Potty update

We are doing remarkably well with potty training these days and I’m pretty sure I won’t be buying diapers again! (excluding the overnight pull-ups they are both in now) Eve has been diaper free for a few weeks now and for the past few days she has gone completely accident free. Lex, who I consider (maybe foolishly) to be fully potty trained, is coming out of a frequent wetting spell. He did the same thing early this spring as well, where he started wetting his pants, frequently, for several weeks. Last month it started again and seems to be lingering, but he is definitely on the rebound. Today they were both dry all day! :) Tonight I moved our 2nd changing table upstairs into their closet to use as storage shelves. Several months ago I moved the other one into the living room to use as toy shelves. Now I’m actually thinking VERY hard about putting away the potty seats. Eve can use the toilet just fine and more times than not it’s Lex using the little potty anyway, and he is just too big for them these days! The other day he started putting his feet up onto the potty and jumping off. The first time I saw it I almost lost it, just the thought of a full potty launching out behind him as he leaps forward…. gross!!! Sorry, that was probably an unnecessary visual. Anyway, I think I’m going to put away the potties and have a grown-up house :) Excluding, of course, all the toys scattered everywhere!

Thinking about preschool

Lex and his new backpack

Lex starts preschool (Pre-K is what they call it, is there a difference?) one week from today. Needless to say I’ve been thinking about it a lot. I’m trying to weigh the excitement against his resistance to change. Awhile ago he was very excited about preschool, but lately he’s started telling me that he doesn’t want to go. It’s funny reading the papers and ads and whatnot talking about back-to-school shopping, and routines, rituals, and the school “buildup.” Every time I bring it up Lex seems a little more resistant. Funny boy. Next Monday the school is having a “Back to school BBQ” and we’ve been assigned to bring a dessert (my favorite assignment!!) Then on Wednesday the preschool has a welcome day where parents are invited to come for the day (it’s only an hour that day) and we get to see the room and meet the teacher and classmates. I’ve emailed with a few people who also have kids in his group, friends of friends, but no one we know personally. Then on Thursday he goes it alone!! It’s a work day for me so Alan is going to take the day off and we’ll bring him to school together and then Alan will pick him up afterwards. The plan, so far, is to meet for lunch because I don’t think I can make it until the end of the day without seeing him :) Needy mommy? Alan thinks Lex will want me after preschool anyway. I think we are going to leave Eve in daycare all day, meet for lunch at Panera Bread (Lex’s favorite!) and then Alan and Lex can go home for a quiet afternoon while I go back to work. Hopefully the day goes smoothly. It’s funny with him because the bigger deal you make of something the less he wants to do it, so I’m trying to celebrate the significance of the day without being overwhelming. A fine line I’m walking.

Our afternoon

On the way to Parrish’s house the kids saw a dandelion and immediately stopped to blow on it.

Parrish and his dad had to run an errand before they could come out and play. Lex ran to the road to watch them leave. This seems to be his new favorite activity (obsession?), watching cars drive away and seeing if they turn right or left at the end of the road.

An apple for Eve.

Eve, laughing at Lex and Parrish on the other side of the sand table.