Whoever said that potty training comes naturally to some children.. It does! It’s us parents who either hinder or encourage our children. Sadly I’m admitting Devon & I hindered Gryphen from reaching her full potential of no diapers. Gryphen was beyond excited that she was using the toilet on her own and we encouraged her, we would hangout with her in the bathroom for several minutes waiting for her to pee/poop BUT here’s where we f’ed up. When we were went for long drives; diaper, activities; diaper, bedtime; diaper. See the pattern pretty much we taught her she didn’t need to diaper at home but our and about she did so she regressed. Shit..
To that point we rarely rewarded her for going to the bathroom in the toilet well now she knew our game and she was now an active player and was winning. We set out a set amount of diapers (I think 10) and told her that once they were gone there would be no more. Step one for us was NO MORE MILK AT BEDTIME. This was I think tougher for us at first, it was a comfort to her and she loves milk but after her falling asleep within 5 minutes without it I know she could do this! Then came sticking strong to no diapers after the 10, it was beyond tough. She was crying, screaming, demanding a diaper. All I had to offer her was a large kinder egg with a toy inside. She ran to the bathroom, pee’d and was eating the egg once she was all washed up.
That was it, we resulted in bribing our 3-year-old with candy and toys to get her to do what she’s been doing for months. So now instead of leaving on time we start getting ready 30 minutes before we need to so she can pee since it’s a 5 to 10 minute process at times. Now I’ve just mainly talked about pee… well poop does happen and when it does she gets a sucker! But that has turned into a lengthy process with several tantrums. But after some time she does go. I have found that making sure she gets daily probiotic help as well as “Constipation Candy” which are very simple to make and she really loves them.
Constipation Candy Recipe
- 1 cup organic extra virgin coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup of lemon juice (mix & taste as you go along)
- 2 tablespoons honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
Combine all ingredients in a food processor or with a handheld mixer; once everything is very well mixed pour into candy moulds. Store in fridge and enjoy as required. (source: Mommy Potamus)
If I can give any advice or tips there would be it!
- Get rid of diapers
- Buy a manufacture approved dry seat insert for the car seat
- Say goodbye to the bedtime drinks.
- Put a mattress protector on the bed (buy two if you can afford it)
- Have bribes.. I mean rewards on hand. You might not need them at first but better to be safe.
- Bring extra changes of clothes & shoes EVERYWHERE.
- Encourage your child and create a fun song for bathroom time!
I wish you the best of luck! Sometimes kids just aren’t ready and you need to respect that but if they are stop hindering them 🙂
It’s hard to believe that after almost 4 years, today is Devon’s last day at Air Georgian! And in true GGN fashion he is being extended 😉 (Photo below: Top: First day of flying in Halifax. Bottom: Last day in Toronto.) November is going to be a very busy month for us as Devon begins his new job & we welcome our second child. Devon seems to love taking jobs when I’m in my last month of pregnancy, thankfully this time we won’t need to move! Can’t wait to share some of our favourite baby items over the next couple months 🙂
I’ve noticed that at least once a week I’m making Gryphen some pants! I either use an old shirt that I’ve come across or some very adorable fabric I’ve purchased but she’s always getting new pants! Unless you’re shopping just sales or lower priced stores kids clothes can really add up. I want to share with you today my very quick way of coming up with a pattern for kids pants! I adore making different types of pants this way and slightly changing them to fit perfectly to my skinny long-legged Blondie!
Paper of any kind that’s durable
Scissors to cut paper
Marker or pen
Pants in the size you want to remake.
I roll out some paper and tape it to the table to ensure the paper doesn’t move while I’m tracing. Once it’s taped I trace around the folded pants creating one leg.
I like to write all the info on the paper so I can quickly identify the pattern later.
Measure the waist band. Then on the paper measure out and cut the proper size. I find if you try to measure the waist band it’s self you will get one that’s too small. Step 4
Once the pattern is completed I pin all the sheets together for safe keeping (and organization).
I love these little pants that I’ve created for the baby & can’t wait to try them on. I’ve made them to fit around 3-6 months and used an old pair of roots jogging pants.
Hope you’ve enjoyed learning how to make an easy pattern for kids pants! If you want to see any other patterns please leave a comment below 🙂
I’m very excited about this little project! After making an infinity nursing scarf earlier in the year for my sister-in-law it really had me thinking about what I’d like out of a nursing scarf. Since realizing that I’m in my third trimester now I’ve been starting to organize and prepare things for the baby (yes for this entire pregnancy I haven’t been focusing on any sort of time frame, just enjoying everything slowly happening to my body). Have you seen the Nuroo nursing covers? I fell in love once I watched the video and learned how versatile they actually are. Sadly though they don’t come in many colours so I went to work on deciding what fabric I’d love for my own.
Fabric – 70in long x 29in wide (I purchased 2 meters)
Thread to match fabric
Cotton Twill Tape – 60 inches
Snaps – 30 total/ 15 per side (I used my Babyville Snap Pilers & snaps)
Press and cut pre-washed fabric to length (70×29). The fabric I purchased was 58in wide, I was able to make two scarfs. Which was great!
Measure 1 inch, fold & press fabric. I find ironing the fabric assures a nicer seam. Once you’ve done that pin on the twill tape. Make sure to cut the twill take slightly longer.
Time to sew! I use two different colours of thread to ensure it blends nicer but you can do whatever works best! Sew the edges of the twill tapeStep 4
Here’s the fun part; attaching the snaps! This I found took the longest, mainly because Gryphen decided she needed to help. I spaced then just over an inch apart. I used a block plaid which made spacing VERY easy.
Since we don’t have a baby yet I’ve been wearing this perfect scarf on the colder days (which seem to be a lot). I can’t wait until the baby arrives so I can put this nursing scarf to work! With the left over material I made a fabulous infinity scarf for Gryphen & some bibdana’s for the baby. Once Gryphen seen my scarf she was asking where her’s was and so excited when I told her she had one as well, Nothing cooler then matching your parents when you’re 3 years old!!
I hope you’ve enjoyed our Nuroo inspired infinity nursing scarf project, we’d love to hear and see how yours turns out.
Well tomorrow marks the first half of our moving! Devon and Jegan will spend the late afternoon filling up our uhaul truck while I have my last visit with Judy at Georgian Bay Midwives. I can’t believe the day has finally come; it’s only been 11 months! We were in Thorold on Friday signing all the paperwork with the lawyers and stopped by to take a look at the house before leaving. It’s just so hard to believe that in just a few short days we’ll officially be home owners! (Below is Gryphen playing on her iPad as we wait for Lana, she was loving the very Blue Clue’s style chairs).
Wish us luck as we collect all of our belongings from our storage unit, Joanne’s house & the Toronto apartment over the next few days! It’s going to feel so amazing to have ALL of our things in one place for the FIRST time since Devon started working for GGN.
Near the start of my pregnancy Devon’s cousin Annie took me to the Aroma Espresso Bar in Markville Mall and I was hooked! My sandwich was delicious and oh so fresh. I’ve been craving avocado during my entire pregnancy so I was very happy to find Aroma.
I decided to give the location on College Street a try (since it’s a 7 minute walk away). Well that was a huge mistake! I ended up VERY VERY sick moments after my first couple bites. For those of us who have children and a spouse in aviation you have zero chance of taking time to yourself while you’re sick, you can just hope your child is feeling in a compassionate mood that day. Mine was not!
After I was starting to feel slightly better I sent an email off to Aroma Espresso Bar. I received a very apologetic response and was assured they’d be investigating the location further. Oh and sent a gift card to use at any of their locations.
I can say after my experience I’m much more hesitant about eating at any of their locations. Gryphen and I have went back to the Queen Street location to enjoy one of their great sandwiches and smoothies on them! I personally don’t see myself ever using the location closest to us on College Street.
Have you eaten at Aroma? What did you think of your meal? I’d love to hear from you!