Friday, June 25, 2010
I'm 18 weeks along in my pregnancy and the morning sickness sadly has not subsided. With Priya I was sick all the way through - to the very day that she made her appearance in this world! I've been hoping and praying that this pregnancy would be different. But so far it hasn't been. So you can imagine my happiness when the morning sickness finally worked in my favor!
I appeared for jury duty yesterday morning still hoping and praying that they wouldn't select me. I was selected in the first random cut (before going up to the court room) and was then dismissed for a long lunch and instructed to return at 2pm. I had a queezy morning but the afternoon was much worse. And after getting sick two times in the afternoon I spoke with one of the employees in the room, she called the court clerk and eventually got me excused with credit for time served! What would I do if I found myself getting sick in a court room with no opportunity to make a run for the nearest bathroom? Needless to say it wouldn't be pretty. I've never been more happy to be sick in my life! Who knew that morning sickness was actually a blessing in disguise?!
Saturday, June 19, 2010
We started slowly taking small items over yesterday and today and have managed to get almost everything unpacked and into their new places. Our closets are nicely organized and ready to go, our kitchen cabinets are almost completely transferred and most of Priya's toys are in her new room. But there's still a long way to go. The majority of our move will take place on Monday (all the furniture and big items) and then we'll try to finish everything up throughout the rest of the week.
On a side note, I did something really stupid the other day. My cell phone has been missing for the past 2 days and for the life of me I couldn't find it. Today I finally realized that it had gone through the wash and was waiting for me at the bottom of our washing machine. It was completely dead (but at least it was clean). So if you've been trying to reach me and I haven't gotten back to you, now you know why. :) What a crazy mistake. Can I blame it on "Mommy Brain"? :)
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I can't believe I've spent this much time talking about using the bathroom! Who knew what parenting would do to a person? ;) I'm sure Priya will be mortified by these posts one day... Sorry in advance baby girl! I'm just so proud of you! :)
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
We ventured out in the afternoon to run some errands. I opted for pull-ups this time just in case. At one point she asked to go but then refused to enter the bathroom at the grocery store. By the time we got home she was ready and begged me to take her home to use the potty. Amazingly she stayed dry and made it to the potty! Her excitement over her victory was priceless! She even asked to go one more time before bed and was again successful!
I'm so happy to see the progress she is making! I know that there's still a long road ahead, but it's such an encouragement to finally see the progress. :)
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Now that I'm off work for the months of June and July we are going full speed ahead with potty training efforts (today marked the first day of our serious attempt to leave diapers behind). Priya has shown almost all of the signs of readiness and has had some success, but it's been difficult for us to be consistent with her in the midst of our varying schedules.
We've been trying pull-ups but they haven't been effective thus far because she can't feel that she's wet, just like in a diaper. We've tried padded cloth panties that absorb the wetness but they haven't seemed to phase her either. So today was "Operation Cold Turkey" day. I put her in cotton panties (with Elmo on them which was a huge hit) with absolutely no absorbency. We tried the potty a few times in the morning but no real success. We had fun though! Every time she sat on the potty we read a book called Everyone Poops. Priya's pediatrician recommended it just before I left for my Washington DC/Pennsylvania trip and it's been a huge hit with her. It helps to take the pressure off by focusing on the fact that everyone poops - animals, birds, fish, big people and little people - and doesn't just focus on the steps to using a potty. She has been asking for it again and again and has been reading it to her stuffed animals as well.
Around 10:30am I asked her if she wanted to try again and she said no. I stepped into the laundry room for a minute to transfer a load of laundry and heard Priya crying, "Mommy, I peed!" She was so upset and was crying pretty hard. Ironically, this was what I had been waiting for! She is so picky about her shirt having even drops of water on it that I knew if she'd just feel what it was like to really be wet she would hate it! I reassured her that it was ok and all part of the process of learning to use the potty like a big girl. I gave her a quick bath and she was back to her happy, playful self again.
We tried 2 more times before nap time and didn't have any success. I eventually put her in a pair of pull-ups (calling them panties) and asked her to call for me if she needed to use the potty and that I'd come right away to help her. About 5 minutes later I heard her crying (and assumed that she'd gone in her pull-ups already). But when I opened the door she said "I want to try again. I have to go potty." I praised her for telling me and immediately took her to the potty. About 2 minutes later she peed in the potty! We had a huge celebration and she just kept smiling and talking about how she was a big girl and that she did it! I'm so proud of her! I know that we still have a long way to go, but this was a big accomplishment that I had to record! :)
Way to go big girl!
End Of The Day Update:
I'm back as a proud mommy once again. Please forgive the bragging...I love recording milestones to look back on one day and I can't help but be proud of my little girl's accomplishments. :)
We ended the day with another victory. Priya remained dry from 1-7:30pm (I on the other hand had to go at least 8 times in the midst of that time - oh the joys of pregnancy). Finally at 7:30 she was ready for round 2 of successfully using the potty. This resulted in another celebration. Now on to Day 2 of "Operation Cold Turkey"...
Saturday, June 12, 2010
This morning I took Priya to Turtle Bay Exploration Park. It was our first time visiting this amazing place. Priya had such a wonderful time we went back for another round after her nap!
We spent the morning in Paul Bunyan's Forest Camp playing in an awesome playground area that looked like a really awesome tree fort.
We then ventured over to the water feature where Priya enjoyed moving various pieces around to create a dam and change the water flow. It was about 90 degrees out today so splashing in the water was a welcome activity.
Below Priya takes in the aquarium.
This was a really neat exhibit. It shows what a tree's root system looks like below the ground. Priya was delighted with it!
They had small caves to walk through...
And a teepee to explore...
We ended our afternoon building different types of structures - another big hit!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
I've been up since 3am EST (midnight back home) and only slept about 3 hours last night, so I'm pretty wiped out. It'll be great to be home! :)
Monday, June 7, 2010
After touring the museum, we did an audio tour through the battlefield - an 18 mile journey that takes you through the ins and outs of this violent battle. It was interesting to imagine what had taken place here almost 150 years ago. It definitely left me with a greater sense of appreciation for those who have fought to give us the freedom and the united country we now experience today.
The 2 pics below are taken from the top (1st pic) and then the bottom (2nd pic) of Little Round Top.
"Little Round Top is the smaller of two rocky hills south of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It was the site of an unsuccessful assault by Confederate troops against the Union left flank on July 2, 1863, the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg.
Considered by some historians to be the key point in the Union Army's defensive line that day, Little Round Top was defended successfully by the brigade of Col. Strong Vincent. The 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment, commanded by Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, fought the most famous engagement there, culminating in a dramatic downhill bayonet charge that is one of the most well-known actions at Gettysburg and in the American Civil War" (taken from Wikipedia).
Now we're in Grantham, PA at Messiah College for the annual ACSD conference. Becky Weber, a good friend from Simpson, just arrived and is my roommate for the next several days. This is gonna be fun. I am definitely missing home though. Priya melts my heart every time I hear her sweet voice on the other end of the phone line.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
After leaving DC we headed over to Gettysburg, PA to get in a little bit more touring before going to Grantham, PA for the ACSD (Association of Christians in Student Development) conference that is the "real" purpose for this trip (the conference begins tomorrow). Gettysburg is quite the city! It's amazing to think about the horrific bloodshed that occurred in a location that seems so peaceful and calm now... We went on an evening walking tour and plan to do a driving audio tour tomorrow. I wasn't able to get any good pics of this historic location but will be sure to get some tomorrow. Until then...
Friday, June 4, 2010
From there we walked the length of the reflection pond, taking in the war memorials along the way.
We ended up at the Washington Monument.
It was about 90 degrees and quite humid today so we ventured into an indoor space and found ourselves touring the Holocaust Museum. From there we grabbed some lunch and then hopped back on the bus to take in as many sights as possible and making note of places we want to go back and visit in greater depth tomorrow. Below is the Capitol Building.
And The White House... Did you know that if you want a tour of the White House you have to book it at least 6 months in advance?
The Washington Cathedral...
The bus tour lasts a total of 2 1/2 hours and we enjoyed most of that time on the upper portion of the bus - dodging treacherous tree branches and attempting to avoid sunburns along the way. We walked almost 5 miles, drank a ton of water, saw some amazing sites and had a fabulous time doing it. Aaron and Kari have been so much fun to travel with. Tomorrow we'd like to visit the Ford Theater where Lincoln was shot, see the White House from a closer vantage point, tour the Smithsonian as well as several other important landmarks. Should be another fun filled and blister causing day. :)
Thursday, June 3, 2010
I drove about 30 minutes to pick up friends Aaron and Kari Beadner (we all work together at Simpson) who had just come in on a bus after touring New York and Atlantic City for several days. We arrived about 5 minutes apart which was perfect. Now we're all settling in about an hour away from our meeting place at a fabulous Hilton hotel (which we got for quite a steal) and are gonna get some much needed rest before hitting the town and doing some sightseeing in the morning. I can't wait! It's gonna be great! So much history to see and learn more about! I love this stuff!
But for now I need to get some sleep. I'm operating on 3 hours of sleep! Yikes! Until tomorrow...
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Sadly, Ashish and Priya have to stay home so I'll be missing them (this will be the longest I've been away from Priya and that's going to be especially hard). But I'm trying to focus on the positive and how much fun it'll be and how nice it'll be to have a break from the realities and stresses of life.