Tuesday, February 17, 2015

snow day!

We got a whole 2" or so of snow/ice in North Carolina which is always a huge deal and calls for a snow day. Schools were out, offices were clothes, and fun was had!




I also learned how fun it is to try to get dressed for the snow (in NC) when you are 34 weeks pregnant. Leggings and your husbands coat? That'll do. 


And of course no snow day is complete without hot cocoa (luke-warm for toddler lips)! 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentines weekend!

We started our weekend off Friday night with a homemade heart-shaped Pizza with pepperoni hearts. 

And some goodies Saturday morning from the Dollar store. 

Fun Valentine's Suprises: stickers and a lollipop in her mailbox (from the Target dollar spot).
 
Whipped cream (and a cup of sprinkles ) for our pink heart pancakes. 

"Lucy look at me. Lucy smile at me like this..." Ok this will do. 

And we finished Love Day off with our annual fancy-dinner date at home, this year with steak (or "snake" if you ask Lucy) and potato skins from The Butchers Shop, followed by Finding Nemo, lollipops, sugar and more sugar.

 
Not pictured: 2 hours worth of crying and screaming about her socks, her shirt, her pants "not feeling good". (Maybe, just mayyyyybe it was from all of the sugar?)

We hope you had a fabulous Love Day! 
 

Monday, February 2, 2015

potty training...

We started potty training around September/October, and I am already forgetting so much about the process that I wanted to blog about what worked (and didn't) for us to help any other mamma's out there who need some tips, (and to remind myself what we did when we tackle it with #2 in a couple of years.)

Our Potty Training Must-haves: 

1. Potty Chair.  We have 2 bathrooms that are easily accessible to Lucy. We put a potty chair in one and a potty seat in the other, just to see which she preferred. (She seems to like both.)
2. Potty Seat. Lucy and I went to Target together and picked her seat and panties out so that she could play a big part in potty training.
3. Lots of Panties/Underwear. We probably started with about 20 pairs. In the beginning we would go through about 3-4 a day because of accidents; and then there are the accidents where there is no recovering said panties from...
4. M&M's as a reward {One for Pee and Two for Poo.} We used this reward system for 2-3 months, then stopped reminding her about her reward. If she still asked for one after she went, we would give her one, if not we let the reward fade away until she no longer needed it.
5. PiddlePad. We have a Chicco NextFit and it's not the easiest thing to take apart to clean. This PiddlePad saved us on a few occasions with an accident in the car. (It's not perfect though-we did have a couple of accidents that the PiddlePad didn't catch.)
6. Everyone Poops. We read many, many books while waiting for the magic to happen on the potty. Our favorite was (and still is) Everyone Poops. It's so silly and perfect for potty training! We also read A Potty For Me. 

What didn't work for us:

  • In this motherhood journey so far, I've learned how individual each child is with the milestones they reach, and potty training is no different! We tried potty training around 18 months and it didn't work for us, and started again after she turned 2 because Lucy seemed ready, and I truly believe you have to watch your child to see when they are ready. We knew she was ready because:   
            *she could tell us when she Peed/Pooped in her diaper    
             *she could pull her pants up and down without a lot of assistance
             *she would go 1 or 2 times a day at daycare when they would take her
  • The "Potty Train in 1 weekend" Idea. I started on a weekend when I had 3 uninterrupted days at home with her, but honestly it took 4-5 days before she would tell me she had to go on her own, and then lots of reinforcing in the days after.
  • Pull-Up style diapers. These were great for practicing pulling pants up and down but otherwise she still treated it like a diaper. 
What worked for us:

  • Running out of pull-ups. We used pull-ups (or the Target brand) during the day so she could practice pulling up/down her pants. When we tried potty training the first time I got so frustrated with the amount of pee and poop all over my house that I gave up and we just gave up and kept on using the pull ups. One weekend, I ran out, and decided if I didn't have any pull-ups to fall back on then maybe we could pull it off. And we did!
  • Delaying Night-time potty training. I am pregnant, y'all. And I need my sleep. So we decided to hold off on night-time potty training until I have the energy. She wakes up dry sometimes after nap and never after going the whole night, so I took this as a sign that we weren't ready for that part yet. 
  • Timing potty time with a timer the first 3 days. I used my iPhone timer and we would go every 30 minutes the first day, 45 minutes the 2nd day, 1 hour the 3rd and by the 4th day I waited for her to tell me (with me reminding her by asking "do you need to go potty?") 
  • Patience. This is not a magical thing, y'all. After we had "successfully" potty trained, she still had poo accidents at school every day for about a month. We finally had to get her a special snowman PEZ dispenser that she would earn after she pooped in the potty at daycare. We reminded her about it every day, made a HUGE deal about it, and about 2 weeks later she was very proud when she had finally earned it! She has also had rare accidents outside playing or in the car, but patience has been the biggest life saver. Coming to terms with the fact that it is not a perfect science, and that accidents will (and can) happen has helped my sanity more than anything! 
  • Carrying around an extra pair of pants/panties...just in case!
I hope this helps any of you mammas out there who are trying to tackle the potty-training beast! It is messy and crazy but so worth the pride your little one gets when they can do it themselves, and you know, the whole cost savings of not buying diapers...

Monday, January 26, 2015

A peek at our January

Helping me cook "eggies".


 We are attempting drinking out of little cups (without lids). 50% of the time she gets the drink in her mouth.
This girl is BRAVE. She figured out how to to climb the rock wall at the park we go to, and I try not to freak out the whole time as I spot her.



Loves her Little People. And loves to pretend they go to the "Quarium" to see the fishies.


We spend a lot of our days at Marbles Kids Museum, since we got a membership for Christmas. And at 7 months pregnant, it keeps this slow-moving momma sane!


Lucy has learned to dress herself and is very opinionated lately about what she wears. The flashier the better!

We have been spending most of our cold January indoors snuggling and playing. Although I can't wait for hot sunny summer days, I wouldn't mind a few snowflakes. If it's going to be cold, it might as well snow, right??

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy 2015!

I can't believe it's 2015 already! Yes, I will say this every year, but time is just speeding by.


Last year, I wrote about my resolution for 2014 to Focus. To put my phone down more, play with Lucy more, to clean my house more and to eat better. 3 out of 4 accomplished and down, I decided to shake things up for 2015. (Well, 4 out of 4 if you count the house cleaners I got as a gift for Christmas!)


With our lives changing drastically (again) in 2015, this year I decided my one word Resolution will be Rest.

We will be welcoming our 2nd baby girl in March, and as I just entered my 3rd trimester, I am taking every opportunity to rest. Sleeping in when I can, and napping when I can.

Resting with our only child for 3 more months. I will be her jungle gym, her story-teller, and her lap to sit in (although the lap space is shrinking every day) and soak up every one-on-one minute with her that I can.

I am also hoping this new little joy of ours also hears my resolution to rest. Perhaps she will decide it is her New Years Resolution as well. {To be excellent at sleeping. }Ha!

What's your one-word Resolution for 2015?

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Happy December!



My favorite month of the whole year has arrived! And with it, a special little Elf from the North Pole.
Santa mailed the Elf to us on December 1st and it was waiting on the front porch for Lucy. 

(Unfortunately the elf who helped to wrap the present was very sick so she didn't do her most-creative present wrapping.)
Lucy opened her gift from Santa, and we read the book all about the Elf who came to visit our house for Christmas. When it was time to pick a name, Lucy wanted to call it "baby" (perhaps because every time we ask her what her new baby sister's name should be, she calls it "baby"), or suggested the name "ummmmmm". We made a group decision to name him Mr. Pickles this year. 

(Next year Mr. Pickles might have a new name. ) #Thatshowweroll.

He has already gotten into a lot of mischief and Lucy's reactions are hilarious. 

"Mommy the Elf make a big mess. Clean that up."


As she's giggling at the sight of Mr. Pickles and "Aunt Barbara" in a marshmallow bubble bath: "I eat all the bubbles--(shoves marshmallows in her mouth by the handful.)

We are loving this new family tradition and are so excited for Mr. Pickles to be here until Christmas!

Do you have an Elf at your house? What sort of mischief does he get himself into?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Halloween

Halloween with a 2 year old is amazing. 


On the days leading up to Halloween, I was busy making Lucy's ladybug costume and busy being worried that on the day of, she would flat out tell me "no" that she did not want to wear the costume that mommy put hours of work into.

So, I hyped up Halloween like crazy, talking about what a cool ladybug she would be, with a sparkly tutu and how she would go around to all the neighbors houses who would then give her candy. 

She was stoked. So stoked, in fact that on Halloween I told her she would get to go trick-or-treating after naptime. So during "naptime" she jumped around her crib and did flips and kept asking to "go trick-or-treat". She played like that for an hour and 45 minutes until she konked out and fell asleep.

Praise. the. Lord. (I kept picturing us taking her trick-or-treating sans-nap while she cried/hated it/wanted to go night-night.) 


Our neighborhood had a big potluck in the cul-de-sac, so we filled our bellies up before taking the hike for candy. 


She got the hang of the whole ringing the doorbell thing fast, and was even generous enough to give some candy back to people when they came to greet her. 

It got too dark for pictures, but we ended up toting 3 2-year olds around in a wagon to go door-to-door. A few lollipops and m&m's to keep them awake, and they were squealing and giggling and laughing all around the neighborhood. 

One of the most amazing things about having a child, is witnessing the joy of the Holidays through their eyes. It's a billion times better than enjoying it yourself. 

Plus, you can share costumes if you end up going to a last minute Halloween party...

I am super excited that Christmas is only 1 short month away, so we can see what she thinks of Christmas!

How was your Halloween?