After several successful days, I hesitantly declare Elliot potty trained.
Crazy girl fought me a few weeks ago, so I backed off – but she kept insisting on taking her diaper off given half a chance. Monday I let her do it, and sent her to the potty crazy often. Then I learned she hates the potty chair. That’s a new one for me. All the others hated the toilet. But she only would use the toilet – and she did it! She had a few accidents, but did quite well. Tuesday she had one accident, and today (Wednesday) I abandoned the bare bottom approach to see what would happen if I put her in undies. She had zero accidents and rode in the car for an hour, twice, without issue. She stayed dry during her nap. She’s so proud. I’m looking at my most stubborn child yet and not sure what to think. None of them have been this easy. Not even close.
Our 2 hour round trip was to buy Blaine a log splitter. He’s been wishing for one for oh, all of the 6 winters we’ve been in this house. A few years ago he hurt his back and splitting by hand, or even renting a splitter for a weekend, was getting more and more painful. A few weeks ago, Sterling came to me, asking if he could buy a log splitter for Blaine for Christmas. He’d been searching Craigslist and Amazon, trying to find one.
Sterling had $28 saved. He was heartbroken that he didn’t have nearly enough. I told him I’d help, but when he found the price even used ones go for, he was super sad. Then and there, I was determined to help my soft hearted ‘giver’ son find his daddy a log splitter. We got one tonight. Blaine has the next ten days off and Sterling can’t stand it, he’s so excited to get to help him try it out.
I’m pretty sure Sterling’s ziplock of saved $1 bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, handed off with massive pride, made Sterling happier than any of the gifts with his own name on them this Christmas.