A few things that kept Jack going today…
The sticker chart…notice how many are on the “I did it!” side!!
His own “coffee“
Color Wonder finger paints…GENIUS!!
A few things that kept Jack’s Mommy going today…Starbucks, deep breaths of the perfect breeze coming in through my kitchen window, Jack’s nap, and Inko’s Apricot White Tea
Oh, and one more thing…many thanks to Bridget for this crocus because it brought refreshment to my soul and helped me envision a beautiful and serene place where I don’t have to clean up potty accidents. It truly helped me not to give up this afternoon! I hope its ok that I borrowed it from you…I would love to see your garden in person someday, by the way…
(Not pictured that kept both Jack and Mommy going: Jelly Bellys)
If it wasn’t obvious enough, the big news in our home is that we have decided to “get on board the potty train” (many thanks to “Bear and the Big Blue House” for the really annoying song that is now in my head…) Yes, my son is going on 3 1/2 years old. And yes, we have “started” this process before…many times before…with very little success. And when I say “very little,” I mean not really any at all. Okay. None. But this time, thanks to a genius book that my friend Danielle let me borrow and the fact that this time around, I am more motivated (and sick of diapers and pull-ups) than I’ve ever been before, Jack (and me, too, if only in my attitude) is actually making pretty good progress!!! And maybe the advice I kept hearing about how he would “get it when he’s ready” is more accurate than I thought…
The one thing nobody really told me was how exhausted I would be. And this is only Day 2! Good grief. All I can say is, PRAISE THE LORD for the weekend. And for a husband who brought home Panda Express for dinner.
In the midst of it all…the emotion, the frustration, the exhaustion, the consuming nature of the training process… I don’t want this to just be about “getting through the stage.” It has been a sweet time of watching my little boy grow, try something new, and learn more about how to deal with success and failure. I’ve learned that, like me, he doesn’t like to fail. And that my response greatly dictates his. The Lord was faithful today to allow me to show grace and compassion, and to fail a few times myself. Even though I’m tempted to beat myself up for not responding rightly in every situation today, I’m so comforted to remember the nature of my Heavenly Father–that He gives grace and forgiveness freely…absolutely….perfectly…every time. SO not like me. He’s Who I want Jack to see.