breathe for weekends. Long weekends are even extra-special. There is so many projects that I want to work on, so many recipes to try and so many movies to watch. On stressful days like today and the past 7 days, make that 10 days including the heavy rains, thanks to the monsoon, all I really want is to go home and have a boring, uneventful weekend with my family.
I wish all our weekends are as simple and memorable as that of the last weekend of July.
I feel guilty about my post last night. I sounded like a silly working mommy complaining about money and commuting when parts of Metro Manila are submerged in water. It was only this morning when Franco turned on the TV did I realize the gravity of the flood problem. When I was still a college student in UP Diliman, the only flood prone areas that I know were UST and Marikina. Now, when you watch the news you see water everywhere. How can an expressway be flooded?
To relieve my guilt, I am posting the things I am thankful for today:
1. My family is safe and we are together. I would be worried sick if I was stuck in the office or, worse, in traffic.
2. We had our door fixed last weekend. The problem with our front door is that rainwater goes inside the house when the winds are strong thru the space between the door and our floor. Mang Totong painted the door with emulsion/emulsifier/emul-something paint that repels water. We also installed a strip of rubber to the door to fill the gap. We are seriously considering extending the canopy but we are still checking our options. A cement canopy would cost us 23-25K . Polycarbonate and stainless steele canopies cost even more. Anyhoo, I am just thankful that I am less paranoid now about our living room getting all wet.
I have this personal rule when buying second hand books: if the previous owner did not take care of the book, don’t buy! However, because I have been wanting this book for the longest time, I still bought this copy. Even though the spine looks pre-chewed by the books previous owner, Aki and I, and even Franco, love love love this book! Unlike our five other books on potty training, this one is really yucky and really visual.
Aki tends to be shy about pooping. When he is doing it, he would look quietly sit and freeze in the corner until he is done. I hope this book will teach him that it is perfectly okay and normal to poop.
Last week, we decided that it is time for the playpen to retire.
Yey! Our first floor is one clutter down. Twenty thousand to go!
A few weeks ago, we also let the bulky diaper bag retire. We love our Bebe Chic because it is roomy. But now that Aki does not drink as much milk and pee as often, we don’t need to bring a lot of bottles and diapers anymore. We are now using this toddler size second hand bag from Kuya Rock. I will share the contents in another post.
Interestingly, the baby bath tub came out of retirement last weekend. We stopped using it when Aki started walking. There was no way to keep that boy still and away from the faucet. Now there is. I bought him three small bath boats. And he now likes to play and talk to his rubber friends. Sometimes even giving them a bath while we give him a bath. I love this pic. I wish I was ble to video tape what just happened. Aki was talking to his rubber ducky, did the no no sign and then pointed at the door. I think he was telling the rubber ducky that it is not allowed to go out of the bath room.