Potty Training Day 1.

Before I took her diaper off I got the room set up. Because I don’t know when she’s going or how long in between.
๐Ÿšฝ I got the potty in front of the tv and on the tile.


โ„๏ธPut on frozen and got her water and a snack (that makes her thirsty).
Snacks that I got were: wheat thins, veggie straws, peanut butter granola bar, peanuts, apple sauce and triskits. My kids only drink water. They don’t like juice or milk.


๐Ÿ‘Got wipes and a towel. just in case of accidents.
๐Ÿ—‘A trash can close by for the wipes.


๐Ÿ‘™Extra panties close by. Got her Frozen panties from Target.


๐Ÿ‘šI dressed her in a favorite shirt of hers that was a little short so it didn’t get in the way of going potty.
๐Ÿ“ŠMade a chart so I could see how well she was doing and what times she went to learn her body a little bit.


๐Ÿ– Got some markers and paper for her to color on if she was bored of the movie.
๐ŸซAnd some m&ms for her reward!
Today is not her first day going on the potty. Randomly over the last year she would grab the little potty and sit on it when Nathan would go potty. A couple times she would go.
Today I think is the first time she is aware when she does go. After her second time going today she stood up and said, “pee pee”. Other times in the past she has said she’s gone but has not.
Peyton loves Frozen and Bolt. I’m 32 weeks pregnant, so sitting on the floor and reading to her or singing songs, it’s just not the easiest thing for me. P doesn’t watch a lot of tv, so I thought today is a great day to spoil her in this way to keep her in an area by her potty to go.
After each time she went she told me and we ran and got an m&m! Then she got a sticker to put on her chart. I put the time under the sticker so I could follow how often she went.
After her second time of going on the potty I thought she was good for maybe a half hour. But nope. She went on the slide we have in the family room, and went on the rug in the playroom. Three times she went in ten minutes! So that threw me off!
My strategy was keeping her on the potty with snack that made her thirsty and her favorite movies. Then once she went she got her treat and got to run around for at least 20 minutes with panties on before I had her sit down again.
I put a pull up on her for nap time. She took a crazy long 3 hour nap today! She woke up at 2 with a full diaper and then didn’t have to go for a long time. After nap I gave her lunch and she sat on the potty for close to two hours!
She got up to go look at her chart and had an accident on the floor! Bummer. She had been sitting for so long!
She did pretty good for her first day! She stayed on the potty while I made dinner. But like a lot of moms, I got dinner for everyone, got the kids seconds while I was still putting my plate together and P had an accident at the table. Then after dinner it’s clean everything up and put the food away. I couldn’t keep an eye on her. So I stopped for the day and put a diaper on her. We shall see how tomorrow goes!

xoxo kymberly

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Intro For Potty Training P

P is two years and two months. N was potty trained by now, but I knew we had a lot of big moves and transitions in our near future so I didn’t want to start potty training her for her to only regress when we moved across the country.
She randomly wakes up some mornings and says “mommy pee pee hurt”. A couple weeks ago she was screaming and crying when saying it, so we took her to urgent care to see if she had a UTI, but she didn’t and got creams prescribed to help with a cut she gave herself when she took her diaper off during nap time the day before.
So today was a morning she was walking funny and upset, telling me, “pee pee hurt”. I don’t know exactly what is hurting and I don’t know when she goes potty since she’s in a diaper, so I decided while Texas is having this crazy rain storm and we’re inside all day anyways, it’s time to potty train her and get to know her pattern of when she goes and how often.
With N I wrote on this blog about his potty training. He was pretty easy! And he went often. P does not go often, it makes it a little hard actually! Wish me luck! Here we go!!!

Two Months Gone.

Blaine,
I was a very lost 18 year old girl when I walked into cattlemen’s and met you for the first time. All these years later I haven’t thrown out the shirt I wore the night I met you and colleen because it meant something to me although I haven’t worn it. You stood up and gave me a hug. I didn’t know my identity or what I wanted in my life in that season, but I was welcomed right away.

Two years later I wasn’t even engaged to your son and you paid for me to stay with you and your family while your son was having multiply brain surgeries. I remember some conversations, I remember being cared for when your son was in a rough spot. You just extended that care and generosity out to me.

The following year I became a Hudson. That came with big shoes because everywhere I went people knew who you were. They would talk to me and say hi to me and I would have to ask Caleb who they were haha but they all loved you.

Then you became a grandpa to my own kids. This is probably the hardest thing for me to see is my husband loose his father and my kids not understand that you’re not coming down anymore. You are definitely missed and I am forever grateful for that first hug over 10 years ago. In these last 10 years I have grown and I am no longer that lost teenager. I hope I carry your families name well, and I hope one day I leave this earth with the positive impact that you have. It’s incredible to see the amount of people that are stepping out with stories and love for you.

I’m thankful that every greeting started with a hug and every goodbye ended with a hug and some joke. Our last hug was as good as the first one…. my heart is broken and you are missed.

xoxo kymberly

Caleb’s 30!

Caleb you are the big 3 0 !

Happy birthday!

I don’t know how today will be for you, but know I’m here for you. Weeks ago I planned a surprise party that you would’ve been truly surprised at, but that didn’t get to happen. Your parents were supposed to fly in today while you were at work for another surprise, but that isn’t going to happen either.

It sucks all these plans that were made for such a special birthday and they don’t get to happen.

I hope your birthday is still okay after this crazy year. There has been so many ups and downs the year of you being 29. 30 can only be better. It has to be better.

The growing you can do this year in a new place is un measurable. The learning from a new work environment and new people all around can bring fresh perspective.

I’m excited for this year. You get to meet your new baby. You get to start fresh in a new area. You get to make new memories and traditions.

But it’s okay to not be okay.

This year will probably be very hard also. And we’re all here for you for that. The first birthday you won’t get a call from your dad ๐Ÿ˜ข I’m really sorry about that. The first Christmas without your dad ๐Ÿ˜ข I’m really sorry about that. The first everything that is going to come ๐Ÿ˜ข I just wish I could take the hurt away.

He was very proud of you. He was a great dad that you get to always share his legacy and you also have so much of him in you, so you’ll live out a lot also!

Happy birthday Caleb!

The day is yours for whatever you want to do!

xoxo kymberly

New Dr. In Texas.

One of our dreams came true this month. We got on an airplane and moved to Texas from California. I love it here! I’ve never chosen where I’ve lived before. I’ve always lived where my dad transferred work to, or where Calebs job is at. But here, I got a say. And I love it. I’ll have to share more later.

Because of the horrible event in loosing my father in law, we pushed our move back a week to be with family longer. This meant also that I was a week further along in my pregnancy. I didn’t think it would be that big of a deal, but I was very wrong.

We flew over when I was 27 weeks along, but didn’t get into our house and get our stuff until I was 28 weeks along. I started calling doctors and found that hey wouldn’t take me because I was either past 20 weeks or past 27 weeks. I was in my third trimester so they couldn’t accept me. I started getting super frustrated about it. Am I supposed to walk into the ER then and have this baby in a couple months???

Finally found another office to call, and they accepted me! Took me two weeks of calling places to find one dr who would take me. There were some about an hour away that said maybe, but my kids couldn’t come with me. Not kids aloud. Well my husband can’t take off 3 hours every other week just for me to go to the dr and him watch the kids. He just started at a new office. I don’t understand how they can have so many rules for a pregnant woman who is trying to seek medical care.

Anyways,

I found a nice doctor. He is the first male doctor I have ever had. I have always picked a female doctor mainly because I want to have someone I can open up with and they know what I am talking about. Men and women are created differently. Men don’t experience the hormones that women do, or the pain of childbirth. So I just felt comfort in knowing my doctor had been in my shoes before.

He was very kind. Over all, the appointment was 2 hours and he shared that I won’t go past my due date for sure. But will probably induce me at 39 weeks. Where was this new when I was having Peyton haha. I wanted her out so so bad and I had to wait till 10 days after 40 weeks.

This baby, I want to not have early. I mean it does help that we could have family here and kind of plan when I’ll be in the hospital. But I don’t want to be induced or experience pitocin again. I listened a lot to how he does things, so my next appointment I think I might ask to not be induced so early. Maybe a day early or two days early. I understand I can’t go past my due date because of how big the baby is getting and they don’t want complications. But my experience with pitocin is already giving me some anxiety thinking I would have to do that again.

With Peyton I didn’t get any pain meds to go along with the pitocin. It was just all around bad. So I’m nervous. And I need to just not think about it any more, so I thought I would blog my thoughts out and try to go to bed!

My next appointment I have an ultrasound and they will let me know if the baby is really measuring big. Today my tummy measurement was a couple days ahead. So not that far off. Just days. That made me feel good. I would love a healthy sized baby that doesn’t effect how I have to give birth. I would baby to just come on the due date, naturally. That’s what I would love.

xoxo kymberly

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P’s Frozen 2nd Birthday Party.

Sweet Peyton turned 2 this year! How did that happen already? We got to throw her a super fun birthday party before we moved across the country.

She randomly one day saw Frozen on the TV and was hooked. This was maybe 2 months before her birthday. We were getting our house ready to sell, we were packing, and we were not planning a party for her.

I saw on Facebook a year before that a mom in our neighborhood hired a Princess Bell to come to her daughters party. So I looked them up and they had a Princess Anna available for the date I wanted to have her party and it was the best ever!! Peyton at the time was all about Princess Anna, so she was either going to be super excited or scared haha.

I didn’t do a lot of decorating due to the fact that we were moving out 7 days after this party. My mother in law did a lot of the prep for food and the grocery store, Safeway, made her cake ๐Ÿ’—

Princess Anna was at our party for an hour. She did face painting on all the kids. She read the Frozen story and sang! And she sang like Princess Anna! She played hot potato with the kids and taught them how to bow and curtesy. At the end she crowned Peyton as the birthday princess and sang happy birthday. As I started cutting the cake, princess Anna left and after cake we opened presents.

It was the easiest party to host ever haha. I did not have to do a thing but sit and enjoy the kids. I teared up a couple times watching the joy on the faces of some of the little girls. I told the moms that it would be fun to have the kids dressed up, and a lot of them did. The younger kids weren’t to sure about Princess Anna so they stayed in the back of the house with their moms haha.

Cake made by Safeway

Decorations and balloons were from Party City.

Princess Anna painting faces. P got a snowflake and N got a rainbow haha. I am still not sure why he choose a rainbow haha. Funny boy.

Princess Anna playing hot potato.

Princess Anna with my pregnant self and beautiful friend Robyn.

Peyton had so much fun, she was out so fast that night haha ๐Ÿ˜‚

The website I used to book Princess Anna is below. We lived in Ca when we had this party, but they are in other areas also.

https://www.fairytaleprincesspartiesdfw.com/

xoxo kymberly

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Book Review of “In the Middle of the Mess” by Sheila Walsh

I set a goal to read 12 books in the year of 2018. Between my bible studies and books that I have collected, I thought it would be an easy goal. Well it’s September and I just finished my first book of the year! I’m half way done with a handful of books, but then I move on to another. None of the books I have are stories to get lost in. They are all books I hope to learn something from. Parenting, praying, how to be a Godly wife…. so good but I stop my parenting book and pick up my wife book if there’s an argument in my marriage. And that’s why none are finished haha. Anyone else??? ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

My mom has gifted me a lot of books. She gets one for her and one for me. This was one of them.

I have seen Sheila Walsh speak at Women of Faith years ago in California with some amazing friends. I did not know her whole story.

This book had me in tears in some chapters and nodding my head, “yes sister, preach!”, in other chapters!

We all have a story. There is mess in ALL of our stories. I have not struggled with mental health issues or suicide. This book had a lot of encouragement for women (and men I’m sure) that deal with that struggle. It’s her struggle so she speaks right to it. She wants others to know they are not alone because she is with them.

She talks about her mom dying. I can’t really ever picture my mom dying. I just want to live in the world where that never happens. But watching my husband just recently loose his dad 7 weeks ago, it brought up some personal tears.

I love how she concluded the book. Encouraging us all to share our stories. If we don’t share our stories, how will we ever be able to comfort someone else in our same shoes? Also by hiding our story and our mess we give power to it. We let it fester inside us and that doesn’t do anyone any good. So let’s band together with our friends and even strangers and share our stories. No one has a perfect story. So there is no shame in your story!

Anyways… totally worth the read. It was 12 chapters. I’m sure some of you could bust that out in a day, but it took me months haha. But I did it! And I’m so glad that I finished this book!

In the Middle of the Mess

By Sheila Walsh

xoxo kymberly

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