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It’s potty time!

It has been way to long since my last post. We’ve accomplished a lot, including potty training and a new baby! I actually started this post over a month ago and never finished.

I saw one of my friends was potty training her little boy who is about a month older than my twins. I started grilling her (are you used to it yet Jenny?), and then saw someone wrote on one of her posts about The Potty Boot Camp. I looked it up right away, saw how many good reviews it got, and immediately bought it on my Kindle app on my iPhone. It was a quick and easy read and even had charts to help you figure out the routine the first few days- which my analytical brain loved. I highly recommend it. It is a definitely a balls-to-the-walls approach; totally worked for me but then again, I was strapped for time and had a new baby coming in a few weeks. The thing I loved most about this author was that she said that most people will say potty training will happen when your child is ready, but this method is all about doing it when YOU are ready. Kids adapt, and they are very intelligent. Be prepared to sacrifice a few days at home, one-on-one with your kids (and maybe a few couches covered in plastic); it’s totally doable.

b3 showing the undies

b3 showing the undies

Two at once was a challenge, and I was once again amazed at how different my boys are. One adapted very quickly; bribing with M&Ms instantly clicked with him. My other son was a little more difficult; he may have had less physical control at first, because it took him a few more days to catch on. This was disheartening, especially because he saw his brother getting rewarded constantly, and had no idea why he wasn’t getting anything. I did slip him some chocolate now and then just to keep my own spirits up.

To prep for the big day, I rolled up all the area rugs around my house (luckily we have all hardwood and tile), and lined our couch with waterproof pads and put a big sheet over it so the boys couldn’t throw them. I had two little toilets in the bathroom and a toilet seat on the regular toilet. I put these out a few days in advance just so they weren’t caught off guard.

The days were long and intense (mostly because you are stuck home), but by the third or fourth day we were pretty much in the clear. Now, only three months later, they are pros.

Some potty buying tips:

  • Get simple potties. All the bells and whistles (like crazy noises when they pee or flush) just seemed like they distracted them even more. I had two of the BABYBJORN Potty Chairs, they were easy to clean and got the job done.
  • Eventually, cleaning out the little kid potty gets annoying, so the last few weeks I have made them go on the regular toilet. We have a few at our families’ homes, so they got to ‘test drive’ a few. I found them to be most comfortable on the Graco Contour Potty Ring.
  • I bought a portable potty that I only used once on the beach (Fisher-Price 2-in-1 Portable Potty). The nice thing about this is that you can throw the top ring part in your diaper bag for when you are public restrooms. Your child won’t feel like he is falling in the toilet.

Twin tips:

  • Be ready for one to catch on before the other. One kid may just have more muscle control that the other. I am not a doctor, I have no idea how that actually works. But I know that three months later, he still sometimes leaks a little and then has to sprint to the potty.
  • It is tough, but try to keep your “bribes”, or else they will see through you! Kids are smart. And manipulative.
  • If one catches on before the other, have him or her help motivate and cheer the other child. My one son that caught on quick was joining me on cheering on my other son, which was so cute and at least showed that he wanted his brother to get rewarded to.
  • Do what you can to have them sit on that toilet until something happens. They were watching short movies on my iPad, which we had to stop doing after the first day because then they never wanted to get off the potty.

Naps and sleep..what to do? I kept their underwear always on, and put a diaper right over the underwear for the first few weeks so they could feel themselves wet. Once they consistently woke up dry, I stopped using the diapers. Every kid is different, and some may have to wear diapers while sleeping for a while.

They are just starting to learn to pee standing up (and they call it “pee backwards” haha), which is just adding to all the cleaning up fun.

I am so thrilled to have it over and done with. It meant no more beach trips with soggy, sand filled diapers. I am back to buying diapers because of the new baby, but one is better than three. It was definitely tough, but like every big parenting move, WE SURVIVED.

May the porcelain gods be ever in your favor.

a very naked summer

a very naked summer

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Farm to Fork: Our Toxic Food System (from Healthy Child, Healthy World)

A good (and gross) summary of what goes in our food today.

PS: If you are like me and too lazy to take care of a garden, look for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Crop Sharing program in your neighborhood. We joined the Llama Mama Good Farm’s crop share this spring. We get a weekly basket of fresh, organic produce, grown right in near us in Morganville. I think their weekly pickups are sold out, but you can sign up on their website to receive an email when there are extra baskets available for purchase – check out their Facebook and Instagram too! Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s not me, it’s you: Why pregnant women get a bad rap

Pregnancy is a beautiful thing. I agree with this up until around month seven, now I am pretty much over it. I know pregnancy brings on a whole slew of chemical changes in women. However, asides from “being hormonal”, there are a lot of other things that contribute to our crankiness. Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s in the bag: Our favorite on-the-go items

There is nothing easy about traveling with babies, especially when there are more than one. After 26 months and a few major fails (out to eat and realize holy crap we forgot their pacifiers), I think we’ve finally got our diaper bag act together. We even have a specific place we keep it: on the counter in our laundry room so you have to walk passed it to go to our garage; it is almost impossible to forget. And when it isn’t left there, we still do leave without it.

Besides from the obvious diaper bag gear, here are some of our twin diaper bag favorites: Read the rest of this entry »

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Here comes the sun, protect those little darlings!

It’s almost sunblock time… unless you’re my sister, who starts applying in January. It’s also about time for my yearly rant about the bad things in most sunscreens. You can once again thank the Environmental Working Group (EWG) for making me paranoid, not to mention a super crazy mom. Read the rest of this entry »

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Yummy Green Pasta

Or “geen pasta” as one of my little monsters call it.

Like most of my recipes, embarrassingly simple. This is like a pesto with a little extra protein and fiber kick from the beans.

For this version, I used:

Green Pasta

Green Pasta

  • 1 bag of baby spinach
  • 1 can of cannellini beans
  • About 1/2 bunch of cilantro that I had leftover from another dinner
  • Garlic, oil, salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: milk or cheese

Boil pasta, and puree the spinach, beans, cilantro, and peeled garlic cloves in a food processor or blender. Add in oil, water, or chicken broth to thin it out. When your pasta is done cooking, drain and reserve some of the water (or use chicken broth) in case the puree is too thick. Add the puree into the pot, and dinner is served.

For leftovers the next night, I added some milk and parmesan cheese to make it a little creamier. They loved it, and we did too.

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Cleaning pacifiers the healthy way: DIY

Bruce Jr, Bruce III & Salvatore

My binky boys @ 5 months (and 29 years)

Good news about your instinctive method of cleaning pacifiers

Finally, a sigh of relief. It’s great to here a positive story about something you probably do anyway (if you are lucky enough to have a pacifier-addicted child). The Keehn beans are three weeks binky-free, but this was too good not to share.

The short and sweet news: Spreading germs to your kids by cleaning their pacifier with your own mouth can actually decrease their chances of having allergies, eczema, and asthma. Throw away those silly paci wipes that you forget to use anyway (or save them for those disgusting public restroom falls).

Here is the fancy explanation from Pediatrics, The Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics: Parental sucking of their infant’s pacifier may reduce the risk of allergy development, possibly via immune stimulation by microbes transferred to the infant via the parent’s saliva.  More semi-snoozeworthy info here

So suck that binky clean, guilt free!

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BRING FOOD…and other advice for visiting a new mom and baby

I was so happy when I read this HuffPost Parents blog by Megan Cottrell explaining how to be the best visitor ever- it’s spot on. Unfortunately, most of the people who need these tips probably don’t read blogs or frequent Facebook, but maybe this will get back to them (fingers crossed). Not only are new moms sleep deprived and overwhelmed, they are also doing something that most of us seem to forget about: recovering from a pretty serious (and sometimes traumatic) physical event. So yes they’re tired- but also, literally, getting back on their feet. So please be easy on them, and follow this author’s advice:

1) Call before you come. Do not, I repeat, do not, stop by unannounced. Also, give your buddy a bit of time to respond to a request to visit. She’s likely not as glued to her cell phone or email as she once was. I often had people send me an email at 2:00 p.m. saying, “Hey, can I come by at 4?” Yes, but I didn’t get your email until 6, so no.

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Spring cleaning for the lazy momma: how to sell old baby clothes without leaving your house

Like they don’t fly through sizes fast enough, seasonal changes =  trying to jam even more clothes into their already over-stuffed drawers and closets. I think if I put another bin of baby clothes in the attic, my ceiling is going to collapse.  I was beyond thrilled when this Clean Out Bag showed up with my diapers.com order. This is an easy way to get rid of your old stuff make some extra cash. Read the rest of this entry »

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A pickled kitchen: my obsession with vinegar

I know I get made fun of for my obsession with white vinegar, but this is too easy not to share! I hate using Windex and other cleaners around the kids, especially places where they eat and play. I use the Clorox Green Works line as much as I can in the kitchen, but it is pricier than standard cleaners- and there are still some unpronounceable ingredients in it. I made this DIY cleaner this morning, and wiped down my entire kitchen with a few sprays. It worked on my glass table (not one streak), granite counter tops (shiny and no filmy residue) my stainless steel fridge (I sprayed it and wiped it dry to avoid streaking on the stainless steel) and stove. Read the rest of this entry »

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