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Sunday, May 06, 2007

I have a very very bad memory so I write everything down in a calendar. Then each December when I get the next years calendar, month by month I go through it and write all the birthdays and anniversaries in it, adding a year to it so I don't forget.

But this weekend I found a very old calendar. From 2001. When I was pregnant with my boys I would write all the things the doctor told me about the baby in the calendar to remember it. Fundal height, heart rate, stuff like that. Oh, and my weight too.

In 2001, when I was five months pregnant with Blue Boy, I weighed 139 lbs. So I went over to the scale in the bathroom, and I did it people! I have lost one and a half babies' weight in the last two months. I am now 139 lbs. So Cool. I have lost 14 lbs in the past eight weeks.

All I have done is really lowered my bread and pasta intake and cut sugar and cream from my coffee. I want to get to 125. I will be getting back to DDR now that I don't have to worry about fainting when I move.

Today, still celebrating the fact I can move, we took the kids for a picnic at the park. The best part was when the little girl brought over her one week old pet duck for us to play with (I told JJ we need to get a pet duck, then we'd be set for Christmas dinner!) This little quack-er was seriously cute!

The worst part was the billion and three mosquitoes that flocked to the park three hours after we got there. Our options were leave or start up a portable blood transfusion site. We chose to leave.

I have a few questions for anyone who knows the answers:

1. In the name Washington D.C.; what does the D.C. stand for? This has been bugging The Husband and I for a While. I googled it, and I got six billion sites for he dead baby procedure, D&C.

2. How hard is it to train a puppy to pee out side? How long does it take? Anyone know a good book and or website that I can read?

Uhmmm. I think that's it! Hope you all had an excellent weekend!



Blogger Sheila said...

ooh first!
DC = District of Columbia
I don't know how to potty train a dog.
Congrats on your weight! Keep it up!

Man, I have to go to sleep now.


11:00 PM, May 06, 2007  
Blogger Sheila said...

btw - I won't be first tomorrow night. :( I know, I know... you're sad too.

And, I have no idea why DC stands for District of Columbia, fyi.

11:01 PM, May 06, 2007  
Blogger Bluepaintred said...

Sheila Hah! way to steal that firstie gold! Thanks for the DC info. thanks for the weight watching (lol)
night night!

Sheila Oh? got up for a midnight snack? Why wont you be first tomorrow? is it toms surgery tomorrow? when is his surgery? need a hug? Here, have a hug ---> ((hug))

11:08 PM, May 06, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey even I knew that DC stands for District of Columbia... by Puppy Training for Dummies... time line for puppy training all depends on your persistence, patience, and how many times you wanna get up during the night to take the dog out. Seriously it can be worse then feed a baby overnight.


11:22 PM, May 06, 2007  
Blogger New York City's Watchdog said...

Well... since the DC question was already answered... the puppy question is better answered through a breed specific book. Unless your getting a mutt... which means any source will do.

Usually it isn't THAT hard. Make sure they know how to signal you that they need to go to the bathroom... and go from a big place covered with newspaper, to a smaller place, to no place so they are forced to signal. Does that make sense?

12:30 AM, May 07, 2007  
Blogger Catch said...

When I train my puppies I always use a dog pen...I pen them up at night and first thing in the morning I take them out to pee ...when Im not playing with them or am busy they are in their pen....otherwise I take them out about every hour to pee whether they need to go or not. With puppies its good to take them out as soon as they eat or drink.

2:05 AM, May 07, 2007  
Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

I am still learning myself to pee outside.

2:55 AM, May 07, 2007  
Blogger onetallmomma said...

Puppy! Are you out of your ever lovin' mind? Yes, they are cute critters but they chew the shit out of everything, pee everywhere and grow up to be DOGS who need to be fed, walked and taken to the vet.

Crate training happens to be the best way to pee train a puppy.

I am still questioning your sanity.

5:23 AM, May 07, 2007  
Blogger Shelli said...

Both your questions have been answered. :( I hate working. It means I can't stay up until you post and be first so that I can answer your questions first. Oh well.

Congrats on the weight thing. My goal is 125, too. I will get there. I hope.

5:40 AM, May 07, 2007  
Blogger Blogarita said...

As you know, the answer to #1 is District of Columbia.

The answer to #2 is to just get another cat.

5:51 AM, May 07, 2007  
Blogger Avitable said...

It's all about crate training. When they're a puppy, you leave them in the cage, where you give them food and water. Then, when you let them out, you take them directly outside and make them pee outside while saying words like "potty" or something. When they go outside, you reward them. If they go the bathroom inside, you scold them.

I believe that the District of Columbia was created when the states of Maryland and Virginia gave up land to create the federal district. The city of Washington came later, and now the two are intertwined.

5:59 AM, May 07, 2007  
Blogger Miss Ann Thrope said...

I don't do dogs. It's like having a perpetual newborn. I like newborn babies, I don't like newborn dogs.

I'm all for getting an older dog more in need of a home. I am all about shelters. All but 2 of our cats are from shelters.

I knew the DC thing too. I don't get it, but I knew it.

OMFG!!! I commented. That's meets my quota for 2007. :-D

7:39 AM, May 07, 2007  
Blogger Finn said...

Crate training is the answer. And being watchful. And taking them out frequently when they are little (cause they can't wait long). It's about patience, like potty training your kids.

8:29 AM, May 07, 2007  
Blogger Marilyn said...

The hardest thing for crate training, for me, was that the first few nights the puppy cries and I want so much to let it out... let it out for the night once and it's all over.

It seems to me like kids. Some dogs are just easier than others. Some breedss are more prone to chewing than others. I would suggest investigating breeds carefully and then maybe getting a mixed breed that has at least some of your favorite breed in it. My Dachsund has been the worst for potty training. My Chihuahua Mix was the easiest.

I wanna lose weight too. Congratulations. (sorry about my speeling)

8:50 AM, May 07, 2007  
Blogger Tug said...

YAY on the weight! 125 must be "the" number - that's where I want to get to also...

the rest have been answered, so my work here is done.


k. now I'm done.

9:21 AM, May 07, 2007  
Blogger Nobody™ said...

I knew #1.

#2 depends on a lot of factors. Different breeds can be different. Female Dachshunds are a bitch! It takes a year to fully potty train them. After that, ours has been pretty good about going outside. My dad had a male Springer Spaniel. Took about 6 weeks to fully train him, and then he never had an accident after that.

And Blogarita is SO wrong. NO MORE CATS.

10:40 AM, May 07, 2007  
Blogger Lynda said...

I recommend Good Owners, Great Pets for a dog training book. I also recommend PetSmart training classes. Nikki took four months, but she was the exception because of her background. It really depends on how diligent on the dog.

That old calendar sounds neat. Kind of like finding a time capsule.

10:48 AM, May 07, 2007  
Anonymous mac said...

It would be easier to potty train a duck than a dog. :)

12:18 PM, May 07, 2007  
Blogger Bluepaintred said...

RoxDar well if you knew it you should have told me! its 120 are you home yet? I am going to call you right away (lol)as for night peeing, does it get better after a while? a few weeks? months? years??

Dawg is it a bad thing to train them to bark to go out? will that send the message that it is ok to bark whenever they want soemthing?

Catch will they pee on demand if thye dont have to go?

Fab have mrs fab make a reward chart. if you stay dry all day you get a sticker. ten stickers means you get a prize!

OneTallMomma but a dog will need to be walked every day - good! i will get of fmy ass. and my kids still chew up things, so whats the difference if a pup chews my shoes or Stuperman does? I am completly sane!

Shelli you will hit 125 cus youa re determined to do it! I would hate working too. thats why i got me a sugar daddy!

Bogarita lol @ another cat!

Avitable see, I knew you would have good answers! How do you scold a dog? firm voice? with out car we used voice and a spray bottle...

Miss Ann Im an equal oppertunity lover, i like both cats and dogs! congrats on the comment quota being reached! you need a gold star!

Finn when I trained the boys i set the alarm on my watch to go every fifteen minutes, then every thirty and so on... so same thing?

Marilyn i have heard some about crate training and want to learn more about it. I would like to have a good knowledge base before we get the pup, not learn as we go!

Tug how tall are you tug? I am five foot one. the doc said 125 is an ideal weight for me... the dickduck referenses never fail to amuse me you know!

Nobody we are getting a shih tzu. next summer. hopefully. depends when the momma breeds and whelps. I dont want to potty train in minus 30 weather!

Lynda how early can you take a dog to pet training? we have a pet smart in the city near us, and i have checked the prices of classes, it seems reasonable..
thanks for the book reccomend, I am writing it down.

Mac im not sure you can potty train a bird. plus it scratched me yesterday and now my hand hurts

1:26 PM, May 07, 2007  
Anonymous Squirrel said...

I've been off line for severfal days. I just caught up on you posts. Glad you are feeling better! sounds like you have a great doctor. Good idea with the calendars.

6:00 PM, May 07, 2007  
Blogger Todd said...

My goal is learning how to pee standing up. I stopped for a while because I was sick of hearing people bitch about me peeing on the bowl, but then I learned that it's bad for men to pee sitting down because you don't empty your bladder that way (and because you look like a girl). So now I'm learning to pee with accuracy. It's hard.

7:42 PM, May 07, 2007  
Blogger Jerri said...

I see a flock of people beat me to tell you that it is District of Columbia....oh well, I'm not as smart as I thought I was...hehehehe For the record, I had to think a long time for those words to come to me.

9:23 PM, May 07, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd kennel train your dog. Some see it as a little cruel, I know I did, but I wish I would have. And beware of action hero toys. I know Zeus loved them. The boy has quite a few batman's that are missing hands and feet, and a robin that we never


10:02 PM, May 07, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should try and litter train your puppy, You're getting a small puppy right?

11:41 AM, May 08, 2007  

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