Monday, November 12, 2012

#1 and #2

A few months ago we tried to potty train Esther. According to all the potty training gurus she met all the "readiness steps".  But even though according to the experts she was ready, she had not decided she was ready.  She is too smart for her own good sometimes and so she would deliberately hold it until naptime or bedtime and then just go in her diaper.  When she couldn't hold it that long she would only have "accidents" when there was no way we could get her to the potty quick.  So, after 4-5 days of that with zero success in going in a toilet, we decided to stop.  Since then she has made some strides in going in a toilet at daycare but still would refuse to go here at home even with our promises of great reward if she pee-pee'd or poo-poo'd in the potty.  We decided that she was one of those kids that just had to decide for herself that she was ready.
Well, yesterday she decided she was ready.  She has been telling us when she needs to go and peeing and pooping in the big commode like crazy.  Even though I am a nurse and deal with pee and poop everyday, this is the most excited I have ever been about it.  It is so crazy that a switch just flipped one day and she decided to do it.
I wish I had a picture of her on the commode to share on here but I don't.  However we did go get some cheap studio pictures done today at the request of my mom so I can share one of those.

Thursday, November 01, 2012


Today is the first day of Movember. During the month of November each year men in the U.S. and in other parts of the world grow mustaches to raise awareness and funds for men's health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.
I have decided to do it. By "it" I mean grow a mustache during the month of November for testicular and prostate awareness. I am doing it for a few reasons. 1. It seemed like something fun to do and a way to annoy Margo 2. I am a nurse in a urology clinic which deals with prostate and testicular cancer so it fits perfectly.
It also worked out perfectly because of my halloween costume yesterday.  I dressed up for work in some of my best 70's clothes, parted and slicked down my hair, and shaved everything except my mustache. So since Movember started today I just decided to keep it going. I am not good at growing facial hair so I am sure it is not going to be very remarkable in 30 days but we will see.
I joined a team on the official Movember website.  I joined the Mustache Goods and Wears team.  The Mustache Goods and Wears is a store owned by some friends of ours here in Fayetteville. Feel free to check-out my page on the Movember website,, and you can rate my mustache and even donate in honor of my mustache. The money goes to men's health organizations like the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Here is my costume yesterday
Here is a closer up so you can see the ugly stache.