Potty Training & Preschool

I know that I have said this SO many times before, BUT where is the time going?  It feels like just yesterday we were anticipating the arrival of Kellen.  The emotions of it all are still so fresh in my mind.  Maybe it is the fact that I am going through it all over again as we wait for Quinn's arrival, but it truly feels like Kellen was just born.  The sleepless nights, the feedings, the diapers, the tears and the joy feel like it was yesterday!

I knew that this year I really wanted to put Kellen in to a preschool program.  We have heard so many good things about the Weeschool at First Baptist Woodstock and it is so close so we (maybe a little more "me" than "we") decided that was the place for him to go. :o)  We knew when we signed him up that he had to be completely potty trained....

Well we tried and tried and tried and Kellen living up to the meaning of his name (Strong willed) wanted to have nothing to do with it!  We watched movies, read books, talked about it, sat him on the potty, bought a little potty, bought potty seats and NOTHING!!!  He went a few times here and there, but mostly just became terrified of sitting on the potty so I let it go.  It is easy to tell when Kellen is going and he KNEW when he was going.  He would hide when he was pooping and would tell me immediately after he peed that he was wet and that he needed his diaper changed!  At this point I was so frustrated and KNEW time was ticking down....

On July 5th Nana (my mom) watched him for the day...she stuck him in underwear and that was that....we just stopped putting diapers on him.  At first we would take him ever 20 minutes to sit on the potty and sometimes he would go and sometimes he wouldn't.  He told us a lot that he had to go, but it was always a false alarm.  But since then I can count on one hand how many pee pee accidents he has had!  NOW the poo thing is a different subject....at first he would hold it till we put a diaper on him at nap or at night!  Then he just would hide and go in his pants.  It was SO frustrating and I tried so hard not to get mad at him.  Everyone kept telling me that it would just click and you know what....they were RIGHT!!!  In the last week before school started he has had NO  accidents.  He just goes into the potty and will yell "I went poop"....

At first we started with incentives...he got marshmallows if he went potty, but as soon as he started going regularly I stopped and he only got an incentive IF he went poo on the potty AND IF he didn't have any other accidents.  We started telling him he could get a new game for the ipad...and when it clicked he got so excited.  He has done so well.  We still use pull ups during nap and night time, but as Matt puts it we are wasting our money because he wakes up dry every time!  I guess it is me not being ready to let go...I know this is one of the last things that is holding on to the "baby" days!

And it all came down to today....his first day of Preschool!  I was so excited, a little for me, but mostly for him to start!  He is so looking forward to making some new friends!  :o)  I have to say so far I am super impressed with the school.  Two weeks ago I got a call from his teacher introducing herself and asking if I had any questions and also setting up a time to meet so we could meet her and her assistant.  I was SO happy to hear that the kiddos actually get a grace period of a couple months with the potty training thing and as long as they are showing signs of going then they will get to stay in the class.  I was so worried because at that time Kellen was still not going poo regularly in the potty.  Then a week later we got to meet Ms Michelle & Ms Becky!  We also got to meet another little boy that will be in Kellen's class.  I really enjoyed talking to his mom and about her decision to do preK at Woodstock Baptist instead of going through the GA lottery (with her daughter that just started kindergarten this year and is already reading)!  :o)

Then Monday we got to go to the Open house at the school and see Kellen's class room!  He was a little nervous at first then he saw kids coming in a playing with the kitchen and he didn't want to leave!  :o)   Today we actually made it out of the house and to carpool on time (a little worried since Kellen didn't go to sleep till 10pm last night).  I really thought that I would be fine, but as soon as it came time to drop of my little man I was having a hard time fighting back the tears!  He is just getting so big and then he looked at me and said "you're gonna keep me safe right"...I just about lost it!  I explained to him that a teacher was going to come and get him out of the car and keep him safe till he got to Ms Michelle and Ms Becky, then they would keep him safe until mommy came back to pick him up!  As soon as they opened the door and started talking to him he was smiling and talking away!  I made it out of the parking lot and ran several errands before I completely lost it and cried all the way to Starbucks....because in my mind a Chai Tea Latte fixes everything!  :o) Now I am anxiously awaiting the time to go and pick him up and see how his first day of school went!  :o)


16-19 Weeks!

July 14th...16 weeks

I think by now everyone has heard the story of the day we found out we were having a little girl, BUT if I don't document it I will forget it. On July 14th we headed to Stork Vision (a 3D/4D imaging place that I do work with for Little Boo). We were so excited to finally reach 16 weeks and be able to find out the gender of our baby! We had decided to go the Stork Vision so that Kellen could go with us and we also invited Nana (my mom), Grandma Keeta (Matt's mom) and my good friend Sarah.

It took awhile for baby to uncross her legs, but the tech was patient enough and got the perfect shot...

Let me back up just a bit and say that while the tech was looking around and trying to get the perfect shot to know 100% what the sex of the baby was...Matt, Sarah, Marquitta, and my mom and already decided that they knew what the baby was and they had seen it was a BOY!!!  They were whispering among themselves and just knew!  I couldn't see or hear any of them from where I was so I had NO idea what was going on!  I was just enjoying getting to see all the cool things she was showing us...like legs, toes, arms, and so on!  Then all of a sudden the tech said "Here we go...you know what those three white lines mean right"???  None of us knew (with Kellen I never even saw anything to confirm he was a boy...we were just told).  So then she says, "It's a GIRL"!!!  At this point it was silent in the room...no one said a word.  So the tech said..."Is this a good thing"???  At that point I was like, "I am waiting for you to say "Just Kidding, It's a BOY""!!!  I was laughing at this point and crying all at the same time and still speechless!  Marquitta said her jaw dropped and I think Matt was a little in shock due to the fact they just knew they had seen it was a BOY!  

It still has not sunk in totally that we are having a baby...let a lone that it is a girl!  But that afternoon the girls went shopping and had a blast picking out some pink!  By the next weekend we had the room painted and all the puppies are now gone from the wall that was once Kellen's nursery!  He is enjoying his Big Boy bedroom and super excited that his old room is now "baby sister's" room!  

August 1st...18 weeks

We went in for the second half of the testing for all the fun things that they can test for now.  Matt and I look at it as not that we would do anything about it if something came back...but more as we might possibly be more prepared and PLUS we get to see our baby!  :o)  Who can pass up an opportunity to take a peek and see what she is up too???   She is still stubborn as all get out and refuses to move into a position that makes it easy for them to see what they need to, but what they could see everything looks like it should and all my blood work came back good!  It was so neat to see all four chambers of her heart working and listen to it beat away at 147 bpm!  We also got to count all her toes and fingers!  It is SO amazing what they can see!  She is weighing in at 8.5 oz and measuring in at 18 weeks, 3 days (I am 18 weeks, 1 day) so they consider that great!  We have to go back in a couple weeks, because they couldn't see everything they needed to with her heart and because she wouldn't move off the placenta they couldn't see if she has skin covering her spine!   But I don't mind going back again, because that means I get to see her again!  

Hand covering head!  

Side profile!

August 6th...19 weeks

Just a normal appointment!  But I always love to hear her heartbeat!  Everything looks good...my blood pressure is good and all the other things they check out! We talked about a c-section date and then I was on my way!  I was done in 20 min and that is my kinda appointment!  

Her name...

Matt and I have been going back and forth for a long time about her name.  It was between Kendall & Quinn.  I just wasn't in love with Kendall so we finally decided Quinn was the name.  We looked and looked but nothing else fit!  Quinn is another Irish name...we laugh only because neither of us have any Irish decent in our families (that we know of anyways).  The name Quinn means "counsel".  For the middle name we decided to go with a family name!  Kellen's middle name is Russell after Matt's grandfather...so I decided the next child would need to have a name from my side of the family.  I had decided a LONG time again if I ever had a girl that she would be named after my grandmother Luree Annabelle.  So we decided on Quinn Luree!  I think it is a strong name, but beautiful all at the same time!  I just know that is going to be who she is!  

Random Things...

Around 18 weeks I started to feel her every now ans then, but now I feel her little kicks and punches a good bit!  The nausea has totally gone away as long as I eat on time...if I don't then I am reminded with waves of nausea and dizziness!  I really haven't had to many cravings with this baby (or at least compared to Kellen).  I have actually been hungry for fruit and tomatoes with mozzarella cheese!  Every once in a while I will think I am craving spicy food, but am quickly reminded that I shouldn't eat any by the massive heart burn I get to deal with!  I still get tired easy and am reminded daily that I can't keep up like when I am not prego!   I am waiting for the burst of energy that some say comes in the 2nd trimester, but I have a feeling that won't come while chasing a 3 1/2 yr old!  Ha!  

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