Monday, January 21, 2008

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In other words -- danger -- random thoughts ahead!

Okay, it's 3:09 a.m. This probably will lack direction and focus, so beware.

Thank you, bloggy friends -- your love, support and encouragment is so very appreciated. Jennifer, I especially appreciate your comments and have thought about them several times since I read what you wrote. I think you are a wise woman, and I wish you lived close enough to just sit with a hot cup o' something and listen to you tell me I'm actually *okay* and that this is all just normal and to cut myself a break now and then. You seem to be quite good at that!!
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Blah blah blah reminds me of a funny Mitchellism from this week. He was peeved at Chris for something and decided that whining to me about it was a great idea. Not so much. I was fighting the urge to just sleep on the couch so I said "Mitchell, if you are unhappy with your Dad, then it's your job to tell him how you feel. Tell Daddy 'I don't like it when you blah, blah, blah because blah, blah, blah.' Then he'll know exactly why you're upset and he can explain why he did/said what he did. Whining to me isn't going to help much." I hear him stomp about 20 steps into the kitchen (there's a half-wall thing I can't see over) and say "Daddy, I don't like it when you blah, blah, blah because blah, blah, blah. Got it?!" Oh. My. Word. I am very surprised one of us (Chris and I) didn't pee our pants. Even Mitchell got the giggles over it. And guess what? No more peevy Mitchell. Too busy laughing at the blah, blah, blahs.
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Georgia has been super interested in going on the potty this week. Mitchell was about as difficult a child to train as I imagine there is and I about drove myself insane in the process of the process, so I promised myself that she would drive this bus. And...she is. For a few weeks a couple of months ago, she wanted to sit on the little potty all the time. So we let her. And she'd sit. And get off. And sit. And get off. And it drove me crazy sort of - but it was really no big deal. No piddle. No nothing. Just lots of giggles from her thinking she was THE coolest big girl in all the land.

Fast forward to this week. For some reason, she is all about the potty seat that fits on the actual toilet. She'll sit on her little potty now and then but she is most interested in sitting on "Emo Wod." (Georgia speak = Elmo's World, a.k.a. - the Sesame Street potty seat.) So, tonight at the dinner table, my little rose petal was tooting very loudly and announced "I poop!" I just thought I'd throw out the offer to sit on the potty. It was met with a very enthusiastic, "Yeah!!!!" Upstairs we went. Lots of tooting, which in turn meant lots of Georgia giggles. One thing that helped get Mitchell started with the whole idea of pee-pee in the potty was what we call "Pee-pee water." It's basically an ounce or two of warm water poured on the bits to get that feeling started. I asked if she wanted some pee-pee water and she said yes. As I turned off the water I heard some tinkles. She went pee-pee in the potty!!! She's not even two!!! For a mom who didn't get to wrap up the whole potty training thing until her son was pushing four, this was HUGE news!! I started giggling and laughing and telling her how proud I was of her...it was so fun. The boys both came running and it was this big, fun "Yay, Georgia" thing.

And then I about cried. Can she REALLY be this big? Can she REALLY be old enough to do stuff like this? *sigh* I guess so. She'll be two next month, and I think she is doing her best to snap me out of my denial about the whole thing.

On the up side -- the possibility of only having ONE in diapers has me motivated to help her follow her potty interest!
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I went to coffee (well, I had a cider) with a friend today. She is one of my oldest and dearest friends. She is 5 weeks ahead of me in her pregnancy, and though this will be her 3rd child, this is her 1st pregnancy. (She and her husband have adopted two girls. They didn't think they were able to get pregnant, so like me, this is a surprise package.) We met at the bus stop when we were 15 and have been close friends (sister-like) ever since. In fact, the picture at the top of my blog was taken at a girls' weekend with her and another good friend and she has her arm around me in the little picture of me in the brown shirt up there.

Anyway -- did I mention I would probably ramble?? -- we met for coffee today. I left the house at 1:45 pm. I thought it would be an hour or so. Uhhh - YEAH. At 4:30 I said that I should probably go in about 15 minutes. At 4:54 my cell phone rang. Chris was wondering if I had decided to run off with her and wanted to know just how big my cup of coffee was. After I hung up with him, exactly 2 minutes later, her cell phone rang. Her hubby was making sure she was okay since he hadn't heard from her. We decided that the little ones had probably been up for longer than 30 minutes and were interfering with football viewing and had a good chuckle about that.

I think we were both reluctant to leave. It was like we stepped into a little bubble for a few hours. Our friendship has gone through several ups and downs and we actually almost lost it all one time, but in the end, we are always closer than we've ever been. Neither of us could remember the last time we did this -- with anyone. Just went and sat and talked. And talked. And laughed -- oh, man did we laugh. And compared weak bladders and growing tummies.

I get all teary when I think of the gift it is to share this journey with her. We were both so sad that when Georgia was born, she couldn't come to the hospital. I wanted her to be able to witness her birth because she hadn't been able to be in the room when either of her daughters were born, and well -- she is just one of those people that I know the experience would have meant the world to. Of ALL of the days -- she ended up having a severe migraine and couldn't get out of bed. It was so sad for both of us because we wanted it so much, but now - -here she is about to have her OWN birth experience. Amazing.

Oh, and her dad said the coolest thing when they announced their pregnancy. He said that he was so glad they were unsuccessful in getting pregnant for so many years because otherwise they wouldn't have Madeline and Mara. I get teary every time I think about that. God truly does work in ways that we can't possibly understand until it's in our rearview mirror sometimes.
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Okay - I think that's it for now. I'm about to crawl back into bed and attempt to sleep again. Wish me luck. I promise, I'll be back in the bloggy saddle here soon. I miss reading everyone else's blogs and seeing what you're all up to.

I think I'm almost all the way out of my little hole. Thanks for lending me your shovels.

14 comments:

Just Another Day In Paradise said...

I love the blah blah blah story about Mitchell. I think I would have totally lost it- very funny!
Hope you got some sleep!

Earen said...

I love the random thoughts! I hope you got some more sleep & HORAY for potty training...I hear girls are easier, of course I have 3 boys! HA!

Shelley said...

I'm so glad you're almost out of the "hole"! And that you have a friend to go through this whole wonderful/exhausting/exciting/amazing pregnancy thing with! That is a wonderful gift!

Loved the blah blah story!!!

Mari said...

It's so nice to hear from you again. I've been wondering how you were. I loved your random stories!

Terri said...

At least when you come back to the bloggy world, you've got a lot of good things to say! Yeah for Georgia. What a great start. That'd be so great if she was potty trained when #3 comes along.

Heather C said...

Blah, blah, blah... ROFL!

I can sense the emotion in the tone of your writing. I smiled to myself as you described going from joy with Georgia to tears because she is growing up so fast. I can so relate. And you are SO pregnant! I remember feeling like that. What a rollercoaster ride, huh? I'm rejoicing with you over the many blessings the Lord has poured out over your life.

Hang in there... I'm glad you're finding your way out of the rough patch. From hole to WHOLE, Amen?

Love you!

Heather

Kristen said...

The Mitchell story had me laughing out loud! Too cute.

Yeah for Georgia potty training!

What a gift to share your pregnancy with your dear friend. How cool is that!

Glad you are digging out. I hope you are were able to get some sleep.

I'm Sadie said...

You are such an amazing person Tara. I LOVE reading your blog whether it's about life, kids, family, pottying, or blah blahs!

Alana said...

TARA!!!

I've missed you so much in blog world.

The blah, blah, blah story is just hysterical!!! I can just hear him saying that very indignantly with his little voice...even though I have no idea what his voice sounds like. Too cute!

So glad you were able to get some girl time! Those talks are the best!!!

Love ya!

Darlene R. said...

Hi Tara! I have missed you! Keep digging out, you'll get to the top soon.

Good luck with the potty training.

BethAnne said...

Get out of that hole, girl - we miss you too. Oh, and here is my shovel (but I will probably need it back ;-)

Sarah Markley said...

Very sweet, especially about your friend. I also like the big girl, Georgia! I have a no-piddle big girl too =).

Stessed Momma Kim said...

Hi Tara! Mitchell is just stinking cute! I love the stories you tell about him!

I'm sad about Georgia turning 2 also. Because that means Camryn will be 2 soon too. How did that happen, exactly?

Glad you're feeling a little better!

Jennifer Partin said...

It was sooooo good to hear from you! The thoughts weren't random you just had a lot to share b/c it's been so long. You should be posting 2-3 times a day to catch us up on your thoughts! :)

Yeah! for Georgia! I was just thinking of you b/c I mailed out a japanese potty for a friend in the states. (remember Mattea's Hello Kitty one?) Let me know if you ever want one.

Blah, Blah, Blah----too funny. Yeah Mitchell. You go boy!

And how nice for some time out with a friend. Darn for cellphones though. :)

Glad to hear from you. You've been missed. Hugs! (and kisses)

You have to get rid of the word verification--I tried typing them 3 times and couldn't get my leters right. Could also be due to the fact that it is 3:00AM and I am still on the computer!