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Friday, 30 June 2006
Cue the Hallelujah Chorus!
Mood:  party time!
Topic: Nicklaus
Nicklaus is using the toilet - like a real person! I hope to heck I'm not jinxing things by saying this, but I THINK we just might be able to get him completely potty-trained before pre-school starts in September.

I have been SO stressed about this, because up till now, even though he'd usually sit on his potty chair without complaint (where something may or may not happen) he has never initiated the act. The past 2 days have seen major breakthroughs.

I attribute it solely to the refinement of my bribery technique. You'd think I would have learned something with Noah, but he wasn't nearly as difficult as Nicklaus. So I broke it down into 3 day goals. Get 4 stickers on your potty chart for each day, and after day 3 you get whatever "potty prize" we agreed upon. He's now the proud owner of 2 new Thomas the Tank Engine videos.

We actually went to Trader Joe's today wearing underwear. All three of us. Yes, even me. Nicklaus' were on backwards, as were his shorts, because "I can do it myself Mommy!".

I've just been so stressed about this because I really want him to be able to attend the same pre-school Noah did. He had such an incredible experience there, plus the fact that Nicklaus already knows the teachers, the surroundings, and several of the kids who will be in his class. But he wouldn't be allowed to go unless he was potty trained.

And all kidding aside about my bribes being the reason for his success, his progress marks a real physical/medical milestone. Being able to control his bodily functions is the last of the big hurdles he faced to completely rule out any sort of neurological damage that his tumor or the resulting treatments and surgeries might have caused. So it's a really big deal. He's never shown any signs of neurological impairment, but you just don't know until you pass ALL the tests.

This week he ACED the whizzing final. WHEW!

Posted by catherino at 1:05 PM PDT
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Saturday, 1 July 2006 - 12:06 PM PDT

Name: "Rosemary"
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> We actually went to Trader Joe's today wearing underwear. All three of us.


 Congratulations, Nicklaus!!! And congratulations to you, Catherino. I know how those niggling fears can eat away at you in very silent and subtle ways. I'm so very happy for you all. 

Monday, 3 July 2006 - 6:11 AM PDT

Name: "Tenille"

"even me"


Wednesday, 5 July 2006 - 5:24 PM PDT

Name: "Rebecca"
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Hooray, Nicklaus!  Way to wizz, kiddo. :)

 "All three of us."  Totally laughing over here (I feellike a member of the in-crowd because I get the joke here)!

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