Thursday, December 29, 2011

Free Housekeeping Printable

Darlene from Time-Warp Wife is offering an adorable daily housekeeping printable for free today. It has a basic list of reminders to help keep you on track. If you need a more extensive schedule, check out this post. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Potty Training Tips

I have just successfully potty trained my second child, so I think this means I have enough experience under my belt to offer you a few helpful hints. Potty training Bug was an experiment in terror. He is a very fast learner, so the fact that I had no clue what I was doing may have had something to do with it.

I decided that Bug was ready to be trained as soon as he showed an interest in using the toilet. I purchased a big pack of Pull-ups and told everybody about how my boy was so smart that he was already going in the potty. Then I got pregnant and spent the next four months so nauseous I could barely remain in an upright position.

Right about this same time my husband had to go away for a week and Bug decided that he would scream every time he approached the potty. I gave up and had to tell everyone in our family who inquired about his progress that he was back in Luvs.

After less than three weeks of potty-training, Grumpy is now going like a champ and hasn't had a single accident at night. Here are some tips on accomplishing this feat:

1. Don't tell anyone, other than your spouse and close relatives who need the knowledge in order to care for your child, that you are attempting to potty train. Even if another mom starts to brag about how her six month old flushes and wipes himself.

2. Encourage an interest in using the toilet, but don't attempt training the first time your little one successfully goes in the potty.

3. Make a big deal about (clap, dance about like an idiot, tell daddy) every No. 1 or No. 2 that winds up where its supposed to. Cookies, stickers and toy giraffes are unnecessary, however.

4. Let your child lead. Once your little one figures out that diapers are uncomfortable, he will probably opt for going like a big boy without a struggle.

5. Don't spank or yell, no matter how many accidents your child has. If he repeatedly goes in his clothes, he's not ready for this potty training thing. Just put the diaper back on and wait until he shows an interest again.

6. Use a potty ring if instead of a chair, unless your child is terrified of the toilet. Not only is the chair messy to clean up, you may end up having to go through a second round of training to convince your child to use the big potty.

7. Don't expect little ones to sit on the potty like you do. Both of my boys preferred to hunch over the toilet like crabs, with their legs pulled up. As long as they're not making an awful mess or in danger of falling in, let them choose how to sit.

8. If you have boys and they want to "go like daddy" provide a stool so they can accomplish this amazing feat.

9. Keep using Pull-ups until you notice that your little one is consistently dry each morning for a week. Once this happens, remind your child to use the potty right before bed and try putting him to bed sans Pull-up.

10. Use a Pull-up when you leave the house for more than 30 minutes, unless there is an easy-to-access bathroom. Continue to do this until your child is 7. Okay, maybe not quite that long.

Try to keep it lighthearted and remember that your little one will eventually potty train and, if my experience is any indication, it will probably happen a lot faster if you don't stress about it.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Heard Around Our House Recently

Here is a snippet of a conversation that I had with Bug yesterday:

Bug: Mommy, what is a lung?
Me: It's the organ that lets you breathe, you have two and they are right here inside your chest.
Bug: I don't want one.
Me: If you didn't have them you couldn't breathe.
Bug: Mommy, I wish I was in your nose.

Yep, he wishes he was in my nose. Apparently he wants a closer look at how this whole breathing thing works. Perhaps he will be an asthma/allergy specialist when he grows up. Or maybe just really, really weird. Either way, you've gotta love him.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Keeping Priorities in Order

As I sat down to think about the goals I'd like to achieve in the coming year it occurred to me just how easy it is to get sidetracked from my priorities. As a Christian woman I know what they are. God has clearly laid them out for me in Titus 2: 3-5 - The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Why is it so easy to get sidetracked?

I really want to be a writer. I want to help out with finances, build my own sites and blogs, make a tiny little name for myself somewhere in the world. It is so easy to let that become the most important part of my day. But it should not be. Spending time reading the Bible and in prayer, helping my husband get his things together for work, kissing a boo boo and rocking a baby are far more important than any article or blog post I could ever write. Those are the things that build a home. Like it or not, we moms and wives set the tone of our homes and we can let everyone know exactly where they rank without a word.

It is also true in the small things. For example, when my phone rings I am compelled to answer it. I must know who is on the other end. If it is someone I know I must talk to them immediately. I am ashamed to say that my kids (and hubby) have been put second place to the phone more times than I can even count. I have been feeling convicted about this lately.

I have had to stop answering the phone every time it rings. If I am rocking Grumpy, having a conversation with my husband or playing cars with Bug the phone doesn't take priority. It's really hard. But Bug has started saying, "No, I didn't tell you to talk on the phone!", whenever he sees me approach it. That is not a good sign. So, I have starting utilizing the caller i.d. and returning calls when I'm too busy with my top priorities to get to it.

This was something I'd never really thought about until I read one of Elizabeth George's books (I apologize, I can't recall which one it was at the moment) where she tells a story about cooking a delicious meal for a new mother that attended her church. She had never met the woman, but was so pleased to share with her daughters the fact that she had gone to all of this trouble to help the new mother out. Then her girls asked what they were having for supper and she had to tell them it was macaroni with hot dogs...again. That hit home for me.

So, to sum up this novel of a post, maybe we should stop and ask ourselves from time to time, who is getting the best of us. Is it our husbands and our little ones or the unexpected visitor that shows up at the door. Do you show a pleasant face to the world while your "real" attitude at home is not so...pleasant? I know that I sure do. Why not make it a goal this year to give our best to our families and check our priorities every so often to make sure they are lined up with what God says they should be?

Sunday, December 27, 2009

2009: Our Year in Review

I love my blog. I have been at this for about a year now and I still enjoy blogging very much, although you wouldn't know it by the amount of posts I have been writing lately. This has been a very topsy turvy year for my family and I have not had the motivation or self-discipline to manage things the way that I would have really liked to.

For starters, we added Grumpy to the family. I said I wouldn't be putting up any more pictures, but I am going to make an exception to show you guys how big he's getting.

Yep, he looks that grumpy pretty much all the time. He is a handful, but he is such a blessing and I can't even remember what life was like without him. He's walking now and he just cut his first tooth! I can't believe I am mama to an almost four year old and an almost one year old, the time is just flying by.

I have started trying to write seriously again this year to help make ends meet and that has been quite a challenge. I love the fact that I can make extra money to help out and still have my boys by my side. I am finally starting to find a rhythm that works for us, although our days are still pretty unpredictable.

I am also homeschooling Bug and while I'd like to say I have it all figured out, I don't. I am slowly beginning to understand what works best with him, but I have to fight my need to treat him like a kindergartner in military school, bless his heart. I have completely abandoned any type of curriculum based learning for the past two months and have just been following his lead. I have finally started to relax about it, there for awhile I was beginning to wonder if I was cut out for homeschooling, but the insanity has passed and we are moving forward with the original plan.

So, here I am taking a review and trying to figure things out. I no longer do New Year's resolutions, that's just setting myself up for failure. I do have a few things I plan to try and improve in the coming year, including managing my time more efficiently, improving our financial situation (not singlehandedly, the husband is in on the plan), taking better care of me (sounds selfish, but everyone in my family will end up suffering if I don't) and most importantly, spending more time reading my Bible and in prayer. That is so often the first thing that slides and then, of course, I don't handle anything with grace or ease.

I also have some plans for this blog and I want so badly to begin posting regularly here again. I refuse to say I will post regularly again because if I do, it will likely never happen. I am slowly figuring out why I get nothing done. In a post earlier this year I said that I was lazy, but I don't really think that's it. I believe I just get so overwhelmed by my responsibilities and all that I have to do that I zone out. The computer has been my escape, that's a battle that I'm finally starting to win. My husband pointed out recently when I was complaining about my lack of time that I spend far more of it on the computer than I realized. I was a little upset at first, but I have discovered that he is right. Don't you hate when that happens?

Anyway, to wrap up this long and rambling post, I am excited about the coming year. I have learned so much, most importantly how truly blessed I am. Even with all of the struggles I thank God for all that He has done for us in 2009. I hope that you and yours are having a wonderful holiday season, see you here next year!


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