Gracie’s Room Update

Lately, we have been sending Gracie to her room when she gets really worked up. If we can’t play in water for whatever reason and I can’t get her to calm down any other way, then she has to go to her room until she stops crying. Then she can come out and play with us again. This is not a punishment. It is just to get her into a quiet place where she can calm herself down. And she usually does within about 3 minutes. It is amazing. This…

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Siblings and Potty Training

One of the things that has made potty training Gracie very different than potty training Bean is having Bean around.  He was sort of hanging out on the fringes for a while, just making sure Gracie wasn’t getting anything that he wasn’t getting.  He sniffed around her Skittles jar, and he talked about stickers a lot when she’d put one up on her chart.  I knew that it must be kind of hard for him to suddenly have Gracie be the center of attention for a week while we potty…

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Potty Training, Step Three: Potty Camp 2013

We are deep into Phase Three of potty training at our house.  Potty Camp 2013 has officially begun.  I’ve been chronicling the steps that we use in our house to potty train, so if you’re interested in Step One or Step Two, be sure to go back and read them.  This week we started Step Three – Potty Camp 2013! Potty Camp is what I call the official, traditional, tied-to-a-potty-for-several-days potty training period.  Once Gracie first showed interested in going potty, we transitioned into practicing on the potty in Step…

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Potty Training, Step Two

Gracie has been showing signs of being ready for potty training for about a month now.  She can hold it for a while, sometimes even all night.  She tells us when she has to go potty, and she tells us when she needs a diaper change.  She loves panties, and has a healthy interest in the potty happenings of all our family members.  She’s been interested, but any time I would actually put her on the potty, she wasn’t happy.  She’s squirm or cry, and so I would immediately take…

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Potty in Da House

About three weeks ago, Gracie started telling me when she had to go potty.  It took me a day or two to figure out what was going on, but she was pretty clear. “POOOOOOPY!” she’d yell, and then she’d grab her bottom and start dancing around. After the third time, I finally caught on.  (I’m slow on the uptake sometimes…) She wasn’t able to tell me before she actually went, though.  Usually, she’d tell me just after and she would demand a diaper change.  “Poopy, Mommy.  Poopy die-py.” I started…

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Potty Training by Brothers

I’m not going to lie.  One of the hardest parts of being a parent are Saturday mornings.  My little elves don’t know Mondays from Saturdays, so 6:30 comes early no matter what day of the week it is.  Lately though, we’ve found a nice solution.  Chris hooked Bean’s lamp up to a flip switch so that he can turn it on for himself when he gets up.  He normally wakes up at 6:30, turns his light on, goes potty, and then heads back to his room to play.  He is…

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Boys and Their…Toys

Bean is back on track with his potty training again. He’s not even really potty training anymore. He’s pretty much housebroken. (I know that’s a puppy terms, but toddlers are a lot like puppies in some areas, right???) So, we’ve been celebrating a lot about no accidents. When he comes home from school, he tells us all about how he didn’t have any accidents. And when he goes potty, he tells us all about it. A couple weeks ago, he even announced to the entire restaurant where we were having…

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Regression, Digestion, Mid-Western

This post is only about regression. The other two words are there for no rhyme or reason. Actually, they are there exactly for a rhyme, but that’s not the point. The point is that this post is about regression. Specifically, regression of the digestion. Specifically, regression of Bean’s digestion. Specifically, THE KID KEEPS HAVING ACCIDENTS ALL OF A SUDDEN! Bean has been potty trained for well over three or four months now, at least. He potty trained fairly easily. Mostly because when the time came to potty train him, I…

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Score One for Mom

There are few things Bean loves more in this world than his underwear. He likes to count it, carry it, stack it, fold it, and wear it. For a while, we really encouraged it. It was keeping him excited about going potty and it kept him interested in potty training. But, we started drawing the line the day that he tried to carry three pair into his Sunday School class. And it was getting awkward to have a kid carrying underwear sitting in the grocery cart at Target. I felt…

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Potty Camp, 2011

I blogged a couple months ago about how we were starting to introduce potty training to Bean. Step One for us began right when Bean first started telling us that he needed a diaper change (around 18 months) and consisted of us putting him on the potty every time we changed his diaper or whenever he’d show some kind of interest in the potty. We figured if he knew enough to recognize that he was going to the bathroom, then maybe it was time to show him what the real…

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