Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Little Things Thursdays: #81

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Welcome to The Little Things Thursday!!

If you are new to our link-up, we like to take a minute to look back on the little things that brightened our week. So often we get busy and forget all of the things that we enjoy as we go through our daily lives. This is an opportunity to stop, remember, and enjoy those things! Nothing is too fact, the smaller the better! That's the whole point! If you have a blog, link-up below. If you don't blog, I'd love for you to participate by leaving a comment. Ready?

1. Caleb

How do I even begin to say thank you? We posted about Caleb's new diagnosis of autism on Sunday evening, and the comments, resources, and autism community just poured in around us. Especially you moms who have a child with autism. Thank you for letting me know that I'm not alone. We are not alone. And autism isn't necessarily a bad thing. A hurdle, yes. But not a bad thing.

I wish I could hug each of you and thank you for encouraging us the way you have this week. You all are precious, and our family is blessed to count each of you as friends.

2. Happy Half Birthday!
Top photo: Ellie, Abby, Elijah, and Caleb
Bottom left: Ellie pretending to be asleep. Bottom right: Abby taking her sleeping bag on adventures

My poor parents! They asked me in February what our kids wanted for their 3rd birthday, and I suggested sleeping bags. My mom asked me to pick some out...and then asked again, and then asked again, and then asked again. A few weeks ago, I *finally* pulled my act together and picked out sleeping bags for the kids after my mom patiently sent over her 6th request. My parents brought them over for the kids today, and we celebrated a little half birthday with sleeping bags and homemade chocolate chip cookies (see the next section below). The kids think these things are awesome, and they played "camping" until it was time for bed.

3. Making Cookies
Elijah, Ellie, Abby, and Caleb

Counter-clockwise from top: Caleb, Ellie, Elijah, and Abby

On Monday, the kids were playing, "making cookies" with their square blocks in the living room. It was cute to see them all "baking" together and pretending to eat their creations.

So that evening while dinner was cooking, I decided to help them make cookies in real life. This is the type of thing you only do on a whim before you talk yourself out of it. Lol! Actually, it turned out pretty well! I grabbed an extension cord from the garage and ran it to my Kitchen Aid mixer on the floor. Then I had everyone sit around and take turn dumping in the ingredients. They did an awesome job helping, and were very proud to tell Daddy that they made their own cookies when it came time for dessert. When Grandpa and Cita came by with their sleeping bags today, they also gave them their stamp of approval!

4. Victory
This is the face of victory. A well-earned, long-awaited victory. For 8 days, Elijah and I ran back and forth to the potty with NOTHING happening. He perfected the art of holding it, and could easily go from waking up in the morning to naptime without peeing in the potty or having an accident. (I'm just not brave enough to go diaperless at naptime yet.) I *almost* gave up on Monday evening, thinking that maybe he just wasn't ready. But Sean pointed out that we were still saving on diapers because he wasn't having accidents. Good point. So Tuesday morning, I put him back in his underwear, and mid-morning, we had success! He was overjoyed to have figured out how to release it all. And with that first pee, he has gone in the potty every time since then. It was pretty much instantaneously that he went from not being potty trained to being potty trained.

I was thrilled....until the 3rd time he went peepee in the potty, and then I learned that my 3-year-old was going to outsmart me. He now pees just enough about every 10-15 minutes to score a chocolate reward. I am spending MORE time with him and his pee now that he is potty trained than I was while still trying to get him to go.

Please send backup. And another bag of M&Ms.

5. Peeing in Solidarity
Ellie and Elijah
From Elijah's "trying to figure out how to pee" days last week. How can you not just absolutely melt with the cuteness?

Now it's your turn! What Little Things brightened up your week? Link up your post below (or leave a comment if you aren't a blogger) and make sure you come back next week to play again!

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  1. Wow they are getting so big! Potty training sheesh worse part of parenting for me ever and that was almost 17 years ago lol, best of luck hang in there :)

  2. Hi! New follower. :-D It IS important to remember the little things, they're what makes the bad things a little easier to deal with and the bigger things even better. :-)

  3. haha, just got my 3yo poop potty trained. We were bribing with wrapped gifts in a (decorative) trash can placed prominently in the bathroom. When he finally got a poop to drop into the potty, it just clicked…exactly like you said with Elijah. Then for a few days, we had him going poop 6+ times on the potty (teeny tiny little poops the size of my finger nail!) just so he could open all of those Dollar Store goodies. It was ridiculous but also hilarious and I let it go and gave him all the presents for all the tiny poops he could squeeze out.

  4. That picture is seriously the cutest thing ever
    Congrats on the Potty Training Success


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