Friday, September 19, 2008

Why Mommy?
One thing I noticed since coming home with Carter was that Logan grew up over night. The very day we came home, he began the "Why" stage. I would ask him to do something & instead of his first response being "No", it was "Why?". At first I thought it was pretty cute. I would explain why to only be asked "why?" again. He was never satisfied with one answer, it was a circle of whys, going round & round for what seemed like forever. Then it wasn't so cute.

Not only has he been inquisitive, but he's also learning how to manipulate The System. Because our transition to a family of four has been one of the easiest changes our family has ever made, & Logan had been talking about potty training some more, Bill decided that he would take it upon himself to get Logan going on the potty again. He pulled out the "orange car" (a big General Lee that the grandparents bought for him that we've been saving for months). Now that Logan saw what his prize would be rather than just talking about it, he was all about pooping on the potty.

Yesterday afternoon, he told us that he had to poop on the potty during nap time. Well, that wasn't true & we knew it. He just didn't want to take a nap. We told him that he had to stay on the potty or he had to go up for his nap. The boy sat there for over an hour at his own will. Now, I've known parents that have forced their kids to sit there for hours because they were stubborn potty trainers, but I've never known of a kid sitting there for that long by choice. Eventually he got off & Bill took him upstairs which resulted in the meltdown of all meltdowns. Needless to say, we've halted potty training for a few weeks until I can really work with him on it for an extended period of time. But let me tell you, after changing newborn diapers for the last week, it's odd to change a two & a half year old's diaper. It's time he really moves forward with this & I hope he cooperates soon.

Logan is also getting easier to reason with, which is helping to bring down the intensity of his tantrums (thank God). He still has them, but at least they haven't been getting worse since being home & there's a light at the end of the tunnel. I'm looking forward to seeing these tantrums go away, even if it is a painfully slow process. Every little bit counts!

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