Tuesday, June 30, 2009

potty training 101

so we decided that this is the summer that we will potty train caleb.

actually, it really wasn't a choice. he started reacting to something in his diapers and would get a rash if he wore them for an extended amount of time. (and i don't mean only 1 diaper all day!)

SO...big boy underpants, here we come!

he actually is doing quite well i think. just a few accidents in the beginning...but now...he's standing up going pee pee in the potty like a big boy and he's rocking the boxer briefs.

a couple of things happened today that made me smile at his progress!! we were in walmart doing our weekly trip for groceries,etc. and we're in the checkout line...all of our items on the belt...and i hear a little voice from the cart say...'momma, i have to pee pee.' well. what a conundrum. what's a mom to do? do i leave the check out line and get him to the potty ASAP? or do i just let him go in his pants (he did have a pull up on mind you)? i took the easy way out and said, 'listen honey, if you can hold it, we'll go to the potty after we check out and pay.' all the while thinking...he'll just pee in his pull up.

we went through a L O N G process at checkout with coupons, price adjustments and slow bagging. and sure enough...the boy held it. i had assumed he didn't and started to head to the door... and once again i hear that little voice...

'momma, i have to go pee pee now.'

'did you hold it honey?'


so we bolted to the restroom, run into a stall...i pulled off his pull up and shorts...stuck him on the potty and...

TA DA!! he did it. i was beaming.

then, to top off my proudness (i know, not a word, but i like it) we got home and after unloading the packages, eating lunch and playing with some cars...

'momma, i have to go poo poo'.

now this is an area of challenge for caleb. last week, he pooped in his underpants twice.
TWICE, in like, two days. OY.

back to the story.
off to the potty.
sure enough...my son, once again in the same day, impressed me!! he did it!

such a big boy.

jellybeans were the treat of choice. he deserved each one. and if it wasn't coming up on naptime...i would have given him more.

Sunday, June 14, 2009


so we've had a lot of rain here in colorado. the beauty of it raining out here is that it tends to be raining and yet the sun is shining at the same time. so that means, tons of rainbows! not just a little glimmer of a rainbow...but FULL rainbows...double rainbows...triple rainbows!!! the past week, i think i've seen these amazing rainbows on three different occasions.

when i see rainbows, i think of beauty during a storm. i also think of God's promise of His faithfulness.

now, these rainbows i've had the pleasure of seeing this past week i can see from the back of my house. as i look at these awesome rainbows, guess what is at the center of these rainbows? and i mean smack dab in the middle? the hospital where i delivered sadie.

it's like God is saying to me...look kerry, i can bring beauty from this storm you're going through. I am faithful. Good memories will be made at that hospital.

and it makes me smile.

(that big building in the middle is the hospital...i know it's hard to see!)

Saturday, June 13, 2009

my glory baby

been thinking a lot about sadie these past couple of days. i've been remembering her, missing her and praising God for her...even when i don't understand.

those who know me, know that i LOVE music. i'm very affected by it. very. my emotions get entangled with certain songs and whenever i hear them, they bring me back to a certain time, a certain place and the emotions i was feeling at that time.

at sadie's memorial service, good friends of ours performed 'glory baby' by watermark. this song will always remind me of sadie and bring back all of my complex emotions i'm feeling during this time of grief and of the time i got to spend with my sweet girl on this earth. it also reminds me of the truth that jeff and i have been holding on to. i think the lyrics explain it so well...

Glory Baby by Watermark

Glory baby you slipped away as fast as we could say baby…baby..
You were growing, what happened dear? You disappeared on us baby…baby..
Heaven will hold you before we do Heaven will keep you safe until we’re home with you…
Until we’re home with you…

Miss you everyday
Miss you in every way
But we know there’s a day when we will hold you
We will hold you
You’ll kiss our tears away
When we’re home to stay
Can’t wait for the day when we will see you
We will see you

But baby let sweet Jesus hold you ‘till mom and dad can hold you…
You’ll just have heaven before we do
You’ll just have heaven before we do

Sweet little babies, it’s hard to understand it ‘cause we’re hurting
We are hurting
But there is healing
And we know we’re stronger people through the growing
And in knowing- That all things work together for our good
And God works His purposes just like He said He would…
Just like He said He would…

I can’t imagine heaven’s lullabies
and what they must sound like
But I will rest in knowing, heaven is your home
And it’s all you’ll ever know…all you’ll ever know

Thursday, June 4, 2009

reality tv...it's a weakness

part of me hates reality tv. the part of me that misses straight-up sitcoms with the laugh tracks, cheesy jokes and the slow music at the end of the show to point out the moral lesson.

then there is the part of me that gets hooked on the made up drama that is edited 'just so' to make every participant look like the character the producers want to portray. the part of me that wants 'a nobody' to become 'somebody'...even if it is tied to an overly dramatic rose ceremony.

currently the reality shows i'm hooked on are 'the bachelorette' (which i'll address another time) and 'so you think you can dance'.

i just can't seem to help myself.

i'm so excited that tonight, we'll get to watch 20 'nobodys' get launched into the spotlight as the top 20 dancers. it makes me wish i could dance like that. my husband doesn't like to watch the show because one of the judges, mary, drives him CRAZY every time she screams/squeals/screeches when she likes what she sees on the dance floor. so i usually put my son to bed, bust out the DVR, curl up and watch my guilty pleasure. usually there is also ice cream involved.

stay tuned and i'll post my faves. cause i always have faves.