Mason’s Big Boy Training

If someone asks me about potty training,  I will likely tell them my experience with the 3-day potty training method.  Why?  Because it works SO well! We used this method for Parker with great success when we potty trained him a year and a half ago.  It turned out to be nice timing because Dan was working from home this week (the first time since we’ve moved in) and Parker had summer camp this week Monday through Thursday.

The first morning of course was rough, he didn’t get it as quickly as Parker did.  I even heard Dan mumble under his breath that he didn’t think he was ready after we cleaned up the third pee accident in a row.  At one point he refused to put on underwear and yelled NO.  It can be really hard not to show emotion when they have accidents or when you are getting frustrated.  I just kept my cool and then it just happened.  Right before nap time, on the first day, we were playing in the playroom and like a broken record I kept saying “Tell me when you have to go potty, Mason…okay?” and instead of replying Okay… he looked at me for a second and just stared and said “Yes!” with a big grin.  We made it a fun and I yelled “Yay! Run Run Run!” and then he’s been good ever since!  He had his first poop accident on day two (he had no bm day 1 or 3), then on day four he finally used the potty for poop.  Yay!!  We were overjoyed and I was acting crazy singing his praises!IMG_8827

 

We had fun playing outdoors, activities inside, anything that made him feel like he was special, and encouraged.  We went on walks and did a few indoor activities.  He loved all the individual attention.  We did Mason jars (fitting for Mae Mae, am I right?) full of chocolate and yogurt covered raisins for a reward as well as a sticker chart.  I felt the candy was great for the instant reward, and the sticker chart is great for him (and ME) to look back on at the end of the day to see how “accomplished” we were for the day.  I had three sets of stickers and I just let Mason pick out a sticker of his choice when he peed or poo’d.  He loved doing this! We had three bathrooms that we put a chart and candy in, so that we could reward the good behavior in different areas of our home.  The chart below was from our main level on day two.IMG_8829

With the three day method there aren’t any pull ups or diapers involved at all.  Even at night.  I feel it’s important at least for the first week to do this so that they understand that diapers have been completely removed from their world.  For Parker, he didn’t do so well keeping dry at night, so after the first few weeks with no success in night training in underwear, we put him in pull ups at night.  He was completely trained during the day so we didn’t feel like he would regress by doing this.  About three months later, he was starting to wake up dry, so that was our cue to put him in underwear at night. I honestly can’t remember the last time Parker had an accident at night.  He’s done great even though we temporarily needed to put him in pull ups.

Mason however, woke up wet in the middle of the night the first night, but then the next two nights he woke up and told us he needed to go potty! So unexpected, but we’re going to go with it. I’m hoping that it really will be this easy to night train, but we’ll see.  Mason woke us up at 6:30am, dry (which we were super excited about) but he then didn’t want to go back to bed after going potty.  So, I guess you choose your battles.

Overall, I’d say it’s been very successful.  And you know what… me and the little man have really bonded through this.  I’m so incredibly proud of him.  I’ve enjoyed spending one on one time with him while Sienna napped, and Parker was in school.  These days, it can be really hard to get that one on one time.  Even though he’s now rockin’ the big boy undies, he’s still secretly my baby boy… my sweet Mae Mae.  After all, wasn’t he just born…like not that long ago? Jeez, time slow down!

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Father’s Day and a photo fun gift.

We enjoyed a nice weekend with Dan this past Father’s Day. We cherish the weekends spent with him since he’s been traveling so much lately. We enjoyed a nice church service where Stonecreek showed some Dad love shown in this video

After enjoying an afternoon lunch as well as a nap and then headed over to our new neighbor’s house for a cook out. It was a nice relaxing weekend, and I think Dan really enjoyed his father’s Day. Parker and Mason certainly had fun in the backyard slide-into-kiddie pool with their best bud Carter as well as eating hot dogs and other yummies with little friends.
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I wanted to make Dan a little gift from the kids, that didn’t look like… that it was from the kids. You know the Dad gifts I’m talking about… ones that are sweet in thought, but that you would never hang on to? Yeah, we’ve done a few of those before, and this year I saw something on Pinterest that made me get an idea to do something similar, but a little different that Dan would actually want to hang in his office.

It started with these out takes…

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They weren’t happy campers at first… truth be told.  Not only that, but on the way down to take the pictures, I got a deep splinter in my foot, and was so determined to get the pics that I just hobbled around since I already had all the kids down in the grass, with Sienna and camera in tow.  Eventually we got it right and after adding some words in picmonkey, and editing in iphoto, we ended up with these three winners.

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I decided to finish it off with a matted frame from Target.  Nothing fancy, but I think it turned out to be a winner! It looks great in his office!

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Settling In

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been in our new home for almost two months already. We still have so much to do to make it more homey feeling, but we know this will take some time. We enjoyed having a few friends, family and neighbors over a few weeks ago for a house warming. It was nice to show everyone around and actually entertain since our last townhouse wasn’t as conducive for large gatherings. Even though we have lots more to do, we’re glad that we were able to relax with great company and just enjoy where we’re at, a beautiful new home! It is the start of many more gatherings and celebrations to come.
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Strawberry Picking at Warbington Farms

Dan’s parents were here this past weekend, and we wanted to do something fun and different with them this time. Warbington Farms came highly recommended through some friends, so we decided to give it a try.  Dan had the day off on Friday, so we decided to go then in hopes that it would be less crowded  and more strawberries would be available.  We were very pleased with the big selection they had of strawberries to pick! It was a big hit with the boys too!  They only thing that was a little disappointing was that they had to spray pesticides this year due to a bug that would’ve killed their crop if they didn’t.  So, they weren’t organic strawberries, but nothing a little good vinegar or citrus veggie wash can’t get rid of.  In addition to the boys having fun picking the strawberries, they enjoyed bouncing around on their inflatables, and petting the farm animals.  We enjoyed a picnic lunch under one of their covered picnic areas and enjoyed all the cute farm had to offer!  As a word of caution, Dan found a tick on his leg the next morning (a brown legged dog tick) so if you’re walking through the fields and feeding the animals in the petting zoo, be sure to check for ticks! Crazy that this family of ours is such a magnet for them!  We had a really nice time, and will probably make this fun farm an annual family affair!

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