Talking About Potty Training

Way, way, way back last April I mentioned potty training. The short version of the story is that Jack came home from daycare one day, said he wanted to use the potty and then did. Easy, peasy. Boom, my kid was potty trained.Hahahahahahaha. Nope.Jack lost interest within a few days and went on to sporadically use the potty for months and months, but only when he felt like it. Welcome to real life....more

Bye Bye Baby

Every morning for the past several months, the first words out of my two-year-old's mouth have been, "Can I have milk in a bottle?" I realize that if a child is old enough to put together a sentence with this many words, that bottle's departure is probably way past due....more

I normally don't talk about poop

I should probably start this story by telling you that Jack is not a traveling pooper. In his almost three years of life, I’ve only had to deal with him pooping outside the home (or daycare or Mimi’s house) three times. Ever. Not really sure why, but I’ve just been pretty lucky that it hasn’t really been an issue.I guess the kid just likes his privacy....more

Strap In

Tonight I sat in the bathroom with Cee as she sat on her potty. We do this pretty much every day, although I’ll admit that my potty-training skills leave much to be desired over the weekends.We sat and we waited. And waited. And waited. After 25 minutes, we packed it in....more

Potty Training, Sticker Style

Potty Training, Sticker Style Make your mistakes, take your chances, look silly, but keep on going. Don’t freeze up.  ~Thomas Wolfe...more

Potty Training with sticker bribes

DIY: Make Your Own Potty Prize Box

Today I wanted to share a DIY for potty training that only takes about five to ten minutes to make. I just finished making a Potty Prize Box, and I think it turned out so cute. ...more
No. Bribery did not work with Charlie.more

The Gardenburger® from Hell...

...or the Gardenburger® gift that keeps on giving.  So, what were you up to at 11pm tonight?  This is what I was doing:...more

How Do Germophobes Potty Train Their Children?

Seriously, this question flitted through my mind this morning as I was enjoying my shower. We’re in our third week of potty training, and my two-year-old son showed up at the shower curtain, which is strange only because he had to pry his eyes away from Super Why! to come upstairs. Don’t judge, I NEED those seven minutes. My cherished seven minutes of “me” time turned into a poo-tastrophy of epic proportions this morning, and I wondered how the hell germophobes ever survive potty training their children. ...more
I'm a germaphobe for sure. And yes, it is insanely gross and tough. BUT...I also have to say ...more

Well deserved high-fives

Paityn has used the potty a few times before, but never for me.  Just a handful of times at her Aunts house in her miniature hand-me down toilet that used to be Brady’s.  But last night she grabbed my hand, mumbled something through her binky and led me up the stairs.“Potty?” I asked.“Yeah!” she said with nod.I held her hand as she pulled me to the bathroom where I took off her diaper and lifted her onto the toilet, careful to hold on so she didn’t fall.  She grinned from ear to ear, beared down and made a tiny little tinkle....more