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.
🚽 I got the potty in front of the tv and on the tile.


❄️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.


👝Got wipes and a towel. just in case of accidents.
🗑A trash can close by for the wipes.


👙Extra panties close by. Got her Frozen panties from Target.


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


🖍 Got some markers and paper for her to color on if she was bored of the movie.
🍫And 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!!!

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 💗

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 😂

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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Pregnancy and Baby Announcements.

I’ve gotten to share two pregnancy and two baby announcements on social media. I feel super blessed to be able to do that. I also should say that I love baby and pregnancy announcements. It is the main reason I check my Instagram. I want to see the cute additions to families and the creative ways that people share their news.

Lately…. These pregnancy announcements bring me to tears.

Its the weirdest feeling because it is not jealousy, it is not that I want to be them and want to be pregnant. In general, I don’t like being pregnant. But I want my baby back. I want that pregnancy back. I want to be in my second trimester.

All these announcements, I should also be announcing my pregnancy.

I should be announcing that we are going to keep the gender a surprise.

I should be posting belly pictures and what movements I’m feeling.

But I’m not.

I seriously feel like everyone is pregnant and due in May. I had to unfollow some people because it hurt to see what I should be posting and I’m not. And it truly has nothing to do with them at all. It has everything to do that my baby should still be here and I don’t know why its not.

Now going into the holidays where I thought I was going to be pregnant and I’m not going to be now. Its so weird. It feels like the fastest 9 weeks of my life.

That week of loosing the baby was the hardest week that I have ever had. It felt like it was lasting forever. Every time I went to the bathroom I was so scared that the bleeding was going to start. I just laid in bed holding my tummy praying and crying out that its heart would start beating again.

And in a blink of an eye, it has been almost 2 months already.

Did that all really happen?

Was I really pregnant for those 9 weeks?

xoxo kymberly

Miscarriage. 💔

I had a miscarriage. Man. That is hard to type out. I have been wanting to write about the past couple months but nothing comes out when I sit to do it. 
I found out I was pregnant in August 2017, I lost the baby October 5, 2017. I was 9 weeks along but the baby stopped growing at 7 weeks. 

I am sure I’ll be able to write about it at some point. But then at the same time I have wanted to write about my husbands brain surgeries and I never have been able too. 

Last night something happened and I felt like it is super important for me to write down to remember. 

I was really encouraged. 

One phone call around 8pm from a close friend that didn’t know my thoughts the last week. She just called and chatted then started encouraging me. Knowing I want to be pregnant, she kept encouraging that my 3rd earthly child will be born in his timing. That I can use this time to focus more on the two I have and spend quality time with them to shape and mold them and pour into them. Really focus on what they need and how to parent them each. Trying to find the good in the day is sometimes hard. It’s easy to find good in my overall life. I am a mom of two amazing toddlers, in my eyes, can’t get better than that. But my heart longs for a baby that isn’t here and I still want it here. My focus quickly jumps to that missing child when I’m taking photos of the two on earth with me. “In May, there will not be 3 to take pictures of, still 2”. So I was thankful for an outside light to shine in that I still have important work to do in the time of grieving. 
A couple text messages came later from a different friend. Pouring into me and encouraging me mainly about who I am. The qualities in me that she admires. The strength she sees in me. The fact that she finds me to be a good mom. All things I have heard before but really needed to be reminded of. 

What is God doing right now? A friend that has been in my shoes told me that she can look back and see what God was doing when she lost her baby. There was good in that sad time. I’m trying to see what’s happening. Why did my baby have to leave? What was the bigger picture of that loss? I know I have to wait to see, or maybe I’ll never know. 

What am I supposed to be learning right now? What is this season for? I don’t like it. I want to be almost half way done with my pregnancy. I want to be getting things ready and ordering coming home outfits. 

We weren’t going to find out if it was a boy or girl. We were going to be surprised. But now, all I want to know is if it was a girl or boy. Name the baby. Know the baby or have a dream about the baby. 

I’m really sorry if you have lost a baby. My heart longs for comfort for you. Let me know in the comments if I can pray for you or if you just need to chat. 

xoxo

kymberly 

Waterfall Mom. 

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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