Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday...

Another week come and gone…getting so close to go time my friends for baby J :)

A few weeks ago I mentioned we'd be trying out potty training… and our experience has been a little comical.  You can read about it here.


And almost 35 at this point!



Three- Dancing after dinner and puzzles 
My two favorite random pictures from the week… 
This one can be found on Instagram
And this one is too cute… might just have to be shared today :)
Waiting for daddy to come home...

Four- Reading Ruth 
Recently I read the book Women of the Word, that teaches women (and really all people) some methods to help them truly study their Bible (without just looking up the answers and letting someone else tell you what it means).  It has been so cool to work hard at studying and discover the truths myself!


Five- Atl Trip
Maybe the last big trip before baby?  And maybe we will slip away to the beach :)  we shall see!  Just have some pics to document the fun!






How about your week/weekend??? :)
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

That Time We Tried the 3 Day Potty Training Method...


***Disclaimer… no worries there are no embarrassing or tmi pictures here (for y'all's sake and BD's).  Just a little bit of our experience.  Have any questions… feel free to be in touch!***


I mentioned on Instagram a few weeks ago that we were giving potty training a shot… giving the 3 Day method a try particular.  BD has shown all the signs for months- going hours between wetting her diaper, telling me "when she goes", overall interest etc etc etc.  And I was prepared right?  I even had a Pinterest board devoted entirely to potty learning.  

So we bought some stickers, M and Ms and "bracelets" (aka pony tail holders) pulled out the plastic potty and said let's do this!  What I did not remember was my little's incredible perseverance and strong will.  So here is how it went.

Day One

I had to work this day and Andrew got the joy of starting us out.  BD actually went in the potty twice.  We were thinking… that's a good start.

Day Two

I was on duty day two and despite tons of positive reinforcement BD only went once in the potty day two and seemed to have less interest than the previous day.  And one time she actually waited until I slipped away to the bathroom and then informed me that she had gone on the floor… coincidence? 

Day Three

I was supposed to man this day, but about half way through strep throat hit me with full force (how did  I get step anyways???)  and I felt like death.  BD was officially anti-potty this day… treats, candy, stickers???? Who cares???  She actually waited for Andrew and I both left the room on two occasions and went on the floor.  Nope… not a coincidence, she knew when she was going and was trying to flex her control in the situation.  Little stinker :). The icing on the cake was when BD threw the potty when Andrew asked if she wanted to try before bed (that's one of the moments where it takes everything in you not to laugh).

So why do I even share all of this???
I think sometimes we see things on the Internet and such that sound so appealing.  I know I had read a dozen blogs on successes of the 3 Day Method and not one about it not working… especially when a child was developmentally "ready."  But sometimes it just doesn't work.  When BD was a newborn, she would not take a bottle for 12 weeks… then one day just did it.  Just before BD was two without any coaxing (I actually was not even ready) BD just said, "No crib, bed!" and has been sleeping in her big girl bed ever since.  
My child is different than yours and the things that work for her may not work for you and vis versa… don't get frustrated… just accept it and work with your child (I am speaking to myself here:))

So where are we now?
Andrew and I were unsure what to do after the whole experience.  Totally put the potty up?  Try while we were home? Ask her periodically? It has been a few weeks and we ended up just talking with her about it a lot.  She knows all the right answers…
"Where do we go pee-pee?"
"In the potty!"

Yesterday she did not want to clean up her blocks and she told me, "I need to go potty."  I know this was totally so she could defer the activity she did not want to do but *for now* anytime she says she needs to go and want to try we let her.  She sat and went!  And I gave her a mini cupcake as a treat since we had some on hand.

Later that evening when Andrew was home from work he asked her if she wanted to try.  She flat out said, "No."  Then Andrew said she could have another mini cupcake, but it was not until he started eating one and would not give one to her that she immediately sat on the potty and went!  This girl can do it and will… when she is motivated.

And that is basically what we are trying to encourage and wait for… her motivation.  And there is no time line (within reason, we don't want to send her with diapers when she gets married or heads to college :)).  Maybe I will do an update in a few months and share with you the 3 Month Method… or some other pearls of wisdom that worked for us!

What about you??? Hoe was you potty training experience???  Would love to hear your thoughts!!!

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

33-34 Weeks...



33-34 Weeks!!!!

Getting artsy this week… just a little shot looking at the belly.. you know :)

How Far Along? I am just past 34 weeks today… but this is my first chance to share. I am going to *try* to be on time from now on and weekly, not biweekly, because we are just getting so close!!!

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Actually stepped on the scale this morning and my grand total is 40 pounds. I think that is how much I gained total with BD.  But, at the doctor this past week I was measuring 38 weeks, not 34.  Now I am not holding my breath that this means Jameson will be making his grand arrival early… but rather counting on a large baby :)

Baby Related Purchases: No big purchases this week… but a sweet friend did give me 6 boxes full of baby boy clothes.  I think we will have a well-dressed little man :)

Maternity Clothes:  The same 4 dresses in rotation for the next 6 weeks unless I manage to get a bit more creative. 

Sleep: I had a couple of rough nights in that I got strep and had some blah reactions to the antibiotics. And what's with getting strep in the beginning of summer… or really at all… I have not had it since elementary school!

Movement: Still a movin' and a shaken'… but no hiccups.  I know they have to be coming soon!

What I miss: Normal summer clothes!

Cravings: Just want to eat :)

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing really.

Gender: It's a boy!!!

Labor Signs: Nope

Symptoms: Feeling a little more energized this week and feeling like my belly is huge!

Best moments this week: 

*Had an awesome time at the Reunite Olmypics (BD was not quite ready to compete this year :))


*Last day of school… so thankful for this year… but so ready for a break!

BD and I made a trip to ATL….
*Had an AMAZING birthday celebration for a bunch of family members… the saddest moment is when you realize you took NO PICTURES.  I guess I can rest assured we were having so much fun that we did not have time for pictures!

*Enjoyed sweet time with Lindsay and soon to arrive baby Avery!

*Had mommy/BD time at IKEA

*Enjoyed some time with the Uncles!!!

*Celebrated John Henry and Sunita's engagement party/John Henry's Birthday!

*Hung out with the madre


Looking forward to:
*Getting the nursery, office and closets finished!
*Nesting and getting everything ready for Jameson!
*Holding a newborn in my arms in just a few short weeks!

Size of Baby: The size of a cantaloupe (or in my case maybe a basketball ;))!

For the little:

Our Jameson… 
Wow… probably less than 6 weeks.  How has this time flown so fast? Before we know it we will be holding you!
You have been a trooper traveling all over with us over the past few days and everyone thinks you are already to make your arrival.  I still think you have about 5-6 weeks to be fully ready :) guess we will see!  We have been praying for your heart and development and future. :)


Week by Week…
22 Weeks…
24 Weeks
26 Weeks...

27 weeks…
29 Weeks…

30 Weeks…


31-32 Weeks
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Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Favorites :)

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Today is the last day of school :)
Summer here we come :)
Hopefully I will start to feel a little more rested with baby J at almost 34 weeks!



two

I am trying to figure out some inspiration AND action for our front porch.  It is super cute… and currently empty…
I started an Pinterest board for front porch inspiration… on a budget of course!:)
Source 



three

These two make my day…
from Instagram :)



four

Any Disney lovers out there?  Here are my top 9 tips for doing Disney while pregnant….



five

Only our little could handle eating spicy tacos… but she comes by it naturally, her father and I are all about some spicy food :)
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