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Delirious about the Dwindling Diaper Duty

Well it’s finally Friday and I’m finally able to post on the most prominent focal point of the week;
Justice started Potty Training on Monday!! Yay!!!!!!!!
My sweet little beauty has been showing readiness signs for a couple of months now. First off, she started “telling” us when she was pooping when she was about 8-9 months old. Helpful. Cute. A little TMI sometimes sure, but it was the start of her realization of her bodily functions. She was workin on somethin’ there and it wasn’t just the gift in her diaper. Then, she started waking up with a dry diaper a couple of months ago. As long as she didn’t sit in her crib for too long after she woke up, she had a dry tooshie. So I’d undo her diaper cover, tuck the front of her dry prefold under her butt and tell her to go potty. And lo and behold, she would!!! :) Sure, it was 1st thing in the morning and she hadn’t peed in 11 or so hours so it was going to come out anyway, but still! She was starting to understand and I was over the moon!
She’s been quite consistant in this routine so Monday morning, we went to Babies R Us and got her a potty. No spectacular features. No singing. No characters on it. It’s got everything she needs. A place to get the hang of it, that just happens to be pretty and pink, then it converts to fitting on the BIG potty so she doesn’t fall through and the base becomes a step to get up there. It has an extension that holds a roll of toilet paper and a place to put flushable wipes. That’s it. Nothing fancy, but it’s all hers!! :) Then came the search for training pants. I knew that our new favorite store eco-POLITAN had a few different styles and brands as I’ve perused them twice in the last couple of weeks. I also knew that they were a little out of our price range for the time being. So, with potty in cart, I decided to see what BRU had. I was surprised to find that they had the classic Gerber training pants. And in 2 different styles no less! I was NOT surprised to find that the smallest size they offered was 2T (28-32lbs.). Justice is 24lbs. at most. I had had a feeling that this was going to be the case, but was still a little disappointed. I was pleasantly surprised to find that they carried classic “rubber pants”. And not only did they carry them, but they had them in a size that fit her better! Sweet! Ok, well, now we’re getting somewhere. I then debated between the regular, more panty like style trainer and the plastic shelled style. hmmm…….. I decided to try the regular panty like type and get a couple of “rubber pants” rather than spending the money on 2 different types. Plus, the “rubber pants” were cheaper than either of the other two, so just adding those was more cost effective. :) How very spend savvy of me! 😉
So, 2 packages of “Big girl training panties”, 1 package of “rubber pants”, 1 Big Girl Potty, Justice, Evan and I headed to the register where the lovely lady commented how very special and big Justice must be to be getting a potty and then came the inevitable……”How old is she?” The look of shock and mild disbelief was pretty expected when I replied with “17 months”. (I’ve gotten rather used to that look when asked the same question, although usually it’s related to how long her hair is.) The lady, whom I’m pretty sure has told me before that she is now a very happy grandma, was delighted. She commented on how wonderful that was and told Justice what a lovely girl she was and how proud of her we all were.
In to the truck we got and home we ventured. I immediately busted out the potty, relieved my daughter of her pants and diaper, plopped her down and waited. And waited….. And waited….. We talked about the potty, about peeing in the potty, about the box, etc…We had quite the conversation. We did NOT have peeing in the potty. Ok. No big deal!! It’s the very 1st time. And afterall, she IS only 17 months! So off she came and down for a nap she went. Buying a potty is exciting stuff you know?!
Mondays final potty tally was an impressive 3 times!!!!!! As was Tuesdays!! This girl is doin great!! Wednesdays total was 4 and Thursdays was an awe-inspiring 7 times!!! Her potty goes everywhere with us. To pick up Evan from school, to karate/work, to Chili’s…you name it!! Yes, I really really did take her potty into Chili’s with us last night (that explains why there haven’t been any recipe posts this week huh?!?!!!). It was in the box, which may or may not make it any less ‘weird’, but you bet I took it in! I am very dedicated to my daughters’ potty training success. Normally kids are attempting this around age 2 and they have a hard enough time fitting on “grown-up” potties. My little 24lb. 17 month old is at even more of a disadvantage so you better believe I’m going to do any and every thing I can to help her with this daunting lesson. I’m all about consistancy baby! One of the parents at karate saw me carrying the box out of the bathroom the other day and said, laughing, “You brought her potty?” and I said, “You bet!!! It’s all about consistancy!!” She laughed with me despite her obvious surprise, but hey, I want this to be as easy for Justice as it can be. Easier for Justice means easier for me in the grand scheme of things. And I’m DEFINITELY a big fan of that!!
So, that brings us to today. We had 2 potty successes this morning before she went down for her nap and I know that this afternoon will bring even more. I know that this will probably be a long process because while she is physically ready, she’s not quite old enough to really understand it all. Will she just start going over to her potty on her own? Probably not anytime soon. And you know what? I’m ok with that. But I’m willing to stick with her and take the time out of stuff that really isn’t nearly as important to make the trips with her to help her. Bring it on! This is precious time with my sweet little love. Watching her grow and learn. I wouldn’t trade it for the world…. 

Mo

Oh…where to begin??? The Great Cloth Diaper Change and Easter…amongst others.. ;)

So my last post was almost a full week ago! I’m so sorry for the long break!! It’s been a very full week. Thursday I decided that I needed to take the day to just be with my little love. Get some cleaning done for the in-laws arriving. Originally they were supposed to come in on Friday, but the state of New Mexico couldn’t possibly part with any employees on Good Friday so Dominic’s dad had to work. So they came up Saturday afternoon/evening.
Saturday morning was the Great Cloth Diaper Change that we were enthusiastic participants in. A world wide organized and synchronized event to set a Guiness World Record for the most cloth diapers changed at the same time around the world, and also to promote cloth diapering. I was soo excited! :) Dominic just laughed at me, but he was still right there with me! 😉 It was fun. Justice got her picture taken quite a bit, we got a goody bag with some cool coupons and a couple free samples. And hey, we got free lunch too! The whole thing was put on by one of our favorite new stores, eco-POLITAN (http://www.eco-politan.com/) with a yummy lunch sponsored by Noodles & Co.. Delish! :) There was only one snag to the whole morning….we managed to discover that Justice is allergic to walnuts. Dominic brought me a little yummy mini-muffin that had walnuts on/in it. I made sure to keep Justice away from it so that it didn’t get into her hands or mouth, but I had been eating it with my fingers. Well, when we got in to the “official diaper changing area” I took off her clothes to get ready for the big event. About 15 seconds later, I discovered a rash on her right arm and all underneath it onto her chest and tummy….you know…where I had been holding on to her while I undressed her….. The muffin was the only thing that wasn’t ours that I had my hands on and she was dressed up until then… Needless to say, this has done nothing to quell my paranoia. I’m even more worried about peanuts now, even though it’s less common to have an allergy to tree nuts AND peanuts but given the extent of the reaction just from light, BRIEF contact….~sigh~ I gave her Benadryl and she took a 3 hour nap, but the rash was still visible and raised. Even 36 hours later, it was still there. BARELY, but it had not completely gone… I tell ya….this little girl is gonna kill me!! 😉 <3 But I'm counting down the days.... Our insurance goes into effect on the 1st (which is a sunday) so you better believe that Monday I'm calling the doctor's office 1st thing and making an appt for a new patient visit to get a referral for an allergist....ASAP!! As much as I'm REALLY not wanting to put my poor sweet little love through the torture, I can't wait to finally stop shopping/cooking/eating in FEAR. Afterall, “knowing is half the battle”!! hehehe

We had dinner with Dominic’s parents and grandma Saturday night. Aside from the fear that the peanuts all around us was exacerbating, Texas Roadhouse was delicious and it was a great evening with the ‘rents. :)

Easter sunday was quite lovely. The kids eyes lit up at the sight of their baskets (of which I of course, forgot to take a picture). Breakfast for the littl’n came 1st, then on to the egg hunt. :) This was Justice’s 1st. After the 2nd or 3rd egg that she found she really got the hang of it and was very excited! Then it was off to brunch with the ‘rents, grandma, and one of Dominic’s aunts and her family. It was quite nice.
The rest of the day held naps for almost all of us and then a relaxed visit from the ‘rents and grandma here at our place. :) It was a wonderful visit. <3 I’ll be posting Fridays’ “recipe” for Nachos next. It was the only time this weekend that I actually cooked so it’s the only thing I’ve got to post for now…That should change later this week….. It will…… at some point… 😉
Have a great rest of the week!!
Mo

Hand washing experiment completed

I just wanted to let you guys know that we (finally!) did my little hand-washing/germ viewing experiment today. It was messy but I think it might have helped. I actually recruited everyone in the house but Justice to participate. I covered the table with a trashbag and had everyone hold one hand over it while I sprayed their hand lightly with cooking spray. Then I dusted (more like dumped in a couple of cases) that hand with “germs” (which happened to be black embossing powder in this case [at least it’s getting used for good?!?]). Then we took turns shaking each others ‘clean’ hands. I had Evan go wash his hands with warm water and soap 1st. When he was done, I examined his hands with him. There was still quite a bit of black scattered in the cracks and crevices. I told him that since that was how he normally washed his hands he was still leaving quite a few germs. He washed them again and dried thoroughly. Clean this time! The guys and I repeated this and both guys had traces left after the 1st washing…tsk tsk. Being a former scrub tech, I almost scrub skin off normally when washing, and not to boast, but my hands were clean the 1st time!! 😉
So-I hope that this helped Evan ‘see’ what happens with germs and how much they transfer and how important it REALLY is to wash your hands thoroughly ALL the time.
Give it a try in your house (glitter, pepper, or cinnamon would work too) and let me know how it goes!
Thinking clean thoughts-
Mo

The 1st non-food post…

So, I’ve recently discovered that Evan is neglecting washing his hands. It’s quite disconcerting considering he used to be so good at it. I never had to tell him or remind him. As a matter of fact, when Justice was still little, he was a little handwashing nazi. He asked, almost as frequently as Dominic, if you had washed your hands in regards to handling Justice. Now however….things are not nearly as disciplined. After having several discussions with him and letting him know that a friends’ daughter was recently bathroom ridden after contracting Rotavirus from poor or no handwashing at school, I’ve decided to try an experiment in hopes that seeing something with his own two eyes will help drive the point home.
So, tommorrow’s experiment will consist of;
me lightly spraying my hand with cooking spray then sprinkling either glitter or pepper. I will shake Evan’s hand to show transference then have him wash his hands with soap but not dry them. There will still be glitter/pepper on his hands. Then I’ll have him dry them and see what’s left.
I hope that this will be a good visual for him and that it helps him to revert back to his old healthy habits.
Please feel free to try this experiment in your house regardless of the level of discipline regarding hand washing, if only to reinforce the necessity and benefits.