Kitchen is almost finished, in fact it's finished but we are trying some methods to darken the added granite top to make it more similar to the rest, so a post will definitely come soon!
The biggest news of all though is that we started yesterday potty-training Oliver. We have 4 days of holidays and it was my neighbour who suggested to give it a go. We skipped pull-up pants and went straight to cotton underpants as soon as he woke up yesterday morning. I bought a Star Chart to mark his progress and we also skipped the potty altogether choosing the toilet seat reductor instead. We made a big ceremony yesterday morning of how he was a big boy and to tell us if he had to pee. Remember it's been 18 months that he poos only in the loo (ok, of course occasionally he would poo in the nappy but very rarely) so he has the association of loo-poo but not so much for pee which is mostly accidental when it happens in the loo.
Anyway, yesterday morning we had 3 accidents to which he reacted very surprised that he was wet! And immediately he would say "I do popo..." no worries, we reassured him, changed his underpants and pants and kept bringing him to the loo at regular intervals. He was mostly successful and seemed to really enjoy this new thing. He never had other accidents till after dinner. I had read that it's important to wait for the child to realise that if you have not brought him to the loo and he needs to go, he has to tell you, so letting him wet occasionally is a good thing. He did pee a bit, wetting the pants, but stopped immediately, called me saying "popo!" and off we went to finish the business in the loo! By the end of the day we had so many stars in the chart he was delighted! We are not worrying about nights for now, with Phoenix on the way in a very short time I don't think i'd have the energy of getting up and changing beds! Daytime is huge already!
Then today we NEVER had an accident (yet!), he told us twice he had to go BEFOREHAND! So so happy and he really seems to understand this is what mamma and papa' do all the time given that we don't wear nappies! I put on a nappy for his afternoon nap, telling him this is just in case he pees while sleeping and not to worry we'll take it off as soon as he's up and we'll put the underpants back on. He seemed happy with that too.
If this works out as I hope it will, I will resize all our nappies to new-born settings for Phoenix so that he can enjoy them for very early on!