It's that time! Mothers everywhere love/hate this time. While I am thrilled at the idea of no more diapers, I do not look forward to the accidents and arguments about the potty. Up to this point Charlie has not shown a lot of interest in learning to potty train, but with school this fall it has become a necessity. I'm hoping to give him plenty of time to potty train so that it is not a stressful experience. So, after talking to another mom about ideas, I've posted a chart on the bathroom door. Each time he uses the potty he gets a Skittle and a sticker for his chart. When he gets seven stickers he gets a Matchbox car. Once fully potty trained he gets a Matchbox car holder. He really wants the cars, so I'm hoping once he gets a couple of stickers he'll be more motivated. In the interest in keeping him on the potty I've put it in front of the TV. Once I think he's got the hang of using the potty I'll move it back to the bathroom. I would love to be able to not travel with diapers this summer! Fingers crossed!
We made a trip to Puxi this weekend to check out the Avocado Lady. A bit of a Shanghai legend, she has a small market, and I do mean small, in a tiny Puxi neighborhood. Although I've seen most of her import goods at City Shop, a chain that specializes in import foods, her prices are very good. Probably not good enough for me to go on a regular basis with gas prices, but certainly worth a stop when I'm in Puxi. Many were surprised to hear we hadn't been to the Avocado Lady after being in Shanghai for over a year and I'm glad we finally made the trip.
After our stop at the Avocado Lady we went to Xintandi and had lunch at the Pauliner, a German restaurant. This is my second time going and definitely the last. The food was only okay and for the four of us it was $100, and that's with the kids sharing a meal! The only thing they do that is worth the expense is the Bavarian style pretzels. With literally thousands of restaurants in Shanghai its not worth out time or money.