Saturday, October 2, 2010


The last five nights, The Boy has slept without a night diaper - just underpants and pajamas. It's been a mixed bag; 3 out of 5 nights, he's peed through his pajama pants. But, it's more of a win than you expect. On two of those occasions, he woke up dry, didn't get up to go to the potty, and went. That's not a good thing, but the war is trending in the right direction. We've had a couple of accident-free days, which is nice.

When he falls down, anywhere, he tracks down the nearest adult: "Are you okay?" he asks. He'll continue to ask until you ask him if he's okay. He's also at the "reporting" stage of his communication: every single thought or event that occurs to him is spoken aloud. It's cute, and we'll enjoy it while it lasts. It isn't long until children discover that many things are easier when you don't mention them to the parental units.

Rough night for Younger Bro - he was awake at 10, 11, 12, 1, 3, 4, 6, and 7. Not sure why. I know that I was sick yesterday, so maybe that went over to the little guy. I feel worse for my wife, who hasn't been sleeping well lately. Nobody except Mommy can soothe him back to sleep. The Boy, on the other hand, slept smoothly; one wakeup that resulted in wet pants, one more for a potty visit, then sleeping until 7:45.

We love our new iTV and our new television set for the bedroom. We spent last night watching the episodes of Glee stored on my computer, and we entertained The Boy by watching videos of him on youTube. All in all, a gigantic "Win" for Apple and for the Musical family, who has collected around 75 or 80 gigabytes of media on their computer.

It is amazing to see videos of The Boy as a little baby - he was a fat little guy! Then, to see videos of him a year or so later, in the middle of treatment; he was a gaunt, tiny person. The change in him - and in us - is stark. Thankfully. We made the right decision, coming out here, even if it's going to cause long-term changes that we're still not aware of.

We set up a large Crayola double-sided easel in the living room, because YB has shown the inclination to draw with chalk on a board. It's nice; one side is a dry-erase / magnetic board, and the other side is a chalkboard. They can both play on it, which is nice. YB is doing a nice job coloring and drawing lines with chalk.

YB is still enjoying the game of walking up to his brother and smacking him on top of the head. The Boy doesn't like it at all, and - for the first time, just two days ago - they punched each other a couple of time. Sigh. We're not violent people, and they don't watch (non-Batman) violence on television, most of the time. Much of that is just genetic, I guess.

(Actually, they probably watch more violence than I'd prefer. It's not just Mickey and Sesame Street on our televisions. Oh, well. It could be worse. They're not watching "The Matrix" or "Kill Bill." "Buffy" doesn't quite count, I think.)

Current favorite Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episodes: "Mickey's Big Band Concert" and "Mickey's Message From Mars." Current favorite music: "Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones" and "Mousekedoer."

1 comment:

The Reluctant Crunchy Mama said...

Could YB be teething? Hope tonight is better for everyone.

GL with the nighttime potty training process. My daughter has been going to the potty for almost a year, but we still use diapers at night. Frankly, I just don't feel like dealing with it yet! I figure I'll start when I begin seeing many dry diapers. Like The Boy, she wants me around when she is falling asleep. I don't want to add one more thing to our night issues! I commend you guys for working so hard in the potty department! GL to The Boy!