1/1/15-1/7/15: Playing trains, trains and more trains. After Christmas was over Cameron had lots of new toys to pay with and new track to use to create elaborate tracks.
When he wasn’t playing with tracks, he found interesting things to play with including a tulle skirt meant for under a wedding dress. He loved spinning around in it…
1/10/15 (ish): Our little guy got the bug! He was completely lethargic with a fever. All he wanted to do was lay down and cuddle. Unfortunately I had a work meeting I couldn’t cancel, so dad sent me a photo of our little man who wasn’t even able to pick he head up to drink.
As soon as I could get home, I snuggled with him the rest of the day on the couch. He did end up getting sick twice, but luckily we were smart enough to have laid out blankets for easy clean up!
1/13/15: Somehow our little baby grew up! I swear it was just a couple of days, weeks, no I guess months ago he could only reach the second set of shelves…now he’s working on the 4th set! I guess I really need to consider reorganizing…though to be honest he’s pretty good about not touching stuff and really most things aren’t breakable.
1/16/15 to 1/18/15: Potty Training Attempt: Round 2- Day 1: We attempted potty training Cameron shortly after his 2nd birthday. We had started to see signs he was ready, but after spending one day going through the motions we decided that he wasn’t ready (and neither were we). No big deal…but 5 months had passed and we decided to give it a go again. This time we approached it in a more relaxed state probably because we had tried once and this time we tried not to change anything else other than the lack of a diaper.
The method we used included 3 days inside the house with pull-ups only at nap and night. He was able to wear underpants, but initially we just left him bare-bottomed until he had success. Since we have hardwoods throughout the house, we just rolled up the big area rug and moved it out-of-the-way so messes would be easy to clean. We also decided that Cameron would benefit from a reward system (clearly food driven), so we got special yogurt star cookies. When he woke in the morning I opened his drawer to “change” his diaper only to find two wrapped gifts and no diapers. He loves presents, like any kid does, so he was excited to rip into them. Inside was a jar of treats, a jar of homemade gold doubloons, and protective pads for his bed and general use downstairs during training. He was excited to also find that he had chocolate milk in the fridge.
The key during the training was to encourage liquids so that he would need to go potty fairly frequently. He had about 2 accidents before he began to feel the sensation and make it to the potty in time. We kept a potty upstairs and one right next to his play area for easy access. We also had plenty of towels and rags on hand for easy cleanups as needed. For a pee he got one treat and for a poop he got two, plus a gold doubloon. He caught on quick to the rewards and it definitely was helpful for him. The doubloons also allowed us to see how much success he was having during the day and at the end of the weekend…so it’s like a counting system for mom.
By the end of Sunday, we felt like the training had been a really big success for Cameron though we were still a bit apprehensive about how he would do at daycare. We packed plenty of extra outfits in preparation to send him off with hopes of success at daycare.
1/16/15-1/20/15: Cameron was still successful at home with potty training, but struggled while at school. At first it was likely because of the new surroundings, but his teachers Ms. Jordan and Ms. Siobahn did not give up on him. They took him to the bathroom frequently and tried to help encourage him. He had one success that first week at school and a few accidents. Since he didn’t give up and request a diaper we all just kept working with him, and he actually was able to learn to hold it in too.
At home he spent most of his time running around naked or in his adorable underpants…someday he’ll be embarrassed by the photos I have taken- but there is nothing cuter especially after spending nearly 2.5 years changing diapers!
1/21/15: Happy Birthday Daddy! We got daddy a little something to record all his brewing recipes, and I allowed Cameron to decorate the wrapping before daddy got up in the morning. He was definitely excited for his new brewing book along with the cool Growler/Keg I got him that won’t actually be arriving until sometime this coming summer since it was purchase as part of a Kickstarter campaign.
1/23/15: Cameron loves trains! You knew that already though…and recently he’s been working on seeing how many cars he can attach together at one time and still have them stay together while he rolls them around. New record of 13! I think he’s enjoying have no rug on the floor during potty training…
1/30/15: Surprise! So for daddy’s birthday I wanted to do something special for him, so I planned a big dinner for our friends to come celebrate with us. Matt had no clue about the dinner or the 10 guests invited. I did lots of research and sneaking around leading up to the party because I wanted it to be super special. I planned a dinner menu that paired a different craft beer with each course including planning table settings to coordinate everything (I think I am a party planner in my dreams). However on the Wednesday before the party I slipped going down the stairs (carrying Cameron as well), and I bruised up my ankle. That night I had to decide if I was cancelling or if I could still pull it off, and in the end I decided I wanted to make it work and just told Matt that I might need a little help though I didn’t tell him what was going on. He actually got it in his head that my dad was coming for the weekend to visit- and I have no clue why he thought that but it worked because he had no clue.
In the two weeks leading up to the party, I began buying the items needed for the party including purchasing the various beers, then hiding them in random places hoping he didn’t start “cleaning” or “organizing”. I also had to buy lots of the food and hide that in plain side in the fridge pretending it was for some future dinner.
Luckily he didn’t appear too suspicious until the afternoon of the party when I hung a sheet across the dining room/kitchen entrance and said he couldn’t cross. By mid-afternoon he was definitely curious as he smelled the brownies that Cameron and I were making…it is definitely hard to surprise someone who works at home!
I took a half-day from work so I could get everything prepared and ready including a beautiful table scape. Matt picked up flowers for me at the store when I had him run an errand for me…since he knew something was up and flowers were probably a good idea!
Our number of guests ended up being 10 total after a few people had some illnesses and had to cancel, but it ended up being a manageable number. Each person had a water/tasting glass, cloth napkin, wooden utensils, and a menu card. At the start of each course I placed the paired beer on the able for people to share along with the necessary bottle openers, then I brought out the course with the help of a few friends in disposable paper trays so clean up between each course was quick and easy. Sadly I did not take pictures after the fun started. We all enjoyed the food and beer taking breaks between course to chat or take care of the kiddos since our gathering tend to be family-friendly…we had three little guys enjoying themselves too.
The night was great and Matt was definitely surprised with the amount of planning and execution that went into the day, and I honestly was more than happy with how everything turned out. Can’t wait until we can do it again!
1/31/15: I bet you’d think that morning after an awesome party and consuming beer that we’d be sleeping in as late as Cameron would allow and lounging around most of the day- nope! Sometimes we get crazy ideas and venture out into the freezing tundra…for a pop-up shop (Butter Block)! This basically translates to the most amazing croissants that were being paired with a local food truck (Whole Hog) for breakfast sandwiches. Since the temperatures were super cold eating outside at the food truck was out, so we just got the food and headed back to the warmth of our home!
OMG! These were the most delicious breakfast sandwiches…it’s a good thing that they are not regularly available.