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Week 21
~ Blissfully Dull

Well with the chaos and uncertainty of the last couple of weeks, this week was almost blissfully dull. No real excitement or drama, the final amniocentesis came back normal and work is at a nice steady pace. Our biggest feat this week was potty training. My daughter has been using the potty to some degree since she was 2 1/2 but instead of things getting better and her becoming better trained we seemed to be sliding backwards at three. I admit a huge part I felt was due to the fact she is in daycare and I had little control over the training, except on weekends. We tried a lot of things, stickers, charts and treats but still she did not want to give up her princess pull ups and neither daycare or we were being overly pushy. I kept telling myself she would do it when she was ready. But, she had absolutely no interest in big girl panties or in telling us she had to go potty.

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Friday, I got an interesting article on potty training from her teacher that basically implied pull ups were the root of all evil. Okay I exaggerated a little but it did indicate that these are often detrimental to the process because kids know it is okay to go in them. Well, Columbus Day afforded Chris and Trysta a three day weekend and we made a decision that we were going to go Cold Turkey. She turned three almost two weeks ago and enough was enough. If I had to buy 30 pairs of panties I was determined we were not using pull ups any longer. Finite! Life I am sure would have been much simpler if we had stayed close to home but we had already made plans to meet my family at Bush Gardens on Sunday so it added a bit of a challenge. The three hour car ride was the most nerve wracking. I could change clothes but a wet car seat would be difficult. However, my daughter has obviously been holding out on me. She made both the trip home and to the park with no accidents. We did stop twice but I am not sure if that was more for me or her. I think I could go every 20 minutes these days. We have had a week of dry nights and only three accidents in five days. Don't get me wrong, I spend a lot of time in the bathroom and I have seen more public restrooms than one person would ever want to visit, but it is going well and pull ups are a thing of the past. Feel free to email me for a copy of the article. It really worked for us and it is one instance where bribery is a "good" thing. You have to wean that part out eventually but it is a good jump start!

The baby seems to be right on track and I swear it is almost like I went to bed one night and woke up with a pumpkin. Heartburn and acid reflux have begun which surprises me because I am sure I was well into my third trimester before I had these issues with Trysta. Another odd thing that has been going on, and I am not sure if it is pregnancy or my whacky body, is my ankle. I keep meaning to ask the doctor and then it never seems to bother me the day I am in there and I promptly forget to bring it up. I noticed a couple months ago that my right ankle would start throbbing in the middle of the night. It was in the front near the top of my foot and felt like my bone was aching. The odd thing is it would be bruised looking with a dark shadow appearance. Even weirder is that the discoloration would go away after three or four hours after I got up the next morning. The ankle would throb off and on throughout the day but no bruising or swelling. It was the same thing every time and would happen about once a week. However, lately, it has gotten more prominent and seems to be happening more often and the pain lasts longer and is more intense. A couple of Saturdays ago, I couldn't put weight on it for probably half the day and then it just went away. It is crazy and weird, yet after all of my issues this past year with doctors I am hardly running in for diagnosis. I am curious if this is some normal pregnancy issue that I did not experience with Trysta. I am making a large note to bring it up at my next appointment which is less than two weeks away.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Til next week . . .
~ Christy

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