Monday, September 17, 2007

Ian's Day

Ian hasn't had his mommy and daddy all to himself since before Laurel was born. I decide it's time for some one-on-one time with him, plus we need a day to discretely work on potty training.

We leave Laurel with Papa Dave and Grandma Ann, and head home to go swimming. At first, Ian's idea of swimming involves cleaning the pool tiles with a pumice stone. He's a good helper, and the pool looks great! Paul and I finally convince him to ride in an inflatable boat. We push the boat fast thinking he'd love it, but he's a cautious fellow. "Mommy, gentle please."

With a gentle push, the boat glides back and forth between Paul and myself, Ian rides along much more relaxed. Each time he arrives, he comments, "Thank you for being gentle."

After an hour of pool time, we have lunch out on the patio. Ian's hair has the total surfer, windblown look, so of course I take pictures.

Ian gets a relaxing bath, we read a story, and then all three of us take a nap. Paul and I eventually, but reluctantly, get up to shower. Ian sleeps a good two hours, moving around in the pool water wears him out.

I keep checking on him so that when he wakes, I am right there, ready to walk him to the bathroom. So far, he's had no accidents. As he strips so that he can sit on the toilet, we find he is dry. Whoo-hoo!

It being Ian's day, we head off to an ice cream shop for dinner and desert. Ian eats most of his chips and a single bite of his hotdog. This is his day, so we don't push him to eat his dinner, we know he's waiting for the ice cream. The sundaes arrive and Ian delightfully giggles. In the matter of a few seconds, he gulps down all the whipped cream off the top. He eats maybe two bites of ice cream, and he's done. I guess next time we should just order him some whipped cream.

We go to get Laurel at Grandma and Grandpa's, and as we walk through the door, Ian declares, "Laurel, go with Mommy and Daddy, it's my turn."

Yup, arrangements have been made, and he gets to stay the night with his beloved Grandma and Grandpa. Hey Ian, just please don't slam the door as Daddy and Mommy walk out.

As for working on the potty training, no accidents all day!


Mama's Moon said...

What a handsome little man Ian is growing up to be! I totally dig the surfer-look, Dude! Reading about his day with the two of you halfway made me tear. It made me realize that our own Big Guy deserves his own special day soon, without the usual nagging and such.

High fives on staying dry, Ian! And to you too, Mamacita, for being an awesome mommy!!

Sherri said...

Lucky Ian! I love what he said to his sister when you went to get her! It's funny how they perceive thing!

Kelli in the Mirror said...

He looks so grownup in that first picture! Wow!

And I really want to visit that ice cream shop with you. It looks awesome.

Elizabeth said...

Sounds like a terrific day. I think that I will be stealing that idea for down the road...

carrie said...

Aren't grandparents great? It is such a blessing to have them in your kid's lives, for this very reason!

Keep up the good work on the potty training! I don't know if it would help, but for the boys I used those little "Piddler" or tossed a few Cheerios into the toilet to give them something to aim at.

Damselfly said...

Wow, congrats! I hear potty training is really tough.

That picture of him with his surfer hair ... totally a heartbreaker!

Stella said...

Great pictures my friend. Is that I Sugar Bowl menu I see sitting on that table? If so, I'm so jealous! I *LOVE* that place!

Lady M said...

Wow, what a kiddo! Like Mama's Moom said, high five on the potty training.

Anonymous said...

Love the windblown, surfer look!! Ian's such a handsome litle boy!!

Sounds like a great day for you guys!! Maybe the grandparents should take BOTH kids overnight so you and Paul can have an entire night to yourselves!!

Rachel said...

Congrats on the potty training!! Yay Ian!

Guinevere Meadow said...

Sounds like so much fun!