Follow Up: Time to Crack the Whip


I love LOL Cats!

Recently after reading some other blogs I realized that I do a lot of posts that don’t have any follow up. I write a blog post with a question, complaint, etc. but I rarely follow up with the update on how things turned out. I don’t know about everyone else, but if I was interested enough to read the original post, I’m curious what ended up happening. Well, it’s been exactly 6 months since my post Time to Crack the Whip so I’m thinking this is a pretty good time for an update.

Here is the progress report:

Monkey (4yrs old):

  • Wiping his own butt (seriously, I could do with 1 less bum to clean around here!) check_mark_green
  • Create a few age appropriate chores like making his bed every morning and putting his dishes in the dishwasher x_mark_red
  • Work on his table manners check_mark_green

LoveBug (2yrs old):

Peanut (now 8 months old):

  • Well there’s only so much you can ask of a newborn, but I’d like us to work on a feeding routine starting with consistently feeding at 4:00pm and 6:30pm. If we can feed at those times every day it would work around the boys dinner time of 5:30pm and bed time of 7:00pm so that I am free to handle those check_mark_green

It’s definitely nice to look back for a minute and see that amidst the total chaos that has been our lives for the past 6 months, we’ve still managed to make progress!

Monkey is really proud of wiping his own butt (oh the things parents talk about!!!), but still needs/wants a spot check after to make sure he’s done a good job. We’ve gone up and down on the chores, but currently we have none, so I’ll say that’s a fail. Table manners have greatly improved, though general manners seem to be down the drain lately….you win some, you lose some.

LoveBug loves brushing his own teeth and will no longer let me help. The whole food issue seems to have resolved itself for the most part. There are still A LOT of things he doesn’t like as compared to Monkey or most kids in general, but he isn’t boycotting entire food groups or meals anymore. He’s gaining weight again and actually grew an entire inch in the month of July!! Serious win! Sock intervention has been an epic fail (see post links above), but I figure with all the changes in our lives lately it can wait until we are settled in our new home in Wisconsin.

The points on BabyGirl are basically irrelevant, she has grown and changed so much since writing that post. She’s 8 months now and is on a nice firm eating and sleeping schedule so I’ll call that one a success.

Next for the kids will be; new house, new rules. We’ve been staying here, there and everywhere for the past 6 months. We’ve had a lot of other people around supervising them and making decisions and we’ve gotten into some bad habits and relaxed rules. Time to get back to regular life when we get settled in our new home. It will be time to crack the whip yet again.

P.S. Fingers crossed we get our keys today!!


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