We started trying to potty train Ava the Wednesday before Labor Day. I'd been meaning to start for a while now but I was waiting for a long weekend when we could avoid leaving the house at all... yeah, right! But a couple days before the long weekend the daycare teachers mentioned that several of the other little girls Ava's age were starting and that they'd noticed that Ava seemed interested and had even gone potty with them a few times. Since they mentioned that they were taking several girls all at the same time and going potty about 30 times a day anyway, we decided that there was no time like the present. When we got home that night, we put Ava's big girl panties on, pulled out the little potty chair, and did our best not to look back.
Ava didn't catch on quite as quickly as Eli, but she isn't quite as old as he was when we started him and she didn't get a full weekend of the whole family focusing on her going potty. After a couple weeks, she really seems to be catching on and doesn't have an accident every day anymore. Overall, I don't mind if the process is slower, especially since we aren't putting our entire world on hold for it this time.
With baby #3 due right around Halloween, I figured I needed to be super-early getting Eli and Ava's costumes ready this year. I figure if I wait until the last minute it might not get done for any number of reasons. So I went ahead and started asking the kids what they wanted to be. Ava's immediate answer was "frozen" (translation - a princess)... fortunately, we happened to watch a Tinkerbell movie in the next couple days and Ava decided that Tinkerbell was a good idea as well. I thought Tinkerbell would be easier... maybe, maybe not. But at least I don't predict that there will be 30 other Tinkerbells running around and with her blue eyes and short blonde hair, it should be easy to pull together.
Eli's first idea was that he wanted to be a Red Ninja Turtle. Unfortunately, he isn't a fan of people wearing masks so I don't really expect that he'd wear one. Plus, the costumes with masks are cheaply made and probably wouldn't survive a day at daycare topped followed by a night of trick-or-treating. I'm not worried about having anything when the holiday is over, but i definitely don't want to have to come up with a replacement turtle costume with less than 24 hours notice. The toddler sized costumes look really good and seem more durable (for a reason) and they come with a hat instead of a mask (big plus) but even via the internet, I couldn't come up with a red ninja turtle that would fit Eli. Again, thanks to the Disney channel and maybe turning on a few extra episodes of Jake and the Neverland Pirates, I was able to
I managed to finish Ava's Tinkerbell costume in a few hours between Friday night and Saturday during the football game. (The way Auburn is playing I'm better off not watching closely anyway.) Eli's costume is underway but I'm still trying to gather all the accessories.
And now on to the topic of climbing monkeys. Eli and Ava love to play in the crib. I've avoided it until just recently by just refusing to help them into the crib. But that method is no longer going to work. A couple weeks ago, Eli figured out how to get in and out by himself. Well, once Eli is doing something you can bet that Ava won't be far behind. One night after work we were sitting and watching TV while the kids played in their room happily. (At that point I should have known something was up.) Suddenly, I hear Ava say, "I did it! Yay!!!!!" Honestly, I didn't want to know or to move. They were both happy and playing good together and that almost never happens. But soon, something took me into their room anyway.
Turns out, Ava figured out how to climb up a little plastic set of drawers to get into her bed. I got Brian and the video camera and went back to watch the show. Eli has trouble in this video but I think it was only because he'd already been in and out of the bed about a hundred times and was tired. He usually, just climbs on the mattress and rail and is in and out in a flash. This time, though, he had to try to use Ava's method. Unfortunately, I don't think Eli has as much monkey in him as Ava does in her.