Saturday, January 30, 2010

planes, trains and...

...just planes and trains. It was THAT kind of trip. I wanted to take one last trip before my maternity leave ends, so we packed up our family and headed to Albany, NY to visit my sister and her family.

We left Vancouver on a Sunday and headed down to Seattle. Our flight went from Seattle to Albany on the Tuesday. So, we had a couple of days to hang out with Jon and Caroline in Seattle. Or so we thought. The 2-day stay in Seattle ended up being a 3-day stay. We missed our plane on the Tuesday. It wasn't a cataclysmic series of catastrophic events. We missed our plane by 4 minutes because...I suppose it was because we just didn't manage our time well!

Neither Brian or I have ever missed a plane before so it was a big deal for us. I just couldn't believe that we had missed the plane! Brian had to keep telling me to let it go (I kept going through iterations of "if we only did this" or "if we only did that").

In the end, it wasn't a big deal. We just caught the same flight the next day. But it meant we had one less day to spend with my sister and her family. And the extra day we had in Seattle we spent at the airport re-arranging our flight and then at Target getting diapers, wipes, underwear, toiletries, etc. You see, "we" missed our flight but our luggage didn't.

We finally got to Albany already tired from going through the steps of air travel 2 days in a row with 2 small children. But we were happy to be visiting. Before we missed our flight, we had planned to take an overnight trip to New York City, but now that our trip was one day shorter, it just felt like that much more work to pack everyone up for a short, overnight trip to the city.

My sister finally convinced us to go by saying that she would keep Josh with her, so Brian and I only had to take Avery - a far less daunting task. So we did it. Brian had never been to NYC before, so we thought it would be a good introduction. And I haven't visited my girlfriend there in 12.5 years, so we were due for a visit. Plus, I really wanted to meet her new hubby!

Despite what I'm about to say, we had a FANTASTIC time. It was the REAL vacation in our vacation. Shabana and Brent were the perfect hosts and they graciously gave up their sleeping quarters for a night so that we could have a comfortable place to sleep with Avery (I'll do more on our visit in the next post).

Our first day there was great! We arrived from Albany to Penn Station in NYC in the morning and spent the day with Shabana. It all went well. The second day was a little more..."eventful". It was pouring down rain. Now, I come from Vancouver and we know our rain here in the Pacific Northwest. When you are prepared for it, it's all just environmental. But when you've only come prepared for cold and snow and have no rain gear to speak of, it's a different story.

And this wasn't the typical Vancouver drizzle that we get in the Pacific Northwest. This rain was torrential. And coming in sideways! We walked 5 blocks from Grand Central Station to the UN and we were drenched from the thighs down, carrying umbrellas! We thought we'd have time to dry off on a tour of the UN, but they wouldn't let us on the tour with Avery. Ugh. So we decided that we had seen quite a bit the day before and instead of traipsing around the city soaking wet, we would catch an earlier train home.

We had no problem switching our ticket to an earlier train and with plenty of time to catch the train, we headed to DSW to replace my soaked runners. Yeah, yeah, I hear all of your sighs already. We missed the train because of shopping. Unbelieveable.

It was not so bad - we just ended up back on our original train, which left a mere 2.5 hours later. We hung around close to Penn Station, not wanting to risk missing the last train of the evening. Well, for all that waiting, we got a delayed train! Our train was delayed 2 hours because all that rain (See?! I wasn't exaggerating when I said it was torrential!) had caused flooding in our rail corridor. Unbelieveable. We arrived back in Albany just before midnight. At least we made it.

There were no automobile glitches on the trip, thank goodness. But just when I thought our misadventures were over, we were headed on our flight back to Seattle and I started to feel queasy. My niece stayed home sick with a stomach flu the day before and it seemed that I would be the unlucky one to catch it.

As we took off on our flight from Detroit to Seattle, my stomach started to feel unsettled. Unfortunately, I was carrying a sleeping Avery in the ergo carrier and couldn't move her and risk waking her up. So, I toughed it out for about an hour and a half, until I couldn't take it anymore. Brian gave me a motion sickness bag and I went to the back of the plane and hurled. I managed to get it all in the bag despite carrying Avery in front of me. And Avery stayed sleeping! I was folding up the barf bag and that's when the second wave hit. I threw up all over the floor at the back of plane. It was gross. And still, Avery stayed sleeping! It was disgusting and the worst flight ever - even worse than being nauseous and pregnant on a 9 hour flight to Paris.

So those were our misadventures. Not quite planes, trains and automobiles. More like planes, trains and puking...

Friday, January 8, 2010


I had this great video of Avery's infectious giggling that I was going to post in my 4, 5, 6, 7, 8... post, but the file was too big. So, instead, here is a video of her scooching.

She started to move around on her belly around mid-December. She is now up on all fours but hasn't quite figured out the arm-leg movement for crawling. She is doing the wounded soldier crawl, though!

Originally uploaded by evelet

Thursday, January 7, 2010

an a-ha day

Josh had what I can only call an "a-ha" day on December 30th. Two things that he seemed to just "get" on that day were the "pee/poo" feeling and how to point and click with a mouse. I know, I know - completely unrelated. But I think something was going on in his brain that day and he just got it!

We never actually pushed the potty training issue with Josh. Honestly, he never seemed ready! Just after his birthday, the ladies at daycare started hinting to me that I should start potty training him. So, in a half-hearted effort, at the beginning of December, we started putting him on the potty and telling him once the diapers were finished, he had to do potty training.

He managed to do a couple of pees on the potty, but nothing significant. And he would say that he had to pee and he would sit on the potty for the longest time with no results. We even tried underwear on a couple of occasions and I think that scared him into holding his pee. One time, he didn't go pee for FIVE HOURS because we had him in underwear and he didn't want to go on the potty!

So, we let go of the issue over Christmas, but just after Christmas, on Sunday, December 27th, we were out of diapers and we told him that he had to wear underwear and pee on the potty. We stayed close to home and took him to the bathroom often. When we went out a couple of times, we put a pull-up on him. It seemed like a great start. He was peeing AND pooing on the potty!

Then, on December 30th, he started telling us when he had to go and each time he got on the potty, he would go almost immediately. Success! He understood that "feeling"!

It's been almost 2 weeks since we did the "cold turkey" training and he's had 3 pee accidents and 1 poo accident. Not too bad, so far! Also, he was refusing to go on any potty but the one at home, so when we were out, if he told us he had to go, we would go to the bathroom, put a pull-up on, he would pee and we would change him back to underwear. He has since started back at daycare and they tell me he is going to the bathroom there very well, so I'm hoping this will help to get him to pee on other toilets.

It's only been a short time, but I'm hoping we don't have setbacks. He seems to have caught on pretty quickly (he's 3 - so I guess it's about time!) and at least he understands the "feeling" now!

As for his hand-eye co-ordination with the mouse, he was never really interested in using the computer, so we didn't try to get him to use it. He likes to watch videos and look at pictures, but that was about it.

On that same day, December 30th, he was actually serving a time-out on a chair. It was facing the computer, so he was staring at the wallpaper photo of our family posing in front of our Christmas tree (circa 2008).

When he was done his time-out, he asked me a bunch of questions about the photo and pulled himself up to the computer. He grabbed the mouse and I just casually asked him to use the mouse to point to one of the ornaments on the Christmas tree. He did it! I was shocked! He did a bunch more and then I put on a kid's CD (Jump Start for Toddlers) that my sister gave me just for this purpose. He LOVED it! He asks to play his "video game" all the time now.

I never understood how you can teach that hand-eye co-ordination to a child and I still don't! He seemed to just "get it". It was truly a big day for Josh that day...