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!!!

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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Waterfall Mom.ย 

It took a couple months for me to get the hang of being a mom. Learning N and what he needed and when. Also to learn my roll as a mom. The selfless part came natural to me. I fell in love with a little baby and would do anything for him. And not that I want to be selfish, but I am learning I need to take care of me also. 
A friend of mine at bible study gave this beautiful picture that I am a teared waterfall. If the very top pool isn’t filled, then there isn’t any water to fall into the pools below. How am I supposed to fill others if I am empty? 
Another friend of mine for months has been encouraging me to find something that is mine again and press into that. Just to really take care of myself all around. If I’m taking care of me then I’m going to be a better wife, mom, daughter and friend because I’m being filled and able to pour into others. 

With that being said, finding alone time as a mom of two is a lot harder for me than a mom of one. I do good being a mom of two. That transition of taking two everywhere and getting them fed, dressed, and naps, with little meltdowns or tears, I do good. A lot of days I’m really proud of myself! But I’ve been struggling as to when to find time to sit at the feet of Jesus and be filled. 

I feel guilty when I hear that other are having this alone quiet time, or coffee time, or even at church when asked if I am having quiet time because it’s so important. I’m not. My day is so busy with little monotonous things that before I know it, it’s 7:00pm and time for baths and bed. 

I love little tips I’ve been told. Or stories of other moms that have had a hard time like me. One mom would put a blanket over her head and the kids knew that was her time with Jesus and they wouldn’t bug her. Another mom had “coffee with Jesus” and her kids left her alone if that coffee was in her hands. Another mom got her time with Christ by doing bible crafts and stories with her kids. 

It is hard to be a mom of little ones and find that time to have for yourself and be filled. Sleep is so important that waking up early is not an option for me when Peyton still gets up 3-4 times a night. So most days I have worship music playing in the house. Then I can stop where I am and sing or dance and my kids love it and do their own thing. 

I also am finding more time this week as my toddler randomly became in love with the movie Trolls. That gives me about an hour once I get P fed set up with something. 

I started doing more bible journaling. I love it. It takes my love of scrapbooking (that I have zero time for) and my need and want to press into Christ and gives me the filling I need so much. I am getting both! Something for me, and time with Jesus. 

I don’t know what I’ll do when Trolls is not a hit anymore haha. Maybe I’ll be blessed and they will nap at the same time! 

I hope if you’re a mom, you find something for you. Something that you love to do and have some time to do it and enjoy it as you go along your day and clean the spot on the floor 15 times and no one notices. I hope you also find a way to sit and breath and take in what God wants to teach you and share with you. And I also hope you don’t feel guilty as I have about not spending quiet time with Jesus. There is grace for us. He knows what we are doing. He sees us clean that spot 15 times! 

Have blessed day! 

xoxo

kymberly

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What did you Learn Today?

Everyday, all day, I repeat myself. 

By the end of the night I’m so tired of talking. 

Today I told Nathan to “wait” and was trying to teach him that he can’t have something right then and there. (Well actually everyday I’m teaching this.)

He is a child that has to get his thoughts out though. You can’t tell him to not interrupt when others are talking because to him, he has the most important thing to say and has to be heard out right that second. 

It’s pretty challenging for me to try and teach him to wait his turn when it comes to talking. 

Then I learned today…. I’m like that. 

Now I’m very aware that my son is my husbands physical clone but my personality clone. It’s actually really funny how he acts exactly like me but looks exactly like his dad! 

Another reason why so many things are challenging to teach him, he’s just like me and I realize I’m needing to change my behavior to set the example for him. But that’s a different post. 

Today I learned that I don’t like the waiting…

I mean who likes to wait? 

I just didn’t think of it in the context of praying. 

I pray for something to change and am just waiting for it to happen right then or at least before I go to bed. Sometimes I’m praying like I have the most important request and I need it answered right then. I can’t wait. I have the most important prayer (which is silly looking at it that way). 

But…. What’s happening in the time that God has me waiting? Why doesn’t he answer my prayer request right then? 

I learned that I need to soak in what he is doing in the waiting time. What he’s teaching me and what I could be learning. And then I thought… “how many times has God repeated himself to me? And asked me to wait?” It blows my mind his patience level he has! 


 xoxo

kymberly 

That Mom.ย 

Growing up I dreamed of being a mom. And not just any mom, a great mom. Going through college I learned from experience how to talk to a child in a loving way. I didn’t want to be “that mom that yelled at her kids” or “that mom whose kids didn’t listen to her”. Well tonight I felt like I had stared to become “that mom”. 

I can list all the reasons why my patience is egg shell thin, but those are excuses when I look at them through my sons eyes. 

I might be exhausted and don’t know the last time I slept more than 4 hours at a time. I might be frustrated that every time I get my 5 month old to finally nap, my 2 year old yells at her so she wakes up. But those things don’t matter to my two year old when it comes to how I respond to him. 

My sister-in-law has a quality that I really admire. It might be silly to someone, but it’s what I admire most in her and strive to achieve. She constantly talks to my niece and nephew in a calm tone, and talks to them or tries to Understand why they are acting the way they are. And today is her birthday, so shout out to her! Happy birthday!!

This past week my voice has gotten louder and the phrase, “go to your room” has come out of my mouth more than I strive for.

Am I a lazy mom?

What has happened to what I’ve strived for?

Why am I getting so frustrated and letting that control my attitude?

Oh. My. Gosh. I’m “that mom”. 

I just needed a wake up call. My son is acting out because he wants something. Attention is my guess. His sister was born and for 5 months he hasn’t had me to himself. So soon that is going to change and I’ll take him on some mommy/son dates. 

I need to take a breath before I respond to his acting out. I need to ask him why he’s doing what he’s doing. I have been consistent in following through with what I say and winning the battles I choose to fight. 

I think today it just hit me that what I’m doing isn’t working. I need to go back and stop using the word no. I need to explain more. Nathan is very smart, he can understand what is needed of him and understand that he needs to be respectful. 

Being a mom of 2 little ones is hard. Not because my kids are bad or handfuls, but because my time is never my own and being present with both of them on little sleep is hard. 

But I got my wake up call and tomorrow is a new day. I pray Nathan forgives me for not being my best. Time to lower my tone again and communicate with him. 

No longer “that mom” that I didn’t want to be. 

xoxo

kymberly 

Struggle Bus.ย 

Struggle Bus. ๐ŸšŒ


That’s the ride I’ve been on the last few weeks. 

Two year olds are not a joke. Especially the ones that have an insane vocabulary and are whitty… like the one I have. Who can talk circles around you and tell you all the reasons he doesn’t want to and can’t pick up his toys. It makes your mind jello to where all you do is point to his room because all that talking he just did made you dizzy (Pointing to his room most of the time gets him to do what I originally said before he started talking 500 words a minute).

Two year olds are also hilarious. I get a good laugh from the whitty thIngs Nathan comes up with. 

But the struggle bus comes when I am completely caught off guard and don’t know what to do or how to discipline him. Some days I wish he came with an instruction manual so I knew how to best discipline him in the most effective way so he learns correctly. 

I also spend most of my day repeating the same three things over and over. 

“Don’t unplug that”

“Don’t plug that in”

“Don’t climb on that”

You would think after a year of the same three commands something would stick?! At least maybe one of them!!! 

Also meltdowns. 

Let’s just talk about those… not awesome! I also don’t love all the parents who I ask about meltdowns and they are like, “my toddler doesn’t have them, does yours have a lot of meltdowns, like, behavioral problems?” Really??? No he doesn’t have behavior problems, he’s 2 and gets mad when it’s time for bed or he can’t have a cookie. Then it’s on the floor crying and screaming for a hot minute. But I seriously cannot be the only one who has a toddler with meltdowns right? 

So I’m struggling mainly with finding the best effective way to discipline my toddler. He is an incredible and smart little one. I am very thankful to say he is good in stores and in car rides. He is amazing with his baby sister! He just does not want to listen to some of the rules in the house, like plugging in the lamp to an outlet or climbing on his dresser to open his window ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ™„. 

That’s my struggle bus rant at the moment. I truly just want to be the best Mom for my kids. I want to raise them correctly and teach them how to listen to direction and be respectful. That there is a time to play and be crazy and a time to listen and follow the rules. 

Saying that, he is only 2. Sometimes I think he’s way older than he is because of his vocabulary and attitude. 

And although he’s keeping me on my toes, and probably giving me grey hair…. I wouldn’t change a thing about him. 

xoxo kymberly 
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