Month: June 2010

Making Work at Home Work

Making Work at Home Work

As you may remember, I recently partnered up with Making Work at Home Work as a blogger. Expanding and Contracting: Managing Your Stress Level By Mary M. Byers My work is seasonal. I make about 30% of my income for the entire year in one […]

Embracing Summer Reading

Embracing Summer Reading

As many of you know by now, Amber loves books so encouraging her to read is no problem at all! This summer has been so busy crazy for us that I’ve really had to make squeezing reading time in a priority! Here are some of […]

I Have A Song ~ Shannon Wexelberg *Review*

I Have A Song ~ Shannon Wexelberg *Review*

When it comes to music my tastes are about as diverse as they come! I love and listen to everything from classic piano pieces and hymns to fairly hard-core “screamo” music and nearly everything in between those two extremes! Although I don’t listen exclusively to Christian music the one requirement all my music has it that it must be uplifting and in line with my faith and values. 
When it comes to worship music I tend to lean towards liking bands more than individual singers and guy more than girls. So when I received I Have a Song I was interested to see what my response would be! I will admit that since this isn’t usually what I would choose if I picked out a cd myself the first couple of times listening to it I wasn’t incredibly impressed. I think this had a lot to do with the fact that I went into listening to it thinking I wouldn’t like it and I wasn’t really paying attention to the words and just playing it while I was focusing on other things.
After our move I’ve been less stressed and more able to focus on music and have listened to the cd several times. Once I really started listening to the music and focusing on the words I was surprised to find that I really do like this cd a lot! She has a very pretty voice and I love the words to the songs. In the information I received along with the cd I learned that the singer has had some extremely hard past few years, yet all that’s reflected in the CD is her love and respect for God and His plan. That meant a lot to me as well!
I would highly recommend this cd to anyone who enjoys sweet, pretty worship music that comes from some one who really means it!
My Belle Boutique

My Belle Boutique

Have you ever been looking around at things and saw something that made you say, “I *have* to have that!!!!!” Well yeah…the entire My Belle Boutique Etsy shop makes me do that!!!! My birthday is rapidly approaching (July 12th) and here’s a little hint to […]

Mystic Wonders Inc. *Review and Giveaway*

Mystic Wonders Inc. *Review and Giveaway*

***This Giveaway is now CLOSED Congrats to Comment #1 Everyday Mom Ideas who won via random.org*** Because of Amber’s eczema I have to be really careful about what I use to wash her clothes with. When she broke out so badly last Spring we finally […]

Week 36 Update

Week 36 Update

In a month I’ll have a little baby boy in my arms!!! I find it so hard to believe but I’m so excited! :oD I’ve decided to try to have a VBAC so be praying for me! Labor and pushing really wasn’t hard until I started having problems last time and would way rather have a few days of being uncomfortable than 6 weeks where I can hardly move! My mom is flying in on the 11th since I had originally planned on a scheduled C-section and she’s flying out 5 days after my due date so I’m really really really hoping that Tyler is early or at least right on time! I will feel so bad if she comes and stays for over 2 weeks and doesn’t even get to see my baby!
As far as the pregnancy is concerned everything’s going well. I’m still nauseous and throw up about once a week (bleh), getting HUGE and achey, not sleeping well, and just all that “fun” stuff that comes with 8 months of being preggers! I really am thankful for a healthy happy wiggly little boy in there!
I got to have my first “real” massage yesterday! My Drs. office offers free prenatal massages to their patients so of course I signed up for one! 🙂 It was great! There were a few times where she was pushing kinda hard and at one point she was massaging my face and did this thing where she grabbed my cheeks and pinched them pretty hard, it was kinda weird–LoL!!! I was like…uhhhh ok….Haha! But it was very nice and afterwords I was all relaxed and just wanted to take a nice long nap! 🙂 Every Drs office should offer them!!!

Summer 2010 Family Vacation Guide

Summer 2010 Family Vacation Guide

Have you checked out the Summer 2010 Family Vacation Guide on the CMBR Blog yet? If not what are you waiting for? Each day there is a new great article from one of the Mom Partners! Here is the link to my first article Tips […]

Rayovac Powers Your Summer Promotion

Rayovac Powers Your Summer Promotion

I just love the blog 5MinutesForMom! They have great content, giveaways, and information. Here’s the latest scoop I got from them today in my email about their latest awesome event! Rayovac Powers Your Summer Promotion Moms and kids just want to have fun and Rayovac […]

Potty Training – Success!

Potty Training – Success!

How I Potty Trained In One Week

A week ago I posted about beginning Operation Ditch the Diapers. I’m so excited to report that a week later Amber is what I would consider fully potty trained!!! Woo HOOOOO!!!
And how does Amber feel about all of this?? Well if you look at the picture you can see she’s pretty proud of herself!
I’ve had a couple of different people ask about exactly what I did to get her potty trained so quickly and so here goes!
First I want to start off by saying that by “fully potty trained” I mean she tells me every time she needs to go potty, runs into the bathroom, and goes. Today is the first day we’ve managed to make it while she was still completely dry every time but I figure as long as she’s in the bathroom, trying to make it–it counts! We’re still working on the whole concept of going #2 although she did go with virtually no problem today (yey!) she still thinks it’s kinda scary though (lol). I will also mention that I do still have her in Pull Ups for nap time, bed time, and when we go out and about, but she’s in underwear the rest of the day. Also when we went to church she was in Pull Ups but she still told the nursery workers when she had to go potty and went twice while there! 🙂
When I first started researching and asking around about how to potty trained I got a little overwhelmed feeling. Everyone from friends to websites to magazines and books had tons of advice but most of it was really general and went along the lines of “here’s kinda sorta helpful hints but really each child is different and when she gets it she’ll get it.”
Uhhh…ok great–so what do I do???
(and I will mention that Amber didn’t show virtually any of the “readiness” signs. She was interested in the potty and bathroom but only because of her great Potty Tots program but other than that there were no indicators. She didn’t care if she was wet or dirty–in fact she hated for me to change her poopy diapers and would often insist that she was still “nice and clean” and didn’t need changed. She never said she had to go, still got her diapers soaked through her nap, had a hard time pulling pants on and off, on and on. Just throwing that out there since because of that I thought I was going to have a huge battle on my hands and instead she was potty trained within a few days–just throwing that out there!)
I’m the kind of person who likes being told–look here’s a list of what you need to do first, second, third. That way I have a game plan while fully realizing I can change and adjust it to fit me and my child if need be. So when my cousin told me about the e-book she used to fully potty train her not even 2 year old boy in 3 days I was really excited! The book is called Potty Training Basics and you can get it here. It costs $17 which might seem pricey but if you think about it that’s not even the cost of a box of diapers and it has a money back guarantee. I would highly recommend it! I followed it “to the letter” for the first day with the exception of the Pull Ups for naptime and bedtime. I hadn’t been planning on “night time” training yet even though the book recommends it because frankly Amber wakes up before I do and I’m just too exhausted to tackle it right now! Well, little did I know that I wouldn’t have a choice on this and she was so into potty training that the first several nights she woke up screaming at 3 a.m. that she had to go POTTY!! Thankfully the past few nights she’s just stayed asleep and just had to use the potty right after she wakes up, lol!!
I feel like the e-book was vital for me in order for our success and that Amber’s Potty Tots Program was vital for her part. The e-book gave me guidance and direction and Potty Tots helped make it fun, not scary, and understandable for Amber. You can see my full review of The Potty Tots here!

In addition to those I also created a “sticker chart” for Amber which is just a piece of scrapbook paper cut wavy on top w/ Amber’s name in stickers on it. Every time she went in the potty she gets to choose 2 stickers (one for the back of each hand) and then when she gets tired of wearing them she runs and puts them on the chart. She also gets a treat every time she goes in the potty. The first few days I had homemade chocolate chip cookies that I’d made for our anniversary so she got a small piece of those. After that it’s been more healthy stuff like fruit, crackers, etc. I would highly recommend using bribes although which ones work will just depend on your kiddo. Amber loves stickers and food so those have worked perfectly for us.

 

Another *great* tip that wasn’t included in the book came from my new Coastie wife friend Katy. She told me about Gerber training pants which are panties but a whole lot thicker so they’re great for training because your kiddo can feel they’re going but it doesn’t make a HUGE mess! I didn’t use them on the very first day since we spent all day in the bathroom and I wanted Amber to REALLY tell when she had an accident but they’ve been amazing ever since! You can find them at Wal*Mart or Target or anywhere like that. I almost missed them in the Wal*Mart here because they had them next to the Gerber sets like onsies and baby bath towels and not by the rest of the toddler underwear.

I have run into a few speed bumps I didn’t expect along the way–the big one was how much harder nap and bedtime has become!!! (including the crazy 3-4 am wake up calls) She’s a smart little bugger and figured out that saying “I need to go potty” gets her out of her crib. So nap/bedtime has become a struggle as I try to not discourage her if she does need to go–but get very grumpy if we’ve been sitting there for 15 minutes only to figure out she didn’t have to go after all. Still working on exactly how to deal with that! A few days she just boycotted nap time altogether by yelling about “going potty” the entire time. That hasn’t happened for a few days now though so I do have hope! Also she has been a little more insecure in other areas–like asking for her pacifier at bedtimes even though she hadn’t mentioned it in months before this! I know this is all to be expected with any huge changes though and we’ll just muscle through it!
Ok–I think that covers it all! If you have any questions just ask! Right now I’m off to chase a 2 year old into the bathroom because she just informed me she “has to go potty!!!!”

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Guest Post from Moody Mamas

Guest Post from Moody Mamas

Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean…you have to dread summer. The summer weather is here! It’s getting hot, the humidity is soaring and you’re pregnant. You can’t do anything without breaking a sweat, let alone having to face the 80 degree weather. Right now, the […]