A surprise catch

Uncle Patrick came to visit and we had a great time together. He was such a help: moving furniture, making his little niece Eleanor happy, playing monkey in the middle with Benjamin. But the highlight of the trip was Ben’s first fishing trip just down the street to our little lake, where his Uncle Patrick helped him cast out his new fishing pole for the first time. After only a few seconds he was already getting a bite. And here is what happened next:

What a surprising introduction to fishing!







PT Weekend!

It’s Potty-Training weekend!!! 4 days of big boy underwear (or the birthday suit!), round the clock potty sits, rewards and bribery of all kinds, and watching my guy like a hawk (so that he can’t sneak off to do his private poop thang). We bought a 2nd potty at Meijer yesterday (Ben picked it out) and I’m busting out all of the tricks and motivational strategies to make this work. I had Benjamin and Eleanor home today on Day 1 and I survived, but boy am I BEAT. Eleanor was such a good sport, allowing me to spend nearly the whole day tending to Ben’s needs without much fuss, considering she’s used to having all of my attention on most week days. And Ben worked SO hard to make it happen today, but…. no pees or poops on the pot yet. However, the good news is that he is motivated and he only had one accident in the AM. Then the poor guy held it all day long and was quite proud he was staying dry, until he was finally in bed at night and did his #1 and #2 that he’d been holding out on all day. He has a major mental block to going on the potty. This is not going to be easy for him. We’ve  tried a handful of times before but never got cues that he was quite ready. Now I’m convinced we’re gonna have to fight tooth and nail together to help him be successful at this. I won’t go into any more detail, but send prayers, thoughts, and good vibes this way. We need all the help we can get!


These pictures were from Patrick’s birthday/Tigers game back in May. Better late than never! 🙂

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