Monthly Archives: August 2015

field trip

Earlier this week we went to check out a museum with my sister!  

Lots to see and explore!

   
    
    
    
 

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embrace the {video} camera.

By 5 pm I am usually out of ideas, energy and patience.  So what else would I do??  Dance party in the bathroom until daddy gets home…

  
  

**please excuse the mess of a room; a certain toddler thought it would be fun to burrow through the put together bed**

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one word wednesday.

hand-me-down.

   
 

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Adventures with Clara

Clara kicks and squeals all day while watching the big kids play and explore.  I know she wants to keep up with them.  In time little one, in time….

In the meantime, on those nights when you are supposed to be asleep but lure us back to your room with your sad whimpers, only to flash the biggest, brightest smile at us…on those nights, we will let you have adventures of your own…

   
    
   

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weekend fun!

We had a good weekend!  Park time, errand time, family time, and everything in between!

   
    
    
    

 

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embrace the camera.

   
 
Oh yeah.  I turned 23.  I mean, 32!

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Trained

I had this grand plan to get Joshua and Sophia potty trained before baby Clara arrived. I mean, who WOULDN’T get their kid out of diapers before adding a baby? Make that two kids. 
Joshy and Fia were just shy of 2.5 when we decided to start our potty training boot camp. I had read a gazillion blogs and e-books about potty training and everything I said was IT CAN BE DONE….even as early as 18 months! So, I expected it to be intense, but I also expected after the magical “3rd day” that everyone talks about, that it would be smooth sailing…
November 2014 (29 months): We geared up on Thanksgiving weekend….stocked up on undies, activities, snacks and juice….we laid plastic on the couches, we got stickers charts and rewards. We were SET. 

   
 The kids were mostly cooperative the first few days. We set the timer for every 10 minutes, and then took them to the potty. We had ZERO successes (which I read could be normal) and it seemed that almost immediately after having them TRY, they would have an accident. By the end of the second day, there was major resistance. Lots of crying and tantrums. I was relatively pregnant at this point, and I was discouraged. Greg and I came to the conclusion that they weren’t ready. With zero successes that weekend, it was obvious they weren’t ready…..or we weren’t ready.

December 2014 (30 months): We geared up once more after the holiday hustle and bustle slowed and decided to give this another try. I determined that if it didn’t work this time, we weren’t going to try again until after the baby came….but it WAS going to work this time. I was sure. 

   
    
 Our approach changed this time and instead of taking them to the potty at interval times, we just let them lead. “Tell us if you have to go potty…” “Are your undies dry or wet??” Of course this didn’t work either. We spent another two days cleaning up accident after accident, feeling more and more discouraged and frustrated. The kids felt like they were failing and it just wasn’t happening. Goodbye undies, hello diapers.
February 2015 (32 months): Baby Clara arrived! We have 3 kids in diapers. We have 3 kids in diapers?!!!??? Life goes on…

  
May 2015 (35 months): Memorial Day weekend came and we thought to ourselves “Hmmm….every time we have a long weekend, and extra time to do fun things, we try to potty train, why not have yet another miserable weekend and try it again….” So we went for it. Day 1, there were many accidents. Day 2, all of the sudden, as if it was no big deal, Joshua was potty trained. I’m not joking you. It happened over night and instantaneously. He was even staying dry overnight. What??? It was THAT easy??? 

   

  
 Sophia on the other hand, not so much. I know, I know…everyone says “Wow, Usually girls are the easy ones to train….” But with many other areas, our kids have proved “usually smooshally” when it comes to early childhood stereotypes. Sophia just didn’t care. She didn’t care if she was wet, she didn’t care if she got a sticker, she didn’t care if we told her diapers were babies. She was content in her diapers, and that was that.

  
So we didn’t push it. I figured, we should focus on Joshua (who was obviously doing awesome, but still needing a lot of help) and then we’d work with Sophia in time.
June 2015 (36 months): The kids turned 3! I fully expected that they would have been potty trained LONG ago at this point. So much so, that we enrolled them in preschool for the fall, which has a strict rule about being potty trained. CRAP. Time is ticking…..Sophia doesn’t care….how are we going to get her potty trained??

  
July 2015 (37 months): We went on a family vacation and when we got back we decided, “Ok….its now or never….we are really cutting it close to preschool, Sophia HAS to get this….” Nothing like a little pressure, right? So upon our return, we told Sophia we were going to take her diapers, put them in a bag, and give them to some little babies who REALLY needed them. She helped me bag up the diapes, and we got out her undies. I told Greg many times, “Don’t let me quit this time….we have to press on….” After a weekend of MANY accidents, and few successes, Greg went back to work….and I was ALONE to keep up this potty business. Crap. It was a LONG week…..lots of accidents, lots of stress for both mommy and Sophia….lots of frustration. And then all of the sudden on the following Saturday, Sophia started having successes….several….and JUST LIKE THAT, she was potty trained. I kid you not, it was just like Joshua, almost instantly trained. Overnight and all.

   
 WHAT THE HECK, KIDS!!?!? If it was that easy why didn’t we just do this like MONTHS ago, like we had planned????
Moral of the story: Kids will potty train when they are ready and it will be {relatively} easy. 
Both kids still have accidents from time to time, but I think that’s to be expected. I couldn’t be MORE proud of the two of them. And I couldn’t be more happy to have that experience behind us πŸ™‚
We’re officially….TRAINED!

  

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