Saturday, June 30, 2012

Potty Training Time

This is what we are doing this weekend (see pictures below). We officially started potty training (more or less) yesterday when the two potty items arrived on the doorstep. I ordered a bjorn toilet seat converter and a bjorn toddler potty for when we travel or need a potty outside etc. I wanted to keep things simple and as easy as possible. Daisy has gone potty on the big potty a handful of times in the past 8 months and I'm sure I could have trained her easily by now but, I was holding off for two reasons. One I had my trip to California and I didn't want to travel with a semi-potty trained child as if traveling isn't stressful enough with a toddler.  Two: I wanted to wait until she was so ripe that she would just take to potty training like a fish takes to water. I'm all about taking things slowly and not rushing things, hence why I still haven't tackled the big girl bed or weaning Daisy off of her pacifier even though I'm sure she would adapt to those things quickly also. Those two things I plan to tackle in the next year or so. 

Within an hour of setting the toddler potty on the floor Daisy had used it effortlessly.  I let her run around nakie from the waist down and that seems to really help her to realize that she needs to go sit down when she needs to go, since there isn't a pullup or diaper on to catch anything. lol  I rewarded her potty with a couple of chewy sweet tarts and applause.  She was so proud!  Later in the evening she went again in her toddler potty, in the back of our car at Wal-Mart. lol That was a surprise to us all!  I am so glad I took the potty with me so that she would have it when she needed it.  She has already gone twice today; once in her toddler potty and once on the big potty.  No success with #2 yet and I hear that it can take the most time for them to get comfortable with that.  Time will tell.   I am so proud of you Daisy!! You have been doing so well for your first 2 days of potty training!! You are such a smart little girl!

I know everyone has very different opinions about how to potty train a child and I completely respect that and appreciate the suggestions that I've been given.  My style is this...do what's best for you and your child and tune out the advice that doesn't help you.  If anyone has a forceful or judgmental opinion, then perhaps they need to address why they care so much about how other people do things when it doesn't really matter in the end...it's their problem not yours.   

Daisy is so excited about her big girl princess and my little pony panties.  She picked them out. lol.  It feels so weird to be moving on from diapers.  It's another chapter closing in the book of baby Daisy and a new chapter starting in toddler Daisy.  Sigh. Love my little princess! 

Oh and FYI the pink basket is a temporary stool and though it is working just fine, our step stool is arriving on Monday.  Oh and it is 107 degrees here today.  Combine the heat with our high humidity and I think we would die if we played outside so it's a pretty good excuse to be cooped up inside all weekend for potty training.  lol
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Thursday, June 7, 2012

2 Years and Counting

 I've wanted to get a few pictures and a little update of my silly little girl up on this blog for a while now.  Yeah! I did it!  Daisy talks A LOT now.  She is pretty much always babbling about something.  I am going to have one of those kids that never shuts up gives their parent a moment of silence.  LOL.  I am loving the little person that my daughter is becoming.  She is very independent, has a strong personality, adventurous, a little reckless if I do say so, loud, animated, a total ham, a great sleeper (FINALLY!! thank you Jesus!), incredibly bright, can be shy but, only for a minute or two, a cheerful riser (always wakes up smiling and with a sweet voice since the day she was born....like Daddy, not Mommy), a great eater (more or less), a happy kid (very rarely moody or grouchy...again like Daddy;).  I find myself telling my husband how much Daisy's personality reminds me of his more and more lately.  She has SO much energy and she never stops just like her Daddy!  She can go on and on until hours past her bedtime and only gets more hyper.  She is not one of those kids that gets tired and falls asleep on the couch if they miss a nap or pass bedtime.  Sugar is best avoided with my child.  I didn't notice that it had an effect on her until recently.  Sugar makes me sleepy but, my husband and daughter bounce off the walls after eating sugary things. hehe.  She is such a crack up.  Love this little girl of mine! 

 I will be doing a more detailed post on Daisy here pretty soon with a cute 2 year old photo session so stay tuned!! 

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Your Love Makes It Worth It All


I went on a run tonight and while I ran I listened to worship songs by Jesus Culture (my favorite right now) and stared up at the night sky with a look on my face that I know only God could fully understand.  I've had a heavy heart for so long now that I don't know what it would feel like to live with a light heart.  I can't explain it in a way that would do my feelings any justice but, the fact is that this heaviness is just a part of my life...for a season anyways.  So, while running my heavy heart out through the soles of my shoes and onto the pavement, different lyrics in different songs stood out but, these ministered to my heart the most: "your love makes it worth it all Lord," and "fill me up God."   I'm in a pit of sorts, metaphorically speaking and I've been waiting and waiting as patiently as I can on the Lord.  My faith has been stretched tremendously and what I want...what I want, more than anything in this world is to be the kind of person that both in this difficult season and also when it passes can say, "Oh Lord my God, YOUR love makes it worth it all!"  After my run, God gave me the passage of scripture in the image above.  It's what I needed to be filled tonight.  You might read it and it might not stir you in any way and that is absolutely okay.  God provides each of us with what we need and when we need it.  Tonight, he heard me silent cry to be filled with Him, His glory, His truth and His strength and this passage met that need in a profound way. 

Walking with the Lord isn't easy in difficult times lemme tell yah but, it's worth it.  It doesn't always make sense but, it's worth it....it's SO worth it.

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