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Ten Thought Tuesday: February 7th 2017


  1. Today is a run day.  Yay!  I can’t wait to get out on the track this evening!
  2. My house is a mess…in every way possible.  Once I’m done this post, I really have to stop procrastinating.
  3. Tonight we’re either eating chicken fajitas or quesadillas, I’m not sure yet.
  4. After being away from the office for two weeks, leaving before the kids awaken and arriving once they’re in bed, my husband is finally back!  He’s really happy about it and the kids will be too.
  5. After learning to roll from back to front a couple of days ago, I think Elliot’s working on crawling.  It’s not easy though as we have wooden floors and he keeps slipping.
  6. I’ve been having so much trouble with Charles at bedtime.  He goes to bed fine, but has been keeping himself awake (sometimes until 9pm) for the past few weeks.  I’m fresh out of strategies!
  7. This coming weekend, my husband and I are going to a concert at Place-des-Arts.  The orchestra is going to be playing music from the Final Fantasy franchise. #geeksunite
  8. Are you a coffee or a tea person?  I just bought the most amazing cinnamon chai rooibos.  It’s a fragrant, a bit spicy and a tad sweet.  The best part?  Because it’s a rooibos, it’s caffeine free!
  9. My husband and I played Jenga with Charles a couple of weeks ago.  Funniest.  Thing.  Ever!  The first time the tower fell, it was because of Charles.  I swear he teleported himself to my lap and koala-hugged my neck because he was so surprised.
  10. Amélie has taken to starting a new roll of toilet paper every time she wipes herself.  We have a nice collection of rolls with different amounts of toilet paper on them in the cabinet beside the toilet.

What’s on your mind today?

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Potty Training Woes: Why I Always Want What I Can’t Have

I swear, these kids are going to drive me insane.

When I started potty training Charles, things went as expected.  He had accidents.  For the first two weeks, I remember questioning my decision to potty train in the first place.  I just wanted to stop having to mop the floors and spray the couch and wash piles upon piles of urine-soaked clothing.  Eventually though, he got the hang of it (and stopped having those horrible regression days) and he was officially day-time potty trained.

Now he’s almost four and still wears a diaper at night, which he wets 95% of the time.  Recently, I’ve found myself wanting him to be completely potty trained and be able to ditch the diapers altogether, but it seems his body just isn’t ready yet.

As you know, I started potty training Amélie over the weekend.  The first two days went without a hitch (meaning, they were hit and miss, but getting progressively better overall). Unlike the first time we tried potty training, the little miss didn’t get upset when she had an accident.  She would just announce it, get cleaned up and proceed to resume playing.  She told us when she needed to go, sometimes she made it, sometimes she didn’t sometimes she started to pee on the floor and managed to hold in the rest long enough to finish on the potty.

Then, something weird happened.

This one is a special kind of stubborn.

She started holding her pee for longer and longer periods of time, telling me that she didn’t need to go.  She would wiggle, tell me she had to go, sit on the potty for a while, then get up telling me she had no pee.  On Tuesday morning, her diaper was dry.  She thankfully peed in the potty after I gave her the iPad to play with, but she had held it it for 13 hours.  Then, at daycare she had an accident in the morning and had a huge pee in the potty after her nap (the sitter told me she’d never seen the potty so full!).  After that, nada.  Even at home, in the evening, she didn’t pee.  She pooped after supper, but that was all.  I put a diaper on her and put her down for the night.  I went to bed convinced that I’d have to make a trip to the hospital this morning because the last time I checked her diaper, at 11pm, it was still dry.

Luckily, when she woke up this morning, her diaper was full.  The only problem is, I have no idea when it happened.  She didn’t pee before going to daycare this morning, this despite sitting her on the potty with the iPad, then with a story and bringing her in the shower with me.  Seriously, at this point, I’ll take a pee anywhere.  In the car, on the couch, on the floor.  I just want her to stop holding it in so long and pee more often.

I’m not sure what to do.  She is obviously able to control her bladder, she isn’t afraid to poop on the potty like her brother was.  She sits on the potty on her own accord, but she just doesn’t go!  I’m at the point where I’m wondering if I’m not better off just putting her back into diapers.

Insight, suggestions, advice?

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Potty Training: Take 2

Potty Training: it’s happening.

It’s happening this weekend in fact.

It’s a 3 day weekend so it’s now or never.

I’ve been down this path before.  Charles was about the same age when we embarked on the potty training journey.  And what a journey it way (see here, here, here and here).

I’ve already given it a tentative go about a month ago with Amélie.  We lasted two days.  She just wasn’t having it.  Oh, she’d gotten good at holding it in and on the first day, we hardly had any pee to mop up.  But on day 2 she had an accident, followed by a meltdown.  She became stressed about using the potty and back into the closet it went.

But now, it’s time to try again.  You know why?

fullsizerenderIt’s this one’s fault ^^

You see, Elliot is a big baby.   The last time he was weighed a few weeks ago, he was just shy of 19 lbs.  I reckon he’s over 20 lbs.  But that is not the point.  The point is that both he and his big sis are in washable diapers.


This is a problem because Elliot’s thighs don’t fit in his diapers anymore.  He needs a bigger size.  He needs the size his sister’s wearing.  And since there is just no way that I will remain sane if I have to wash diapers every day (which I will if they both share the same diapers), it’s time to potty train.

Now, I think that this time around we are set up for success for a few reasons:

  1. We’ve been counting down the days to the start of potty (and using the words “big girl” a lot).
  2. We’re going to turn it into a celebration (and I’ve got the balloons and stickers to prove it)

    (In case you haven’t noticed, my daughter is a little bit obsessed with pigs)

I’m still unafraid of using bribery.

I’m pretty sure we won’t need ALL of this candy to get the toddler potty trained.

So, there you have it.

Wish me luck!

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Ten Thought Tuesday…On A Wednesday


  1. Haven’t posted in a while, too many things going on.  I decided I could muster 5 minutes of free time to get on a write a bit.
  2. Amélie is now officially mobile.  She’s doing this sort of drag-crawl thing which is interesting to watch, but it gets the job done.
  3. Spring is now definitely here.  We’ve been enjoying some awesome weather, BBQed food, eating on the balcony and going out without coats.  Woot!
  4. Charles is pretty much fully potty trained during the day now.  We don’t have to sit him on the toilet anymore, he either asks to go or just goes.  When we’re busy, he goes on his potty by himself now and when we’re not he asks for help to get on the big toilet with the ring.
  5. We got his balance bike a couple of weeks ago and he’s been enjoying.  We ended up buying a Kinderbike Laufrad and are very pleased with it.  I am planning on writing a more detailed post on it soonish.
  6. I’ve discovered a new love for quinoa recently.  I’ve come to enjoy how versatile it is.  I really like it for breakfast, served warm in coconut milk with some cinnamon and berries.  How do you like your quinoa?
  7. Charles is so very clumsy.  If he doesn’t fall at least 5 times during the day, it’s a miracle.
  8. Tonight, we’re eating black bean and quinoa (because, why not 😉 ) burritos.  I’ve never had anything other than ground beef in tacos/burritos so I’m eager to see how everything will come together.
  9. We recently bought and Xbox One and I’ve been enjoying Dragon Age: Inquisition.  The only thing that annoys me is that we have to install the games onto the hard drive to play.
  10. I can’t wait to get our veggie garden up and running.  We bought carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, hot peppers, bell peppers and snap peas as well as some herbs.
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The Potty Training Chronicles: The Conclusion

PT Chronicles finalSo after a horrible day of potty training and two subsequent not so good days, things got better.  We are now a little over a month in potty training and Charles has not only managed to get back to where he was before his potty training hiccup but has managed to make additional gains.

First of all, it is no longer a negotiation to get him out of his diaper and into his boxer post-nap and in the mornings.  At first, we adjusted would give him a good 15 minutes to fully wake up before changing him out of his diaper.  Then suddenly, after a week or two of this, Charles started asking to have his diaper removed as soon as he woke up.  SCORE!

Secondly, on week three of potty training, Charles started to attend daycare again.  The sitter was super open-minded about this and Little Dude did wonderfully.  Because his friends (who are both two years older than him) are potty trained, he was super motivated to use the big toilet just like them.  He still prefers his potty when he’s at home, but outside of the house he can use a big toilet without a fuss (which is why we bring along a potty ring whenever we are out).

Finally, we’re getting more and more dry naps and this morning we had our first dry nighttime diaper.  YAY!

Oh and as a bonus, Charles is now able to pull down his boxers by himself!

I’m in no rush to get him out of diapers during sleep-time and plan on doing so only when he can stay consistently dry during naps (and later on during the night), but I’d say that potty training was a success.

Look out for an upcoming post on the keys to our particular potty training success story!

Did you write a post on potty training?  Care to share your story?  Feel free to post in the comments section!

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Ten Thought Tuesday: Firsts

TTT1.  Last week, it would seem, was a week of firsts.

2.  After having received the green light by his allergist, Charles had his first taste of cheese on Saturday (which he loved, by the way).

3.  After nearly a week of red cheeks, awful sleep, bucketfuls of drool, constant nursing and chewing on everything she could get her mouth on, Amélie cut her first tooth on Sunday (closely followed by a second one the very next day).

4.  Little Dude spent his first week at daycare sans diaper.  And it went well!

5.  I went out with Charles to the rink (which is literally right across the street from our house) for his first skating experience on Saturday.  He had a blast.

All smiles despite falling once or twice.
All smiles despite falling once or twice.

6.  For the first time in years, the price of gas dropped to under a buck per liter around here.  Yay!

7.  Amélie took the train for the first time on Thursday.  She slept the whole way through, though, so she didn’t even notice :P.

8.  After almost completing my first crochet project (a scarf which I completely unwound because the perfectionist in me wasn’t happy with the result), I started my first project with a pattern.  It took a little getting used to, but I’m getting better at pattern-reading.

9.  Since Numb3rs isn’t available on Netflix Canada anymore 😦 , my partner and I started to watch the first season of House of Cards.  It’s fascinating to see all of the manipulation that can happen behind the scenes of political life.

10.  I’m looking forward to my first good night of sleep in a week and am crossing my fingers for it to happen tonight.  Wish me luck!

Have you had any “firsts” recently?

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Ten Thought Tuesday: 2015

TTT1.  Yay, first TTT in 2015.  2015!  I can hardly believe it!

2.  Potty training is going well.  I’ve got a post in my drafts that I’ve been working on, but can’t seem to find the time to finish.  Hopefully I’ll be able to update you all by Friday.

3.  I’ve taken up crochet over Christmas holidays after receiving a set of crochet hooks and a couple of balls of yarn. (I’ve been meaning to learn for a while now).  I’m currently working on a scarf now that I’ve got a couple of stitches down.  It’s not perfect, but I’m quite happy with it considering I only learned how to crochet about a week ago.

4.  Now that she has officially mastered thumb-sucking, Amélie has moved on to trying to roll from back to front.  She is so close!  Of course, she has decided to practice perfecting this new skill each and every time she is on her back.  And no time slot is off limits; yesterday, she had an intense session from 10pm to 2am.  It was fun…

5.  I’ve been making my bread for about a month now and am still loving it.  My sister got me a really wonderful breadmaking book for Christmas (the kneading technique in the book has seriously saved my wrists) and I am slowly working through it and trying the different kinds of bread and pastries that are presented.

6.  This Thursday, Charles has a follow-up appointment with his allergist.  I’ll be mentioning his reaction to the amoxcil he took a little while back.  I’ll be commuting via train and subway with both kiddos.  It should prove to be an interesting trip.

7.  On Friday it will be Amélie’s turn for a medical appointment as she has her 4 month check-up.

8.  A blogger I was following last year had written about her plan to do no-spend January last year.  My partner have decided to take the challenge for January 2015.  Besides paying the bills that need to be paid and tanking up when we need gas, we have budgeted 700$ for eating for the month (which probably means that we won’t be eating out).  Other than that, we’re planning on not spending a penny more.  I’m eager to see how it goes (ie: if 700$ is a reasonable amount and if we’ll be able to refrain from spending on other stuff).

9.  I have started working on getting Amélie to fall asleep independently.  Since she’s able to suck her thumb, I’m counting on that to be her method of falling asleep.  I’m hoping that I won’t have to get in to full-blown sleep training mode, but if I do, I’ll be using PUPD like I did with Charles a year and a half ago.

10.  Charles is still very much in love with his little sister and she loves him just as much.  One of the pictures that was taken of them at a photo studio captures the sentiment very nicely, don’t you think?


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The Potty Training Chronicles: Holy Regression Batman!

PT Chronicles finalOh wow.  What a morning.  Seriously, though Little Dude was up and out of his nighttime diaper at 7am, by 9:30am I was this -> <- close to throwing in the piss-soaked diaper.

So, what happened, you ask?  Well, I’m not exactly sure.  I mean, in the first four days, he did wonderfully.  We went from a toddler who didn’t realize that he was peeing to a toddler who was not only able to hold it in long enough to make it to his potty on his own, but managed to stay dry during his nap.

On day 5 (Christmas day) we decided to push the envelope further and keep him out of his diaper as we drove to my parents’ house (a 10 minute drive) for a morning family time.  At my parents’, we brought his potty and the progress continued.  Not only did he stay dry in the car, he even managed to keep his boxers and pants dry all morning and used the potty twice while at his maternal grandparents’ house.


After lunch, we drove to my in-laws’ house for the afternoon and evening.  Then, the plan was to leave the kids with them for the night (their Christmas present to us and them :D).  I was feeling super comfortable with this because Charles had been doing so well with the potty.  The afternoon went well for Charles, but he had his first accident of the day during supper.  Of course, take a new potty (my MIL buys everything for her house so that we don’t have to pack full bags for the kids when we go to her house) and a long refill-filled supper and it was an accident waiting to happen.  I didn’t think much of it though as Charles was only on day 5 of potty training.  I figure that 5 days into potty training, it’s normal for accidents to still happen.  Of course, a second accident happened a short while later, but Charles managed to successfully use the potty before we left for the night.

And then, he came back home on the 26th during the afternoon…

Besides coming back with a diaper, he was super clingy.  No wait, let me rephrase that, he was SUPER clingy all evening.  It was so out of character that my partner and I decided that Charles would go to bed at 6:30 instead of 7:00.  We assumed that he was tired because he had gone to bed too late the previous evening (and, I mean, who can blame the grandparents for keeping him up past his bedtime?).

Fast forward to this morning.  Charles did not want me to take off his diaper when he woke up.  He also wanted to be stuck to me all the time.  Seriously, if he could have physically gotten under my skin to stay with me at all times, he would have.  Then, he had accident on top of accident on top of accident.  Even on day 1 of potty training he didn’t pee as much.  Even on day 1 of potty training, he managed to land a few pees in the potty.  Right now, it’s as though we’re on day -5.  It’s as though he forgot every single thing he knew about potty training and then some.

And it’s so very frustrating, because each time he pees on the floor by accident, he starts crying and gets angry.  And each time, once he’s on the potty, his father or I give him a hug, tell him we love him and that accidents are ok and remind him that pee goes in the potty while we wipe the urine off the ground.

So I know that something must have happened while he was with his grandparents.  I just don’t know what.  I know that when I called yesterday morning, my MIL assured me that everything was ok.  But, when my partner came back from doing the groceries this morning, he told me that he had gotten into a row with his dad who told him that Little Dude wasn’t ready for potty training because he kept peeing everywhere at their house in the morning and he would cry each time they put him on the potty.  I know their not the kind of people to get angry at Charles for accidents.  I know that they didn’t yell at him.  But something happened and it probably seemed insignificant to them.  Charles seems to have connected two dots that weren’t meant to be connected.

Of course, the “something” can simply be the fact that he slept at his grandparents’ instead of sleeping at home.

Towards the end of the morning today, Little Dude was better.  After going through every single pair of boxers (10) he owns, plus two pairs of pants, he finally managed to make it to the potty twice before his nap.

Here’s to hoping things get better.

Did you ever experience regression during potty training?  How did you deal with it?

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The Potty Training Chronicles – Moar progress

PT Chronicles finalThe progress

We are now at the tail end of the 4th day since starting potty training with Charles and I have to say that I am absolutely amazed by his progress.

He is now able to control his bladder for longer periods of time.  On day 2, he went 10 times (7 on the potty & 3 accidents).  On day 3, he went 6 times (3 on the potty & 3 accidents).  On day 4, he went 4 times (3 on the potty and 1 accident).

It also seems that pooping on the potty isn’t a problem as he went on day 2 and every day since.

Furthermore, he surprised me today (day 4) by having his very first dry nap (we still use diapers for naps and nighttime sleep).  Plus, as an added bonus, he was able to stay in the same pair of pants from the time he awoke from his nap to the time he was ready for bed.  In the past days, he always ended up wetting his boxers because, when he had them on, he would only realize he needed to pee when he had already started.

The challenges

Though Charles has come a long way in the past four days, he still has a few quirks to work out in the realm of bowel movements.  He still needs to work on understanding when he’s about to have a bowel movement (and when he’s actually done).

Tomorrow, we’re also taking potty training to the next level.  We’re going to be out of the house for Christmas (going to my parents’ house in the morning and my in-laws’ in the afternoon).  This will be his first time out of the house without a diaper.  This means that we’re going to be testing if he can handle a 15 minute car ride and if he’ll be able to use the potty in a new setting.  I’m eager to see how things go (and plan on packing quite a bit of spare pants and boxers).

Fingers crossed for things to go well.

Merry Christmas all!

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The Potty Training Chronicles – Day 1

PT Chronicles finalWe finally started potty training today!  I have to admit, I was both excited and unreasonably frighted to start, but hey, I had to get things going eventually.  We actually had a pretty good day.

As soon as Charles got home from swimming lessons, I got really excited and showed him his potty.  We started by getting it out of the box and getting it set up with the 3 AA batteries that are required for the headache-inducing songs to play (but my toddler loves them so, meh, small price to pay).  The potty got him really excited.  Then, I managed to bribe him into taking his pants and diaper off and in exchange he got to pick a pair of really cool boxers to wear.  After repeating that now, he was going to pee in the potty like a big boy, he was allowed to go on with his business.

After about 10 minutes, I checked him.  His boxers were wet.  “Oh look, Charles, your boxers are wet, you peed in them”, I said in a cheery voice.  “Don’t worry, let’s get them off.  Remember, pee goes in the potty.  How ’bout you go sit on your potty and mommy will give you a marshmallow”.

I did not put another fresh pair of boxers on after that.  (Yep, the little guy went around the house with naught but a shirt on for the rest of the day)

After that, we had a few accidents.  He wasn’t used to monitoring his need to pee or announce it as he’s never had to.  We always got him on his potty as soon as we could and cleaned up, never making a big deal out of accidents.

Eventually, though, a positive accident happened.  He was sitting on his potty watching some Youtube videos (hey, why sit on the sofa when you can sit on a singing potty instead, right?) and I heard the darned thing congratulate him.  He just kept sitting there as though nothing had happened.

Well I got excited.  I paused his video, got him off the potty and showed him what was inside.  Then, we started a routing of emptying in the toilet, wiping, flushing, washing hands and putting a sticker on his chart (no marshmallows needed!).  The second pee we caught happened the same way, by accident.

After that, he started announcing that he was peeing while in the act.  Now that was progress!  We were even able to get him to finish peeing in the potty once he had started on the floor.  Eventually, he started asking either his father or I to put our computer in front of the potty.  He would then sit down and a minute or two after, we would hear his potty congratulate him.  By then though, he didn’t need his potty to tell him that he had gone; he would stand up and announce his success.

I was thrilled to see how far he’d gone in one day, but that would not be the end of the progress.  By the end of the day, Charles was announcing that he had to go pee before going.

Then, before supper, he talked about needing to go #2.  I got him on the washroom toilet and we sat there together chatting.  At one point, he asked for a diaper.  But I repeated that diapers were just for bedtime.  He eventually got off the toilet, had supper and then took his bath without going.  After that, I got him in a diaper and we did his bedtime routine.  I’m pretty sure I’m going to find him in a dirty diaper tomorrow morning (which is why I put on a nice coat of cream on his bum first), but I’m ok with that.  We’ll take this potty training thing one step at a time.

Tally of the day:


7 pees caught.  I’m thinking that’s pretty good.

Was it longer for your kids to learn to use the potty for bowel movements?  Do you have any winning strategies (besides patience) to help a toddler along?