This morning Dante told me he wanted to wear big-boy underwear. I've been saying for months that I should really get going with potty training him, but have been putting it off, due solely to my laziness. But I figured if he was asking, then maybe it was time to get started.
So today was Day 1, and it went ok. He had several accidents, but most of them were when he was distracted (playing at the park, absorbed in a coloring project). Hopefully tomorrow goes a little better. I have to do better with reminding him to go sit on the potty more frequently - I get distracted, too!
I don't know how long it will take to get him fully trained, but the thought of not having to deal with (or pay for!) diapers is awfully appealing, and I'm really hoping that day is not too far off in our future.
He was still wearing his diaper before breakfast, though, and I asked him to give me a hug. Apparently he had just pooped, because when I asked him for a hug, he came over and looked at me sadly and said "I'm too poopy to hug." I hugged him anyway.
The past few mornings, he's been standing at the train table doing his "exercises," which are basically like a calf raise. He just stands there and holds onto the edge of the table, and raises himself up on his toes. And he wants to make sure that I see him - he yells over to me "Look, Mommy, I'm doing my exercises!"
He also made up two songs today. The cup song, and the shoe song. The cup song went like this - "This is my cup. This is my cup. This is my cup," etc., etc. And the shoe song went like this - "This is my shoe. This is my shoe. This is my shoe," etc., etc. He is seriously a born entertainer.
We had a nice day today. Went to the park with the moms club, and stayed and had our lunch there. And this afternoon the boys and I played out in the yard for a long time. All in all, we probably spent close to half our day outside - it was wonderful. We were having a lot of fun this afternoon. They each have a small plastic bat, and we were hitting tennis balls with the bats, and they were having such a great time. We really need to get them a little tee to hit off of.
Scott took them for a hike yesterday afternoon, and when they finished their hike, they walked by a Little League field and watched part of the game, and Scott said they were really getting into it. And tonight we had them watching the Sox game - good thing they had to go to bed before the end; they didn't have to watch the Sox get their butts kicked by Tampa Bay.
It's all got me thinking, though, that we really need to get Gabe signed up for some sporting activities. Our local Y has a sort of 'sampler' class that I might sign him up for this winter - they do a little soccer, a little baseball, and some basketball, too. I think it'd be a good way to let him try a few different things, so he can figure out what he'd like to do more of, and then we can sign him up for a single sport in the spring.
And of course we know he loves running, so I'll continue to keep my eyes open for 5Ks that have short kids fun runs that we can enter him and Dante in.
Speaking of running (and rest assured that I'll be doing a lot of speaking of running this week!), I am not 100% decided that I'm not going to run at all this week. I know that it would be very beneficial for me to get in at least one or two short, easy runs. But I think at the most, I'd only attempt one, and it would be very, very short. My shin is begging for some rest, and if I want it to carry me through 26.2 miles on Saturday, I think the least I can do is cut it some slack this week.
We'll see, though. As I have for the last 6 or so weeks, I'm just taking it one day at a time.
5 days and counting......