Category: Toddlers

Toddler truths

Just in case you weren’t sure, here’s a few pieces of evidence that you may have a toddler in your midst…

toilet seat lock: My little guy looooves to splash in water - any kind of water - anywhere!

the reading corner: I love that, even in our little home, we were able to find a spot to fit nearly all of the boys' books in one place. I love that they have a designated space just for reading. But the wee one, he just looooves to take aaaaallll the books and eat, toss, eat, rip, eat, play with the books.




child safety lock: My mother-in-law (whom I love very much!) likes to tell me that her 2 boys never got into drawers, cabinets, etc. when they were little. Somehow, both of my boys didn't receive that particular tendency from their dad. Thus, the locks are everywhere.


toilet paper: um, yeah, I don't think this one needs any explaining...


safety gate: far and above, this is the one toddler item I will be glad to be done with when the wee one comes of age! For the first 2 years of Bubb's life we were in a 2-story home. I lost count how many times I nearly killed, injured, or maimed myself and Bubbs while traipsing over these blasted gates. Even in our single-story home, I'm still "crashing" into & over them. They are necessary, but I still can't stand them.

Slow & Steady

Progress. That’s become my “motto” in this new journey to “potty-hood” with Bubbs. Every.Single.Day has been frustrating, for one reason or another. Some days have been so bad that I’ve screamed (in my head, of course) “I QUIT!!” But then an encouraging email or phone call from a friend will come through & I’m straightened back out, ready to stay on course & see this thing through, for both of us!

Part of what makes this process so frustrating, honestly, is the very real reality that other children just get it on Day 1 or Day 3, with little to no effort from their mothers. Granted, they are all GIRLS who have a quicker grasp, which is completely the norm. But it still is BEYOND me how a child the same age as Bubbs (2.5 yrs) can walk up to their mother & say “I don’t want to wear diapers anymore. I want big-girl underpants.” And that’s the bulk of the potty training. I personally know 1 friend who experienced that with BOTH of her daughters!

The other mom’s typically go through 3 days or less of constant monitoring, timers, lots of trips to the potty & VOILA – they make it to the potty most of the time.

We are beginning Day 6. At the end of each day, Hubbs & I try to come up with at least 1 positive that shows Progress in this journey. Last night was the first time Bubbs asked to go to the Potty! Wish granted, my son! Still not a drop of moisture in that little pot, but again, Progress. This morning, after his usual milk & toast, again, he asked to go to the Potty. Sat through 3 or 4 books – no pee pee. But there was lots of high fives & “yays!” that he remembered to ask to go potty.

My hopes have been slightly lifted that the week’s training has actually started to change his views on how this whole thing is supposed to work. And if I’m hopeful, then I trust he will stay hopeful as well & that discouragement will not be the norm for the day.

Day 1…

…of the rest of your LIFE. That’s what I wish I could express adequately to my just-turned 2.5 yr old son.

Today marks the first “official” day of training…potty training. And from nearly the first moment my adequacy as a mother was challenged. I did SOME research. I talked to a few mom’s, including my own. And I quickly became aware that there are approximately 3 million different ways / viewpoints / opinions as to the BEST way, age, etc. to potty train a child. (OK, I do tend to exaggerate at times, but that’s just how it feels!)

I have a “plan” for my method of training; I thought I was choosing the best “time” for my child. But it quickly became apparent to both Hubbs & I that we should definitely have started this journey at least 6 months ago, if not sooner, for various reasons.

Alas, it is what it is. And that is what I’m learning more than anything about motherhood these days. Our journey into potty land will be more challenging, possibly, because we waited until now. But who’s to say other challenges wouldn’t have arisen had we started when he was just 2 yrs old? At least that is what I will cling to & hopefully will console me when the going really starts to get rough!

So yes, there were tears that fell today (which is completely against everything they tell you potty training should be – fun! no pressure!). But at the end of this first day, watching him run around with joy on his face & laughter in his voice, I took a deep breathe & realized that the events of the day may have challenged him, but he can take it.

He’s my boy, after all.

Pure bliss

I have decided that there still are yummy & blissful deals to be had in this high-priced, over-the-top world.

A huge bag of Target popcorn & a small ICEE (one of my all-time favorite drinks) for $1.62 = TOTAL.

THAT, my friends, is pure bliss on a day when your feet are dragging, the child is whining & one of your only escapes is the new Super Target in town.

Oh – and the Leapfrog Fridge Phonics is already one of my top 10 “kid” purchases for $20.00. I do believe it will keep my sweet youngster busy for quite some time – I may end up hating the Alphabet song but at least I might be able to get some cooking done uninterrupted…

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