>Potty all the time, potty all the time, potty all the tiiime.

>Sorry, but I just can’t help it.

Ok, parents of potty-trained children, I need your help. I’ve been afraid to really start this process, but I think it’s time to get serious.

Libby (finally) went on the potty last night before her bath and was the proud recipient of lots of applause, hugs, and 2 Elmo stickers. I definitely think I will change stickers to MnM’s when we are in serious mode, but right now, I know that I always can find a sticker, even if I’m pulling it off a banana.

So, what else do I need?

I have the children, two potties, two potty seats, big girl panties, and the Patty Potty panties that are super thick. We have 2 hand me down Potty Books and one DVD from a friend, plus the Potty Animals book that seems a little too old for them. It talks more about making sure you shut the toilet seat and I’m just in the going on the potty stage.

Did you have a favorite book or DVD? Pull Ups or No … what’s your opinion? Anything that worked for your family? Moms of multiples, did you train them at the same time or try to get your stronger pottier trained first and hope the second will follow?

I promise that one day I will use this blog for some constructive blogging and not potty training questions. A friend of mine posted today that she misses blogging and I do, too. Just struggling with putting pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard some days.

Maddy, Libby, and the landfills of North Carolina thank you.


>This week, our preschool held open houses so current and potential parents can go and visit the classrooms. I made my way to the 3 year old classroom and even though I know that I’m essentially looking at kids that are a full year ahead of Maddy and Libby, it is so hard to think that my babies will be ready to be in that class in the Fall.

They said the Pledge of Allegiance, actually sat still during circle time (well, most of them), they went on a letter hunt around the room and knew words that started with each of the letters. I was impressed by the teachers and really liked the actual classroom.


They are growing up so much. I just see so many changes and milestones ~ opinions, questions, counting, recognizing colors, reciting ABC’s, more questions, sentences, sitting on the potty, helping feed the doggies, lots of “Noooo” and “I do it, I help you”, pushing the kitchen stool around to fetch bananas, tomatoes, or what ever else they can find on the counter, more independent play, etc.

I shared this on Facebook, but will have to share it here. Now someone please tell me where my babies have gone.


>What I’m loving

>I was picking up birthday gifts this summer and one of the people in line was buying a book called BrainQuest. We started talking about these and he told me that he had been buying them for his son since he was 2. I decided to pick up a pack of these for Maddy and Libby.

At first, they weren’t really into them, but as of late, they are slightly obsessed.

These little books are full of pictures and questions that are geared to build your child’s vocabulary. Maddy and Libby looove them and are constantly asking to “Read Max.” (Max is the main character of the little vignette stories for the one we have.) There are 3 books with pictures on each side, so there are lots of options and you don’t get bored reading them over and over.

For example, for the one we have, one picture may show a school room and you ask your child different questions about “where could they hear a story” or “color a picture” and some open-ended like what else can they do at school. The next page will have specific questions about items found in a school classroom, or different activities they do at school.

The one we have is for 2-3 year olds and they go up into the teen years and with different topics. I have been impressed at what questions they could answer on their own, and what they have retained from reading these books.

I just noticed that they have ABC and Counting ones for their age and I think that those may show up for Valentine’s Day or Easter.

They are wonderful and may be my new go-to gift for friends. I have seen them locally at Barnes and Noble and also at our local toy store, Toys and Co.

>Blah, Blah, Blah

>My rambling Thursday thoughts …

  • I have become slightly obsessed with making smoothies. I’m back on ol’ WW, and for 1 cup of milk, 1/2 cup frozen strawberries, 1/2 a banana, and 1/2 cup ice, it’s only 2 points and yummy … plus, it’s dairy and fruit! Yes, I realize that it’s 34 degrees outside, but I seriously want one everyday. I feel like I should be adding protein powder, or whey powder, or something to it. Do any of you use protein powder? I know it would make it a little more filling.
  • I’m trying a new Cooking Light recipe tonight … slow cooker meatloaf . It smells really good. I’m just hoping that I didn’t screw it up by using cremini mushrooms instead of shiitake.
  • Our schools have been closed for 4 days due to the snow that we had on Monday. I think everyone is a little stir crazy and ready for kiddos to get back to a normal schedule. Even Libby has been asking if she was going to get to see one of her classmates today.
  • I realize that when I’m driving the huge double-seater shopping cart at the grocery, I look very large and in charge. I promise you that I’m not trying to run you over. Yes, that is directed at you, woman in the soup aisle with the big 1980’s eyeglasses.
  • My running shoes miss me, or they miss running. I’ve been working out nearly every day, but have only run 4 miles in the last 2 weeks. I’m hoping to change that soon.

>This will be mine

>Not the good cheekbones, but my very own Warrior Dash helmet! Hubby and I, along with another couple we know signed up last night. Laura C will also participating in her 3rd, so I know it will be a party.

Oh my gosh.
Am I crazy? Probably.
Will this be something I’m proud to tell my Grand kids about? Most definitely.
Have I figured out how I’m training for this? No idea.
Am I thinking about the many places I can wear this helmet? Of course.
Am I excited? Hell, yeah.


>I’m still trying to figure out how the Goldfish are lasting so much longer than they did before.

Hmmm, maybe I really was eating half the box for lunch and not admitting it to myself.

I, Susan D. haven’t had one yummy goldfish cracker in nearly 5 days. I can count the little achievements, right?

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>Ok, so I lied.

>That 5 pounds that I said I wasn’t going to worry about? Well, that was a lie.

I do want to lose a few pounds and be more healthy (through the cleaner eating, running, exercise, etc.)

Will I stress if I never have a flat stomach again? No. I’ll just keep pulling my jeans up over my twin-skin and know that it will be OK.

Hubby has joined a weight loss challenge with some friends, so if one of us is going to be watching what we eat; it’s just as easy for both of us.

Plus, I was already paying for my Weight Watchers online membership, I decided to log back into today and use it.

So far, so good. The first day is always hard and it took every smidgen of self control that I had not to eat Maddy and Libby’s leftover goldfish. (I didn’t.) Hubby and I also did the P90X DVD tonight which was a hard, but good workout.

So, here’s to coming clean about my lie-filled resolutions.


>Maddy and Libby have recently discovered that they can move the stool around the kitchen to access the sink and counters. Not sure why they have just now figured it out, but it has been somewhat entertaining to watch.

For dinner tonight? Why, they served themselves bananas. Peeled them and ate about 1.5 a piece. The other night? Cherry tomatoes, right out of the bowl. I guess it could be worse. They’ve also learned to open the refrigerator and have been able to climb enough to reach the higher shelves. Cold macaroni and cheese, grapes, and yogurt have been their choices. Oh and they did grab spoons, too.

It also seems that they wait until I am in the middle of something else – fixing dinner, or grabbing laundry so I’m not paying full attention when they strike. I think outsmarting Mama is their daily job, too.

We have definitely hit the stage of picky eating. Yesterday, I made a pasta salad with sauteed olives, carrots, broccoli, and zucchini, with cheese. Not even one bite and both of them said “No like it.” The yogurt at Panera for lunch? “No like it. Mommy eat it.”

I know this is a stage and if they eat bananas for dinner, they’ll be OK.