Thursday, March 04, 2010

The sweeter moments...

EACH and EVERY day I am amazed at something that Sophie does. Amazed. It fills my heart with happiness and patience. And it gets me through the more challenging moments of the day.

I was NOT looking forward to today. Sophie had to stay home from school. I was to be alone with all 3 kids. And if you REALLY know Sophie, if you have spent a long period of time with her in her normal home environment without the distraction of being able to have one-on-one attention from an adult, then you would know how hard this can be. But I am not going to get into that in this post. This post is about the sweeter moments.

And there was no sweeter moment than 12:10pm today.

Charlie had just fell asleep and I put him in his crib. I needed to make lunch and the kitchen was still a mess from breakfast. So, I got Sophie and Elsa cozied up on some blankets on the floor in front of the TV. Dora was on. Their new favorite. I picked up the dishes from the table and started rinsing them off in the sink. A few minutes later, Sophie came up to me saying "look, look". As I looked over at her, she was half naked, holding...







A POT FULL OF PEE!!!







I immediately swept her up and danced around and sang songs of praises. Her face was lit up. She was so proud of herself. I was so proud of her. We called grandma and daddy and even her teacher at school. I could hardly contain myself. This is the FIRST time that she has ever done this. There has been just a handful of times that if you sat her on the potty at just the right time or entertained her long enough, she would go. But this was the first time she had ever done it ALL. BY. HERSELF.

Just in case you don't realize the whole thought process that she had to go through, I will recap it for you.... She had to not only understand that she needed to go but to hold it. A huge concept if you really think about it. Because it is not something I can explain to her or show her. Then, she had to shift her focus from watching TV, decide to use the potty, walk over to the next room to use the little potty, take off her big girl undies*, and sit down and go. Hooray for Sophie!!!

*Sophie has a diaper rash so I used baby gates to close off the part of the house with hardwood floors, rolled up the rug and put big girl undies on her to let things air out. I kept reinforcing the fact that she was wearing them and not wearing a diaper.


Here are some random pics...



The other night, while we were eating dinner, Elsa decided to sit on Sophie's lap. We have a rule that no one is allowed to sit on anyone's lap while eating dinner. Because things were getting out of control with climbing in and out of laps and demanding this and that and blah, blah, blah. So, once Elsa was rejected by me, Brandon and Grandma Debbie, she decided to try Sophie who willingly let her on up.




Charlie fell asleep in between bites.
Going...



Going...



Gone.



By the way, Charlie is doing incredible. He is cruising furniture and crawling all over the place (including up the steps...which I learned the hard way). He is still just a super laid back baby and can easily entertain himself.

One last thing. Sophie never made it in the potty again today. But she did pee on a paper plate that was lying on the floor that she was playing with earlier today. And she was very proud of herself. She said "peepee...yeah" and when we asked "where" she led us in the opposite direction of the potty to the paper plate. She was so excited. I wanted to be really excited for her but at the same time I did not want to encourage her to find random objects to pee on. Oh, this is going to be interesting. I am going to try to keep up with it through the weekend and see where it goes.

14 comments:

sinead said...

Oh fabulous news all round. The toilet stuff is so difficult because, like everything else, the awareness of bodily functions is also delayed in our little ones. You could leave a potty in the room she is playing in to avoid the random object pees.

Lisa said...

That is FANTASTIC!!! Go Sophie! We are still working on mastering potty training. Lately it's going much better although there have only been a handful of times she's willingly gone and sat on her own without my needing to prompt her. What an amazing accomplishment for Miss Sophie!

JSmith5780 said...

If she can do it once, she can do it again!! YAY Sophie!!

blogzilly said...

That's a big deal, the first time she went by herself. Huge.

But wow...managing all 3 kids? Alone? Do you wear a cape and tights and are glasses truly considered an adequate disguise?

Anonymous said...

Hooray for Sophie!!!!!! We are so proud!

Love
Aunt Barbie

MJStump said...

Way to go Sophie! That is so very huge, and awesome!! Love that she is excited about it too...I think their excitement helps push them to do things even more.

baby trevor's mommy said...

Elaine...I laughed my way through this whole post! I LOVE you guys SO much! And listen...I CANNOT wait for Trevy to start school! In fact...I just may send him on the bus...one way. :)

I think I'll giggle every time I see a paper plate from now on!

xoxoxoxo

...danielle

Colby said...

Elaine...This is SUCH a biggie! I am so envious! God sure is smiling down on your guys....Your little Sophie continues to amaze!!!

Cyndi

Anonymous said...

Hooray for Sophie!! That potty training is so hard...what an accomplishment!

Oh, I love sleeping Charlie in his high chair..those were the days:)

Sheila

Anonymous said...

way to go Sophie. I knew you could do it. I think that is the biggest reason she is trying so hard is because she really loves to please you guys. If our family was'nt so crazy in making such a big deal over things by dancing around and being silly I think it would not be so much fun for her.Keep up the good work.

Luv, Aunt Tammy

Anonymous said...

That is super news! Way to go Sophie.

Jen

Anonymous said...

What great stories and pictures! I can't believe she went pee in the potty!! Such a huge accomplishment... she has come a long way. So proud of her and you! Loved reading it all :-) xoxo Erin

Holli said...

WOW!! That is awesome!

The paper plate tickled me to bits!! :)

Anonymous said...

How is Sophie doing? Havent seen an update in a long time. I hope everything is going well....