If you had asked me a few months ago how I felt about potty-training my second son, I would have told you that I was dreading it.
First, there’s the fact that he had never–not once–actually peed in the potty, although we started giving him the opportunity to (at bath time) right after turning 1.
There there’s the fact that he is part camel. Seriously, I’ve never seen a kid drink as much as he does. I can give him a 10 oz. sippy cup of water and he drinks the whole thing right then and there.
But as much as I was dreading it, I was also completely desperate to get him out of diapers (same desperation that drove me to potty train our first son at not quite 2 1/2). We cloth diaper (you can read other posts on cloth diapering here), and cloth diapering two kids at once is way too much work for me!
So the week after Landon turned 2, I just went for it. I had nothing to lose. If he wasn’t ready, it wouldn’t work. But it was worth a try.
Amazingly, it was a success! (Huge sigh of relief). And it only took about 2 days.
There are so many different opinions/methods/experiences out there when it comes to potty training. But this has worked for me twice now and so I want to share my version of potty training 101 with you!
I’m not an expert, but I’ve read a lot and had a couple kids to practice on. Things I looked for: (more…)
I am an all-day snacker, and I’m guessing there are a lot of us out there. It’s healthier, right? Eating little meals all throughout the day. Are you one too?
I’m not sure if it’s that I’m still breastfeeding or if I’m not eating right at meal time–or maybe it’s the fact that most of the time I can only manage to scarf down a few bites here and there (mostly the boys’ leftovers) while feeding three other little people. (Yes, Brenna is up to three meals of solids a day now, which is basically like a part time job for me).
Whatever the reason, I basically eat like a newborn–every 3 hours or so.
Since I’m constantly eating, I really needed to make an effort to have healthy, protein-packed snacks on hand. Because when I’m hungry, I want to eat–whatever is there and whatever is easy.
These 4 great freezer snacks have saved me from hundreds of giant scoops of ice cream or bags of chips. Taking something out of the freezer is just as easy as (more…)
Before I had my first baby, I was still working full-time. They were so sweet to throw me a baby shower, and even sweeter to all pitch in and get us a large gift–a bunch of cloth diapers. We had already done the research and knew it was the route we wanted to take. But I sure wasn’t expecting the reaction we got from a few of the women attending the shower.
They basically thought we were crazy. Why would anyone choose to do this? Do you really think you’re going to stick with it? Aren’t babies enough work as it is?
I have to admit, I was not prepared for their comments. All of a sudden I started to doubt our decision and question whether or not cloth diapering was the right choice for us.
Fast forward 4 years and 3 kids later.
Did we stick with it? YES! Have we made our money back? Definitely. Each of our babies has made very good use out of these things.
If I had it to do all over again, would I still choose cloth? That’s a tough one. Honestly (more…)
August is National Breastfeeding Month! I’m definitely not an expert when it comes to breastfeeding, but I do have experience. I nursed my first baby until he was 11 months old (when I found out I was pregnant) and I nursed my second baby until he was 9 months old (when I found out I was pregnant). My third baby is now 6 months old and still going strong, and my hope is to make it to a year this time!
Thankfully breastfeeding baby #3 has been a lot easier that the first two times, but I’d say overall my experience with breastfeeding has been a little rocky. (more…)
July was a super busy month for us full of birthdays, family stuff, and water. Lots of water–the beach, the pool, even in our own backyard.
I know living in So Cal we’re really blessed with gorgeous weather, but it has been a little too hot for my nursing self (I sweat all day long now that it’s in the 80′s most days). Crazy nursing hormones. I hear they go back to normal after weaning. I hope that’s true!
We had our 2nd annual “beach pizza picnic” on the 4th of July in Laguna Beach. There’s a BJ’s right across the street from Main Beach, so we get there pretty early, play for a while, order a pizza, and head home in time for naps. The kids love it. Brenna got to put her feet in for the first time. She didn’t scream!
We spent the evening at some friends’ house for a bbq and fireworks. I was a little worried (more…)