Friday, October 09, 2009

close to home

The past week or so Adelaide and I have been sticking real close to home - We've been discovering all the ins and outs of potty training. Usually during my days with Addie I try to get her occupied, and sneak in a little bit of work whenever I can. But not this week. Frightened of messing my daughter up with my lack of consistancy and schedule, I've pretty much put my work and anything else aside in order to focus on her and the toilet.

All the while at home I've been keeping us busy with lots of little projects - cleaning the house together, baking cookies and pumpkin loaf, moving furniture around. Addie and I are nesting together. We've also made lots of little tags up, which is one of my projects that Adelaide can actually - kind of - help me out with. She likes to sort out colours, help punch the holes and set the eyelets with the little hammer. it is painfully slow going for me, but she is so persistant and determined to help and do whatever I'm doing. She has an awful lot of focus for a two year old.

little fingers by you.

So the toilet training is going amazingly well, better than I ever expected, and I'm really really proud of her. She's pretty much going on her own and is accident free at home now, and so we've been going on little diaper-less journeys farther and farther away from home.

treasure hunt by you.

Today we headed out together, into the forest to forage for autumn treasures. (And for Addie to practice peeing in the bushes) We had so much fun together, chattering away and giggling like fools together in the forest. Most often, my best moments ever are the very simplest ones spent together with her. It really doesn't take much to have a happy kid (and mama).

first smile by you.

I can see that little daughter is becoming, just a bit little more each day, her very own person. I feel like often I can talk to her on the same level now, explain things to her straight up and she really seems to respond to this. But it makes my heart ache, knowing that these days with her are not going to last forever. And I know it. I wish that there was a way that I could bottle these times up and keep them forever with me for always.

fairy girl by you.


Gül said...

oh those pig-tails of proud little girl!

L said...

Sigh... I never get tired of reading about you and little Addie. It brightens my day!

Leanda said...

I didn't finish typing my name in.... that's me above!

ali said...

congratulations to addie, what a wonderful accomplishment :) i haven't been very good at potty-training ella because i always get lost in whatever it is i'm doing and forget to take her to the bathroom...perhaps dedicating a whole week to the process will be the best way to do it :) have you found it easier now that addie can talk with you about it? i think that ella may still be a little young to really understand, but it's difficult when there's pressure from lots of different people that think getting her out of diapers should be a priority...i would much rather wait until she can communicate with me a little better, then we will both feel more confident :) seeing little glimpses of your day are always so inspirational...

V said...

I love reading your blog. My daughter is 16 mths and I love her to bits. We have been trying to do some little painting or drawing projects but she is far too young. You have such a great ideas, I love the draw dividers or the Bird Song CD and everything is so positive, light and happy. Thank you...

lynelle said...

I wish I was close the forest!! Love it, a mother daughter relationship is so special! You are awesome.

Kimmay said...

Your daughter is so darling! How fantastic that she has a mom who will talk straight with her and let her roam around in the leaves. She will greatly appreciate both of these things when she's older... I know I have come to that realization! Thanks for your great posts.


Ketli said...

I found your blog more then year ago. Every time I read it I feel deeply touched. I almost always burst to tears, as your feelings seems to be so familiar, as I am the lucky mother of also two year old girl. Thank you for sharing your precious moments. I love the way you write and all these beautiful projects you have invented for her! I wish to you and to your little family lots of love and all the best.

kate / tinywarbler said...

i'm glad the potty training is going well. i love the sound of your forest walk. so sweet!

Maribeth said...

So sweet. Reminds me so much of my daughter when she was little (she is a big girl 9 now). You have so many wonderful experiences to look forward to.

Skyler's Mommy Megan said...

I just stumbled across your blog in fell in love. Your daughter is gorgeous, your house is decorated how I imagine mine being some day, the colors, pictures, your writing, everything is beautiful. I have a 13 month old and within 5 minutes of reading this I've already had so many ideas running through my head- your site is definitely a creative inspiration. I have to ask, where do you get Adelaide's clothes? I can't get over how adorable they are!

Anja said...

Everywhere I look something reminds me that time is pasing quickly these days... My son is 20 months old now and is quickly losing his "babyhood" and moving into full-blown toddler. I'm so proud of him and all the things he can do, but already there are so many things is miss... It's so bittersweet. Photographs aren't enough; I feel the same way you do :)

l o v e l y d e s i g n said...

Hi Everyone, Thank you so much for visiting me and for your comments. Each one is very much appreciated :)

Ali - I was really nervous about potty training my daughter (or me, really) but I definately found that taking a week at home and really dedicating that time for it has worked amazingly. I think the best thing to do is avoid the potty training issue with others - its really none of their business and its just not fair to your daughter. i'm not sure how old she is but regardless, there is just no use in pushing it until you are both ready! I found the best thing to do when people inquire about it is just get real positive and say "toilet? oh! she's doing Great, she almost has it!!!" Getting her out of diapers isn't a priority until it is to the two of you. Please email me if you'd like to talk more about it, and Good luck!!!!

l o v e l y d e s i g n said...

oh! and I almost forgot:

Skyler's Mommy Megan: Thanks so much! Adelaide's clothes really are a mismatch from bargain racks all over - I rarely, if ever, buy something that is not on sale. There isn't one shop that I prefer or get most of her things at and a huge majority of her clothes are bought for her by friends and relatives. But in this post, the white and green sundress is from H+M kids, the navy blue flowered shirt is from a Hilfiger outlet, I believe my mom bought her jeans with the red buttons from sears, and her adidas sneakers (highly recommended) i bought on sale from

Chase said...

Hi Sharily,

I think potty training will come sooner or later(I learned).When my little girl was 4; I remember the night potty training was really awful. I set my alarm at 1:30am and 4:30am to get myself and Stella up to go potty. For weeks, we didn't get enough of sleep. Of course, accidents happened before or after I got her up. When I finally gave up to getting us up at the middle of the nights. Stella actually kept herself dry till mornings. oh well..

I love how you dress your little girl. The hair style is cute!

Could you share where did you get your cutter for tags? or you have purchased them from somewhere else?

sorry, i wrote a long comment.


Shrie >> Lo & Behold said...

Don't you know, though, that by blogging about you and Addie's life together that you ARE in fact bottling these moments up.. preserving them in time for future viewing and pleasure?

Love you guys and your blog. Keep it up.

Rose said...

Congratulations on the potty learning!! You are right, you just have to go with the flow (no pun intended) with the potty. My daughter is 21 months and wearing panties every day. My boy was three before he got it. You just never just have to follow their lead.

My girl is becoming less of a baby every day. I know what you mean about communicating with Adelaide. I think you're right about the simple moments. All our children really want is for us as parents to be fully present with them. To be in the current moment. That's the world kids live in and as adults it's hard for us to do that--we are so concerned with the future and the past.

turtle and dragon said...

It is wonderful to see how the both of you are growing and developing, your daughter is such a wee sweet mite! Enjoy the journey! ~Melanie

donnag said...

The best reward for going to the potty is a big glass of juice! It just keeps the success going.

snow white said...

Such a lovely post. Your forest forages together sound so nice and such sweet pictures.

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