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Poop On A Plane

Parents cause a stink, allow toddler to poop on Delta Airlines s – FOX 10 News | myfoxphoenix.com.

Imagine being on a flight and you overhear the person sitting near you encouraging their child to poop in their seat.  According to this story, this is exactly what happened and there was nothing anybody could do about it.

Delta Flight

Delta Flight

If I were the parents of the child needing to relieve himself, I would obviously seek out a bathroom with the toddler in tow and help them with their problem like any normal parent would do.  There is no way I would sit there in the row of seats and encourage my child to defecate on the seat.  This article does say that the family is from China, but I don’t think the cultures differ that much when it comes to this type of behavior.

We have only traveled a few times with our toddler in tow, but never by plane.  Although Nikki has been all over the world, I have only traveled within the United States and normally by car.  At this point in my parenting life, I don’t think I would even attempt to fly with a toddler unless I really needed to.  I know parents do it everyday, but I get nervous when I travel and having a small child only adds to the pressure.

How do you travel with your toddler of children?  Are there any certain tricks to doing this?

What are some of your experiences with traveling with children?

What do you think about the parents who let their child defecate on the seat?

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The Lego Obsession Has Begun

He picked it out himself

He picked it out himself

Nikki was looking for a new way to beat the intense summer heat and got the idea to take Oliver to the local Toys R Us and get him a new toy.  When she left, she did not really know what she was going to get, but the Toys R Us by our house is not normally busy, has big open spaces, good air conditioning, and is perfect to let the little man run around in.  On a hot Arizona summer day where the temperatures reach 110 degrees, you really cannot ask for anything else.

On this trip to Toys R Us, Nikki was in search for something different, a real toy, not just the usual Hot Wheels car or some kind of ball that he would normally get.  He did not do anything to deserve it; I guess Nikki wanted to add a little variety to his toy collection because Oliver did not do anything special to deserve a toy.  It was not his birthday or a holiday or anything like that.  None-the-less, Nikki splurged and got Oliver his first Lego set, a fire truck from the Lego City collection.  I am not sure who was more excited about this, Nikki or Oliver.

He was playing with his new firetruck

He was playing with his new firetruck

Before I arrived home from work, Nikki and Oliver had put their Lego play set together.  In addition to that, no sooner than me walking in the door from work, they were begging me to go back to get another Lego set.  Since I am such a big softy, and the fact that I had a hankering for some Starbucks, we decided to make a family trip to Target and get another play set.  Oliver ended up with another fire truck, an airport fire truck also from the Lego City collection.  Looking back, I am starting to wonder if I should have agreed to go to Target because his Lego collection has already grown exponentially and those Lego sets are not cheap.

Trying to get the hat on the firefighter

Trying to get the hat on the firefighter

 

Laying on the ground with his firetruck

Laying on the ground with his firetruck

He was really into his firetrucks

He was really into his firetruck

 

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Movie Night – Planes Fire and Rescue

Movie Poster for Planes Fire and Rescue

Movie Poster for Planes Fire and Rescue

Over the past few weeks, Oliver and his mommy were anticipating the release of Disney’s Planes Fire and Rescue. So, we decided to go the other night and it was really a good movie! I am not a fan of Disney sequels because the originals are normally really good and the second installments seem to be produced with lower standards in mind. However, there have been a few exceptions and I think Planes Fire and Rescue is one of them. We had actually made plans to go on a Sunday morning in order to avoid the crowds, but as luck would have it, Oliver took a late nap and was not going back to sleep anytime soon. Around 7:30pm, last Friday, we still needed to eat dinner and since Nikki did not want to cook, and my cooking skills are on the same level of a preschooler, we decided to go get something eat. Since we live in a rural area and it was later in the evening, we had plenty of time to think about what we wanted to eat as we headed into what call “town”. Even though we call it “town” it really is just a small west valley suburb of Phoenix. By the time we got to town, we decided that we wanted to go to Chili’s for dinner and possibly go to a late night showing of Planes Fire and Rescue. Like I said, Oliver had taken a late nap and he was not about to fall asleep anytime soon. We like to eat at Chili’s but it ended up being too busy and we were not going to be done in time to make the last showing of Planes Fire and Rescue at 9:45pm. Consequently, we went across the street to a Mexican food place called Macayos. This place was not as busy and we were able to get in and out rather quickly. After dinner, we hopped back across the street and went into the movies. I thought other people were going to judge us for taking a toddler to a 9:45pm movie, after all, shouldn’t toddlers be in bed by 7pm. Oliver defies the norm and usually stays up until 10-11pm no matter how hard we try, so we might as well take in a late movie at the local movie theater. Well, no one seemed to judge us because there were not that many people there and after seeing some of the movies that other parents were taking their kids to go see, I really did not feel all that out of place.

We were waiting for the movie to start

We were waiting for the movie to start

When we walked into the auditorium, the movie started and there were only about fifteen people in the whole place so we got to sit pretty much anywhere we wanted. Since I have trouble watching large movie screens, I like to sit dead center of the row and towards the back. We walked to the back and sat down with Oliver between us. It is kind of funny because Oliver is not heavy enough to keep the seat down so he either has to sit towards the front of the seat or sit on the diaper bag for some extra weight. With that said, there was still a moment where the seat folded in on him. I do not think he liked that too much. We have the first Planes movie on Blu-ray and he has seen it nearly one hundred times now, so he is well aware of who Dusty Crophopper is and all of his crew. He was so excited to see them on the big screen. During the movie we could tell he was excited because he was pointing things out and looking back at us to make sure we were paying attention. Through out the whole movie, he was engaged and was making sure we were engaged as well. Before going to go see Planes Fire and Rescue, I cannot honestly tell you what the last movie I went to go see was. I think it was the second to last Harry Potter movie. I am not really a fan of going to the movies, but this was the first time I had been to the movies as a parent. Yes, it has been that long since I have been to the movies. With that said, I can say that it was one of the most fun times I have had as a parent and most fun in general in some time. Between my work and school schedules, we have not been able to do much since Oliver was born. Although going out on a Friday night may seem like no big deal to some, it was actually a fun event for us. Now that my schooling is coming to a close, I look forward to having more time to spend as a family.  

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Potty Training and Constipation

Wow! It really has been a long time since I have updated this site. In the past several months, I have been completely swamped with work, parenting, school, etc. I always have a full plate of responsibilities and have had to allocate my time to other things that are more important. I am sure most parents would understand this. Unfortunately, my blog has once again taken a backseat to other more important items on my agenda. However, I do plan to keep this site going as I plan to continue to discuss my adventures into parenting and whatever else it is I do in life.

With that said, these past few months have brought forth a few more complications with Oliver. Of course, the problem of not eating is still apparent but it is getting better. With the help of his therapist, he has been able to overcome some of his obstacles and is now eating a little more foods than before. Previously, he would only eat crunchy foods like chips and of course Oreos. In the time since, we have been able to expose his taste buds to chicken fries, thanks to a good suggestion from my mother-in-law. Oliver will now ask for these and will voluntarily eat 3-5 of them in one sitting. However he still wants to eat his Oreos at the end of the meal, but we use them as a reward now and he only gets them if he eats his chicken fries or something else that isn’t a cookie. This reward system doesn’t always work because he will refuse to eat anything at all so it’s difficult to deny him a cookie when he won’t eat anything else. We don’t cave in easily, especially Nikki, but some meal times prove harder than others. None-the-less, we will keep trying to expose him to try new foods and try new methods. Eventually, I think he will become curious of what we are eating and want to try it. Until then, we will just keep trying.

This is how I got the boy to sit still on the potty

This is how I got the boy to sit still on the potty

Since we have made some headway in his feeding, we decided to begin potty training. We didn’t have high hopes at first, but getting him familiar with the potty was our intention at the time. He actually did pretty well at first, but then a major problem occurred. Oliver has always struggled with severe constipation, and this problem became even more serious shortly after we began the potty training. There was about a month where the problem became severe enough that we took him to the doctor, on more than one occasion, because he had gone extended periods of time without passing any stool. These periods of time were about four to seven days long and his abdomen would become hard, we could tell he was uncomfortable, he couldn’t sleep at night, and the Miralax that we had been giving him was obviously not working, even at high dosages. We were repeatedly advised to follow a strict Miralax and water routine, but frustrations only increase when this routine failed. Eventually he did pass something, and when he did, it was like a poop bomb went off. It was pretty much awful so I will spare the details!

Even though we never gave up on the potty training, the sever constipation became a cycle that really hindered progress with potty training. To this day, constipation is still a major problem for him, but a steady flow of Miralax and water seems to have regulated him to some extent. According to his doctor, his colon has expanded to a point where he will need a steady flow of Miralax, to prevent any withholdings in order to shrink his colon back down to a normal size. If anyone is wondering, we did ask the doctor about other methods and other medications to help with this problem, but it was advised to stay with water and Miralax because nothing else is safe for such a small child. I wish there was something else we could do, but it’s difficult when he won’t eat. I am really hoping this is a problem that becomes less severe as time goes on. We will have to keep trying new foods and new techniques to get him to eat. I really think getting him to eat, like a normal developing child, will be the key to solving some of the issues he has had.

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Surviving The Holidays

Well, we have officially made into the 2014 New Year.  The past few months have been busy for us, which is why I have once again neglected my blog.  As much as I would like to update the blog once a week, it doesn’t seem to happen.  Since the last time I wrote, we have had a few holidays and of course, holidays bring our family together for fun times.

He had a doctor’s appointment on his Birthday and they wanted him dress up in his costume.

This was Oliver’s third Halloween and like the previous two Halloween’s, we had a debate over what he should dress up as.  After looking through the Party City advertisement, I chose a Business Man outfit, which came complete with a cool hat! This costume was a great choice because it was a one-piece outfit, not including the hat, which made it simple to get it on and off.  Also, Oliver was a hit with the neighbors as we walked around and got his candy.  We knew he wouldn’t eat the candy but we were not about to pass up the opportunity to wear him down so we could all get a good night sleep.  Fortunately, the plan worked!  We ended the night on a high note with a ton a candy and worn out kid.  Consequently, we all got a full night’s sleep!  Halloween 2013 was definitely a success!

After Halloween came Thanksgiving!  This Thanksgiving was a low-key event but still a great time spent with family.  We usually do one Thanksgiving dinner with Nikki’s family and one Thanksgiving dinner with my family.  This way, we get to spend quality time with our parents and both sets of Oliver’s grandparents.  This thanksgiving, my parents chose to travel out of state so instead of doing dinner with them, we met them for breakfast at Cracker Barrel on their way out of town.  None-the-less, great times were had.

Christmas 2013

This Christmas was a fun holiday because Oliver was old enough to have a basic understanding of what was happening around him.  Like thanksgiving, we usually have two different dinners and gift opening sessions with grandparents, but then we have breakfast and a gift opening sessions here at our home on Christmas morning.  So, needless to say, Oliver makes out like a bandit on Christmas.  This year, Oliver got a ton of gifts including “Choo Choos” (trains), Planes, a bicycle, a tricycle, a Cozy Coupe, a kiddy Potty, and a lot of other gifts.  Even now that Christmas has come and gone, Oliver is still getting gifts from family and friends.

The holidays are definitely a time we cherish with our families. I am sure Oliver will continue to rake in the gifts as each Christmas passes, but of course, it is the time we spend with our families that really matters.  We are thankful for good times we had through the holidays and the time we spent with our families, but I am glad they are over.  I don’t think my bank account can handle another Christmas for a while.  So, here is to surviving the holidays and taking on the challenges the New Year brings.

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