Potty training is proving a slow process for us. I’m happy with the progress so far. Babyice got the hang of poo in the potty at the day mother last week, but when he came home it was just poo in the underpants. I was working the weekend and Rudi said he made a poo in his underpants just two minutes after he asked him if he wanted to go to the toilet/potty. As with the peeing I am sure this will come right in time and I am not losing heart about it. I also bought plenty of underpants so washing isn’t such a big deal.
We are, however, having sleep issues again. On Friday Babyice skipped his afternoon nap and he did so again on Saturday. By Saturday around 17:00 he was inconsolable. You couldn’t look at him or talk to him without him bursting into tears. He was so over tired he did not know what to do with himself. Realizing why he was acting this way I pleaded with Rudi to speak to him using a soft tone of voice since it was not his fault he felt like this. The constant crying grates on everybody and it is difficult to put up with. Eventually we managed to bath him, but bedtime was another battle. I tried to keep things routine, but it was hard with Babyice crying all the time, even while I was reading his story. When he had finished his bottle he lay there crying and I put the book down and went to lie down next to him. When he feels you are hurt or sad he always strokes you and says ‘It’s okay’ and giving him the same treatment worked a charm. I stroked his hair and patted his back and ‘Shhh’ and ‘It’s ok’ until he finally passed out. Of course, our troubles did not end there. He kept waking up crying and eventually we relented, went to bed and took him with us where he slept for the rest of the night. My heart broke seeing him suffer so!
On Sunday I decided I would drive him to sleep again, not wanting a repeat of what happened the previous night. I had to drive around for half an hour before he fell asleep and he only slept for about 20 minutes after we got home! Do you have any idea how much petrol that is? Petrol is hellishly expensive at the moment and driving him to sleep just isn’t an option. It is a waste of money! What to do though? He is clearly not ready to drop his naps and whenever we try to put him down to sleep suffers from sever FOMO* and doesn’t want to go sleep! I know that I was the sleep training stalwart in our house, but I’m just not sure how to do it during the day. I must simply get this under the belt. He needs to go sleep by himself. He simply doesn’t seem to be the type of child that wants to sleep voluntarily (he does NOT get this from me!). I think I’m going to go and scour the web for tips on how to get him to nap during the day.
He is also being an utter brat about picking up his toys. He just loves strewing all his plastic/wooden blocks and magnetic alphabet letters/numbers from the fridge around the house. He doesn’t even play with them, just tosses them out of their containers and then looks for something else to destroy. He has A LOT of wooden blocks. It is as bad as stepping on a gigantic Lego. He then refuses to pack his toys/blocks away when requested to do so. Even if we promise him a sticker or a reward. I have decided that all the blocks he refuses to pack away will now be packed away where he cannot reach them or play with them until he has learnt that it is his responsibility to pack away what he throws out. I’m not sure exactly how I am going to do this while the blocks are out of sight and out of mind, perhaps we’ll practice with his other toys. His toys are packed in plastic boxes and containers in the lounge. That is where he plays since his rooms doesn’t exactly have a lot of floor area, so when he tosses everything all over the place the entire house looks like it has been turned upside down. I also need to toddler proof my dressing table which has become one of his favourite places to untidy with all the bottles, earrings and brushes on display.
Nobody ever said it was going to be easy. I still love him to pieces. This too shall pass!
*Fear Of Missing Out