Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Random Tuesday Time

It's Tuesday again already... I'm just glad it's not Monday anymore. But I'm always a little confused about then you do or don't need the apostrophe in 'it's.' Does anyone have a hint for that?

On Sunday I begged asked Sean to go to Greens Bridge Gardens with us, its about 10 minutes from home and is a big huge Pick Your Own farm. We got strawberries and marionberries (for those not in the Pacific NW, marionberries are a hybrid blackberry that doesn't have all the seeds). I told him we needed LOTS cause I was going to make a pie. We picked 6 pounds of marionberries. I made a pie, then I made jam (I still have a TON leftover). I don't even eat jam, but I sure love to make it... my friends are loving it cause they get all of my fresh, homemade jam. I also got a few giant, delicious peaches. Yum. The fruit is one of the only good things about summer.

So, lately Natalee has decided that she wants to go "Pay-ye" (potty). We got her a little potty chair and she almost always goes when she asks. However, she has learned "Hands" recently. After going potty she washes her hands. Now, she wants to go potty and wash her hands about 4 times in a row. After the second or third round, I tell her "You already went, all done!" and she freaks out. She will lay in front of the bathroom door screaming "I Pay-ye, I Pay-ye..." I'm not sure what to do. I want her to use the potty, but its also not a game and its not just for fun. Any thoughts, suggestions, input? Please? Pretty please? Did we start her too early? (Although, she started on her own... we didn't even suggest it to her and she started asking).

One one more mom thing: How the hell do you deal with the whining? Oh, it's like nails on a chalkboard... why must she communicate only in that whiny tone? It's really not necessary and actually works against her. And on that note, when do they start to reason with you? (I'm thinking its around 24 or 25, unfortunately).



Brandy said...

I don't really have any advice other than you should probably send me some jam. G went through a whiny phase and now he's in a throwing phase - it's great. Use the apostraphe when it makes sense to say "it is".

wow I'm super helpful.

Bloggin'withAmanda said...

Truthfully kids try whining because they will try everything to see if it works (my girls are 19 & 16 now)If you react to the whining or give in baby knows what button to push and will use it till it is no longer effective. On another note they sound yummy but I have never heard of marionberries I wonder if they will ever be sold on the west coast?

Lyndsay said...

You can send my jam (and a pie please) whenever you like. Kaythanks!

I don't know what to tell you about the potty... I don't think you started it too soon since SHE was the one who was interested. Maybe it will lose it's appeal on it's own? Or maybe she will just get really dry hands from washing 14 times an hour.

And the whining? I wish I knew how to fix that. We usually just cut Munchie off when she starts whining, tell her we can't hear that kind of voice and then ignore her until she changes her approach.

Good luck! And seriously, whenever the pie is ready is fine.

Colleen said...

I like jam.
But I don't make it.

On whining... I'm with Lyndsay. They don't get what they want until they use a nice voice. But I know there's much more to it than that.

Karen said...
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Karen said...

Lots of berries...how about one of your yummy pies next week? Natalee is too smart for her little age...can't wait to see her. Grown up too much in two months.