Saturday, January 31, 2009

Life with Lana today (2 years, 6 months)



Sleeping: Hmm.  I just posted a long journal entry about our major sleep struggle this month, which is basically that she doesn't want to sleep during naptime, and she doesn't want to GO to sleep, period.  She wants us to come in and cover her up, or give her a drink of water, or cover baby up, or give her some socks, or sing one more song.  She wants to pee pee.  She wants to poop.  She also prefers singing and talking to her baby to sleeping.  We're working on this.  One of the major things we're doing is telling her that "your bed is just for sleeping."  If she talks and plays with baby, out comes baby.  She can snuggle with baby, but that's it.  We've decided that even if she doesn't sleep for two hours, she has to stay in her bed for two hours.  My mom wisely recommended that we find a timer to use, and tell her it's wake up time when the timer goes off.  I don't want a loud beeping one to wake her up in case she does go to sleep, so I'm on the hunt for a two hour sand timer.  In any event, while she may think she doesn't need a nap, Mommy definitely needs one.  Naptime is really for the parents, anyway, right?

Eating: This month's huge hit has been grits!  She wants to eat them every single morning.  They're not packed with the most nutritional value, so we try to pair them with some fruit and/or sausage.  I think it's so cute, though - she's a southern girl at heart.  We've been putting snow peas and blueberries in her lunch lately, and those are both a big hit.  For the longest time, she wouldn't eat eggs in any form, but now she's eating them fried or scrambled with ketchup.  She's just such a good eater.  

Talking: Her two new vocabulary words for the week are "attached" and "frustrated."  I wrote another journal entry about them....it's too cute.  And we're hearing SO MUCH of what we say parroted back.  There are things that we love, like when she tells us that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, or that the Bible is God's true Word.  And then there are things that we don't so much love, like today when Dan was talking to her before naptime about not calling out for us and just going to sleep, and she said (with finger pointing and all): "You worry about you and I'll worry about me."  Oh, heavens!!

Potty training: is finished.  She's trained.  Poops and pees, no matter where she is, she'll tell us and go to the bathroom.  Also, she's no longer getting up in the middle of the night to pee - she's waking up dry in the morning about sleeping 11 hours.  I really am so proud of her.  I think she's living proof of the importance of waiting until a child is ready before you potty train.  She was just ready, and it was easy.

Discipline: Lana is two and half.  She has begun to realize (as evidenced by our bedtime struggles) that she has wants and opinions, and they don't necessarily coincide with ours.  She's asserting her will in many ways, and we are working hard to train her in righteousness in this area.  A particular point of focus for us right now is first time obedience.  Since I've been pregnant, I have probably let her get away with more, or obey more slowly.  I just haven't had the energy to put into being consistent in that area.  Well, we are seeing the results of that, and are ramping back up on our insistence that she obey the first time.  We know that this is an area that requires constant diligence - the Lord is STILL training me to obey Him the first time.  My main goal with discipline right now has less to do with Lana, and more to do with ME.  Before this new baby comes in the fall, I want to memorize as much Scripture as possible to use in teaching and training our children.  I use Biblical principles when training her, but it is not always the Word of God falling from my lips.  For example, I heard myself tell her the other day to "talk sweetly."  I'm a southern girl, and at first listen, that sounds innocent enough.  However, I cannot find one place in the Word that it tells us to talk "sweetly."  It does tell us "do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth."  It tells us to use our words to "build others up."  THIS is the Truth that I want to be pouring into her life - not some nonsense about sweetness.  When she leaves my home at 18, I want her to be clothed in the full armor of God, and I have to begin now to cover her with that Truth.  If it is always on my lips, then it will be on hers.  This process of parenting is so refining.

Playing: Lana's babies are occupying nearly all of her free playtime!  She lines them up and puts them in strollers and dresses them and rocks them and reads to them.  She loves on them, and spanks them when they disobey.  I'm looking right now for a baby doll highchair on Craigslist, so she can practice feeding the baby.  She has not made a connection yet between those babies she plays with and the baby that is growing in my tummy, but it's great practice as she nurtures them.  She's going to be such a good big sister!

Prayers for baby

One of the sweetest blessings of my day is to hear my child pray.  Her prayer at mealtimes often go like this:

"Dear God, God is great, God is good.  Thank you for our food and our drinks and our Mommy and Daddy and Lana.  Thank you for our chairs and our slide (and whatever else she might see as she looks around).  In Jesus' name, Amen."

At night as we pray together, she'll often ask me to pray for certain things or people.  Her cousin Noah and Uncle Allan are almost every night requests, but there's always someone else, too.

Tonight as we prayed before bed time, she asked me to pray for Daddy.  I prayed, and she repeated me - we asked for God to keep Daddy safe and bring him home to us soon.  I was finishing up our prayer as I always do, asking God to teach our family to love Him with all of our heart and mind and soul and strength, when she whispered, "Pray for the baby in your tummy."  I said, "Lana, why don't you talk to God about that?"  And she did.  "Dear God, thank you for my baby in Mommy's tummy.  Amen."




My blessings are too great to number.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Sleep struggles with a 2 1/2 year old

Ever since we got home from our Christmas travels and potty trained, going to bed has turned into more and more of a battle with Lana.  She doesn't get out of her bed, but she calls us thousands of times to come get her, she sings and talks and plays for an hour and then will only sleep 30 minutes, leaving us in store for a grumpy afternoon, etc.  

It's gotten really, really frustrating.  Admittedly, I do not have as much patience these days.  I'm nauseous all the time, and so tired I feel like I could sleep for days.  By naptime and bedtime, I just want to lay down and she is NOT cooperating.  On the weekends when Dan is at work, I'm almost pulling by hair out by the time Monday night rolls around.  NOT the picture of peace and tranquility that I'd like to have surrounding bedtime.  

I vented my frustration on facebook, and got some great advice from my mommy friends.  The most comforting thing I heard was that it has happened to their children, too - that it's typically a phase.  There's just something so relieving about hearing that - being assured that I haven't run this off into a ditch - that it's just a phase.

I'm going to copy the thread here, so that I can come back and look at this when our other children go through this stage.  If you have any advice to add, please feel free!!

Rachael could not be more frustrated with Lana not sleeping. 3:48pm - Comment
 Allison Wheeler Littrell at 3:54pm January 29
How long is she sleeping?
 Rachael Armitt Davis at 3:59pm January 29
Oh, please. She slept for 30 minutes, and then woke up talking. I've taken everything out of her bed, and am leaving her in there. I'm so frustrated! We've got small group tonight - she NEEDS to sleep. What is going on? She is NOT giving up her naps.
 Allison Wheeler Littrell at 4:04pm January 29
Aubrey went through a stage like that as well. I can't remember how old she was, but I'm thinking 2ish b/c I don't think it was last year. I just did like you're doing. I really think that their bodies go through a stage that they don't take long naps and some think that they're giving them up when all they really need is just a little one. They do get tired earlier, but for Aubrey it was a few months and then she was right back on track. Now look at her. It was a short stage in the whold scheme of things.
 Jennifer Kelliher Huffman at 4:04pm January 29
Just as an encouragement :) When we switched Silas to a big boy bed we saw a temporary decrease in the length of his naps after about a month. Now he's back to napping three hours. Hang in there!
 Rachael Armitt Davis at 4:06pm January 29
Thank you both for your encouragement. I am just so TIRED, and need the sleep more than she does. I'll keep holding on for her to get back to regularly scheduled nap times. : )
 Jennifer Kelliher Huffman at 4:07pm January 29
During that time I made a two hour rule. He had to be in his bed for two hours no matter if he slept or not. I just needed that break :)
 Rachael Armitt Davis at 4:10pm January 29
Exactly, Jennifer!! I am determined that she's going to be in her bed for at least that long.
 Allison Wheeler Littrell at 4:14pm January 29
I did the same thing! Hang in there!
 Brenda Richardson at 4:28pm January 29
Rachael, been there done that! We made a "you have to stay in the bed till mommy comes to get you rule" It worked! I got the rest and they learned to enjoy their quiet alone time. Keep the faith girl!
 Stephanie Stringer Lyon at 4:30pm January 29
this SO happened to us with AK at his age...i just remember my blood pressure raiseing as i march edback up those steps, a million times, with my big old pregnant belly, after getting out of my desperately needed napping spot...i was determined not to give them up, or even turn them into a "rest time" with books and such at that age...it was not a one-and-done battle, but it was worth it...we still deal with it occassionally, but we est. very early on that this IS her nap time, and she has to be in her bed with "no talking, no moving around, no playing..." eventually she falls asleep, and had gotten really good being as quiet as a mouse.
*the video moniter SAVED me through all of this...some things i overlooked with a little grace IF they were not in direct defiance to what i'd said.
hang in there, girl!
 Christy Vandiver Sansom at 4:35pm January 29
Oh we are so in your struggle right now too Rachael!!! It's so hard and frustrating. I resorted to rocking him to sleep today since I knew he wouldn't make it tonight while I have class without his nap. I have the same rule of staying in bed for 2 hours even if he doesn't actually sleep. He has books right by his bed that he can look at. We've been through this little stage many times over the past year, but he is 3 now and I won't be surprised if Luke actually quits napping. I bet Lana still will though. When he doesn't nap he goes down at 7:45 and sleeps for 11 hours, so that's nice. Our problem when he doesn't nap is getting him to stay in his bed. I've even found him standing in his window sill..he's a tall little boy who sure can climb! Let me know if you find anything that works, and I'll do the same. I will say just ignoring him as long as he was staying in bed worked well. He seemed to feed off my reactions towards him staying awake when I would check on him.
 Allison Wheeler Littrell at 4:54pm January 29
I did EXACTLY what Stephanie did. Couldn't have said it better. Now, I think she'd nap until she was 18 if I let her. She ASKS me to takes naps!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

First ultrasound of baby #2!

This morning, the three of us headed out to Raleigh to visit Dr. Holton for the first time.  Dr. Holton has come highly recommended to us by several mothers we trust, and we found everything they said to be true.  He was wonderful!  We had a great visit with him.  He's very forthcoming and warm, yet matter-of-fact and to the point.  Dan & I both came away with a really good feeling in our spirits about Dr. Holton delivering this baby.

The most reassuring part of meeting with him is that he was very knowledgeable about my delivery complications with Lana.  He had an idea of what the infection probably was, and he assured us that the chances of us having any problems like that again was less than 1%.  However, he said that because of that history, he would know to keep a close eye on my uterus after delivery, and even if I did get sick again, he laid out for us the steps he would take to prevent the same kind of trauma from occurring.

After that wonderful meeting, we went to the next room for the ultrasound!  Lana thought it was funny that I laid down and put my feet in those "steps."  Just like with my precious Lana, as soon as I saw that little heart beating on the screen, I wept.  

What an incredible privilege that the Lord uses me in the makings of a miracle!!  I kind of feel bad for Dan...there is NOTHING like seeing your child grow inside of you.  Poor men.  (And then I remind myself of the sickness and backaches and headaches and bone-numbing fatigue, not to mention delivery, and I don't feel so bad for them anymore.)  It was neat for us to see this baby for the first time together as a family.  Dan held Lana, and she loved watching it on the screen.  When Dr. Holton would stop it to take a picture, she would beg for it to "keep moving."

The baby is measuring right at 9 weeks, and is developing perfectly.  The heartbeat was 176 beats/minute, and you can already see those delicious little arm and leg buds.  I had a few sips of Mountain Dew on the way to the appointment, and that little thing was dancing!!  Dr. Holton even remarked on how neat it was to see....s/he was just moving and wiggling all around.  Incredible!!  


I was so thrilled with the visit and the ultrasound that I forgot to ask all my questions...oh well.  We go back again in four weeks; I'll try again then.  

Monday, January 26, 2009

This week's vocabulary words

Two of my favorite words that Lana has used this week: "frustrated" and "attached."

I told her earlier in the day that I was frustrated because I couldn't get something out of the freezer.  

Later that afternoon, she wanted me to get out her paints, and I told her we'd have to wait until after dinner.  She said, "Mommy, I am frustrated about you!"

I don't know where attached came from, but she's been using it all the time, referring to magnets as "attached" or velcro that's "attached."

I love her big vocabulary!



Monday, January 19, 2009

Winter storm warning


Sweet home Alabama seems very far away right now as our weathermen here in Raleigh have issued a winter storm warning (not watch or advisory - warning!).  It's kind of exciting - you know how people who don't live on the coast get excited about hurricanes when they're visiting during hurricane season?  That's how we're feeling about this snow!!  


Lana would LOVE it - I can't wait to bundle her up her snowsuit and get her outside to throw snowballs and make a snowman!  I bought hot chocolate and marshmallows to have when we're done, too.  She's just at such a great age to enjoy this!  She was only 6 months old the last time we had snow here, and she wasn't too impressed then.


My only major concern is Dan's commute home tonight.  He's been arriving home around midnight or later this weekend, which is around the time "conditions will rapidly deteriorate."  Please pray for him to have a safe drive home tonight, so that he can be warm & snug in his bed with me by the time that snow really starts falling.


Here's the advisory that's been issued:

Winter Storm Warning for Wake County, NC

from 9 pm EST, Mon., Jan. 19, 2009 until 6 pm EST, Tue., Jan. 20, 2009
Issued by The National Weather Service
Raleigh/Durham, NC
2:31 pm EST, Mon., Jan. 19, 2009
... WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM EST TUESDAY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RALEIGH HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM EST TUESDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
A STRONG UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE WILL APPROACH FROM THE WEST THIS EVENING AND CROSS JUST SOUTH AND EAST OF CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA LATE TONIGHT AND TUESDAY. THIS WEATHER SYSTEM WILL CAUSE AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE TO DEVELOP OVER SOUTH CAROLINA THIS EVENING. THE LOW WILL MOVE OFFSHORE BY EARLY TUESDAY AND RAPIDLY INTENSIFY. NORTHERLY LOW LEVEL WINDS ASSOCIATED WITH THE DEVELOPING AREA OF LOW PRESSURE WILL USHER IN MUCH COLDER AIR INTO CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA... ALLOWING PRECIPITATION TO BECOME ALL SNOW BY LATE TONIGHT.
AREAS OF RAIN THIS EVENING WILL CHANGE OVER TO SNOW LATER TONIGHT AND CONTINUE INTO TUESDAY. THE SNOW WILL TAPER OFF TUESDAY AFTERNOON IN THE WEST... AND BY EARLY EVENING IN THE EAST. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS BETWEEN 3 AND 5 INCHES ARE EXPECTED ACROSS MOST OF THE PIEDMONT... THE SANDHILLS AND THE COASTAL PLAIN. THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR FEW SPOTS TO RECEIVE UP TO 6 INCHES. AT THIS TIME... THE FAVORED AREA FOR A BAND OF HEAVY SNOW EXISTS ALONG THE HIGHWAY 1 CORRIDOR FROM SOUTHERN PINES THROUGH RALEIGH... EAST TO ROCKY MOUNT AND NASHVILLE.
AT THIS TIME... IT APPEARS THAT THE PRECIPITATION WILL START OUT AS RAIN EARLY THIS EVENING. THE TRANSITION TO SNOW SHOULD OCCUR IN THE TRIAD REGION AND THE FAR NORTHERN PIEDMONT BEFORE MIDNIGHT. ACROSS THE REMAINDER OF THE PIEDMONT AND INTO THE NORTHERN COASTAL PLAIN... THE PRECIPITATION WILL TRANSITION TO SNOW AROUND OR SHORTLY AFTER MIDNIGHT. OVER THE SANDHILLS AND THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN COASTAL PLAIN... RAIN IS EXPECTED THIS EVENING... WITH THE TRANSITION TO SNOW OCCURRING BETWEEN 2 AND 5 AM TONIGHT.
THE TRANSITION FROM RAIN TO SNOW MAY OCCUR FAIRLY QUICK. THIS MAY LEAD TO A RAPID DETERIORATION OF DRIVING CONDITIONS IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME LATE TONIGHT AND EARLY TUESDAY. EVERYONE ACROSS CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA SHOULD KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON THE LATEST CONDITIONS AND FORECASTS THROUGH TONIGHT. AT A MINIMUM... THOSE WHO MUST TRAVEL LATE TONIGHT AND TUESDAY SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR A DIFFICULT COMMUTE.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Lana-isms



A few of my favorite things that Lana has said this week:
  • We were on our way to preschool Tuesday morning, and I asked Lana who she was going to play with.  "Olivia!" she shrieked.  "I love my friend Olivia!"
  • We have been telling Lana that the baby in my tummy is Mommy's baby and Daddy's baby and her baby - we want her to feel a sense of ownership...that this baby belongs to our family.  So today going down the road in the car, I asked her "Whose is the baby in Mommy's tummy?"  Without missing a beat she replied: "God's."  Well, yes, actually.  Exactly true.
  • She put on some white socks with some cotton lace fringy stuff and said, "Look, my socks have snow!!"
  • Dan cut his hair into a (temporary) mohawk.  Lana took one look at it, and said with great delight: "Daddy, you look like a horsey!!"
  • Tonight we were doing family hugs before putting Lana in the bed, and Lana leaned back so she could see both of us and said, "I just love you guys."
  • We were listening to Lana on the monitor, and heard her saying to her baby, "Come here, you sweet baby.  You come here."  SO ready to be a big sister!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

6 weeks pregnant with Baby #2!



I'm right around six and a half weeks pregnant, and this pregnancy could not be more different than my pregnancy with Lana!

I am sick...sooooo sick.  If my eyes are open, I'm nauseous, like I'm constantly on a rocking boat.  I've tried everything from ginger tea to preggie pops to ginger snaps...nothing helps.  I can't complain about it, because it means that the baby is healthy, but wow.  Poor Dan and Lana.  I haven't done a thing to the house.  I might start dinner or laundry, but I can never finish it.  There's a to-do list two miles long that I'm not motivated to even look at.  Playing with Lana consists of reading to her in bed, or playing babies while I'm laying on the couch.  She has been so patient with me, and the Lord has given me just what I need to get through the weekends while Dan works.  

Speaking of Dan, he has been a hero!  Cooking, cleaning, taking care of Lana, letting me sleep...what a man.  He's so gracious about my lack of energy and motivation.

With Lana, I had these super intense cravings from the first day.  Watermelon was a huge one - I couldn't get enough of it, even in December.  I haven't had anything like that yet.  Nothing looks good or sounds good to me.  I have to eat to keep from getting sick, but I hate even thinking about food.  I'll think I want something, and then when I see it or smell it, no way.

I think I am already starting to show with this baby, too!  With Lana, I was dying to wear maternity clothes, and I didn't really start to show until around 6 months.  But here I am only 6 weeks, and my body is already starting to look different!  How bizarre!!  I haven't gained any weight yet, but my tummy is definitely starting to pooch - even Dan can tell.  Crazy!  Tell me this is normal for second pregnancies!

We go to the doctor on the 28th of this month...I can't wait to see the little heartbeat.  It makes it so real!  What a miracle. 

Friday, January 9, 2009

And the greatest of these is love.

If I live in a house of spotless beauty with everything in its place,
but have not love,
I am a housekeeper, not a homemaker.

If I have time for waxing, polishing, and decorative achievements,
but have not love,
my children learn cleanliness, not godliness.

If I scream at my children for every infraction,
and fault them for every mess they make,
but have not love,
my children become people-pleasers, not obedient children.

Love leaves the dust in search of a child's laugh.
Love smiles at the tiny fingerprints on a newly cleaned window.
Love wipes away the tears before it wipes up the spilled milk.
Love picks up the child before it picks up the toys.

Love accepts the fact that I am the ever-present "mommy,"
the taxi-driver to every childhood event,
the counselor when my children fail or are hurt.

Love crawls with the baby, walks with the toddler, and runs with the child,
then stands aside to let the youth walk into adulthood.

Before I became a mother I took glory in my house of perfection.
Now I glory in God's perfection of my child.

All the projections I had for my house and my children
have faded away into insignificance,
And what remain are the memories of my kids.

Now there abides in my home scratches on most of the furniture,
dishes with missing place settings,
and bedroom walls full of stickers, posters and markings,
But the greatest of all is the Love
that permeates my relationships with my children.

-Adapted by Jim Fowler

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Scary potty accident

Last night just before bedtime, Lana was using the potty.  She lost her balance while she was standing up, and her girl parts landed exactly on the blunt edge of her potty seat.  She completely freaked out, and there was quite a bit of blood.

As soon as we got the blood slowed down, Dan began loading things up to go to the ER while I got on the phone with the nurse advice line at our pediatrician's office.  They patched me through to the ER at WakeMed, and I spoke to a nurse there.  She advised us to wash the area with water and mild soap, put on a cold compress (yeah, right!), and to not come in unless the wound was gaping and we thought it required a stitch or two.

We finally got her calmed down and asleep last night, and she slept well through the night.  When she woke up this morning, though, she started to pee pee and freaked out, screaming that it burned.  We checked the wound, and there was fresh blood.  An hour later, she still wouldn't pee, and I knew I couldn't take her to preschool without a visit to the pedi.

I met the nurses there as they opened with door, and they were so kind.  Those of you who use Growing Child know Candy - what a godsend she is!  She held my shaking hands across the counter and reassured me that everything was going to be fine, that I would be the first one in to see the first doctor who arrived.

I was hopeful it would be Dr. Dirk, our usual pedi, but it was not.  It was Dr. Mandy.  The Lord sent exactly the right doctor in to us....she was wonderful.  She was gentle and compassionate (with both of us!), and gave us lots of great tips.  She took the time to talk with Lana and explain what she wanted her to do: chiefly, use the potty in the bathtub today so that it wouldn't hurt.  She also advised me to put some neosporin on the wound, which we have done several times today, with much trauma.

It took us forever to convince her to use the potty in the bathtub.  We put her in, read books, let her watch a movie, ate popsicles...you name it.  I just wanted her to pee.  She finally did pee pee in the tub, and you could just see how relieved she was that it didn't hurt.  As the day wore on, she wanted to pee pee in the potty, and she did better and better.  

We'll go back to preschool tomorrow.  I'm so grateful for a wonderful pediatrician's office.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Our major potty training problem

Lora Jensen's 3 Day Potty Training e-book has worked for us!  Lana has potty trained quickly and well, with no accidents (day or night) since Day 2.  She tells us when she needs to potty, and even pottied in Target the other day when we forgot her potty seat.  It's just been an overall good experience for all three of us.

Except.

Going to bed.

We have been traveling for the past two weeks, so she's been out of her nighttime routine, staying up later and getting up earlier than normal anyway.  AND I read an article the other day that between 2-3, toddlers start resisting bedtime.  They want to stay up, and try to think of ways to prolong going to sleep.  So probably this would have happened anyway.

We just gave her a really good excuse to get out of the bed when we told her, "Call Mommy & Daddy if you need to use the potty."

It took her about one nap time to figure out that if she called us, we would come get her out of the bed and take her to the potty. So she's started manipulating us, calling every two or three minutes, even sometimes giggling about it.

Wow.  Talk about frustrating.  Where a few weeks ago, we had a little girl who would go to bed with a smile on her face, and who would talk & play until she fell asleep, now we have a little monster, continually calling us to get her out of bed and pitching a holy terror fit when we put her back in each time.  Going to bed for nap or nighttime has begun to take almost an hour!!!!  And if she wakes up to use the potty in the middle of the night, the cycle starts again.  This is probably all compounded by the fact that she's overtired.  She's not sleeping as long as nap or night because she's waking up to potty, and when she gets tired, all bets are off with her behavior.  Being rested is just so essential for her.

Dan & I have been purely exhausted by all of this.  We have wrestled with it for hours on end, wanting the potty to be a positive thing, not wanting to discipline her for potty infractions - that's just not the route we've chosen to go down.  After talking and praying and seeking counsel from other moms and dads who have already potty trained, he finally put his foot down and said that it was an issue of honesty, pure and simple, and that if she lied to us, we had to spank her.  He believes that the issue of honesty is more important than any potty training issue.

So we sat her down and had a talk with her, and told her that she could only call Mommy & Daddy from her bed when she really had to potty.  We also told her that if she pitched a fit when she went back to bed, she was being rebellious and disobedient, and we had to spank her.  Several times during the day, we've stopped and prayed about this.  We told her that we were having a problem in our family, and that God wants to help us, so we talk to Him about it.  We showed her in the Bible where it tells Mommies & Daddies to spank their children if they disobey.

Whew.  And spank her we did.  After two battles at nap times, and one nighttime battle (which Dan handled himself while I went out to dinner with friends!!), she seems to know that we mean business.

Before nap time today, as she was getting ready to crawl in her bed, she said, "I think I want to use the potty before I get in."  She peed, got in the bed, and went to sleep.   She woke up in the middle of nap, and called us to use the potty.  She peed, got back in the bed without a fuss, and went right to sleep.

We're praying that this is the beginning of a new pattern for her.  I'm so grateful for Dan leading us well.  I'm so grateful for a God who cares about all of parenting...even the potty training issues...especially about the heart issues of honesty and obedience.