Saturday, June 26, 2010

Gymnastics crazy!




Isabelle has just thrived in her gymnastics classes at both Little Gym & Gymnastics East all Spring long. She now loves doing somersaults, swinging on bars (or pretty much anything she can), balance beam, 'skinning the cat' (walking up our legs and flipping over), etc. She got to enjoy both classes with friends, which made it extra fun for both of us. It was also fun to do different stuff on different equipment at the 2 classes, with obstacle courses, rope/tire swings, and trampolines at GE, and more bar and beam routines, a climbing wall, and more independent routines just with the teacher at LG.

Pictures from Gymnastics East:



Pictures from Little Gym:
At her last day at Little Gym, the teacher had each kid get up on the podium and she said a little bit about their experience in the class. It was so sweet! Isabelle listened very carefully as Miss Jessica told her how strong and brave she is to try out some of the more difficult equipment.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Potty what?

So it seemed miss Isabelle just decided one day that she had potty-trained herself. I'm still in shock. We are now in our 2nd week of panties-only (other than for sleep) and have yet to have an accident. As with all transitions, I am so proud of her for figuring out when she was ready and for tackling all the learning required with such enthusiasm, but a tiny piece of me is sad too for how grown up she's become.

We had been using a very laid back approach to potty training for several months, with positive encouragement, but no pressure or bribery. She ended up developing a routine of going potty before bed, and then we added before nap too. She was progressing slow and steady (but never giving us advance notice- if she went on the potty it was because we put her on it at the right time). Then she suddenly became more resistant and negative, so we faced the decision- pull back or step it up. We bravely started using panties at home for an hour each day. She had a few accidents as part of the learning (seriously so few I'm embarrassed we went out and bought a steam-cleaner in preparation for loads of accidents over months), and wore a pull-up for all our outings.

Then after a week or two of part-time panties, she suddenly told me "Mommy I have to go potty" WHILE wearing a pull-up! I can't tell you how shocked I was. That day she told me she had to 6 times and went every time. It was crazy like something literally clicked in one day and she got it. She now views it as a big adventure to find try out bathrooms everywhere we go, while I try to conceal my reactions to her grabbing onto yucky toilet seats etc. :)

Anyone looking for the best potty-training book (and speaker) I've found, I highly recommend: Jan Faull's book " Mommy I have to go potty."