"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."

-Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A fun day

This morning started out with a smiling Terran and playing with my parents. They leave for work and we wake Zach up by snuggling with him in bed. Terran then let in the neighbor cat and giggled with delight as the kitty lovingly gave him attention. We then headed to St. George, starting out with a dance/karaoke party in the car that Terran whole-heartedly participated in.

We spend the day playing with cousins, working on gubs, Zach and Stan went shooting, Terran and James spent a good number of hours naked outside, and I tried to relax as Terran tried to be a daredevil.

We went to Alaina's new house in Dammeron Valley for dinner. There were baby lambs to feed, rangers to ride, chicken coops to climb on, cousins to play with, and family time to be had. A great day.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Grandparent Time

No time is spent at Grandma and Grandpa's without a little work around the house being done. Terran was happy to help in every way.

Mom and I did a craft and made entry posts for our homes. It was fun and might be a start of a new hobby for me! I really enjoyed creating something with my hands. Most of my hobbies are athletic so I have been looking for something a little different and I think woodworking might fit the bill.

 Fearless baby + encouraging grandpa = playing on the shed roof. It lasted about a minute until Terran decided it was fun to run down the roof and he wouldn't listen to our warnings. We forced him off before he got hurt and he was not happy about it.

 Terran took himself to bed one night with a bowl of popcorn. I couldn't complain because that doesn't happen often. Mom and Dad are still active and twinners during their workouts!

 Terran has entered an "obsessed with bugs" stage and he can find them almost anywhere.

Hiking with Terran

Terran truly loves hiking at Pioneer Park in St. George. I tried to grab a few pictures before he would run off to another cliff edge! He kept telling me "No, no, no, no, no" when I would try to hold his hand, but that was one time he was not getting his way! It was scary because that kid has no fear! He was in his element though, with his face full of happiness and wonder.

Easter weekend

We knew early on that Zach wasn't going to be around for Easter, conference, Dad's birthday, or my birthday, so I planned a trip down south for all of those big events. I had some training I wanted to get in on the Ironman course, so that was included in the plans. 

I ran the whole course at the pace I want to run on race day and felt amazing! It was the most enjoyable run I had had in months!
 Mom and Dad's neighbors are the Amy's. Charlotte and I were friends right away (I met her after I locked myself out of my parent's house and had to go use her phone!). They have four kids and Terran loves playing with them. Their backyard is like his kind of heaven. Since becoming their friend, he has learned to climb really tall trees, jump off of roofs, slide down mountains, swing on rope swings, and ride ponies (not tethered and walking in a circle). We ended up over there one night and he climbed right in with their bunny and thought it was hilarious.

Saturday we went to the Hurricane Easter Egg Hunt. Terran would pick a few candies then want to eat some. He hasn't become a die-hard egg hunter yet and I just cherished his non-selfish attitude about the whole thing.

After the hunt I went on my longest training ride for this race. Solo. 60 miles. That is the farthest I have ever ridden alone and it was a great ride. I totally bonked with just a few miles to go, but luckily I was right by the Maverick by Sand Hollow road and was able to grab a hot dog off their grill and some strawberry milk and make it back to my car! Hopefully that ride helped my body prep for race day!

That night we did another hunt with the Amy's and another neighbor. It was such a blast and Trujillo even busted out the pony and wagon, and their miniature horse. 

 To top off the weekend, we all got sick! Terran was really bad for a few days and it was terribly sad. Thankfully, he got over it pretty quick, and left me, Dad, and then Mom to be sick. It made for snuggles all day and watching conference, so maybe there was a little bit of good to come from feeling crummy.

Going potty

Terran went potty in his froggy potty for the first time last night!

I thought early on I wanted to be just like my mom and have my kids potty trained by two years old. As Terran neared that age, I knew it wasn't going to happen. He is so strong willed and independent that he does not respond well to being forced to doing something. I knew that he would have to want to go potty on his own.

I got a small seat for the toilet, but he was not a fan of that from the beginning. I think it scared him because it wasn't very secure. My parents had a froggy potty but since they don't have grandkids close by who are going through potty training, my mom said I could use it. Over the next few months I showed it to Terran and explained what it was. When he would see me in the bathroom I would tell him what I was doing and remind him that he could do the same thing. He started sitting on it, sometimes with clothes on, but usually when he diaper was off. I would tell him to go potty and make "psss" sounds (I heard that helps, but it never seemed to make a difference).

Well, last night, I changed his diaper and he ran away bare bottom. He used to always do that, then went through a phase where he always had to have a diaper on, and now he decided in the moment what he wants. He was playing in the kitchen and said "pooo" which he says for poop, pee, potty, and toots. I hurried over to make sure he didn't really poo! and he showed me a couple drops of pee on the floor. He has never only had a couple drops so, like a lightbulb, I told him to go sit on his potty.

He booked it to his bathroom and I took a few minutes to clean up his mess. Then I realized he hadn't come out yet. I went to check on him and he was sitting on his potty, in the dark, saying "poo". I went and checked, and sure enough, there was a whole bladder full in his potty. I cheered him on and said good job. I was definitely more excited than him, but I was so proud!