Thursday, March 11, 2010

A Lovely Surprise...Or Two

Any guesses on what this is?

Or how about this?

Should I just tell you?

Okay, you've twisted my arm. I'll tell you.

The first photo? Those are the letters that Preston knows. Both capitals and lowercase letters.

The second photo? Those are the letters that he doesn't know.

We pulled out the flash cards today. We've been working on letters, just unofficially. We point them out and tell him what they are. But this is the first time that I've sat down with Preston to see what he knows and what we need to work on. I know, I'm such a slacker!

But I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the end result and how much he does know. Especially because we really haven't done any formal teaching of letters with him. Out of the 52 letters (lowercase and capitals) he knew 28 of them. That's just under 75%! I know, I know, he's brilliant! :)

Then just because showing me how many letters he knows wasn't enough for one day...

This morning I pulled Preston's diaper off and then because I didn't have to worry about another zipper incident as he was in two piece pajamas, I pulled his pants back up and let him hang out diaper less in his jammies. And then because it's apparently what I do, I forgot about it. And went downstairs to take a shower while Preston played upstairs and watched his morning cartoons.

I could hear him playing directly above me and can't say I was surprised when I walked back upstairs and the bathroom door was closed. I opened the door and saw Preston's jammie pants on the floor and remembered that he wasn't wearing a diaper. And freaked out. Until Preston told me that he'd gone pee-pee in the potty. After checking to see if his pants were in fact dry, I realized he was telling the truth! Why didn't I just check his potty you ask? Because he empties it most of the time after he goes. He'd missed a little which made it official that Preston had gone pee-pee in the potty. While he was playing. Without being reminded. Even though he had to pull his jammie pants off all by himself. Preston had gone pee-pee in the potty!

I also feel like you all should know that Preston is making the switch from sitting on his potty to peeing standing up. I'm very excited about this...kind of. I've been worrying about how to encourage Preston to pee like a "boy". But wasn't sure how to do this. Brad's been working on showing him. The only thing that sucks about this transition is that Preston is having a hard time with aim. Meaning that I'm having to clean up after him when he misses. Leaving me to wonder why it's all that important for boys to pee standing up?

Knowing letters and peeing in the potty, that's what my good days are made of!


Unknown said...

What a big boy! I cannot believe that he knows that many letters already. Great progress on the potty training progress...I am so dreading the day I have to do that...but after your story I am glad I have a girl...less clean-up!

Aleta said...

That's fantastic about the letters! Gosh, you brought back some fond memories. I used to love it when my Mom showed me the flashcards of the letters and later or words. It was a fun thing. Happy memories and I'm happy for you and Preston.

And Wow - he went to the potty without you there and going like a boy! Go Preston!

(Though I do wonder, why do they have to stand?)

Slightly off track here, but I remember reading an article where a gas station attendant was annoyed with MEN who didn't take enough care to "aim" in the toilet and were tired of having to clean up the mess.. So, on the urinal, they painted a fly. Guess what, the men's aim got a lot better! Seems it was a game to the men and they wanted to get the fly. How funny is that??)

Michelle said...

I went back and read the zipping story...and I am SOOOO glad I read that. NEVER would I have thought about that.

Meanwhile I cannot get my 2 year old boy to even SIT on teh potty...and I ask every dya....maybe I should stop asking.

It sounds like he's really guy doesnt know any letters yet.

Mrs. Stam said...

We have the same flash card and out almost 3 years old love them!!!! They are so much fun :-)

Yankee Girl said...

That is fantastic!

What a big boy you have!

That is awesome that he knows all those letters. You are going to have a smarty pants on your hands!