It’s a wrap

I have an exciting announcement to make. I hope it’s not too hasty, but I just want to share it with the world now(ohhh, well).

It’s been a week…Okay, more like a work week, but technically a week nonetheless.

My son has been going potty….

My son has been dry…

My son has pooped on the potty…

He even wears underwear!

I am literally gushing right now.

Here’s the run down:

My son has had a potty since his first birthday. From the time that he got his potty we talked about how he should use it to do his “business”. At first, he was an instant fan and I was all for it too. Unfortunately his day care was unable to have a potty in the one year old classroom that he was in so our efforts became counterproductive. I was sad to let his interest go, but there was nothing I could do.

Fast forward to a few months after I found out that I was pregnant. The thought of continuing to purchase diapers for my son and a new baby was terrifying. You would think it would be cost effective buying toddler sized diapers, but it’s still very expensive. By the time your child is wearing a size 5 or 6 the boxes of diapers get smaller and it seems as if they hold less too. Of course there’s the fact that a newborn would go through diapers left and right. The way I calculated it, I would spend about $30 every two weeks for my son and it would probably be double that for a newborn. So, $180 a month for diapers?? Let’s not even talk about wipes and creams

I just wasn’t for it. So I decided to have a talk with my son. We discussed the new baby coming and revisited using the potty. Thank goodness he also transitioned to the two year old class at his school and they are more focused on potty training since they have a bathroom “in their room”. I then decided that the best time to start this process would be over winter break. I knew it would be frustrating for both of us, but the best decision in the long run.

So our plan was set, as soon as we got home on Friday to commence our break we would get right to work.

Night 1: We went cold turkey. I couldn’t keep an accurate record of all the accidents he had even if I wanted to: wet spots on the couch, the floor, even Daddy got a little wet. We were all exhausted by bedtime. He went to sleep with a pull-up to avoid further havoc.

Day 1/ Night 2: A little less optimism about the day, but still hopeful. Back to underwear, but then we ran out (you need way more than 6 pairs to begin this process)…commando it is then. 3 accidents, but atleast we peed and pooped on the potty. At nap time (around 1pm) we went potty and put on a pull-up. When he got up from his nap we went straight to the potty. Afternoon/ evening: no accidents (word). Same pair of underwear until bed, a pull-up just to be safe.

Day 2: Wake up, potty. After we play, potty. Drink some juice, potty. Potty, potty, potty. We’re supposed to have family dinner, I’m nervous about leaving the house. We’re still going to continue with our same tactics, home or not.

Night 3:Somebody was frustrated because he was interrupted from playing with his cousins to use the potty, but we were able to poop on the toilet after dinner! Everybody gave him a cheer and loads of candy (very motivational). A few hours later, we pottied before we left and make a stop to pick up Nana before getting home. We got home and potty, then put on a pull-up before bed- our new routine.

Day 3/ Night 4: So glad we didn’t have any accidents yesterday, even when we weren’t in the house! As long as we can keep up this momentum everybody is good. Hopefully our Christmas celebrations won’t be too distracting from our process.

Day 4:We are on a roll baby! I’m so happy that that we’ve been accident free for the past few days. Trying to space out the intervals between our potty times has been difficult, but I want him to eventually be able to initiate this process on his own. Our schedule has been about every hour to two hours or right after large drinks.

Night 5: An appropriate time to cut off liquids? Around 6pm, maybe? He hasn’t wet himself overnight so we may not need to do pull-ups at night.

Day 5: It truly seems like we’ve been at this for awhile now, but it’s only really been a short amount of time (jeez). An accident did happen…too busy guzzling water and playing on his tablet to make it to the potty.

Potty training is a process that doesn’t happen overnight. I’m glad we had sometime at home to initiate this process and I hope that we can easily transfer this experience over to day care (let’s keep our fingers crossed). I know many people have interesting stories about their experience, please feel free to share them in the comments.

Let’s wrap this up!

-Jay

Sunday Dinner 12/17

Here’s a quick recipe for dinner that I whipped up on my IG story. Follow my page to stay up to date with new posts!

Shopping List:

  • Chicken breasts
  • Shrimp
  • Pasta
  • Veggies (your choice)
  • Oil
  • Paprika
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Butter
  • Minced garlic
  1. In a nonstick pan heat up a tablespoon of oil to medium/high heat. In a medium pot boil water with a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of oil.

2. While oil is heating, clean and season your chicken generously on both sides. I suggested a few seasoning above, it’s up to you.

3. Throw in minced garlic when the oil is warmed and quickly add your chicken so that the garlic does not burn.

4. Cook the chicken evenly on both sides (about 5-7mins depending on the cut). While the chicken cooks the water in your pot should boil and you can throw in about 2 cups of pasta.

5. When the pasta has fully cooked, put it in a bowl to toss it with butter and garlic. Depending on your veggies cook them once your pasta is al dente.

6. Remove the chicken from the pan and throw in your shrimp with butter and MORE garlic. I used cooked shrimp so it was heated in the blink of an eye.

7. You can toss together all your cooked food or serve them together on one plate.

8. Enjoy!

Baby Prep

Clearly this isn’t my first time on the “baby train”. With an 8 year old and 2 year old, I’ve been a frequent passenger. As I get closer to my due date in March, I want to plan and prepare for this baby like no other. I know that my other kids will be understanding when the new baby comes, but there will still need to be a lot of adjustments that need to be made so the transition isn’t too rough.

For starters, the first couple months are usually the roughest. I always tell myself to sleep when the baby sleeps and that almost never happens. To prepare for this mentally, I’m already practicing staying up late and operating on a few hours of sleep. Okay this “practicing” hasn’t actually been intentional, but the way my back feels on top of y mind racing, I don’t have much of a choice.

I’ve been proactively preparing freezer meals that I can thaw and serve for dinner. I’m not concerned about breakfast because my family can eat cereal like it’s nothing and everyone’s pretty much a fan of French toast sticks. Lunch is also easy because all I’ll want is a sandwich; if they don’t want it too bad! Nine months without lunch meat is almost as bad as nine months without wine, but that I can handle the latter a little easier.

Thank goodness that it’s almost winter. Clothes and like have been sprinkled in the mix over these past couple months, but I really plan to stock up on more things in January during those lovely midwinter sales. Long sleeve onesies, pants, and more. That also includes a few more blankets and towels to add to the collection.

Furniture, diapers, and bottles are on reserve. We’ll probably get a new mattress for the crib, clean it out, and raise the height. I was looking into bassinets, but I didn’t find anything too appealing via Amazon, Target, or Walmart. If you have any suggestions, please share in the comments.

I’m probably missing a few things, but don’t worry I’ll make a list in the coming weeks to make sure everything’s accounted for.

-Jay

Updates

Hey everyone!
It’s been awhile. I’ve been busy, busy, busy. We found out that baby number three is arriving in March and we can’t wait! I know what you’re thinking: You can’t wait for sleepless night, changing more diapers, and an unpredictable schedule?? Well, that’s already my life right now. 

My son just turned two and that’s not too far from the whole newborn experience. He did, however, start sleeping in his “big boy” toddler bed. Literally, I went in his room one night and his father had put him in the toddler bed. I was prettyyy much in shock and quickly walked (ran) out of the room, but it was about time so I let it slide. He already sleeps on a cot at day care so it’s the same experience he’s used to, just for a longer stretch of time. 

So far so good! He loves his Lion King bed set and the fluffy throw I put on him to make sure he’s securely on the bed. The bed has short railings at the top, but I wouldn’t be a real mom if I didn’t worry about something. 

I’ve also got back to this whole career thing, so that I can secure my level 2 certification. Grad school is my new best friend (ugh)! It’s actually not too bad because the program is completely online, it’s just hard to write papers and and read discussion board posts after long days at work. (I already talked about the long days that teachers have.) Oh and let’s not forget about the required readings and additional research. I hope that I can keep up the momentum and finish in no time (2 years is nothing right??). Atleast my student loans are deferred!

The holidays are around the corner and we’re excited to decorate with the kids. Not sure too much about Thanksgiving plans, but as long as I have a plate with stuffing, dirty rice, and macaroni and cheese- my day will be made. Sorry, I don’t really need anything else in my life (maybe some greens, don’t really crave such things these days). 

My husband insists that we purchase a real Christmas tree, but I’m not sure I’m prepared for that. Everyone that I’ve talked to says NOT to buy a real tree. I guess we’ll see what happens in a couple weeks. I saw some cute tree decorations, but we have yet to pick a theme (time is ticking). Gold and white is definitely an option or we could go the traditional route with red and green. TBD. 

I hope life is treating you all as well. Stay warm during this fall season. 

-Jay

Secrets

There’s something I’ve been meaning to tell you,

Its pain runs so deep. 

I look in the mirror, not really sure of what I see. 

The color of my skin pops out at me. 

Ears, eyes, nose, mouth-they’re all regular. 

The skin, the skin is what they all see. 

It’s different from their’s, a precursor to my dreams. 

They see me and assume, they hear me and laugh. 

Who I am is different, put that on blast. 

Don’t define me by my skin. 

Don’t wrap me in a box. 

Let’s agree to differ, my soul is wrought. 

#justapost

The wind howling so loudly as your footsteps echo across the wooden floor. You ponder a snack as you head towards the kitchen door. Morning will come soon and you need your rest. The struggles of this word are causing you some stress. Life can be so simple, yet so complicated. The “easy” life only seems real in books and on magazine covers. 

It’s such false advertisement to sell the world on dreams that might never come, but you still hold tight knowing that you aren’t done. Seeing the world from different perspectives, gives you a lense that others may never experience. The gift comes with the pain. 

Mosey on back to bed and remember your purpose. Nothing in life is too hard that you can’t get through it. Nothing about life hasn’t happened already. Turn this page in the book and flip forward to the ending where there is happiness.