Adventures In Potty Training- Part 3

After months and months of little to no interest in potty training the girls are finally ready, and there is no slowing them down. We are leaving soon for a trip for their birthday and so I had intended on simply getting them more comfortable on the potty before then, and then focusing on training after our return. But it doesn’t seem like they really want to wait now! For the past month or so they have been able to go pee (in their diapers) before bed, so they would stay dry a good portion of the night. Last week I brought in their portable froggy potties into their room and had them try to pee in those before bed. The first night they sat, but were unwilling to pee. I decided to put their diapers back on but return them to the potty to go there. Alyssa did, but Kylie did not. The next night Alyssa actually did pee sans diaper, and Kylie peed with her diaper. The night after that they were both peeing on the potty before bed. That was the extent that I was planning on doing before our trip… just to get them a little more comfortable. BUT, the girls have more in mind and started asking to go before nap. And then the next day it was a couple times a day. Now they are asking to go use the potty every time! We have an insert for the regular toilet that they use too, so we will be bringing it on our trip with us. (The froggy potties are too big to bring both with us) But we will also be bringing plenty of diapers for the whole trip. The way I see it, I don’t want to make them worried about it on their birthday vacation so there will be absolutely no pressure. But if they ask and want to use the potty I don’t want to have to tell them no either! Every time they pee they get to wash hands with special potty soap in a hippopotamus dispenser and get to put a sticker on a potty chart.

I made these charts way back in April of last year. They still love Elmo thankfully! Last time we tried introducing them to the potty Alyssa had slightly more luck (and luck was all it was) and had more stickers on her chart. Kylie was trying, but it made her sad. I hated that and didn’t know how to reward one without the other one feeling left out. So we decided to just give stickers and let them put them anywhere on either chart and it has worked so much better. For them picking a sticker is enough of a reward and working up to something else is not needed. Today Kylie asked me to print off another chart since these ones were all full. What a good problem to have!

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Published in: on January 30, 2013 at 2:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Comparing & Coloring

I have twins, and they are identical too. This invites a lot of people to try to compare them to each other. It happened much more when they were babies.

“Have they both started to crawl yet?”

“Who is the better sleeper?”

“Do you have the same discipline problems with both?”

I get it. Twins are interesting and people are curious, but it makes me crazy. I feel like there can be so much pressure on them to do things in the same way at the same time. Since their little egg split these two are different people. They may save the same DNA but have different personalities and interests. It didn’t matter that Alyssa started crawling a month after Kylie, she ended up walking first. And so what if Kylie isn’t as good at catching a ball as Alyssa? She is better at drawing. And in a couple of years if one wants to do karate and one wants to take piano lessons then that just sounds perfect to me.

And just because I am a proud little mama, here is a picture Kylie colored yesterday. I think she did a pretty good job for still being two years old! She is getting better at coloring in the lines (all on her own, we don’t tell her she needs to!) and worked especially hard on Big Bird’s beak and feet.

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Published in: on January 14, 2013 at 12:56 pm  Comments (1)  
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Along with discovering his ability to move around in the walker, my son is also learning the frustrations of getting himself stuck in a corner.

And the joys of having his mama there to rescue him.

It’s o.k. buddy, I got you.

Published in: on July 26, 2012 at 4:30 pm  Comments (1)  

Four Month Check-Up & Stats

I had scheduled Wyatt’s appointment today for what is usually Russell’s day off. BUT a last minute change of schedule (which also allowed him to have 6 days off in a row!) required him to work today. I did try to change the appointment, but our doctor is pretty busy and the next available wasn’t until the end of July. Alright, I can roll with the punches. I’ll just take the kids myself, I said. I have been out with them alone before, albeit only to Target or the craft store. Getting everyone dressed, fed, changed and out the door for an appointment is a little bit more difficult than just going at our own pace. AND it fell right at lunch/nap time for all three of them. Needless to say, things were a little hectic this morning. I packed some food and books for the girls, diapers and all the other usual necessities, and my medical binder for the kids that stores all the important information. About 10 minutes before I needed to start loading the kids into the car I still had to change diapers, get the girls dressed, change and feed Wyatt and get the girls to clean up a little. Somewhere in running around trying to get ready I hurt my toe. I think it got caught under one of the high chairs, but I can’t remember. Honestly at some point I was just like “Wow, that really hurts.” I figured I had just jammed it. Well, we got out the door and got to the doctor’s office pretty much right on time. I threw the girls into the stroller, and Wyatt into the pack and hobbled my way to the office. Of course with a middle of the day appointment we had to wait almost 45 minutes to be seen, but the kids did great. The girls climbed and played and watched some TV (a rarity) and Wyatt cried a bit and then fell asleep. Once we got called back we weighed and measured Wyatt while the girls checked out the new books in the exam room.  The doctor came in and checked him out- he looks great! All good things, “see you in two months”. Sounds great. The nurse came in and gave him his shots, he cried but the second I picked him up he was totally fine. What a big boy. The girls were concerned, but happy to see him feeling better so quickly. We loaded everyone back into their places (with the girls switching spots in the stroller and car seats of course) and came home. A quick lunch and into bed they went. Wyatt crashed on the floor only minutes after getting home. Poor little guy! After getting home my toe was still really sore, and when I finally got time to look at it, it is most definitely broken. Bruised, and sore all around and in between it and its buddy. Oh well, mostly successful. And not bad for a first try!

Here are Little Man’s four month stats:

Weight: 18 pounds 2 ounces- 95th percentile! (the doctor told me most one year old’s weigh between 20-22 pounds)

Height: 25 1/2 inches- 75th percentile (the same as the girls @ 6 months)

Head circumference: 41 cm- 25th percentile

All in all he looks like he is going to be a big healthy boy! We are so blessed.

Published in: on July 2, 2012 at 2:05 pm  Comments (2)  
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Instead Of Taking A Nap

… this is what they did.

Published in: on June 15, 2012 at 3:02 pm  Comments (2)  

In Sync

There are so many cool things about being a parent, and having a new little one can be especially amazing.

One cool thing I just learned is that a baby can smell and recognize his mom from up to 20 feet away. It is a pretty incredible bond between a mom and her baby. Did you know that moms and their babies can actually instantly synchronize their heartbeats (to within milliseconds!) simply by looking at each other? To read more about this study click here and here.

Now if only we could bond with a few less middle of the night feedings, that would be wonderful!

Published in: on May 2, 2012 at 8:01 am  Comments (1)  
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Two Weeks +

Things I learned or remembered after having a newborn for two weeks:

  • Newborns go through lots of diapers. LOTS.
  • Breastfeeding is 1000 times easier than pumping.
  • If the lack of sleep wasn’t enough, the one-week-post-baby body is enough to make you not want to leave the house.
  • Kids (and especially babies) grow so fast. Take lots of pictures, and take them often!

  • Life still goes on. Life includes things like laundry, cooking, and taking care of older children.
  • Not everything needs to get done all the time.

Alyssa (left) Kylie (right)


  • Naps are your friend!
Published in: on March 17, 2012 at 2:35 pm  Comments (2)  
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