Wednesday, May 24, 2006


Writing about Spencer's potty success did jinx things, Spencer's nine great days of being accident-free came to and end yesterday.

Monday, May 22, 2006


It's been such a while since the last post, and so many things have happened. We're still trying to sort everything out, but here are the highlights, and lowlights.

The Good:
- Spencer has been accident-free for over a week now (excluding sleeping when he wears a diaper.) I know writing this will interrupt his good progress
- We had a fabulous family outing last weekend to enjoy the art car parade and took some pictures of "all the crazy cars!" I was a bit anxious leading up to the event with the whole potty thing, but got there in time to secure a good place to watch and not too far away from the port-o-potties, including a nice, big handicapped-accessible one which Spencer used three times during our outing.
- This past weekend we had more fun together riding the trains at Zube Park and seeing tons of friends, and a family outing to pick blackberries at the King's Orchard.

The Bad:
- Spencer caught some stomach virus that was going around his school and got quite sick last Wednesday night. He vomited every half hour or so from seven until midnight. Our washer and dryer ran constantly for five hours washing bedsheets, PJs and his bedtime buddies (thank goodness he had at least one to cuddle each time we put him back to sleep.) Poor Spencer was not having fun and kept saying "I don't want to throw up any more." But he woke up just fine on Thursday, took a three hour nap in the afternoon, and was refreshed enough to return to school on Friday.

The ugly:
- Friends of ours suffered a house fire yesterday. Thankfully no one was injured. They, along with their two young sons, will be displaced for many months while it is being cleaned up and repaired.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Guess what I didn't do last night?

Laundry! Another successful day for Spencer whoo hoo!

This morning was Muffins for Mother's Day at school. We ran into his friend B and I told his mom that Spencer is still talking about B's birthday party from last weekend. Spencer repeatedly says "they turned out the lights and played the YMCA and the Hokey Pokey and the Limbo - it was CRAZY!"

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

potty training day 10

Today was a milestone - no diapers and no accidents! Whoo hoo! Obviously we know there will be plenty more accidents to come, but it is great to know that it is possible. We are all so proud, and Spencer feels great too. He is eager to tell everyone we come in contact with that he is wearing underwear and goes poo poo in the potty. High five, big boy!

Monday, May 08, 2006

week one: potty wrap up

Well, this weekend added a little more excitement bringing Spencer around to places outside of home and school. He wore underwear at the YMCA, at Costco, at a friend's house, and at a birthday party (where we nervously brought him to use the potty three times during our two hours there!) The weekend was not accident-free, but they all took place at home so we'll happily take it.

Yesterday afternoon Spencer was put to work shucking corn for dinner which he thought that was tons of fun. He thought it was even more fun eating it off the cob for the very first time and giggled as he said "did you hear that? it popped in my mouth!" Here are pictures from yesterday.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Baby Shower

Today I was at Kate's house for Ping's baby shower, and I hadn't been there in what seemed like, and probably was, years. I was speaking to mom on the way down and she even said, "ooh, party at Kate's - you're going to eat well!" And we did! And it was so much fun to celebrate with my hockey buds and share in the joy and excitement of first time mommies. I forgot my camera, but hopefully Ro will soon share her pics from the day - especially Natali's home-made mobile with hockey action figures!

While I was out, Spencer played with Aunt Ronnee and was accident-free! Yeah! And later in the afternoon Spencer and I had a blast playing around in the pool for the first time this year and capped off with a picnic dinner at his new little table outside. On our way to bath in the evening, Spencer glanced at the pool through the window and said "we had lots of fun!"

Wednesday, May 03, 2006


That is the number of pairs of underwear worn by Spencer yesterday that were washed last night (along with assorted other shorts and socks.) Since most folks wear one pair per day, quick math tells you there were six accidents. Yesterday's daily report card had two happy faces in addition to the four frowny faces, and there were two more accidents at home after dinner. Sigh. We thought we were doing so well with the Day 1 report card showing four smiles, one frown, and no accidents at home. But as his teacher reminded us, some days are better than others. Sigh.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Splashtown is open!

Spencer and I checked it out yesterday and had a blast! Thank goodness they don't operate on the "Memorial Day to Labor Day" schedule. That made sense growing up in NY, but it ridiculous here in Houston because it is definitely swimming season already! I was thrilled because now Spencer is tall enough and steady enough to play in the water more than three feet away from me - so it was nice to wait at the bottom of the slide while he scrambled around and climbed up over and over again!

Saturday night we celebrated Lori being 50 and, more importantly, being cancer-free for five years. Yippee! After the party was my late night hockey game and since it was a consolation we were a little short on the bench and Jim was able to help fill in. It was the first time we were on the ice together in more than three years.

Today is Day 1 of potty training for Spencer. Unfortunately, he woke up in a foul mood this morning. He didn't want to eat his yogurt and didn't want to wear the underwear he has been so excited about all week. He looked so darn grown up wearing briefs and carrying his Thomas the Train backpack (loaded with six sets of extra clothes!) And, turns out his best friend M at school is also starting potty training today too! I hope they help each other through this!