Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Potty Training take 300

Ok so I am not sure if you have small children but if you do going on a vacation for a week can really mess up their routines. I have really learned that my kids are big routine little people. I guess that is normal but I didn't think going on vacation would put a huge dent in my potty training of Claire. We were so close to being 100% potty trained.

Claire however has decided she never wants to go number 2 ever again. Long story short it has been a stressful process to even get her to go in her diaper and with that we have had to put her on children's laxatives.  It has been one month out and she is still having issues. So we had to put potty training on the back burner. Putting it on the back burner I realized set us back to square one.

Now that we sort of have her number 2 issue under control (I really hope it doesn't last much longer because it looks like it really stresses her out) I decided to give potty training a whirl again.

The great people of Potty Patrol felt my woes and let me try their product out for myself. The starter kit comes with a pack of 24 diapers specially made to hold onto the potty alarm. (as shown below)

I hear twinkle twinkle!

So Claire woke up from a nap and wanted to color. I put the alarm diaper on her and she colored away. All of a sudden she stopped coloring and looked at me when the alarm went off. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star played and I instantly grabbed her and put her on the potty to finish her pee. Success! If the alarm had not gone off I wouldn't have known she went pee. It has really helped getting us back in the swing of starting from square one in potty training. If you want a starter kit you can find them here: Potty Patrol Starter Kit.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Thomas in One Year and the Bar Method

I hope you are all are doing great. Thomas turned one a few weeks ago and I put together a fun collage of the boy with his monthly stickers. It is shocking how fast babies grow in one year.  He is walking like a champ and talking somewhat. Saying mama, nana (banana), dada, ball, dog, you know the important things in life.

Big boy in the making.

On another note I have been going to a physical therapist because my pelvic floor is incredibly weak from my pregnancies and back surgery. She told me that I really need to focus on my core and really get it strong to strengthen my posture. (plus would be nice to get rid of my stomach sticking out from weak muscles) She gave me some exercises to do each night but also that the Bar Method is a fabulous addition to my routine. That or pilates. The Bar Method just opened here in town and I bought their one month unlimited pass. I have gone 3 times this week so far and let me tell you I LOVE it.

Back when I lived in the city (SF, Chicago) I would go to the Dailey Method (very similar philosophy) a few times a week and just loved how hard yet relaxing it was. Does that even make sense? I am so used to going to these hardcore, high impact, kill myself workouts. That I forget that even the tiniest movements that the Bar Method focuses on will kill you as well.

Sure I have done these workouts at home and its a fabulous edition but to go to a studio and have someone correct your posture (which they do a lot to me), give me props to help my abs (I am one of the few that needs help :( ), is so beneficial because I have really started to feel my abs so much more and know I am getting an effective workout.

My goal this month is to go to the studio 3-4 days a week and if I go 3 then do a video at home for the 4th. I also would have to go at night when Nik gets home from work which is a huge motivation killer. Mainly because I like working out in the morning but I think I am motivated just enough to do it.

After my first month is over the price shoots up a good amount so I really need to figure out if I am able to continue going (hopefully so).

In any regard I will let you know my progress after this month. And if you haven't tried the Bar Method or any other similar workout I really suggest you try. Don't be intimidated either. Most people in class are just as new as you and the teachers are really there to help you perfect your moves. Also if you want a good video for home they have a great selection!

It has been one hectic week with me picking up more work and both kids were sick. Potty training has taken a back seat because after our trip to Chicago, Claire has decided she doesn't ever want to go to the potty ever again. Back to phase one people. I hope you all are doing great!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Week in Illinois, Tom's First Birthday, and Traveling with Kids

We just got back from a fabulous week visiting Claire and Tom's grandparents, great grand parents, and our friends back in Illinois. It was a long week but went by so fast as we were so busy.  Nik and I's first weekend was spent kid free for the first time since Claire was born. We got in Thursday and  Friday headed to Chicago. We stayed with our friend Caitlin and her husband Trent and it was so nice to not have to stay at a hotel. During our first day we walked all over the city just Nik and I and pretty much drank wine and ate good food. (I was in no way on my diet or exercise regime and did not care, sometimes a break is a good thing). To sit at a restaurant and not have to swat away little hands, eat at the speed of lightening, and stop meltdowns was in itself a vacation.

We met up with our friends when they were done with work and got some cocktails at the Paris Club then headed to dinner at the Boarding House. We sat at a table with our group totally away from the rest of the restaurant. Normally I would love that but I couldn't see any of the incredible decor of this massive, beautiful restaurant.

with friends at Boarding House

The second day we again went to a sports bar so Nik could meet up with some of his college friends and then we just carted around the city meeting up with old friends. That night we went to a party and stayed up until 3am. I cannot believe I was able to do that. But when in the company of old friends I haven't seen in a while, I was just excited.  

The week on the farm was fun but busy. Below are some trip highlights. It was Tom's first birthday and we celebrated by going apple picking on a local farm. My sisters good friend from college and her kids came out to meet us which was fun to catch up with her too. Only problem was that Tom was not interested in apple picking, or playing on the farm, and wanted to sleep instead. No problem, he slept, we gave him treats all day, he rode a tractor, and had some pie. All in all a great first birthday.

Unimpressed with his pie 

Bringing daddys beer to him

(not sure why the last few are fuzzy)

Ok so I am no traveling pro considering I don't travel much anymore but I have learned some lessons from this trip that I will use next time we fly with two young children. But what I learned about flying with a 12 month old and a 2 year old. The 2 year olds are pretty easy if you have games, ipad, treats, milk, and coloring books (at least for Claire). 12 month olds if they are walking only want to cruise the airplane and walk and smile at people. I could not for the life of me entertain Tom. He only wanted to walk. He screamed for a bit and squirmed a lot. It was really stressful for me, but thankfully people were so nice on the plane. I thought they would sleep on the flight because it was at night, but instead they fell asleep right as we were landing and Claire screamed so loud when i woke her up and cried until we got home pretty much. Cranky pants city. I felt bad but plan to leave and fly in the morning if we are to fly again. They don't always sleep as I thought they might. 

I hope everyone is doing great. I have some fun recipes coming up as I am doing a 21 day clean eating diet through a nutritionist that is sure to help my eating going forward. I had the worst stomach aches from eating bad all week so I am more then ready to get started!