Thursday, June 11, 2009

Still Here

I'm still here. Blogging takes two things I don't have much of lately: time and energy.

I'm not a fast blogger. It takes me a while to type out a post, so unless I have a good stretch of time (and energy to stay awake!), I don't even try.

Facebook is much more my speed. A one line status report works better for me. So, I thought I'd share a few and maybe give a little background.

Juli doesn't think two hour naps are worth the night we had last night.
~Tristan took a marathon nap yesterday afternoon. I was thrilled. The kid usually naps for 40 minutes tops. Last night, however, was miserable. He was up repeatedly and stayed up from about 6:30 on.

Juli hates mosquitoes with all her heart, mind, soul, and strength.
~Mosquitoes LOVE me. I usually scrath a mosquito bite until it bleeds. Poor Tristan got 6 mosquito bites in 30 minutes yesterday in our backyard. It's one thing if the little devils mess with me, but when they mess with my baby, I get angry!

Juli may need to come up with a new plan for eradicating grey hairs. My current plan (rip the suckers out) just may leave me bald soon.
~Ummm enough said. It is sad.

In other news...

Noah and Samuel are doing awesome. They are getting so tall. And so loud. I think they may be out of their shells now. Thank God they sleep well! I need a break from all that constant energy. They are still taking 1 1/2 - 2 hour long naps, too. They are eating more and more foods and I would no longer call them picky. They are pretty daring and eat a variety of foods that most kids won't touch. Last night at dinner Samuel said, "I loooove green beans."

Noah is doing #2 pretty consistently on the toilet and is beginning to let us know when he is going #1. Sometimes he will ask to go #1 on the toilet. Samuel has almost no interest in going on the toilet. He's not afraid of it - he will sit there. I think what gets him on the toilet is the possibility of being rewarded for it. Currently the boys are allowed candy and a Cars pull-up with they go #2 on the potty. We don't really have a #1 reward because there's not much interest in #1. I know, I know, you didn't really want to read about potty training!

We've had a lot of "stuff" going on here, and when I can post about it I will. I've been spending a lot of time praying and trying to stay close to God through it all and I think I'm succeeding with that.


ShannonC said...

Glad to have you back!

Anonymous said...

Hey Chuck,

Good to see you post. You have a natural knack for writing...that from an old English teacher. (This means I have read a lot of writing in my time and I enjoy reading yours.) :)

The Judemeister

PS: Am keeping you in my prayers!

Kate said...


You know our situation with Noah. Please give me in put about interest in the toilet at all. Noah will be 6 in October and starting kindergarten in the fall. I can't do this anymore. I am so frustrated.

Noah just doesn't care weather he is wet or dry. Soiled or not.
Do you set a timer, and when the timer goes off just take the boys to the potty? What is your schedule?

If I wake up before Noah he wakes up dry and he goes in the potty. Otherwise he wets the bed every night and I am doing laundry all the time.

Please anyone reading this give me in put. Noah is special needs and I need help and ideas. Thanks so much.

I will keep checking back for ideas. Or you can email me at

Juli, hope you don't care. I know that you probably know way more mommies than I do.


kayder1996 said...

Woo hoo for good eating and good pottying!

Juli said...

Hey Kate... I really don't have any advice to offer. Our current plan of potty training with our Noah is to put him on the potty when he asks to go. He wants to do #2 on the potty. And he's really into getting rewarded for it. Samuel, on the other hand, has no interest whatsoever. He wants a Cars pull up and candy bad, but not bad enough to go on the potty. Every once in a while (usually right after Noah has been rewarded) Samuel will ask to go on the potty. But he hasn't gone #2 in the potty yet. I'm really hoping some other moms can give you some direction... The only 'good' advice I feel I've been given comes from moms of 3 or more kids and they all tell me that it is futile to 'potty train,' that kids just do it when they are ready. That's the approach I'm taking, though I do ask Samuel all the time if he wants to go on the potty. And he always says NO.

Juli said...

Mom, you are too funny. Chuck didn't write this post, I did!