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  • Nighttime Potty Training
    Ryan has been potty trained for about a year and a half.  However, I've been very nervous about taking away pull ups at night.  He's such a deep sleeper and I've wondered if he even wakes up when he's peeing.  I finally got the nerves to take away the pull ups last weekend.  I discussed with him that if he needs to go potty he can leave his room, go potty, and go right back to bed.  I figured this would be such a hard adjustment and I would be waking up daily to a huge mess and changing sheets.  But much to my surprise, each night I hear his baby gate open, the toilet flush, and his baby gate close.  He has not had a single accident and it has been 5 nights!!  I am so proud of my little man.  I'm also a little frustrated with myself for not having faith in him sooner because he was obviously ready for this step.  I could've tried this a long time ago!
    I know there will be accidents along the way but this certainly is a great start!!  I couldn't be more proud!

    On another note, Ryan  has been exceptionally well behaved and well mannered lately.  We have worked with him on using manners and of course being a good listener.  However, he's a toddler so these things don't always happen.  Well, about 2 weeks ago, out of nowhere he began saying "Yes ma'am" and "Yes sir" constantly and saying things like "I'm going to take care of that without being asked" and "let me help you with that Mommy".  These are things he has done hit or miss for awhile now but all of a sudden this is the norm each day.  I LOVE it!!!  Even if we tell him no to something or tell him it's time to clean up he's very agreeable. "Oh, sure thing" or "I don't mind".  WOW!!!  I'm sure this is just a tease and we'll get back to the terrible threes but this has been such a great change of pace!!!!  I'm not saying he hasn't had his moments because he's three and that's going to happen but when 95% of each day is filled with awesome behavior like this, who wouldn't feel spoiled???  Keep it up little man!
    I'll keep you all posted as to how long this lasts...place your bets if you want.  Haha!
    Posted Oct 22, 2014, 5:39 PM by Heather Campbell
  • Asthma Diagnosis
    When Hannah first started daycare in late July, she quickly got her first cold.  After getting better, her cough lingered.  We took her to the doctor a few times and they said she was probably just getting cold after cold at daycare.  We are well aware that the first year in daycare is brutal so we tried to make the best of her constant congestion and coughing.  About a week before our Disney trip in September her cough became pretty bad and we were concerned she was getting pretty ill.  We took her back to the doctor to make sure she was healthy enough to travel to Disney.  After hearing how long the cough has persisted the doctor requested that we see a pulmonologist after our trip to have her lungs checked out.  At this time the doctor's best guess was aspiration (fluid getting into her lungs after taking a bottle) because she's also very spitty.  However, after going to the pulmonologist and getting chest x-rays, it was decided that she has asthma.  The doctor said he was shocked how bad her lungs looked in the x-ray after hearing us talk about how happy she's been, even with all the coughing.  He said she had to have been miserable and couldn't believe she was not a fussy baby because of it.  I'm so proud of my little trooper!!  She always smiles, laughs, and remains happy even when she's obviously not feeling good.  The downside to that is that I'm worried I won't know if something is bothering her because she's just so easy to please.
    Now that she is diagnosed with asthma, we have to give her breathing treatments with a nebulizer and 2 medications twice a day.  She began this like a champ, as usual.  However, it's been about 3 weeks and she's starting to get frustrated with it.  Who can blame her??  She has to sit still with a mask on her face for about 15 minutes.  Poor sweet girl.  
    The doctor said she could grow out of it so we'll keep hoping for that.  I hate to see her have to go through this at such a young age.
    Posted Oct 22, 2014, 5:27 PM by Heather Campbell
  • Smarty Pants
    Ryan surprises us each day with how smart he is and how much he loves to learn.  He has always been into books and loved learning his letters.  Now, he takes any chance he gets to practice letter sounds and spell out words (at least the beginning of them).  Every time we're in the car he'll say some words and then sound them out and tell us the letters.  He gets so excited when he does this and of course we do too!!!  He's also begun doing this when I'm reading books to him.  He'll point to words and start sounding them out all on his own.  He just loves to learn and challenge himself.  I sure hope that quality sticks with him!
    He also loves numbers so I've already bought him some math games and bear counters.  He loves to try to count things and has started adding items together as well.  When I realized how interested he was with starting to add, I began working with him with teddy bear counters and he absolutely loves it.  He'll even give himself an addition problem and then either use his fingers or the counters to solve it and then show me and Daddy.  You go, Ryan!  

    The very curious side has also begun.  The "why" stage is in full swing.  Everything is "why" or "how" and no answer seems to be good enough.  Ha!  I love that he's curious but it can sure get exhausting!  I know all you mommies with talkers can relate!
    Posted Oct 1, 2014, 5:44 PM by Heather Campbell
  • Pearly Whites!!
    Hannah started getting her first tooth the day before we left for Disney World.  I didn't realize at the time that she actually had 2 teeth coming in!!  When they finally started, they came quick!!  Our little princess now has her 2 bottom, middle teeth and has handled it like a champ.  Obviously she wants to stick anything and everything in her mouth and gnaws on her hand all day, but the fussiness has been minimal.  I hope this trend continues with the remaining chompers!

    Posted Oct 1, 2014, 5:37 PM by Heather Campbell
  • Disney World 2014
    We were able to get Ryan back to Disney World this September and boy was he excited!  I was surprised how much he remembered from last year's trip (he was only 2).  He was happy to have Hannah along this time and he showed her all of his favorite rides and characters.  I wasn't quite sure what this trip would be like with a new baby and an unpredictable 3 year old.  However, to my surprise, it was quite easy.  Ryan was having a blast and had very few temper tantrums and Hannah, well, she's just  the easiest baby.  She had 2 teeth coming in at the same time and still managed to be full of smiles and laughs all day, each day.  The hardest part about the whole trip was dealing with strollers in the rain.  
    Going this time, Ryan was right on the 40 inch mark so we were worried he wouldn't get on some of the really fun rides that we knew he would love.  However, we had great luck with that and he made it onto all of the 40 inch rides throughout all of the Disney Parks except Soarin'.  He LOVED Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain so I'm so glad he made it on!!  His favorite ride, though, was the 7 Dwarves Mine Train Ride (the brand new one).  He was able to ride it 4 times so he was a happy boy! 
    I was surprised at all the rides Hannah was able to ride, especially at Magic Kingdom. I think her favorite was actually Small World because of all the colors and objects.  She was watching so intently to see what was coming next.  She also loved the Buzz Lightyear ride and Dumbo.  
    We were able to do 2 Character Breakfasts for Ryan.  One was with Disney Junior characters - Jake and the Pirates, Sophia, and Doc McStuffins and the other was with Mickey, Pluto, and Stitch.  Pluto has been Ryan's favorite so he was especially excited to see him, but he sure did love Stitch when he met him too.  
    We can't wait to get them back to the Happiest Place on Earth!!  We're hoping to start a June tradition beginning next year.  That way I don't have to miss any work, but it's not Easter (too crowded) or the middle of summer (too hot).  
    Posted Oct 1, 2014, 5:34 PM by Heather Campbell
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