Monday, March 25, 2013

Stuck in Potty Training Hell

I've been MIA from the blog for a couple of weeks because I've been stuck in potty training hell. A month ago we adopted a super cute puppy who we named Gnocchi and most of my time has been consumed by him ever since. He was only 10 weeks old when we adopted him, so we knew potty training was going to be challenge, we just didn't expect it to be so much of a challenge!

The first 2 weeks it was too cold to take a baby outside to go potty so we were keeping him in our master bathroom and using puppy pads.That meant that I would come home to clean the pee and poo that was all over the bathroom floor. After cleaning I would spend 2-3 hours in the bathroom with him, watching him like a hawk, trying to "catch him in the act" so he would learn to go on the puppy pads. After two weeks and no progress we switched it up, moved him to the smaller hall bath, thinking that all the space in our bathroom was confusing him. Again, he would do his business ALL over the bathroom and I'd come home to clean it up.

Unfortunately I can't make it home during lunch, so he spends my workday in the bathroom and goes on the pads and I let him out as soon as I get home. Since the weather warmed up some in the last few weeks, I started taking him out a couple of times a day: as soon as I woke up, after his breakfast, when I got home from work, after his dinner and right before bed. I would spend 3-4 hours when I came home from work with him; taking him on a walk, playing/training or taking him outside to go potty.The pad + outside routine might be confusing him and it might take us longer to train him but it's the only thing that will work until he is 6 or 7 months old and can be crated during the day.

It's been slow and painful progress but I'm happy to report that I think he's getting it! Today I came home to a clean bathroom and puppy pad, as soon as I let him out he ran to the back door. I immediately leashed him and took him outside, where he quickly did number one and number two. Who knew I could get this excited about poo!

Cute video of puppy going crazy on the bed

Monday, March 11, 2013

One Month Update: Second Floor

A preview of all the work done on the second floor, one month in.

Hall Bath Before:

In Progress: Painted in Dark Pewter by Behr and changed light fixture.

Guest Bedroom Before:

In Progress: Painted in Frosted Jade by Behr with disassembled bed in the middle.

Nursery Before:

In Progress: Painted in French Silver by Behr and storing a future dresser rehab project.

Master Bedroom Before:

In Progress: Painted in Lap Pool Blue, has new furniture and bedding.

Master Bath Before:

In Progress: Painted in French Silver by Behr, change vanity light and added some bathroom accessories.

Up next on the second floor is: changing the bathroom cabinet hardware, spray painting the door hardware and deciding what color to paint the cabinets.  We also still need to buy a shower curtain and bathroom accessories for the hall bath as well as a window covering for the Master bath.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

One Month Update: First Floor

It's been a very busy few weeks. We started painting the day we closed on the house and haven't stopped since  Here is the one month update of what we've done in the house.

Foyer Before:

 In Progress: Still needs to be painted but we did replace the ugly brass light fixtures.

Office Before:

In Progress: Painted room in Frosted Jade from Behr and replaced the window coverings with Janette curtains from Ikea.

Dining Room Before:

In Progress: Painted in Lap Pool Blue by Behr and changed curtains to Janette from Ikea.

One last look of these lovelies! I adore these curtains and somewhat wish I could make them work for the rest of the house.

 Half-Bath Before:

In Progress: Painted Lap Pool Blue and some accessories added.

Family Room Before:

 In Progress: Painted in Dark Pewter by Behr and everything added!

Love my couch and cushions!

Breakfast Nook Before:

In Progress: Painted in French Silver by Behr and added furniture.

Kitchen Before:

In Progress: Painted in French Silver by Behr with new fridge and wine cooler.

Up next on the list of updates for the first floor is switching out all the kitchen cabinet hardware and spray painting the door hardware. Then it's one to the big projects: painting the cabinets, adding backsplash, adding granite and switching out the rest of the appliances to stainless steel.