Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Potty Training and Other Changes

Life, even when we want it to stay the same, is always changing.  At this moment, there's a little boy laying on his back on the living room floor, calmly eating his toast and using his toes to play with his toys.  He's wearing a t-shirt and underwear.  Yes, underwear.  Last week we moved him to pull-ups and got him used to sitting on his potty-training potty seat on the toilet.  He went almost every time we put him on the toilet but because he was still wearing a diaper, there's was no motivation for him to no "go" in between.  So today, I put underwear on him and I set a timer so we go to the potty every 30 minutes.  He had one accident of epic proportions (use your imagination) first thing this morning but he's done fine since then.  He gets a sticker and a piece of candy every time he goes and luckily, for the preservation of his teeth, he's far more interested in the sticker than the candy.  I may cut out the candy all together but then I have no excuse to have a piece. :)
We've had other changes around here too.  Over the past 8-10 weeks, our second floor (where the bedrooms are) has been transformed from a drab, dull area into four beautiful, bright rooms with new paint, more lights, and a refinished wood floor.  All of the windows on the second floor are going to be replaced on Saturday and we're currently working on trim and baseboard.  We hope to be completely done with everything in a couple weeks.  After that, I'll do the more fun things... arranging furniture, putting up blinds and valances, hanging pictures and paintings, picking out rugs, etc. 
And another thing that has not actually changed yet but will be soon.  We started the TIPS-MAPP training on Monday to become certified foster parents.  We don't know yet where this journey will lead us but we want to start down the path.  After the bedrooms are all done, we're also going to have our homestudy updated and get ready to pursue a private adoption.  I often sit and wonder what our family will look like in a year.  There's so many unknowns when it comes to foster care and adoption and frankly, it's really scary.  But we trust in a God Who knows all things and that brings a great measure of comfort.