Jan 20, 2011

Potty Training: Day 3, 4, 5, 6, 345, 746....

Well... we are still here, still training! The 3 day method definitely threw us into the routine and made me not want to go back to diapers, but, let's face it, my daughter was not a 3-day trained graduate. Her BFF, TJ, though was! He is doing amazingly well and shows that the program DOES work for the... the... not SO stubborn child! :)

Olivia is still holding her pee like a camel. I think the longest we have seen is about 14 hours. Then, she fights and resists going to sit on the potty. So, her bladder gets so full, she can't hold it anymore and has an accident.

Nana stayed home with Olivia on day 4... there was some success and several accidents. Olivia was back to daycare on Day 5 with two accidents and one potty trip. Today is Day 6... we finally had more potty trips than accident trips! YEAH OLIVIA!!! She went twice at daycare and had two accidents. Tonight she went twice and had one accident. Thankfully, she has the BM routine down pat! I would much rather clean up wet panties than soiled ones. Ew.

We are still working on her not resisting the potty so much. I definitely have to watch for clues at ALL times! But, sitting on the potty and covering ourselves with stickers seems to get the 'flow' going. And gum and chocolate just add to the fun! :)

Thanks for all the support from everyone! Check back, I'm sure we will still be potty learning for many more months to come!!

Jan 17, 2011

Potty Training: Day 2

Sorry it is a little late!

Night 1 - We were up at midnight with some sort of terrible dream. She was dry and refused to sit on the potty. She then slept till I woke up her at 9am - she was wet then.

The day was pretty non-productive. She held it for a crazy amount of time. We would have a few dribbles, but she wouldn't finish in the potty.

We did have luck with the bm stage though! She was trying to go, got up, tried to run to her bedroom, but I caught her and set her on the toilet. She went like a pro! I think she is still scared to let things out of her body, but we are trying to work on that!

About 20 minutes after that she went pee... and that was all! This all happened about 6:30pm.

She went to bed at 9pm. No pee in between those two times. I woke her up at 2am, she sat but didn't go. I woke her up again at 6:15am.. she refused to sit. So, I finally woke her up for good at 8:30am. She was STILL dry!

Stay tuned for day 3! This is where we hope it all CLICKS!

Jan 15, 2011

Potty Training: Day 1

It has been a very productive January in our house! Before Christmas I decided it was time for Olivia to venture into 'Panty-land'... not be confused with Candyland by any means! This weekend is a three day weekend for us, so, the date was set! After reading the 3 Day Potty Training Method I decided it may work for us. So, at the beginning of the year, I converted Olivia's crib into the toddler bed and took away her beloved sippy cup. The first two nights were rough, but since then, smooth sailing.
Yes, she had to have her own tools and help with the process.
The final result!This was the purpose for panties back in December... decorative headgear.

Before Olivia woke up, everything was lined up. I was going to let her choose her potty, her underwear, and her socks.

I created a Potty Chart that was intended to get progressively more challenging as the day went on.
This morning, she still wanted to try out the 'headgear' and even added a piece! Thankfully, this didn't become a habit!At 9:00am, the panties were on and the couches were covered! Nana did an amazing job of keeping her occupied all day!
We quickly discovered Olivia didn't mind sitting on the potty, but she did NOT want to GO in the potty. So, from 9am until AFTER nap at 3pm, we did not see one ounce of urine! I was frustrated that she was holding it, knowing she needed to go.

Between 3pm and 8pm the stats were:
Pee in potty: 0
Pee in panties/floor: 5
Poop: 0

Around 7:30pm I told her to go into the bathroom and try to go potty by herself. Miraculously, she was all about that idea! She went in there many times and pulled down her panties and would sit, put them back on, come out and announce "I can't go yet!"
We started bedtime routine around 8pm. At 8:20pm she came out of her room and told me she was going to try "one more time".
All I could hear was her talking to Nana "I'm doing it! Can you hear it Nana? I'm doing it! See!" And then the crowd went wild! WOOHOO!!!
Who cares if she gets chocolate at 8:30pm, we peed!!!

Now, we are just hoping for a dry and quiet night!
Stay tuned for Day 2!

Jan 3, 2011

A Year is Worth a Thousand Words...

Get ready for picture overload!!! Here is Olivia's 2010 journey...


She was always ready and willing to dance. She loved 'Ring Around the Rosey' and 'If You're Happy and You Know It'

Her favorite place in the kitchen was always on top of the island. She wanted to be in the action at all times.

She loved her baby cousin, Astoria. We didn't get to see her much, but when we did she wanted to be right by 'baby' at all times.


Olivia's best friend was/is TJ Yarnell. They are only two months apart, lived in the same neighborhood, and went to the same daycare. The two were inseparable!


She loved, and still does, wearing one piece pajamas. I think they are toooo cute!

My big girl all dressed up for church.

Cousin love at the zoo!

So I thought maybe she was ready for potty training... well, yeah, that didn't work. But she looked super cute in her undies!!

Wearing other people's shoes was a lot of fun!


Olivia and Nana at Astoria's 1st Birthday Party. This girl LOVES her Nana!


A girl and her Pops are also best buddies. In this picture she looks so much like me when I was little!

Don't let the innocent look full you.... this girl can be a MESS!


Always willing to "help" in Mommy's classroom.

Olivia celebrated her 2nd Birthday with an Elmo theme and her cake made by Aunt Andrea.

She was definitely the star of the show and had her bounce house too!


We spent many afternoons at spray parks trying to get Olivia and TJ used to the water. They loved it and so did we!

On the kitchen island again with that innocent looking grin...

Olivia loves all kinds of animals including this gigantic turtle we found roaming around our front yard.


Where did my little girl go? We had some beautiful pictures taken in Granny's backyard.

Olivia's little smirk we have all grown to know and "love".

Olivia and TJ attended swimming lessons in July. My usual not-so-daring daughter LOVED the water. I would have to watch her very closely to make sure she was still in eyesight and was able to touch the bottom wherever she was!

We spent 4th of July at Nana and Pop's lake house at Lake Tenkiller. Of course, Olivia LOVED riding along with Nana.

Still not potty training, but she loves to be naked and loves to read book, so why not?

In July I made the biggest decision of my life. Olivia and I packed up and moved to Texas. I had a wonderful job waiting for me as well as the Kleckner's super excited to have someone close! The move was tiring and I still find myself missing Oklahoma. Yet, life is improving daily!

Our little family starting new in Texas!

Olivia and Astoria

Trotting along at the Arboretum.


This is Olivia's stubborn temper tantrum look. Cute, huh?

Her first big bounce house slide.

She is finally old enough to play some of the games at Chuck E Cheese!


This Halloween, Olivia was a skunk and Astoria was a Flamingo.

My big girl.

She is approximately 5 pumpkins tall.


She loves to "cheese" as long as she gets to "see" the picture of herself afterwards!


My blue-eyed beauty lights up my life everyday!
Enjoying her presents Christmas morning.


Wow! Look how much she has changed and how much has changed in our lives!!! I am so very blessed to have a healthy and happy daughter.
Bring on 2011!

Thanksgiving and Christmas

So, I know it has been a loooooong time since I last posted, so we are going to cram together two holidays!

November 2010
There is a child-sized train that drives around the mall here. She, of course, wanted to ride... so, I sent her off! (With Astoria too!)

Can you see Astoria and Olivia's head? Such big girls!

In Oklahoma I didn't have any big trees, therefore no leaves to rake. Well, welcome to Texas where we are surrounded by them! Sixteen bags later and lots of jumping, we were finished!

Always wanting to help.

For some reason, I have no pictures of Thanksgiving... I guess Andrea has them, but we went to OKC for Thanksgiving and had a great time! We put up our Christmas tree as soon as we got back! Olivia loved putting decorations on and wanted two or three on each branch.

Our first picture with Santa. She was just fine with me sitting in on the picture!

Waiting for our portraits at JCPenney. My little girl is sooo grown up!
They weren't always so sure of Santa, so this trip to the mall we didn't even dress them up *knowing* they wouldn't sit on his lap. Well, that is what we get for trying to assume anything! Loving Olivia's fake smile these days.

When we got to Oklahoma we went to a cookie decorating party! She actually stuck with it and decorate the entire cookie and ate every bite!

Before we left for Oklahoma, Nana sent us all the goodies to complete our Advent calendars. Olivia wasn't too sure of the reasoning, but she never complained about having a piece of candy, usually for breakfast. :)

Christmas morning! Look at all the goodies that Santa brought!!
The amazing grandkid picture has now turned into the amazing great-grandkid picture. I can't believe we are grown ups and have our own children. It is amazing!
L-R: Astoria, Olivia, Nash, Braxton, Andrew, Addison, Austen

Granny spoiled Olivia this Christmas with many toys. The top favorite is this toy camera. Anytime I grabbed my camera, she had to have hers. I love how you can see her little eye peeking through. :)

And just a random picture of the two of us. She loves to be in her tent and this time demanded I join her!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!!


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