Monday, February 4, 2013

St. Lightning McQueen

I feel like I need to give a personal shout out to our good friend Lightning McQueen for single handedly bringing peace to our jet lagged routine ravaged household.  I knew Evans was obsessed with the Disney movie Cars when he watched it FOUR times on our flight back to the States in December.  I had no idea just how obsessed until these Cars diecast cars allowed us 12 hours of sleep a night again.  Last week Deaner and I were pretty much at the end of ropes with Evans and his nighttime antics.  I knew he couldn't possibly still be out of whack time zone wise but there was no doubt in my mind that this Christmas vacation is what was causing our issues.  During a routine trip to the toy store on the base to pick up a birthday party gift last week I made the huge tactical error of parking the cart in front of a display of these Cars while I ran to pick something else up.  BIG mistake.  After 15 minutes of explaining to a two year old that he could not have anymore cars under any circumstances, we left with four.  I know I know, we are either going to have to limit our strolls through the toy store after lunches with Dad OR learn to say no a little more effectively.  However, this was the best $20 ever spent in Toy Land.  Evans hasn't made a ruckus, has not fought us and has not cried at nap time or bed time since.  Don't think I haven't had my mother-in-law at the Disney Store in Atlanta buying up every character we don't already have.  And then filled in online at Amazon.  I'll use these babies as bribes at every turn of the road.  I am not above anything when it comes to sleeping normal hours.

Lightning McQueen really is working overtime in our house.  I have not really thought much about potty training yet with Evans because it isn't even 2.5 yet and frankly, I can't think of anything more inconvenient for me.  Nice huh?  But really, we are out and about so much that I can only imagine the horrors of it all.  Anyways, we were recently out and came across some Cars toddler briefs that we went ahead and bought for E.  We haven't been super consistent but on the days that I have been home and let him wear them, he has not had an accident.
I realize that when you put your child on the potty every 20-30 minutes you don't allow them much margin for error but for a child who had never once been on the potty before, I've been pretty impressed the past few days.  Today he sported some Finn McMissle underwear, or, his "finn missle pants".  I guess we will see how that continues to go.  I'm not brave enough to take him out of the house with them on.

In other news, the big new sport to play in our house resembles lacrosse.
It is played with a miniature soccer ball and my hand strainer.  It makes for a very exciting sport when played in socks on the marble floors.  As y'all can tell, not a ton of very exciting things have been happening around here.  It might be time for me to paint a room or something.

Well, Madeline is almost over and tonight is my night for bath/bedtime duty.  We have a birthday party to go to in the morning and then I'm counting on a nice long nap time.  I love the things that I plan ahead for!  Happy Monday to everyone!