At the beginning of October I decided to take a long weekend and potty train Carly. She had been showing signs of readiness for a while - Actually, she was already going on the potty (for MONTHS!), she just wouldn't tell us when she had to go. I opted for hard core potty training - No pull-ups. No padded panties. No mercy. I used lots and lots of positive reinforcement and never uttered a negative word. We high-fived and cheered her victories together. She was so proud and excited. And so was I.
Carly "threw away" her baby diapers and pull-ups (we gave them to our friend with twins just three months younger than Carly).
We played outside most of the time (better for cleaning up messes, my dear).
Successes were rewarded with m&m's. I called her "non-successes" "learning opportunities."
note to soon-to-potty-train-mommies - I recommend Smarties instead of m&m's. I never knew that they could be so messy!
As an update: I am so proud of how great Carly is doing. She has mastered the home potty, the public potty AND the airplane potty. However, she does still have the occasional "learning opportunity" at school, but we are seeing progress there, so I know that it is just a matter of time before she is 100% "learning opportunity" free.
We could have never mastered the public potty without this beauty- a foldable, portable potty seat that is perfect for little bottoms on big potties.
My latest addiction is Pinterest. It's a virtual pin board where people share recipes, diy crafts, home decor, etc. Remember...I got the idea for my makeup brush holder and t-shirt scarf from Pinterest.
But the thing that I have made the most of...FOOD, of course!
I haven't taken pictures of all of the recipes I have tried, but here are a few:
Other than game-day foods like queso, meatballs or chili or my mother-in-law's pot roast recipe, I don't do much crock pot cooking. So when a co-worker of mine assured me that I could leave this in the crock pot all day while I was at work (as long as it is on low) and it would be okay, I trusted her. Wrong. It cannot.
My second attempt, which happened on a day when I was working from home and was able to stir it, was much more successful. This dish was delish! Although, next time I may not add the entire package of Italian Seasoning.
I have tried a few other recipes and 36 recipes pinned to my food board (which I have named "Get in my Belly"). I guess I need to get cooking!
I did do something crafty...It just didn't turn out as great as I wanted it to.
I kinda did something new and exciting with Carly...I potty-trained her! (more to come on that)
Okay, okay. I know that doesn't technically work and neither does "played with play-doh for the first time", so I guess I owe her one in October. I am already thinking about a trip to the zoo or the aquarium or a ride on the train from Grapevine to Fort Worth (and back).
I did not buy a skirt outfit, but not from lack of looking. I just didn't fall in love with any. The hunt continues.
On to my October To-Do's -
1. Take a sewing class (thanks, Pinterest, for the increased desire in learning how to sew)
2. Make a dry-erase board for the kitchen (thanks, Pinterest for the idea)