Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Night of Firsts!

Time snuck up behind me tonight and hollered "Ready or not, here I come!"

It all began with an innocent trip to the store. Evelyn has had this very interesting habit of taking off her diaper and using our living room rug to tinkle on. After hearing from several people that this could mean she was ready to potty train I decided that, while we were out buying hangers and bubble bath, we should pick up a potty chair. One pretty pink princess potty seat coming up!

We brought it home and waited around until after dinner to get it out of the box. The plan was to set it out for a week or so and just see if she was interested. I wasn't even planning on enforcing the potty part in the beginning; I just wanted her to get familiar with the seat being around and give her time to investigate it.

Evie loves to stand on vents, just like her mommy and grandma used to do!

I have never, ever been super antsy about moving my babies to the "next step" of anything, believing that it is probably best to just let them figure things out in their own time. But in following every trend of Evelyn's life so far, I should have known what this potty training business was going to be like. I mean, when it came time to use a sippy cup my kid picked it up and sucked it down like a pro. When we introduced the fork, she shoveled food into her mouth like she had been doing it all her life. Every single time anything new has ever been introduced to Evelyn I always end up scratching my head and wondering how in the world did she figure that out without anyone showing her first?

So it shouldn't have caught me off guard when, the moment we set the seat in the middle of the living room floor, Evie took off her pants (and shirt?) and yanked at her diaper as if it were a straight jacket she was trying to wriggle out of. Eric and I looked at each other in disbelief. Well, okay! She certainly knows what this thing is for!

Evelyn sat on her seat, stood up, investigated, sat again, took the whole thing apart, put it back together...let's just say, she was enamored. We thought it was oh-so-cute the way she loved her princess potty chair so very much. Neither of us were very surprised when we didn't hear any little "tinkle tinkle" sounds hit the bottom of the shallow potty pan. And that was fine by me, because I was in no rush to run to the store and get big girl underwear for my firstborn baby.

Ha. Haha. Hahaha. So...no...we didn't hear any tiny tinkles. But what we SAW was a little girl stand up nonchalantly, take the seat apart (again), and dump the now FULL pan onto one of Grace's quilts on the floor. How we didn't know what she was doing when she was doing it I'll never know, but Evelyn peed!! :) Well, not that that's a new development, but she went on the potty! First time. No coaxing. We just let her be. Needless to say, we had one little proud peacock strutting around for the rest of the evening.

The downside to all of this potty stuff is that now Evleyn is obsessed with it, and she doesn't want to wear clothes anymore, haha. She also cannot accept the fact that the potty should stay in the bathroom, and if we let her she would drag that darn seat all throughout the house and do her business wherever she pleased.

I'm also fairly certain that we now have one more place for things to go missing. (Oh, brother!) If there's a nook or cranny or something with a lid, Evelyn will find a way to stuff things in it.

So that in-and-of-itself made for one special evening. *Sigh* What a big girl. But that wasn't the only milestone that would be reached this evening. Since Evie was already running around in the buff, we decided to put our new bubble bath to good use. :) And while we were bathing, Evelyn graduated from the only shampoo she had ever known - Johnson's Baby Shampoo - to her very own big-girl brand. Now my kid's head smells like watermelons. Where does the time go, I ask you?

I had to take a video for you all while Evelyn splashed around. Mainly because she learned the words "bubble bath" and it was cracking me up to hear her say it. :) And...I'm still working on her to say "hi" to the camera, haha.

Of course, not to be upstaged, little sister Gracie decided that she was going to have a first of her own. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you: Exersaucer baby!

Grace loved it! Initially. But then mommy spun her around in the seat, and my little tender-heart wasn't digging it so much after that, haha. I had been waiting for just the right time to try her in the exersaucer, and I thought, what the heck! We were already cramming so many firsts into one evening, what's one more?

She's ridiculously cute, I'm telling you.

What. A. Night! I am exhausted just thinking about it. And I'm actually going to skip all of the poignant things that could be said about babies not staying babies for very long, because to tell you the truth, my heart is smiling big time for the things happening in the here and now. It's exciting to think about the fact that it won't take long at all for my girls to "even out" and become playmates. They're growing up. I can't stop it, so I'm going to embrace it.

Well, okay, so I'm going to embrace it for now, because as we all know there will soon come a day (or probably night) when I'll think back and reflect on Evie and Grace's first months as sisters and long for my spunky toddler and wrinkly newborn duo. BUT... I'm not thinking about that at the moment. Nope. Instead, I'm thinking about how my mouth dropped open when I saw a bucket of you-know-what being poured out onto the living room floor. Priceless. :)


joyce Feldt said...

WOW!! Now you get to take Evie shopping to pick out her big girl underwear. Another milestone, It does not seem possible already.

Meagan said...

Good job Evie!!

Cassie said...

Awww, they are both soo cute!!

We had a MAJOR first last night. First time Stella has ever poopied in the tub. I freaked! And then I made my husband fish out the floaties. lol. It all just happened so fast. I looked at her, she made "the face" and then BAM three little floaties.

Adrien said...

Bahaha...we've yet to have floaties. I'm sure it's bound to happen!

Mom, I wish we would have gotten some little girl underwear while we were out shopping. I had no idea it would happen so fast! Now I have to keep taking Evelyn's diaper on and off.


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