Brave Adventure

Brave Adventure

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

We are making it happen

We are making it! We are surviving! I know I haven't posted about potty training in a bit, but I just want to let you know that we are succeeding. We are down to about one accident a day! We were so close to not having any accidents today, but we had a friend over and I think she got distracted. (She loves this friend SO much) I am so happy that it is working! Happy Birthday to me.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Potty'ing Rules!


My precious, awesome, super grown up girl is going regularly on the toilet! Whoop! She had two accidents today, but had lots of successful number 1s and 2s on the toilet today. One time when she started to have an accident, she stopped peeing, walked over to the toilet, sat down, and finished her business. Nice! (Actually every accident she had has been like that today) Her mouth was covered in chocolate a decent part of the day, yummmm. We are SO so thrilled. I can't believe we have survived to even get to this point. Praise the Lord! Maybe I'll start letting her wear underwear again soon, who knows.

Birthday Week!

So this week began birthday week! My super loving husband took me to the world's most amazing food truck park (well the food was amazing) and then we saw Green River Ordinance in concert at the House of Blues (Houston)!! This song is actually 6+ years old, but I really like it so I am gifting it to y'all! This was such a fun surprise, and a great night out. He had planned every detail even to booking a babysitter for the kiddos. Here are the pictures of our amazing night below!

Bernie's Burger Bus!

Truffle infused french fries with Parmesan and green onion

The Home Room - Claire

The Cheerleader - Cal

I had to basically dislocate my jaw to eat this - sooo good
Foreign Policy American food with international flavor (we got dessert here)

Cinnamon Sugar Donut stuffed with Bunuelos and drizzled with glaze

Worth it.

Tim Halpern



This was such a special night and a perfect way to start out the week! I have the best husband!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Keep on Trucking

Well Thursday and Friday have brought even more success! She has begun to voluntarily use the bathroom for number 1 & 2! I'm just so thrilled to not be cleaning up pee everywhere. I am not joking when I say by the time Thursday night rolled around, I had no clean pants left because I had been peed on so much between my two kiddos. She has been loving the increase in chocolate now that she is mastering her new skill. She is still only getting to the toilet about 50% of the time, but that is way more than before! Exciting times.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Another Manick...oh my goodness its Wednesday

So I just realized its Wednesday and I thought it was Tuesday!! Whew, what a relief. We went to just one nap today to try and make the kiddo go to the bathroom (she could hold it between naps). How do people do this? It was so difficult and now I sort of want to hide in a dark closet alone (or sit out in the sun alone because it feels nice outside).

Well today we convinced RB to pee in the toilet a half time. She is sitting on it more often just for fun which I suppose is progress? Church tonight which means a diaper. So...yeah.

I'm going to go be alone now. Sorry.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


We had a victory today! Besides the fact that she seemed to enjoy sitting on the toilet for fun, she actually decided to use it. At first she kept telling me she had to poop, but then would just toot into the toilet. Then we were hanging out in the kitchen doing dishes and playing with magnets when she decided to sit on the toilet and read....and poop! She didn't even say anything until she was done, she just did it! No drama, no crying, just going to the bathroom. Whoop! She got lots of accolades, chocolate chips, and a multitude of other fun rewards. It was incredible! So, for now, my faith in potty training has been slightly renewed. Never thought I would say a prayer of thanksgiving for poop (unless I was in a foreign country).

Monday, April 14, 2014

Back on Track

So I skipped a day posting, but Sunday is sort of a wash. She had to wear a diaper at church and then had to wear a diaper during her super long nap she always takes on Sunday afternoon. So she was completely able to hold it the entire time she was diaperless in the evening.

Today, though, we had a break through! (sort of) She started to go and I was able to get her onto the toilet in time for most of make it! She was so excited! She kept pointing at it and saying "peepee!" She got her reward (read: bribe) and to do some of the other things she loves (like flush the toilet). So I am hoping that this will help her. I have really felt like if she could be successful at it just once, she might understand more thoroughly what I was asking her to do. So, here's hoping!

Sunday, April 13, 2014


We have reached the end of week 1 in our potty training world, and I am proud to say....


As in, she pooped in the toilet. She received much praise, and, more importantly, a bunch of chocolate chips. We had another naked day, but with less fuss in general. It was so much better? Aren't most things better when we put less pressure on the situation? 

She had more pee accidents than before, but I really think it's a win. If she's not hydrated enough that she can hold it until the diaper goes on at nap time, then she will never learn to use the toilet. Accidents are necessary. She peed once outside and I was just like, "it's okay - people do this outside all the time, it's the best place for an accident". She does not like to have accidents if she is standing up because she doesn't like having it on her body which is also a good thing. That means that she will eventually learn how to do this. My little girl does not like to be dirty. (She asks to wipe her hands many times throughout each meal, and she likes to play in the dirt but needs to immediately wash off afterwards.) She did not get her anti-dirty feelings from me. It must have been passed on from a relative because Cal and I both enjoy being in the mud a bit and I won't tell you about my shower life when I was in middle school, but it would prove my point. But I digress. 

So then in the evening, before dinner, she was making all the poop faces. I asked her to sit on the toilet (she is a bit scared of using the toilet for number 2) and I gave her one chocolate chip for being so good to come sit calmly without freaking out. I then held the chocolate chips she would receive for success in front of her which helped a lot! She needed a little help focusing. Success! I'm just glad for a bit of improvement.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Day I Gave Up

So today I sort of phoned it in on the whole potty training issue. Not necessarily because I wanted to, but that's just what happens sometimes.

The little man had his 4 month appointment (4 month post to come later, he's been teething and feeling under the weather so I haven't tempted fate with a photo shoot) so she got to be in a diaper for that. Then went straight down for nap when we got home. So basically, half the day she was in a diaper.

She got up and was very sad to lose the diaper, but recovered quickly. She only had one accident, but has actually just gotten really good at holding it until bed time. No successful uses of the toilet. Not one. We are planning to try and hydrate her a bit more tomorrow so that holding it is a bit more difficult.

I have also decided to just remove some stress from myself about this. Tomorrow I'm just letting her run around with no clothes, and let it happen. If she trains, great. If not, fine. She doesn't really work well under pressure, so I wonder if me asking her if she needs to go is too much for her. If this doesn't work in another week (I don't mean that she's perfectly trained, only that she is showing some progress) we may reevaluate whether she is truly ready. She was so "in" to the toilet before we started this. She had even gone number 2 in the toilet several times, gotten treats for it, and seemed to enjoy it. She loves to flush the toilet, she enjoys using toilet paper, she would even sit on the toilet for fun sometimes. But now, she is not quite so "in" to it.

Friday, April 11, 2014

4 Months

Fun facts for month four:
Weight: 15lbs .4oz
Height: 26 inches
Eating: Every 2-3hrs during the day, Once or...NONE at night!
Sleeping: Off and on
Diaper: Size 2 diapers
Clothing: 6 months

What's new for month four:
  • He just had a BIG growth spurt so he looks a bit skinnier which is odd for us, but our pediatrician said he put on all that weight to get ready to grow. Now that the spurt is probably over, he'll pack on the pounds again in prep for another big one. Yay! Growing boy!
  • OH my goodness this little man's smile just melts my heart
  • He is grabbing much better and can even hold a toy up in front of his face to play
  • Everything goes into his mouth
  • He has his 1st tooth coming in!
  • He is laughing a little more, but not a ton yet (although he looks like he wants to all the time)
  • He is making some super sweet sounds when I am playing with him
  • We have broken the night time paci habit, but have allowed him to keep it during the day
  • He likes to sit up
  • He does these little crunches like he's trying to sit himself up
  • He only poops every few days
  • He likes a variety in his books - he gets bored reading the same book too often and gets upset
  • He prefers to nap in the pack-n-play
  • He loves to follow RB around with his eyes, he really obviously loves her
  • He loves to be rocked
  • He keeps trying to push off of things with his feet
  • He looks like he is going to learn to roll back to front any day now, he's so close!
  • He has started reaching for things

Train 'em young

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Drama Drama Drama

While today is not yet over, I can honestly say it has been one of the most dramatic days. So, I quickly figured out that as long as RB had on underwear, she felt no need to make haste to the bathroom. So we implemented naked day (well she has a shirt on, so not entirely naked). She HATES the feeling of pee running down her leg. So the moment she starts to go, she starts to cry. Then she finds me and makes her way to the toilet. Despite all this, we were able to get to the toilet twice in time. She was promptly rewarded with chocolate, yummm. So even though it was dramatic, I felt victory.
So later, we went outside because I figured that would be a great place to have an accident - no cleaning! When she had to go (I didn't know she needed to go), she climbed up in a chair we have outside and peed. She did not like the puddle (I guess she thought it was a toilet?), so she jumped out of the chair. However, the chair is not as low as a her toilet and she seriously scraped up her leg/knee. This caused lots of crying on top of spilling some of the pee puddle onto herself. Clean clean clean, cry cry cry, console console console. We go on with our day, but she does not pee another time (it's been two hours). She does begin to exhibit signs that number 2 is on its way....

So I plunk her done on the toilet to poop. And she screams. I mean SCREAMS! And cries and screams. I keep trying to remind her about the chocolate but she is not having it. So I get out the chocolate and show it to her which helps her calm down enough to sit back down. She gives a couple good pushes and announces "all done!" She stands up and I look in the toilet which is...empty. I look up at her just in time to watch her give a final parting push to the poop which lands happily on my floor. She tries to reach for the chocolate in my hand which I refuse to give her since she did not poop in the toilet, but on the floor. She gets upset, screams "Chocolate!", then tries to eat one of the poop pellets on the floor. I managed to keep her from eating poop, but each time I try and go get something to pick it up she tries to eat it. She also has poop on her so I don't want to pick her up. I won't tell you how eventually it worked out, but let's just say she didn't eat the poop and I almost threw up. I put the chocolate down where she could not reach it so I could get stuff to clean up the rest of the mess (read: stain on carpet, poop on daughter). She climbs up to where the chocolate is, eats some. Then she gets in trouble for eating the chocolate - screaming, crying.

Then...cuddling? Weird. 

Then she decides she has had enough for the day and wants to take an early nap. No complaints here. Mommy has had enough too. Now I need to go work out....great.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Day 3

I don't really have anything exciting to say about day three. It was roughly the same as yesterday. She never made it to the toilet. We ran out of underwear because she had so many "accidents".

I had a friend come by, who RB took to right away (which is so rare), but then she kept pretending she had to go and then refusing to actually sit on the toilet. Show off...sort of. I talked to my friend a couple of days ago and she said that her daughter wouldn't learn to use the restroom until they took off even the underwear. So that's the plan for tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Pee Pee everywhere

Day Two of Potty Training

So... here is my attempt at chronicling this experience. Today was a sort of cold turkey day. We put some underwear on this morning (super heroes!) and just went about or business. And by business I mean we only played on blankets or on tile. The end. 

She is definitely figuring it out. Not completely, but the wheels are turning. The first time she peed, she looked down at it and did not care for it. I don't blame her. After the second time, she started to go into the bathroom while she was peeing and sit on the toilet. So she can't hold it/predict it quite yet, but she knows to go into the bathroom when it's happening. So that's something. 

One time she said she had to go to the bathroom, didn't go when we were in there, and then went right after we put her underwear back on. I don't think it was malicious, I think she is working out the sensation and figuring out how to go correctly.

Baby steps! 

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Week That Might Kill Me

Welcome to the week that might kill me

So apparently I am a crazy person. I have undergone two tasks that may be the death of me this week. Task one - potty training my two year old. (She seems interested, she can tell me when she needs to go, I think she's ready) Task two - breaking my son of needing a paci to sleep. (He has started waking up a thousand times at night to have his paci put back I am going to attempt to chronicle this adventure so that you can watch my sanity fade and take bets on whether I will survive, give up, or be admitted.

Potty Training Day 1: Talking about the bathroom/toilet (she actually uses the words "toilet" and "bathroom" to describe it so that's what we'll use), teaching her baby doll to drink up and then use the bathroom, buying pretty underwear

Paci Hatred Day 1: Really trying to keep the little guy awake until he is super tired but not over tired, let him cry for 5 minutes

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Hungry. My little man loves to eat. I mean he REALLY loves to eat. If he wants to eat, he will cry his eyes out until he is satiated. Today I was thinking about God's Word as I read Psalm 19. I have been asking the Lord lately to be hungry for Him and for His Word. That I would not be content to begin the day or continue in life without His Word. I want to be desperate for the Word of God like my son is desperate to be fed. You'd thinking, listening to my son cry, that he had never been fed and would never eat again with how he winds up for food. I want that. I want to feel like that for God. I want to yearn for relationship with Him.