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Monday, October 31, 2011

2 Toddlers Potty Trained in a Weekend! 3 Day Potty Training Guide Worked for us!

I'm actually in shock I'm even writing this post now, not 6 months from now or a year from now but like RIGHT NOW!!!  We are diaper free!! And instead I have two cute little toddlers running around with Thomas and Buzz Lightyear across their bums:) I read Suz Steece's blog post about training her quads with the 3 Day Potty Training Guide and I was intrigued.  Grossed out at some points in the story because changing a diaper is yucky enough but when they are going to the bathroom on your floor or lap?!  Go read her post, it'll give you a little glimpse into just how committed you have to be to those 3 days.

Both of my boys showed signs of wanting to sit on the big potty at 18 months.  However it was sporadic and they still reserved poop for their diapers and would not tell us when they had to go.  It was more of us sitting them on the potty or some days we'd say we were going to set a timer for every 30 minutes and after about 3 hours we kind of just lost momentum, went and ran errands, went to a playdate, etc. so the 30 minute rule was no longer convenient.  My oldest turns 3 next month and I just decided it was now or never.  I prepped my husband for 2 weeks prior making sure he understood we were literally going to be at home for 3 straight days (my mom actually came over the first day, Friday until my DH got off work).  I told him we weren't cooking, cleaning, working on projects, or running to the store.  And we had to keep our eyes on them for 3 straight days, was he ready?  He agreed.  Even on Thursday Dylan was starting to get sick, by Friday DH and I both were sick with some kind of cold bug, but we sucked it up and did it anyways!

-First, you have to buy the E-Book at http://www.3daypottytraining.com/ .  I gave it to my mom and DH to read (I'll admit that DH probably skimmed the guide until he was so frustrated by noon on Saturday that he spent their nap time reading it word for word, it was smooth sailing after that!).
-I made a trip to Target for big boy underwear, 20 pairs for each kid, flushable wipes, potty treats(2 M&M's for peeing, reese's peanut butter cups for pooping), stickers, 2 suprise gifts (Hexbugs- this one was a blast, and two cars from Cars movie that you pull back and let go), lots of juice, snacks, rubber gloves, and waterproof pad for each bed(we already had one on each, but we double layered for quick changes at night or nap time).  I did all the grocery shopping but planned on ordering food in for 3 nights in a row and made sure nothing had to be cooked or prepared extensively.
-I didn't mention anything to the kids except Grandma was coming to our house the next day.
-I moved their rug from their play area into our bedroom, moved the couches around so I could sort of corral them to one area, set out paper towels and cleaner(out of their reach), got potty treat stash ready, set out a couple stacks of flushable wipes at each toilet, and covered the couches with older blankets.  We have wood floors so I decided not to put a tarp down.
-I should have got more sleep the night before, I was a little nervous and jittery:(

-We woke the boys up, changed their pull-ups, ate breakfast and tried to get them to drink juice with breakfast and then I changed them in to undies and grabbed a Target bag and we ran around the house to each of our diaper stashes and I let the boys throw them in the bag and they were laughing and thought it was so much fun.  Then we went to the garage and tossed them into the trash.  I thought about keeping them but didn't want to give myself that chance of giving up so away they went.
-My  mom arrived and we came up with a plan and away we went.  The first day was 9 accidents, it felt like 20!  I was prepared for my floor to be flooded with urine, it wasn't, it was usually a tiny spot because we'd pick them up and run to the toilet!  Pooping accidents weren't too bad because my kids were constipated, TMI?,so it stayed in their underwear and we flushed it down the toilet.
-My oldest kept saying he didn't have to poop but you could tell he had to.  But I followed the guide and didn't allow him to just hang out on the toilet. 
-At night, they both had an accident around 3 or 4am after going to bed at 7pm and being woke up by us to go potty at 8pm and back to bed.  Also, just a note that we always gave our kids a full cup of milk to go to bed with at nap time and bed time.  It's one of those things every month we'd say we needed to wean them off of, and just never did.  They asked a couple times the first night for their milk and then fell asleep and it's not been an issue since.
-My dad came over to say hi and ask me a couple of work related questions and no lie, I'd turn and look at the paper my dad had and within 30 seconds one of the kids peed standing like 2 feet from me.  I cleaned that up, he asked another question, I turned to look at my Dad, Dylan squatted down and peed.  I finally had to tell my Dad I just couldn't do this right now, it'd have to wait.  He felt bad and really didn't understand that you have to look AT THEM ALL DAY LONG! 

The Next Two Days:
These days were sort of a blur.  It reminded me of when Dylan was born and just the complete exhaustion.  By Sunday, Dylan was accident free, asking to go potty, yelling poop and super proud of himself.  He even made it through the night (with a wake up at 8pm and 5am to go potty) dry and all naptimes since have been dry (they sleep about 2 hours for a nap).   AJ at this point was doing great except for saying his butt hurt but not wanting to go potty or going into the bathroom and then saying he didn't have to go.  And so he wet himself once that day I think trying to avoid pooping, TMI again huh?  By Monday I was on my own and my husband even said Monday evening that as soon as he got in his car to go to work, he thought to himself, 'I feel so bad for her doing this today by herself.'  It really wasn't awful, I moved the furniture back, left the blankets on them, made them lunch, picked up around the house and just continued to ask like every 15 minutes, "Tell mommy when he have to go potty, OOOOOKAAAY?"  They did awesome.  But for two straight days I literally had to hear my oldest scream, cry and throw fits saying his butt hurt and go into the potty like every 5 minutes.  On Tuesday I finally told him he'd get a time out if he screamed or yelled and that if he continued to scream in time out, he'd have to go take a nap.  That helped  alot, and he did get a few time outs and he did have to go take one 10 minute nap.  By Wednesday though, the whining stopped, the boys were cheering each other on to go poop and high fiving each other and life sort of returned to normal minus the diapers!

In Conclusion:
I understand this might not work for every kid but for me, it was worth a shot.  I don't have a lot of experience in potty training and my mom simply potty trained the kids she watched when I was little by throwing Cheerios in the toilet and having them pee to sink them, then they got a couple Skittles.  But that didn't work for my kids so I tried something else.  It wasn't the diaper cost that made me decide to do this, it's that my oldest is 3 years old and he was less potty trained than my youngest and he had no problems pooping in his diaper then coming to tell me to "CHANGE my diaper."  It wasn't cute.  I can't even describe the changes that have taken place in 3 short days with my boys and their attitudes, their manners, everything.  They are such big boys now!  My parents are on vacation since last Saturday so I have had them at home with me which made it ideal to do this now.  I've got to snuggle with them, play with them, bake with them and now I get to finish up preparations for their 2nd and 3rd birthday which both occur in November.  Yes, I feel like i've spent 12 hours a day inside my half bath but it's been worth it!  If you haven't read the 3 Day Potty Training guide, check it out and see what you think.  It's got great detail in there and I'd love to hear if it worked for you!
Celebrating a succesful week with frozen yogurt!

Coloring and keeping them entertained during training!

Mommy Bashing

This is just a quick note to let you know I'm going to try my hardest to keep any sarcastic comments or "passive bashing" of other moms to a minimum on this blog!   I haven't went back and read posts where I probably did that, but I'm sure I have in the past.  Lately, I've reduced the amount of blogs and videos I've watched drastically because while it's great that other moms want to share their lives publicly and maybe I'll learn a thing or two, more times than not I get so tired of women not being able to explain their story and their lives without passively bashing other moms who make different choices.  After about the third eye roll while reading a blog, I usually just don't go back.  So I'm just going to write about my life, hope you stick around!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Chicken Pot Pie, Lightened Up!

My  memories of chicken pot pie were those small little pies in the frozen section which were 90% crust with just a little bit of filling but I loved them when I was little!  I've had a craving for pot pie even though I haven't ate when since I was probably 5 years old!  I saw a recipe on Annie's Eats for chicken pot pie but after running it through the recipe builder on Weight Watchers, it came out to 32 points!  I only get 29 points a day, so I filed that recipe for a later time when I have a splurge meal but it had no business in my food plan for this week!

So I searched on Weight Watchers and "Old- Fashioned Chicken Pot Pie" for 6 points came up with over 800 reviews averaging 4 1/2 stars!!  I made it and it was sooooooooooooo yummy!! The filling was creamy with great flavor and the topping add just enough reminder of crust but without the guilt and calories of a traditional crust.  I always buy rotisserie chickens at Fred Meyers and either shred or chop the meat after removing the skins. 

Also, just a note that mine looked nothing like the picture as far as the filling was concerned, it looked more like traditional pot pie!  Next time I think I'm going to cook some yukon gold potatoes in the microwave and then chop them up and add them to the filling. Give it a try, I think you are going to love it!

Minimize the Post Baby Belly!

On my recent shopping trips I bought a few shirts and sweaters that work best with a cami or tank underneath but since I'm pretty tapped out on my shopping budget, I stopped by Target just to see what they carry.  In the past I've worn Spandex tank and that thing was a bugger.  It rolled right up, didn't control my body parts in the areas in needed so it went in the donation bin in a few months ago.

Our Target didn't have a wide selection and sizes were pretty limited.  But I grabbed this grey tank (I wanted black, they didn't have it in my size and since it's not going to show I thought it would work) for $21.99 but online it's a few dollars cheaper.
I wore it today and I LOVE IT!!  I actually have a waisteline!  You know how it looks all loosey goosey on the model above, well it's not loose oon me, it nicely sucks everything in and it's long enough that it doesn't ride up so quickly.  Also, you can adjust the straps and I have mine so that my scoop neck shirt doesn't reveal the tank.  This tank is called Suddenly Skinny with self expression (a division of Maidenform).  I'm going to keep my eye out for when the nude color comes in my size but just thought I'd share!  Especially for us PCOSers, we tend to carry the weight in our bellies, boo!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Dirty 30

Yep.  I'm 30.  And yes I do feel older.  And where did people come up with the saying "The Dirty 30."  There was nothing dirty about it!

I headed to Seattle for the weekend with my mom and sister for a weekend of shopping!  Now, I could make this a pretty whiny post about how I'm completely uncomfortable in my skin and my belly still looks 6 months pregnant...........but I'm going to stop there and say we had a FABULOUS time!!  We shopped until I thought someone was going to have to push me around in wheelchair because my legs and feet hurt so bad.  I don't live in a city that relies on public transportation or walking very much, we drive everywhere, but I loved being able to walk to everything!

Where I live, we do not have a lot of clothing store choices so going to Seattle is such a treat!  I've learned over the years that if I don't 110% love the item I'm thinking of buying, don't buy it.  It will sit in the back of my closet forever until I pack it up for donation bin.  Here's my run down of the weekend highlights:

-I love Ann Taylor sweaters!  I have a large bust, stomach and hips but their sweaters in XL fit me perfectly!

-Have you all read http://girlwithcurves.tumblr.com/?  If you are a curvy girl, I can say that I'm 99% confident you are going to love her site!  My sister told me about it the first day of our trip and I'm so glad she did!  How beautiful and stylish is that girl?!

-One thing I learned on Girl With Curves is she buys a lot of tops at Forever 21.  Well I decided to check it out since they have a plus size section, knowing it's not high quality (which is my preference) but stylish and inexpensive and I scored a few tops for date nights and just weekends (since I usually just throw on a t-shirt and if my friends invite us out, I freak out because I have no "fun" clothes!).  Do you buy from Forever 21?

-My sister is obsessed with Nordstrom Rack.  To me, I don't love digging through multiple racks to find something I like, too many choices also overwhelm me.  I tried on 10 shirts, none of them fit.  This post-baby belly is killer and even discounted, the clothes still have to look good!  I did get 2 pairs of jeans that look so much better than my current jeans!  I could actually breathe in them:)  One was Kut from the Kloth and the other is Calvin Klein.  I also grabbed up 2 pairs of Franco Sarto boots that were great deals.

-All the women in Seattle wore tall boots with their skinny jeans or leggings tucked in.  I'm not a fashionista and where I live, people are definitely behind the times in the fashion department but I'm thinking I might try it out.  If you are a curvy girl, any suggestions on skinny pants to tuck into the boots?

-Scarves seem to also still be very popular so I jumped on that band wagon( I know, I'm a bit late to this trend) and my mom bought me a beautiful J. Crew scarf as my birthday present.  Okay, now how do I wear this thing??!

I came home to a spotless house and car courtesy of my husband!!  Isn't that the best gift ever?  I took the day off to be with my boys on my birthday and we baked a 3 layer cake that we decorated with sprinkles and M&M's (aka potty treats) and we went to the park and played and I took lots of pictures of them.  It was such a good day to reflect at my adult life.  I always said I'd be married and have 2 kids before I was 30 and make X number of dollars in income.   I accomplished all of that!  The journey to 30 has definitely had lots of bumps in the road but I'm here, I made it.  I hope my 30's is filled with health and happiness.  I never even set goals or wished for those two things in my 20's.  They are now the priority:)  I hear your 30's are "not so bad" but I hope that my 30's are fabulous and great and wonderful!! 

Now I need to go put the rest of that 3 layer cake in the trash and kick start my 30's with a bang!