Just A Little Update

Hi all! It’s been a while since I last posted. Nothing too terribly exciting has been happening around these parts, so we’ve just been laying low and enjoying life.

Last I wrote, Jaxson was making progress using the potty. We’re not at all pressuring him and it seems to be working pretty well. He’s pretty good about telling us when he’s pooped or peed, however he tends to tell you when he has to poop RIGHT THEN. So we don’t always make it to the potty before he goes in the diaper. BUT we did get him to pee on the potty a few times in a row and I’m finding consistency/routine is what’s working here. Every night when he takes a bath, he usually pees. So instead, we sit him on the potty while the water is warming up and bingo – usually he ends up peeing in the potty before he gets in the bath. He was really freaked out at first, like he had done something wrong, and he was watching it like OMG WHAT IS HAPPENING! We try not to laugh, but the looks on his face – how can you not?

His vocabulary is absolutely exploding. He’s using sentences, with proper grammar and pronouns! He’s gotten the hang of asking for things by saying “I want ___ please.” My favorite thing he does is singing. He has a book called Snuggle Puppy, which is a song the adult dog is singing to the baby puppy. He loves to sing along with us and will even sing it on his own. Hearing his little voice saying “Snuggle Puppy of MIIIIIIIIIIINE!” is hands-down one of the sweetest things.

He’s been really into J lately, always asking her to play with him or read him a bedtime story or snuggling with her on the couch, even when I’m right there trying to interact with him. I know this is just a phase this age group goes through, and Jax and J spend the majority of their time together so it’s just reinforcing that, but I get jealous! When I get home from work I try to play cars with him or play outside and he plays with me for like 3 minutes and then he’s ignoring me and looking around for her. Of course, she just wants a break and I just want to spend time with him, but he wants what he wants and right now he wants his Mama. That’s not to say he’s not a total sweetheart to me sometimes, he’s just way more interested in being and playing with her right now. That’s okay, as long as I still get big snuggles too (which I do).

We’ve been eating at home much more often now for the sake of budgeting and dieting, so we’ve been a little more firm with Jaxson regarding eating dinner. He loves steak, so any night we have that we at least know he’ll eat it. We tried Brussels sprouts together last night; I loved them, he did not. But at least he tried it! Another new food he’s tried is popcorn – and he loves it! We get the healthy 100 calorie mini packs and we share a bowl almost every night after dinner.

J and I got to take a much-needed date this past weekend! My parents watched Jax for us and we went bowling (J won all 3 games because…well I suck at bowling! LOL) and we had a great time. We’ll definitely be taking Jax in the Summer when they do the free bowling program! We grabbed Starbucks and went Easter basket shopping since Jax wasn’t with us to snoop on what he’s getting. We had lunch at Panera and almost didn’t know what to do with ourselves not having to oversee a toddler’s eating and we got to eat HOT FOOD. It wasn’t a huge date, but it was a date, which is few and far between for us. We were just really excited to get to spend some time together and get out of the house to do something fun.

On the baby-making front, after two months of waiting, we’re only about two weeks out from starting our next cycle. We are excited! It’s been a longer break than we anticipated, but we both agreed that we feel confident with the timing and more prepared this time around. I’m doing the Femara/Letrozole this time and hoping it does the trick. We have two sperm-pops at the doctor’s office, but I’m hoping we only have to try once more before getting pregnant. Our 3rd wedding anniversary is April 27th and I would be so excited if the timing worked out to do the IUI around then. What a great anniversary present that would be!

Regardless, we’re excited, ready to go, and feeling good about it all. C’mon Baby #2!! We just can’t wait to have another one. We are constantly amazed at our boy and forever thankful for just how blessed we are to have him. He is a lovely and wonderful little man that surprises us each and every day with his kindness and love. We really did hit the great-kid jackpot with him.

I hope we can hit it again soon!

Cheese!

Cheese!

Snuggling with Bubba

Snuggling with Bubba

King of the Playground

King of the Playground

Pottying, Pacifiers & Progress

Jaxson has used the potty twice in the last week! The first time, he was outside playing when he took up “the stance” – he basically stops dead in his tracks and has one foot propped up on toes – and J asked if he was going to poop. He said yes, and she asked if he wanted to go sit on the potty. He said yes, and she asked him again to be sure, and another yes. So they trekked inside, he sat on his little potty, and pooped. The second time was this weekend, during dinner. He was in the middle of eating and goes, “Uh oh! Poo-poo!” and starts leaning forward in his booster seat. I asked if he needed to go sit on the potty and he said yes, so in we went. And he pooped again!

He hasn’t really peed in the potty yet, but he tries to. He looks down at it like “C’mon man! Go!” and he got a few drops out the other day but we have yet to have a real pee in the potty (to be fair, he would have done it once but didn’t sit on the potty in time and ended up peeing all over the floor instead LOL). I’ve heard that getting them to poop on the potty can be harder to do, so at least he’s getting the hang of that part! We’re not actively trying to potty train him and kind of just letting him do his own thing at his own pace, and it seems to be working out so far. He enjoys using the potty much more than getting his diaper changed, so we keep telling him, “If you don’t want diapers anymore, you have to use the potty.”

Another big boy thing that happened recently was stopping the use of the nu-nu’s (pacifiers). We wanted him to be done with them when he turned two, so I think we’ve done pretty well being only a month late! We didn’t do an elaborate ritual of weaning him off of them. Instead, we put them away one day and told him nu-nu’s are for babies and he’s a big boy now so no more nu-nu’s. He will still ask for them occasionally at nap- or bed-time, but we just tell him again that they are gone now and he moves right on.

His language is also exploding. It’s so exciting to hear him form sentences and actually have a conversation with you now! And this boy makes me proud with his excellent grammar skills! Example: On Sunday my parents went to Sam’s Club and picked us up a pack of diapers. They brought them over to us on the way home, and when Jax went down for bed that night, we talked about his day and I mentioned seeing Grandma/Grandpa and he he says, “Grandma bought die-dees, too!” Then when he was talking on the phone with Nana/Papa on Sunday after they got home from their trip, he says, “Nana is home! Papa is home!” This boy is a genius. I’m amazed that our little boy is becoming such a big, smart, wonderful boy right before our eyes.

In other news, we got J’s taxes filed (finally!) and ordered more sperm, so we are getting back in the game soon. I’m nervous but not worried, and just so excited to be making progress again. We are not going to be as public this time (on Facebook) about TTC so that it relieves some of the pressure I’ve been putting on myself. Our remaining number of tries is limited, so I want to alleviate as much stress as I can to help give us a better chance each time. I’ve started using a natural progesterone cream to help regulate the back-end of my cycle and I also got some cassava supplements that are supposed to help with egg quality/follicle development/ovulation. J and I figure if we can do anything at all to improve our chances, then let’s do it. I know it will happen soon. We told Jaxson we’ll be having a baby soon, and we asked him what it will be (boy or girl) and he says, “Baby sister!” I hope you’re right, buddy!