Thursday, November 29, 2012


This post is dedicated to Christian, since I got to talk to him for a total of about 90 seconds tonight! Work, tutoring, soccer. Such is life.

What's this? I'm blogging the night before I have to teach seminary? I found myself with a bit of free time. You see, I'm now tutoring one of my seminary students, so at the end of our tutoring session, I said, "Hey--What do you want to do for Scripture Mastery tomorrow?" And he said, "Oh, I know of this fun game with toilet paper. I can't remember exactly how to play it, but the other students do." Then I said, "Okay. I'll bring the toilet paper and you guys teach me how to play in the morning." Done and done. That's how I roll.

On to the post.

I took the boys out of the house for 2 full hours today, and neither of them had an accident!
    Spent almost an hour trying to convince the boys to pee so that we could leave the house. No promise or bribe could make them do it. They'll pee when they want to pee. End of story.

    Finally. Pee! I didn't care if it was 20 minutes before their nap time. We were going out, dang it!

    Forced them to put on pants. You would have thought I was forcing them to eat snails. It seems they are spoiled rotten getting to run around buck naked so much.

    It started to sprinkle right as we left. Of course. But I was willing to weather that storm.

    Trucks, tractors, rain, leaf blowers! This was the outside world they had been missing!

    First stop: Kid 2 Kid to look for a travel potty. Didn't have the right one. Thank goodness for that little pink door. It's the only thing that will lure the boys out of that store.

    Second stop: Stan's Donuts. Because everyone deserves a donut while potty training. Graham ate the chocolate off the top, picked the lemon filling out with his index finger,  handed me the leftovers, and asked for more. Note to self: just buy the kid a tub of frosting.

    Liam, on the other hand, took one little bite, handed me the rest, and proceeded to try to climb the building and run around like a mad man. Note to self: don't bother buying sweets for that kid. Give him cheese.

    What do you do when it's 30 minutes past nap time, it's about to rain, and you just fed your kid a donut? Why, you go to the park, of course!

    After 3 years of over-sized cloth diaper bums, it is ridiculously cute to see their tiny bums in pants. Not to mention the crack. As with everything else, Liam takes after me...

    and Graham takes after Christian.

    On the way home I asked Graham if he wanted to pee on a tree and he got super excited. We tried. The pee just wouldn't come. He'll still tell you he peed on the tree, though. Liam tried, too.

    Then we walked home in the rain.

    Both boys peed on the potty when we got home.

    Could not have been a better outing. Love these boys.

    need potty training advice

    Hi everyone! I need your input. I know many of you have been through the potty training thing before (and some of you many times). So I have two main questions for you. Thanks in advance for your input!

    First, let me explain the method I'm using. We're doing the bare-bum method. Last Friday the boys helped me gather all our diapers and banish them to the garage. We haven't seen them since. In fact, we've rarely even seen pants since them. The boys have been bare-bummed for a week straight (except for very brief walks in our neighborhood, during which they wear loose pants with nothing under them).

    Note: We introduced peeing in the potty and bare bums here and there over a couple weeks. So last Friday was the day we went 100%, but not their first exposure.

    Graham has had a 100% success rate. After the second day, Liam's record has been almost as good (Except for yesterday. My poor mom.) Our problems now boil down to night time and leaving the house, which, as I understand, is totally normal. But I'd like to get all your input before I proceed.

    1. Night-time accidents: The boys were completely dry the first 2 nights. Liam has been dry most nights since. Graham, however, has not. He has an accident most nights. I actually don't mind stripping the beds and washing the sheets. We've been washing, drying, and folding cloth diapers for 3 years. Washing sheets is nothing in comparison. So ignoring the laundry issues, would you put them in anything at night? The method calls for bare bums 24-7, so I'm wondering if I should just keep going with this or come up with a compromise. Note: I don't want to put them back in diapers at night (or pull ups). Graham used to poop every day, but now he holds his poop for days at a time. I worry that if I put a diaper on him, he'll just wait til he goes to bed to poop. What would you do?

    2. Leaving the house: The boys have barely left the house in a week. I'm starting to feel bad for them. I've really let them take charge of the potty training and I don't hound them about using the potty. They run to the potty when they need to go, but they don't tell me when they're going. They just do it. This is great since I can just do my own thing throughout the day, but I've realized that doesn't translate well to leaving the house since they won't think to tell me when they need to go. I imagine the answer to this question is just that I need to venture out more and that they'll figure it out. But any advice and tips are welcome.

    Ready, go!

    Friday, November 23, 2012

    potty training: round 2

    Trying this potty training thing again. Only this time we're doing both boys at once. Two birds with one stone. (Or at least that's the plan.)

    We've been "unofficially" potty training over the last couple of weeks. 
    (Meaning we let the boys run around with no diapers every so often. Pee in the potty, pee on the carpet. Poop in the potty, ahem, poop on the carpet... and chair...).

    This afternoon we started "official" potty training. 
    The boys first helped me find all the diapers in the house and put them in a bag and banish them to the garage.

    This evening each boy peed 5 times. Liam in the potty chair (strategically placed in the middle of the living room). Graham in the toilet. Not one accident. They play or eat or watch TV then run to the potty when they need to go.
    Not bad.

    Now if they can just keep this up for the next couple of days, I think we'll be good to go.

    I may be jinxing myself by posting this.

    In fact, I'm pretty positive I am.

    Wish us luck.

    Morning update: Both boys just slept through the night without an accident and peed in the potty when they got up. There's no way we can keep this up, right? This is SO different from last time we tested out potty training.

    More realistic mid-day update: Liam racked up 4 accidents this morning, including peeing on the counter and peeing on my feet. I'm about to tear my hair out (or Christian's if he even looks at me wrong). This is more like it.

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

    Ah, sick season.

    Oh how I despise sick season. Last year our household was sick for 6 weeks straight. One sickness followed immediately by another.

    So far this year (in the last 3 weeks):

    Liam - stomach bug
    Molly - stomach bug
    Christian - stomach bug
    Graham - cold
    Liam - cold
    Molly - cold
    Christian - cold
    Christian - allergic reaction to shellfish (hives for 3 days followed by sleep-inducing medications)
    The rest of us - still have this never-ending cold

    Can we have a break this week? Pretty pretty please?

    Friday, November 2, 2012

    I'm married to a mustache

    Christian came home back in September convinced that he should start preparing for Movember.

     What is Movember, you ask?

    Movember is a movement that started in Melbourne, Australia, and now has formal campaigns in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, the UK, South Africa, Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Belgium and the Czech Republic.

    Men shave clean on November 1st and spend the month growing a mustache in order to spark conversation about men's health and raise money for cancer research. 
    Participants register over at

    In order to start off November with a bang, Christian started his growing season at the beginning of October.

    And then late at night on October 31st, his big beautiful bushy beard went from this... this!!

    Since I refuse to be married to a molestache mustache for an entire month for no reason at all,  
    it's all or nothing for Movember!
     So join Christian in raising awareness and money for men's health and cancer research!
    Click the button below or on the side bar to go to support:

    And Ron Swanson is on board. Of course. Be a man.