Wednesday, August 31, 2011

S'mores Cookie Bars

OMGee, these are insane.

Izzy and I hung out with my mom for a few hours today, and mom wanted to make something sweet.  Standard.  She is all about her little pinterest account these days, especially after she found the endless supply of recipes, so I decided to pull up my account and see if there was anything we could whip up.  We decided on these S'mores Cookie Bars from  Lovin' From the Oven.  Click here for the recipe.

These babies are delicious, especially while they're still a little warm.  Definitely gonna make these again.  I'm excited to try two more recipes I found via Pinterest for dinner this week.  I'll report back if they are worth sharing. 

Happy Hump Day!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Facebook Funnies

I was just perusing the interwebbings (don't be jealous of my exciting Friday night), and I stumbled upon some hilarious facebook conversations on some random website.  These two made me laugh outloud, so I just had to share. 

Hope you all have a great weekend!  I know I'm looking forward to contact with the outside world (aside from the gym) after being cooped up for 4 days!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Potty Boot Camp: Day Three

I'm happy to report that today was So.Much.Better. than the last two days.  After breakfast, I spent 2 hours trying to get Izzy to use the potty.  She was naked on the bottom, so I knew I'd have to clean up a mess if she missed the potty.  She was actually very patient at first with sitting on the potty, but the last 30 minutes or so were crazy.  She kept getting up and dancing around the living room, and I was just a nervous wreck trying to get her to sit back down because I knew she probably needed to pee by now, and 1.) I was over cleaning up pee, and 2.) I wanted her to be successful.  So, she finally peed in the potty around 10:30am.  After we celebrated, I put her in a Pull-Up and switched to a much less stressful approach.  I set the timer, and took her to the potty every 30 minutes for the rest of the day.  From this point on, we used the big potty in her bathroom, which has a Dora training seat on it.  It was so much easier to keep her on that potty because she hasn't figured out that she can get down by herself yet (I took the step stool away from the potty and put it in front of the sink so she can wash her hands afterwards - definitely her favorite part of this whole process - who knew?), so she didn't fight to get off/down as much.  She just sat on the potty and we'd sing songs, read books, etc, and just wait until she went.  This worked really well, I was a much happier mama, and I think she was a much happier girl. 

So, here are the day 3 stats:
10 pees in the potty!! 
1 poop in the potty!!  - this was the first potty poop so far
1 poop in the Pull-Up - during lunch
1 pee in the Pull-Up - during nap
2 pees in the Pull-Up during awake time

I think the Pull-Up poop and the accident during nap should be expected for brand new potty trainers, so I don't really even count those.  So, basically, she had two accidents today.  Not too shabby! 

Now, I know using Pull-Ups may slow down the training process, but it's working for me now, so I will continue it for a week or so and then switch things up if needed.  She has yet to come to me and tell me she needs to go potty, but at least she is getting comfortable going on the potty and she's learning bladder control, too.  We'll get there, one baby step at a time.  I ordered some Gerber training panties on Amazon last night, so I should be getting those soon.  I plan to use them when she gets more reliable.  They have extra padding in the crotch to help with accidents, but they still feel like regular panties. 

So, after three days of intense potty training, the only thing I know for sure is that this potty training business is not for sissies.  Oh, and did you know that Skinny Girl has a sangria out now?  It's quite tasty, I should add. 

Coolest chick I know 

Eating her Emmy Ems, aka M&Ms, for being such a big girl

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Potty Boot Camp: Day Two

Day two of potty hell training is over.  I'll start by answering my own question from yesterday's post: no, day two is not easier.  Today consisted of 5 accidents, 1 poop in a Pull-Up, and 2 pees in the potty (neither of which were initiated by homegirl).  Ugh...scratch what I said yesterday, I don't think she's getting it.  I have decided that I need to relax and lower my expectations before I'm admitted to the crazy farm.  I may have had a leetle bit of a breakdown this afternoon.  Izzy hadn't peed in awhile, so I knew it was coming soon.  I kept trying to get her to sit on the potty, and she did sit, but never peed.  In between sitting, she would get up, play around, and I kept reminding her that she needed to come sit on the potty if she had to pee.  Of course, she peed on the floor, all over her toys.  So frustrating!

I would just give up and wait a few more months, but she woke up from her nap dry again today and she is very quick to annouce a poopy diaper.  Those are two major signs (from what I've read) that she is ready.  So, I suppose I'll finish what I started and press on with the potty training.  I may have to switch to pull-ups and just setting a timer soon if the accidents keep happening so frequently though.  Once again, I bailed when hubs got home and headed to the gym.  If nothing else, this potty training thing might whip me into shape.  Thank goodness for crockpot meals and sweet husbands, right?  I guess the good news is there's always tomorrow.  The bad news is I finished off the skinny girl ritas tonight. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Potty Boot Camp: Day One

Well, we survived the first day of potty training.  I'm not going to lie, this was not my most favorite day.  There were tears - from Izzy and Mama.  But we made it, and I think she actually made a little bit of progress, so I'd chalk it up to a success.  I downloaded The Potty Bootcamp book online, and followed it pretty closely today.  The basic premise for day one is making the move to big girl panties and a LOT of time on the potty.  After breakfast, I sat her on the potty for 5 minutes, then she played off the potty for 10 minutes, and we repeated that again, and again, and again. 

Here's how it went down (I won't be offended if you choose to skip reading my blog for the next few days and return once the potty talk is over):

8:00-10:30 - 2 accidents, she just froze and stood in the pile of pee both times

10:30-11:00 - 1 accident, but she ran to the potty when she started peeing

11:10 - first pee pee in the potty!! 

11:25-1:00ish -She was sitting on the potty, and started fussing and squirming.  I thought maybe she needed to poop, but was scared to do it in the potty or in her big girl panties, so I tried a pull-up and then a diaper on her, and things got ugly.  She screamed at the top of her lungs, grabbed her crotch, and appeared to be in pain for pretty much a solid hour and a half.  She was a wreck, and she had me so worried about her that I was in tears.  I tried everything to calm her down - panties, pull-ups, diaper, naked, bath, nap, snacks, etc. - nothing worked.  I called my mom and Griff and I was thinking maybe her little girl parts were irritated or maybe she had a UTI or something.  I called the doctor, but I couldn't even hear the choices on the automated answering service because she was screaming so loud.  So, I called Griff, and basically screamed at him to call the doctor.  We got an appointment for 3:00, and he came home to check on her (and I think me, too).  She was in a diaper for the biggest chunk of this time, and it stayed dry. 

1:00ish - She wanted her diaper off, so I tried sitting her on the potty again, but she continued fussing.  She had about 3-4 little accidents all within a few minutes, and she was very upset about them. 

1:25 - Peed in the potty - well, she stood over the potty with her foot in it, and most of the pee went in the potty.  Does that count?

1:40 - Peed in the potty.  We decided that she was probably just scared to pee before, because after she went this time, she was back to her bubbly little self.  We canceled the dr. appointment.  Looking back, I bet what happened was when she went in the potty the first time (11:00ish), she was maybe a little bit scared or surprised, so she probably didn't go as much as she needed to (I do remember that being a small one).  So, I bet my poor baby just needed to pee for almost two hours, but was just terrified of going in the potty or in her panties.  Makes me sad that she was so miserable, but happy to realize the least what I think was the problem.

2:30-4:30 - Naptime in a Pull-Up, and she woke up dry!

4:40 - Peed in the potty!

6:30 - She was dancing around the living room in her birthday suit, and she obviously needed to pee, but again was scared to sit on the potty.  I tried every bribe I could think of to get her to sit, but she was not having it.  She was standing right by the potty when she started to pee, so I quickly put her on the potty.  Not exactly a success, but I rewarded her with M&M's because I wanted to make sure she knew that is what she was supposed to be doing.  It's like she knows when she needs to pee, she just doesn't know what do with it yet.

7:40 - Peed in her Pull-Up  during dinner (Daddy on duty)

8:00 - Bath and Bedtime (Daddy on duty)

Luckily, my wonderful husband came home to relieve me during the 6:30 accident, so after that mess was cleaned up, I went to the gym and left him with the peeing machine.  After my day today, running on a treadmill never sounded so appealing.  And I sure did have a skinny girl margarita with my dinner tonight.  Day 2 is easier, right?  On second thought...don't answer that.

*this post is completely unedited - any errors are due to exhaustion, laziness, or skinny girl ritas...possibly a combination of all three.

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Potty Boot Camp

The Mission:  Teach this girl how to use the potty
That hair is compliments of Florida's August heat and humidity.

The Scene

The Supplies

The Reading Material

The Bribes

The Rewards

The Adult Beverage

Here goes nothing.

Monday, August 1, 2011

By George, I think she's got it!

Something has clicked with Izzy recently, and her speech and vocabulary have exploded.  She is putting thoughts and sentences together like a champ and learning new words everyday.  We really have to be mindful of what we say these days because she repeats EVERYTHING.  I thought I better document some of my favorite recent moments with my girl before I forget them.

I don't even know where she got it, but she started saying, "I so happy."  It's the cutest thing you've ever heard.  I was getting her bath ready the other night and she was leaned over the tub looking at all her bath toys, and she said, "I so happy!"  Then after bath, we were getting dry and putting on pjs (not her favorite part of the day), and she was fussing and fake crying, and again she said, "I so happy."  This time, with a much different tone.  Then we read books and prayed.  Her eyes were already closed by the time we got to "Amen."  As soon as the words came out of my mouth, her sleepy little voice whispered, "I so happy."  Melts my heart.

After church yesterday, we stopped at the mall to do a little exchanging.  We were eating at the food court, and Izzy kept saying the same thing over and over.  We listened closely and realized she was saying, "Jesus loves me."  My precious child! So thankful for the sweet teachers at church who love our girl as much as we do.

Today, I was leaving the gym with Izzy, and a lady stopped me and told me how sweet Izzy is.  Apparently, her daughter was crying and not happy to be dropped off in the kids club, so Izzy walked over to her and said, "It's ok.  I Izzy.  I pay wif you."  Is she not the sweetest thing?  Made my day. 

After we left the gym, I asked her if she wanted to go to the store with mama.  Her repsonse was, "Shop.  Shoes.  Eat."  It's official.  I've brainwashed my child.