Saturday, January 31, 2015

Potty Training Mission:Complete!

Ok, so we are one month into Chloe being two years old and we have a potty trained child!  Chloe started showing interest in the potty when she was around 18 months old doing things like trying to wipe me!  So, we introduced her to it and she surprisingly went her first time on the potty.  It did not take her very long to get bored of it.  My mom watches Chloe and really started to go all into it when she turned two.  To be honest, I did not really put my all into it and was half way working with Chloe when she came home after work and on the weekends.  It was not until about two weeks ago that I really committed and made sure Chloe sat on the potty even when she said she did not have to go.   

Last Friday, something just clicked with her and she has not had an accident since!  So, after a week of not having accidents and asking for the potty EVERY single time, it is safe to say she is potty trained. I cannot believe I just typed and I cannot believe that we do not have to buy Pampers ever again.  Starting around Wednesday, I let Chloe sleep all night with her panties on.  I wasn't even nervous because I just knew she would be fine and she was!

My tips (mostly from my momma who should take a lot of the credit) that worked for us are below for any mommas who happen to be battling this for the first time like we did!

1.)  The commitment and patience has to be there!  I think Chloe would have been potty trained a long time ago if I would have committed like my mother did.  I have read that potty training is an off and on battle that can take months and I def agree with that in our experience but once your child is really ready, commitment is key and is a 24 hour job.

2.) Have a schedule.  About every 30 minutes, I took Chloe to the potty even when she said she did not have to go.  I know a lot of pediatricians say not to force it but when the child is ready, that is different.  There were times Chloe was playing and did not have time for the potty or she just was not feeling it but I just had to push her to do it.  

3.) Make potty time fun.  We had a little ritual when she went.  We would of course make a big deal about it and there were a lot of "YAAAYS"!  We said bye to the pee or poo , washed our hands, sang our potty song, did a dance, and she got a sticker!  She also liked to be the one to flush.  The anticipation of that really helped her go.  

4.) Make underwear the new diaper.  I think that replacing diapers with panties, makes it real.  Also, the feeling of having an accident is much different than going in a diaper.  I let Chloe pick out her panties which is exciting for her.  Having all these different panties with different characters on them makes the whole process fun.

5.) Set bedtime for liquids.  There are times throughout the day that I would give Chloe more liquids just to give her practice and also I was curious if she would ask to go potty.  But around 7 pm, we strayed away from liquids since her bedtime is around 8:30 pm.  

Those are all the tips I can think of that might be useful to someone on this mission.  We are still taking on new mission now that she is potty trained though.  I get kind of nervous going out because I always think about us not being near a potty and I am really not sure just how long Chloe can hold her pee so that will be a learning process.  So, if anyone reading this has any tips for me, leave me a comment!!! 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Motherhood is Hard

A two year old break down at church prompted this post today.  Chloe of course did not want to go to Sunday school.  I knew that she was not going to quietly sit there like an angel because let's get real, she is two years old but this girl was way over the top.  She was spitting, hitting me, screaming, and anything else you could imagine.  At one point, she wanted to write in  a Bible!  Embarrassment was an understatement.  Before having my own child, I was guilty of seeing an uncontrollable child and thinking to myself, "My kid would never act that way."  Now, I understand it is not that easy.

One emotion I rarely ever experienced before Chloe is anxiety.  Now, that is one emotion that is consistent.  People tell you so many things when you are pregnant about being a mother and you nod your head thinking you really know what is in store but in reality, you really don't.  You say things like, " I will never let me child do this..." or "My child will never act that way."  But when they are finally here, we give in on things like letting them eat the cake before dinner and things we said we would never do, we do.

Another emotion that has kicked in is guilt, guilt for everything.  Guilt for leaving your child to work for 8 plus hours.  Guilt for disciplining.  Guilt for that piece of cake that you gave in on.  The list goes on and on and I cannot imagine the guilt ending, at least not for a very long time.  It is a lot to be responsible for a little life that you have to make sure has morals and values and hope they use those morals and values to become a good person.

Being worrisome is probably the most felt emotion.  It all starts at day one when you wake up multiple times in the middle of the night and feel your newborn's chest to make sure it is still moving up and down.  Googling why is my baby's poop green or is this normal for my two year old..., is a constant in my life now. No one tells you how you are always on edge and always thinking about the well being of  your little one.  And as they always say, "There is no pamphlet for parenting."

One thing they do tell you but you still don't fully understand until your child is here, is that it is all worth it.  People tell you that all the time and you believe it but you do not realize how powerful that feeling is until you actually experience it.  They can scream and cry your ears off.  They can piss, shit, and throw up on you, sometimes all at the same time.  They can defy you and test your patience.  But at the moment they smile or pass a milestone for the first time, you immediately soften and that right there is all that matters.  Everything you sacrifice for your little person is all worth it in the end and I have to keep telling myself that.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Chloe's Carnival Birthday Party

We celebrated Chloe's second birthday over this last weekend. I had been working on her party FOREVER so I was happy to see it all come together!  I just wish I would have taken more pics (story of my life)!  Above is one of two pics I got of Chloe with her circus top hat!  I loved it though and I got it fro CraftMom of 3's shop on etsy found here.  
 Here was the main table with the cake, cupcakes, and candy bar.    I loved how it turned out and it was probably my favorite area of the party.  I just got a bunch of canisters and popcorn tins to put the candy in.
 A closer look.
 Chloe's cake.
 She was loving the cupcakes!
 Some of the party animals.

 Opening presents.
This is the game area.  You can't see if very well but we got a picture banner where you can stick yuor head through and takes pics.  The games were ball toss and a punch box game.  In the middle, there are prizes.
 This is the sign in table.  I wish I could have spent more time on this area but I was running so behind and I felt like a chicken with my head cut off! 
 We also had a craft/tattoo area.
 Chloe's face cracks me up in this picture, it looks like she had a vengeance against this pinata.  

Something that we did on Chloe's birthday that we wanted to repeat and make a tradition was let go balloons for Chloe's Nan (grandma) that passed away before she was born. So, that was her party!  I am so happy how it went but so glad for it to be over!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Christmas 2014

This Christmas was the most exciting one for us so far because of how excited Chloe was about her presents.  She got sick the second half of the day so that was a damper on the day but overall, we had a pretty good day.  Below is the only picture I could get of all three of us.
  On Christmas Eve, I cooked some appetizers, put on some Christmas music, and Chloe decorated cookies for Santa.  She also opened up a present which is becoming a tradition.
Shrimp, fried chicken nuggets, chips & dip, veggies and dip, summer sausage, crackers, and cheese.

Christmas day, we got up and opened  presents and Chloe was sooo excited and animated!  I loved it!  We had to take every toy out of its package after she opened it!  She got a bunch of babies and barbies and she kept sitting them down and then picking them back up asking them, "Are you okay?" 

Next we went to my Aunt's house and my sister, cousin Shana, and I cooked Christmas dinner.  We always do a different theme every year and this year we did soul food.  We made fried chicken, fried catfish, mac and cheese, greens, cabbage, mashed potatoes, yams, etc.  I also made Paula Deen's recipe for banana pudding and it turned out delish!  I highly recommend it and the only thing I did different was make a graham cracker crust instead of using chessman cookies and then I put Nilla wafers on top instead of the chessman cookies.

My poor baby when we got home.  I am not sure exactly what was wrong with her but she started feeling better about a hour after we got home.  I wish I could have gotten more pictures but it was so hectic.   So, that was our Christmas!  As much as I love this time of year, I am glad it is over!