Last night on Twitter, I solicited advice for three separate, almost completely unrelated things.
monsterchew: I need advice on 3 things: potty training, baby allergies, and hardwood vs laminate flooring. And... go!
So here now, my elaborations on why I'm seeking said advice.
1. Potty Training - My sweet, headstrong little 2 year old decided a few months ago that she would use the potty like her sister. Delighted by the copious offerings of M&Ms for the minor doings and bigger treats for the... erm, larger ones. She had no qualms with doing either. Granted, she often didn't remember to ask to go and I wasn't in a place at that point to embrace her interest, so I just indulged her when she asked and changed diapers when she didn't.
A week ago, I decided that since summer was upon us, we'd shed diapers, (as she is often wont to do anyway), and I'd actively encourage the pottying habits. She did GREAT for a few days and then, not so much. OK, I know, when they balk, don't force, etc. I got that.
But here's the kicker. She does NOT want a diaper. But she also won't use the bathroom. Think that equals a mess? No. She HOLDS it. Record time? 4 hours. She's just barely over 2. Yeah. At the end of those 4 hours, she was pleading for a diaper and yet refusing to put it on. So I tried the potty again. She went, (I don't think she could help it), and was dually rewarded with treats, songs, fanfare... and seemed to be super excited about it. But after that? Refusal, again.
I am trying my darndest to not traumatize the poor kid from all future bathroom experiences, but it ain't looking good. Combine that with the fact that while she will sit on the potty, (and she does that a lot... sit sit siiiiit), she wants me there. Which means Sayer comes in. And soon, my whole clan is crammed in my tiny bathroom. It's not fun. (And we've tried the mini potty in the other room... no dice).
2. Baby Allergies - Sayer is now 11 months and has spent approximately 8 of them completely congested. During the winter months, the docs chalked his congestion up to several consecutive colds. And with two older sisters often bringing germs home, this didn't surprise me. But as spring came, he stayed congested even when the girls were not. No other symptoms but a thick runny nose, mostly in the morning, throat congestion, especially at night, and coughing phlem, again, particularly at night. The latter really disrupts sleep in a huge way. And I'm tired. But you can't really sleep coach/train a kid who is coughing up a lung several times in the middle of the night.
So yes, allergies? I sincerely doubt it's food related, as we've eliminated trigger foods with no results. Environmental? Can babies get them? The only reprieve we've recently had was during a trip to TX. Dogs?
I've got a call into the pediatrician to see about allergy testing. We'll see. What do they do for kids that little?
3. Laminate vs.Wood Flooring - We're really looking to replace the awful carpet in our main room and hallway. It's old, stained, ugly, and quite realistically, probably nastified and maybe contributing to Sayer's allergy issue.
So the question: Laminate? Which we had in our old house and I liked it ok, but it streaked like mad when cleaned, which I HATED. Or wood? I love the natural, deep look of hardwoods and really would lean that way if given the choice... SO really, my question is more about the cost difference... is real wood worth it? Engineered? Solid? Which is better? Types of wood? Or are there some die hard laminate fans out there willing to try selling me the other way?
Whichever way we go, it's what will probably be here for the rest of our time, so... looking to chose wisely :)
So yes, internets... answer me these riddles three. And I will pay you in... hmmm... more wacky pictures of our little family. And maybe some regular blogging. *gasp* Yes, really!