Thursday, May 26, 2011

Same gender sharing.

having kids close together I have run into a few small bumps. One being sharing.

I don't think I saw it as much with the first 2 because they were different genders. So they were really interested in different types of things. There were a few things that they would (and still do) occasionally fight over, but they seemed to always find a way to work it out. Well I have not been so lucky with Judge and John Paul. They are 26 months apart so they didn't have much in common until John Paul started walking. Now it seems they fight over everything. Either John Paul has something Judge wants r Judge has something John Paul wants.

I know there have been a lot of big changes in Judges life lately. He started potty training, he moved out of his crib, and John Paul moved into his room. I can know that change can be hard and sometimes unwanted, so I am trying to be understanding when he get passive over small things like toy cars or his train table. I know he is going through a lot and that John Paul can sometimes be a pest, but that doesn't change the fact that he is going to HAVE to learn to share with his brother. Before he knows it he is going to have 2 little brothers to deal with not just 1.

It's hard to decide what to do when John Paul wants the play with something that belongs to Judge. Some things I know John Paul will "mess up" (like taking apart his train table) and this gets Judge really upset, but what do you do. I have tried just reminding Judge that I will fix it and making him share with John Paul, and that seems to work at times.

I am taking it slow. I am making Judge share with John Paul here and there. I am kinda stumped on what I should let Judge "OWN" and what is going to be considered community property. There are a few things like Elvis, Pillow, Roxie, and Blanket that are sacred and belong to a specific kid. As far as toys? It used to be if you didn't want to share a toy it had to go in your room and you could only play with it in your room. But now Judge and John Paul share a room so everything in the room has become "community property".

I guess I will have to keep an eye on things until John Paul gets less destructive.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

10 things men can NOT do in the bath room.

After being married for almost 6 years I have found that there are just some things that men are incapable of doing in the bathroom. No matter how much you scream and grip it is just plain impossible for men to correctly accomplish these tasks.

1. Lifting or lowering of the toilet lid

If the man lifts the lid there is a 100% chance he will not lower it, thus the women in the house will fall into the toilet. Then on the other hand if he doesn't lift then the woman of the house will sit in urine, plain and simple.

2. They can't change the roll.

If the toilet paper in the bathroom has run out, will then it's just out. No more is being made or they are unable to find any so therefore the toilet paper roll shall remain empty FOREVER.

3. Replacing the soap.

Once the soap is gone (like the toilet paper) the company has failed to reproduce more so we shall all stink until we die.

4. Replace the lid on the tooth paste.

Apparently the lid is put there for store purposes only. Once the lid is removed it either doesn't fit the tube anymore, or disappears and therefore the tooth paste will not have a lid for the duration of it's life span.

5. Cleaning the hair brush.

Either the hair will slowly degrade inside the hair brush or the hair brush is supposed to be disposable, I haven't figured out which one yet.

6. Cleaning the sink after shaving.

I am not sure what my husband thinks will happen to all the hair that is left in the sink. I can only presume that he thinks it will magically disappear or blow away.

7. Removing empty bottles of shampoo from the shower.

There is apparently a magical fairy that comes and throws the bottles of empty shampoo and body wash away. I would like to meet her and tell her to brush up on her job skills because she sucks!

8. Drying the floor after a shower.

It's a bathroom so the floors should be soaked 24-7????

9. unclogging the drain in the shower.


10. Picking up their DIRTY CLOTHES.

Once again I believe that men believe that there is a magically little fairy that flies around after them picking up there dirty underwear and sock just because they have chest hair.

So after 6 years of marriage I have learned that either MEN are inherently lazy OR I need to hire new fairy's and tip them better next time.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Road Block

Yes I am very proud my little man is pee trained, BUT the poop part isn't happening. He has been using the potty for almost 3 weeks and hasn't pooped once on it. He continuies to wait until he is in a pull-up or he just uses his big boy pants. I understand this will take time. Everyone keeps telling me that poop take longer to learn, but I am pregnant and cleaning poop out of underwear....well lets just say I am at the end of my rope.

I had hoped that if we just kept with it then something would click, but that hasn't worked. I have been positive. I have begged, hey I have even tried shaming him. Nope nothing. So on Wednesday we took Annabelle to the toy store (she learned her phone number and address). We picked out some really cool new toys and I have them hanging in the bathroom. Do you think he cares, NO! He is content to set there and look at them for the rest of his life.

I am at a road block. What do I do? Do I buy a bigger toy and try bribing him with that? Do I make him sit there until he goes? Or do I just take him outside and hose him down every time he poops his pants and hope he gets it then? (<-- this is Dennis' choice.)

UGH. He HAS to be COMPLETELY trained by September! He needs to learn to poop on the potty, use it without the potty cushion, and learn not to completely undress every time he needs to go. There is still so much he needs to learn and I see the time slowly slipping away from me. I am NOT giving up, he will get it. Yes this is a little frustrating but it was frustrating in the beginning when we started out, and look at how far we have come. This will just take time and I need to accept that. I am sure it will get a lot easier once I do.

Saturday, May 14, 2011


Well I can say that Judge IS potty trained. He has a few accidents here and there and he has not learned how to poop on the potty, but he is completely "pee" trained!!

I am still not sure how I am going to teach him that the poop belongs in the potty, but I am making him clean up his messes and I will just keep reminding him that he needs to make poop on the potty. I am also promising him a trip to the toy store when he finally poops on the potty.

I am so happy I did not give up. There were several days where I wanted to say "I quit" and I wanted to put him back in diapers, but I DIDN'T!

There is light at the end of the tunnel if you are potty training. DON'T GIVE UP! It will happen. I will not lie, it's not going to happen over night or when you want it to. Stick with it and when you feel like you are going to pull your hair out just remember you are strong and you can do it. If your a mom it should be a piece of cake compared to giving birth and all those mid night feeding. Potty training has nothing on sleep deprivation.

I am so proud to see our work has paid off. It was only a week and a half but it did seem like an eternity. WE DID IT!!!

The next challenge is going to be seeing if you can go out of the house. We are starting slow. I took him to sit with the ladies on Monday and I brought his potty cushion and he went while we were there. But I am not carrying a potty seat around forever. He is going to need to learn to use big potty seats without the cushion we have at home.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

New pictures of the kids.

I know it has been a while since I posted updated pictures of the kids so I thought I would. We had a water balloon fight in the back yard today while daddy was mowing. Here are a few pictures I took.

Potty Boot-Camp Day 5

OK things are getting easier. No he isn't peeing on the potty, but I feel this huge weight has been lifted. I think it is because I have accept that it's going to take time! Oh well, he pees on the floor, I am NOT going back. By accepting all this it taken ALL of the frustration out of the process. He will eventually get tired of cleaning it up and then start using the potty, if not.....oh well. I can't make him learn I can just make it possible for him to learn.

He is continuing to stop the pee when it starts coming out, but he is still not letting it come out while he is on the potty. So we get damp underpants every 30 minutes. I am trying to find a way to explain to him that it is good to stop it when not on the potty, but he needs to let it out once he makes it to the potty. I will do more reading tonight and see if I can find the answer. Maybe another mom has dealt with this.

Another thing that I am trying to decide on is what do I do when he stops the pee and sits on the potty. Do I make him sit until he pees or do I set a timer. The reason I am having a problem deciding is because he can hold it for hours. I put him on the potty after he starts and make him sit there but he holds it in until I let him up or pees just a little and then ask to get up. But if I set a timer, he gets up then right after he gets his underpants, he wets them a little.

I did make a reward wall today with all his match box cars (see picture below). I am hopeing this gives him a little more incentive in the bathroom.

Lets hope something clicks tomorrow.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Potty Boot-Camp Day 4

I have to just keep reminding myself that it is ONLY day 4, and on day 30 I will continue to remind myself it's ONLY day 30.

Today was easier, but yet harder at the same time. Judge his gotten a LOT better about sitting on the potty when he hears his timer go off. This is a great thing. He will go in and sit on the potty, I set another timer, and when it beeps he can get up. I still join him from time to time in the bathroom, but it was nothing like we were doing when we first started.

I think he has learned to hold it to a certain degree. We had to take Annabelle to the soccer field today and he held it from the time we left the house until the time we got back home (45 minutes). He even kept reminding me, from the back seat, "We don't pee pee in our car seats."

He is also getting great at stopping when he starts peeing and he is not on the potty. The bad thing is that he stops when he is on the potty too. He only peed 2 1/2 times today. 1 1/2 on and 1 off, but the time he peed off he was inside the bathroom! :)

I know, "How did he pee a 1/2 a time?" Well we were sitting on the potty and he would start and the minute he saw it coming out he would stop it. This happened about 4 times in the span of an hour. By the 4th time I had had enough and had to walk out of the bathroom. Thank God it was bath time because that gave me a great excuse to "give up" for the day. I know he thought all of this was a big game, because he would start peeing and when he or I noticed he would instantly stop, and start laughing. I then would beg and he would laugh even harder. So I gave up begging.

I think I still need to learn that just because I THINK he needs to go doesn't mean he does. Also I need to keep reminding myself that just because I KNOW he has to go that doesn't mean he is going to. He has only been peeing about 3 times a day so I think I may have to lay off a little bit. I do want him trained but I am going to have to just let it happen. There is no use stressing us both out or getting aggravated over it. I am not saying that I won't get aggravated. I need to try harder to remind myself in those moments that this isn't going to last forever, and that he will one day get it.

It is very very easy to get discouraged. You want them to train so bad. But it's not going to happen until they make up their mind that they want to. By the 8th time in the bathroom I do start to doubt myself. Can I do this? Is it worth it? Is he even getting this? But I have to put those thoughts out of my head. I know I can. Women do it every day all over the world.

So with everyday that passes I end up getting a little more encouraged that I can do this. Not because he is peeing on the potty but because I haven't just given up and put him back in diapers. I almost did but in the end I didn't throw in the towel. I have stuck with it. I know he will not be in diapers when he graduates high school, so who cares if it takes 3 months to train him. Thank God I started now I guess. I just have to keep thinking positive. Negativity will get me NO where. It will just make me want to pull my hair out.

Leaving it up to God and Judge tomorrow, and praying he doesn't flip out about having to wear a pull-up to mass.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Potty Boot-Camp Day 3

Letting go.

I have learned a very valuable lesson today in potty training.

"Just because I want him to pee, that doesn't mean he is going too."

What I mean by this is, no matter how much I wanted him to pee on the potty it wasn't going to happen unless he wanted to too. I could make him sit on the potty but unless he needed or wanted to go, nothing I was doing was going to MAKE him go. I could beg and I could bribe, but none of that really mattered. I just had to let go. I had to realize that he was not going to make it every time. I really had to accept that this is going to take time. Yes I wanted it to happen overnight, but I want to win the lottery too. We don't always get what we want.

Today was easier, but he only peed on the potty once out of the 3 times he went. I think he is learning to hold it. I mean after a gallon of grape juice only peeing 3 times. The kid must have a bladder the size of Texas. But progress is progress, I will take it where I can find it these days.

We did try the new routine today and it worked A LOT better for mom. We started with 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off. The good thing is that mom was not in the bathroom all day. I set the timer and told him to listen and when it went off he could get up. So he would go in and sit. I only went in about every 3 times and I would read a book or spend a few minutes with him. He was pretty happy with this for about the first 3 hours. Then it became too much for him he was tired of sitting in the bathroom. He was becoming restless and I had to be in there more and more. I didn't mind but he was becoming more and more irritable and frustrated.

So we then started going every 15 to 20 minutes and that worked a little better, but he still wasn't peeing. He had held it for almost 6 hours. I was desperate for a shower so I put him on the potty in my bathroom while I jumped in. What do you know. He started peeing! It was going everywhere, he was screaming, and I was covered in soap from head to toe. I jumped out of the shower (almost busted my butt) to try and help him hold it down (his penis). When I did though he stopped and didn't want to start again. I sat and sat and sat and nothing happened so I told him good job and we went back down stairs. I turn my back for 2 seconds and when I turn around he had finished peeing ALL OVER THE FLOOR. I was so frustrated, but I refused to let him see. I got him a towel and the laundry basket. I made him clean the floor, then change his under pants, and finally put the laundry basket away. I did let him know that I was very disappointed in him and that I was not happy at all.

I think we are still going to change things up again tomorrow. I think I will give him longer time in between when he gets off the potty and when he goes back on. I also think naps are going to be coming back tomorrow. He is just getting too tired. By 2 he is beat and sick of the whole "potty" thing. So I think for both our sanity we will be doing naps tomorrow. A nice little break in the middle of the day sounds heavenly to me.

This does seem like a never ending battle. I have to teach him to pee on the potty. Then to poop. Then hold it down. Then to stand and pee. When I start thinking of everything that is still left to do I do get very discouraged. But I am committed. I will NOT go back to diapers. I can not say there aren't moments that I start replaying my old excuses in my head. But I have to stay strong. I have to stick to it. I can't give up. He isn't going to train himself.

This is a learning process for both of us. So I will continue to change things. And I will continue to hope a pray that something sticks.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Potty Boot-Camp Day 2

They say the first day you spend with a new routine is often known as the "Honey Moon" stage. Well they are right. The first day was a little trying, but after staying dry all day it was going to take A LOT to discourage me.

Exhausting, frustrating, and just plain bad doesn't even begin to describe my day. I thought today would be fun, and we would stay on the yellow brick road to success. WRONG WRONG WRONG. It was torture. By the end of the day my patience with everyone was totally shot.

Judge has learned that if he doesn't go we can play in the bathroom and he will have 100% of moms attention. So he would start to go I would get excited and he would stop. This in turn made me want to lay down on the rail road tracks behind the house, because I felt he was doing it on purpose. And that was just one problem from today.

I thought I had a great game plan going in. We would spend 15 minutes on the potty then take a 15 minute break if nothing happened and an hour break if something did. Well that all went out the window by by 10 am.

The problem with this is that we made the potty so much fun he wants to sit on it. When we get in there before you know it an hour has passed and nothing has happened. After all that I don't want him to get up 1. because I know the 4 glasses of juice he just had has to be ready to come out and 2. because we have been in there so long I don't want him or me to feel like the hour we spent in there was for nothing. So we sit and wait and sit and wait until I want to pull my hair out. Then I let him up and what happens the minute I turn my back? HE PEES ON THE FLOOR! Something has to change. I am trying to come up with a new plan for tomorrow because what I did today is NOT working. It is just driving mommy crazy!

He did pee on the potty 3 out of the 5 times he peed today, which is a very good thing, but we spent over 5 hours in the bathroom. After spending that much time in the bathroom by the end of the day we were both beat! I had really had enough. I could feel my grasp on my frustration slowly slipping away. I don't want to be the mom that spanks her kid to get him to pee on the potty. I refuse to make this a horrible experience for him. I want him trained, but there are a few things that I just will not do. So yes, something is going to have to change tomorrow. Time for a fresh approach a new game plan (or maybe I will try the one I wanted to try today but didn't succeed in trying.)!

I am keeping my fingers crossed and just praying that something clicks for him tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Potty Boot-Camp Day 1

I started training Judge today. We have taken away ALL diapers and now only have big boy pants during the day and a pull up at night.

It was challenging but we made it through day 1 of potty boot camp DRY!!!

We started this morning we had a fun filled 2 hours on the potty. We played puzzles read books and he finally went pee pee on the potty. To say I was proud just wouldn't do the situation justice.
He started to pee at one point (this is where mommy learned an important lesson) and it went everywhere so he "stopped it" you could say. Then with a little encouragement he started back up again, but this time his gun was pointed south.

After he peed on the potty I made such a big deal about it. He got a car, suckers, and M&M's. He was really proud of himself but still really unsure about the whole "big boy pants" thing. He kept asking for his diaper back. Thank GOD I had Thomas the Train underpants (*Note to all moms make sure you have really cool/speacial underpants in case this problem arises.) I finally talked him into wearing his new underpants. The bets had been placed, would he or wouldn't he pee in them.

He didn't! He went 2 1/2 hours completely dry and then it was back to the potty. Another 2 1/2 hours on the potty and he did it again!! HE PEED IN THE POTTY!!

After all the trouble he gave me today about wearing big boy undies, tonight when it was time for the pull-up he cried and said he wanted to wear his undies to bed. Dennis and I finally talked him into putting the pull up on and he went to bed dry! Lets all hope he is dry in the morning.

Yes is was a VERY VERY VERY long day in the bathroom, but it was so worth it. When Judge started to get discouraged I just changed it up. We would play a different game or read a new book. Today was all about letting him see where the pee comes out and learning the mechanics of it all.

So I would say day 1 of potty boot camp was a complete success!! Day 2 starts tomorrow at 6 am. We will still be using POSITIVE reinforcement (NO NEGATIVITY, the potty is a happy and fun place.) We will be changing a few things, like how long we sit on the potty and how often we go. But we have our potty treats (M&M'S and suckers) and a bag of new match-box cars (he will earn one each time he pees on the potty.) Everyone keep your fingers crossed for another good day tomorrow and hopefully we will get a poop in the potty tomorrow.

Still learning

I am not a perfect mom or wife nor have I ever been or ever will be. I do try my best everyday to do the best I can at this wonderful job God has entrusted in me as a wife and mother. I just wanted to get that out of the way before I got to the real lesson of the day. I am not saying that what I was doing was wrong, but I certainly needed to take a longer look at what is/was most important. I just feel as though I have learned a very important lesson today as a mother and I wanted to share.

Today I started potty training our second born, Judge. To say I have been dreading this day would be the understatement of my life. I have been putting it off and finding excuse after excuse not to do it. I had it in my head that I was going to do it after baby number 4 arrived and before school started next year. Well to put that in perspective I would have 2 1/2 months in which I would give birth, recover, and train a 3 year, all while adapting 3 kids to having a new sibling in the house. Yes typing it out it seems even crazier then I first thought.

So what made me decide to "bite the bullet" and do it before then. Well I have to give all the thanks to my best friend Mrs. Karen Hudson. Without her I would have kept putting it off and I know now he would have never started school in September. She gave me the encouragement that I needed to believe I could do it.

Yes we have an older child but it's a girl and she trained herself. Judge on the other hand wanted NOTHING absolutely NOTHING to do with the potty. And what did I know about training a boy? I was a girl. I know how girl parts work, but boys????? I mean really I don't think any mom is ever prepared for what comes with training a boy.

Anyway back to the whole lesson of the day. This morning after dropping Annabelle off at school and running by the store to pick up "potty treats" we came home and got straight on the potty. We spent 2 hours in the bathroom together, playing, talking, reading. It was HEAVEN. I felt as though I was seeing Judge through new eyes. This was the little man I had brought home from the hospital almost 4 years ago had really changed. He had grown. He was his own person. He wasn't just one of my kids, he was "Judge". He was my son. I carried him for 9 months. This is the child I once had rocked to sleep. He wasn't a number in a family he was a person. And boy that was just the first round on the potty.

He did go potty on the potty and we went and got Annabelle from school. When we got home it was time to go at it again. So from 2:30 until 5 Judge and I were back in the bathroom,talking laughing, playing, really we were just having a good time (with a few occasional visits from other siblings.) It was amazing just to see him laugh and really take it in. He laughs on a daily basis, and as any mom I smile and go on about my chores. But today my God to really see your child laugh, to see there eyes light up. I can't believe I have ever taken that for granted. It is a beautiful thing. Well after 2 1/2 hours in the bathroom he went potty again!!!!

Some of the important ?'s of the day answered:

Yes Judge stayed dry today and did great on the potty.
No my house was not cleaned.
Yes dinner was out of a box.
And No I didn't mind one bit!

As much time as we (mothers) spend in a car on a day to day basis bringing kids back and forth to activities that are supposed to make them smarter, or help them achieve in a certain area of life. How much time do we really spend "with" our kids? Really think about it the time we spend on our computers or on our phones, or the time we spend cleaning house and cooking. How much of our undivided attention do our kids really get.

We are a society of multi-taskers. As a mom I really thought I was doing the best running from place to place everyday, making sure my kids were involved in as many things as possible so they would be able to "keep up with the Jones". But what I was really doing was depriving them of time with me, and depriving myself of time with them. We all ask ourselves "Why do their young years fly by?" It because we are not there. We may physically be there, but if your mind isn't there then your heart can't be there.

It's the little things that we as mothers take for granted. A smile, a laugh, a cheesy joke from our five year old. It's these things we take for granted on a daily basis, but it is these things that we try so hard to get back as they grow older. It is these things that we will miss when they are grown. It is these things that make being a mom the best, most rewarding job in the world.

So tonight after I had tucked my kids into bed and I was cleaning the disaster of a house, I realized many things for the first time:

1. House work will still be there in the morning.

As I was standing in the middle of the play room, arms loaded down with toys. I thought "I could have made the kids clean this. Or I could have squeezed this in somewhere in my day." But then I started laughing, I remember the smiles and laughs I got from Judge earlier in the day. Cleaning this should have been put on the back burner. This isn't worth missing time with my kids over. We all say housework can wait, but most of us try and cram it in here and there in our busy schedules. By saying this I am not saying you need to totally let your house go to dogs, but that some things can really wait. So as I put the toys back in their places I had a smile on my face because I knew my day had been spent exactly where it should have, on the floor in the bathroom, with my son.

2. Dinner may have to come out of a box some days.

I am no where near saying we will become a family of take-out menus, but it is ok not to have a 5 star meal waiting on the table when dad gets home.

3. Being a mom is not only about being physically present for your kids. It is about being there, completely there 100%. That old saying "mind, body, and soul" now has new meaning for me.

I am not saying we can do this all day everyday I am saying we as mothers need to try harder to notice when these little moments arise, so we can take advantage of them so we don't look back one day and have so many "should have, could have, would have"'s.

4. They really are only little for a a little while.

When you have young kids I don't think you get it. They grow up in spite of you not because of you. Before we know it they will be going off to high school and college and we will be the women saying "I don't know where the time went!" I am going to try my hardest not to be someone who says "When did they grow up?" I want to be able to sit at my sons graduation and day dream of the years of the fun we had playing together, not riding here and there in a car. I want to be able to recount hours upon hours of the time my daughter and I spent together.

Things can wait.
You never know when this will all be gone.
Enjoy it while you can.

I could sit a write for hours about how it felt to block the whole world out for a day and just spend it with my son but I would be up all night. So Yes I think Judge got the lesson in potty boot-camp today, but I to learned quite a few things. I am happy and pleased to say my kids are still teaching me lessons on life EVERY single day.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Annabelle missed school.

I knew today was going to be a rough day from the moment Dennis woke me this morning. I had NO energy. The will to get out of bed was just not there. I slept for over 8 hours last night, but I was still exhausted when it came time to get up this morning. I never remember being this tired with any of my other pregnancies. I just find myself so sleepy with this one. Yes I could chalk it up to having to chase 3 kids all day while entering my third trimester of pregnancy. But that just doesn't make sense. I am 23, I should have no problem keeping up with my kids.

After Dennis got me up this morning I had every intention of taking Annabelle to school. Even if Dennis would have you believe differently. I thought maybe I will get 30 more minutes of rest and then rush through my housework and get out of the house just in the nic of time. But when the phone rang at 8:30 I had a rude awakening. I thought I was walking out the door. I thought I had the house cleaned, lunch packed, and kids dressed. So when the phone rang it took me a few minutes to realize why I was in my bed and not running to the car. I hadn't even gotten out of the bed. I was dreaming! I dreamed that I got up and did all my chores. So when Dennis asked me if I was leaving to take Anna to school I could not lie. I told him to leave me alone and that I was going back to bed.

It doesn't make sense I get plenty of sleep and whether I get up at 7 or 2 i am still exhausted. Dennis keeps telling me that if I get up everyday at the same time I will not be tired. Yeah Right! That is a load of poop. If I am tired when I have slept for over 12 hours then I am going to be tired when I get 8 hours. Next time he tries to tell me "It doesn't matter what time you go to bed. It matters what time you get up!" His face may have a meeting with whatever is in my reach. I think next time he comes at me with his theories I am going to use Judge's method of explaining things. ex. I am sleepy because I am sleepy!

So needless to say I didn't do that much today. Annabelle missed school and Dennis didn't get dinner.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

6 months and some really big news!

I can't believe I have neglected my writing for 6 months. I have missed writing so much! It is that one time of day when I can lay down, relax, and relive the joys and heartaches of motherhood. As busy as I am all day it feels so good to be able to relax and revisit the smiles and laughs that may have otherwise been over looked that day. It gives me a few minutes to laugh at how crazy my life has turned out. But I have to say my favorite thing about writing is that it reminds me every day just how lucky I am to have my kids and husband. Even if they drive me crazy sometimes!

WOW a lot has changed in 6 months.

John Paul is 1 now, and boy is he turning out to be a feisty one. He is also the comedian of the family. He is always finding new ways to crack me up. He is walking now and trying to keep up with him has proven to be a bit of a challenge lately. He is in to everything from the dishwasher to pantry. I think I am going to have to invest in some new child proofing equipment if he keeps this up! I can just see him flushing Roxie down the toilet one day.

As for Judge, he is now 3 and no he is not potty trained. I am going to start trying soon, but right now he is not interested and I have enough to handle! He is now into books. He loves to take them to bed with him at night. Sometimes we hear him reading them to his stuffed animals through the monitor. He is also the sweetest, kindest, most loving little man you will ever meet. He loves everyone and is growing up to me such a gentleman, just like his daddy!

And Annabelle, well I could spend hours writing about her. She is doing wonderful in school. Dennis and I are so proud of her. She is so smart and seems to really like school. She is really a sweet little girl. And my God is she ever so helpful with her brothers. She is turning out to be such a cute "little momma"! She has grown so much and I can't beleive she is already 5.

I am still in total shock that they are growing up so fast! I sometimes tear up when I think about how big they are all getting. I NEVER thought they would grow up this fast! It really isn't fair, but with each passing day I get to watch them explore and learn new life lessons. They truly are amazing kids. We do have our bad days around here, and yes I get so frustrated sometimes. But I hope that they can still see how much I really do love them.

We also have another big change happening in the Comeaux house. Baby number 4 is on his way! William Augustine Comeaux will be gracing us with his presence in June. I honestly can't wait to meet him, but this time I have to say that it has been a little scarier then the last few. I am so busy with the 3 I have, sometimes I wonder how I am really going to be able to manage another. Between Annabelle in school, the boys' activities, and not to mention housework, cooking, and making sure I give them all what they need. My days can get a little hectic to say the least. I know I will be able to handle it but I think every mom has those days where she just doesn't know how she is going to make it to bed time! I can't wait to see what kind of person Liam is going to turn out to be. He is already as active as his sister was when I was carrying her. He wakes up every single time I get ready to go to bed. witch has been making for some VERY LONG nights.

Other than that the Comeaux house has been pretty normal. Well as normal as it can get!