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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Potty Training a Strong Willed Child :)

Anne Cambria turned two the beginning of December. I wanted to start potty training her a little before her birthday but I was just too exhausted with being 8 months pregnant. Then it was the holidays, then her sister arrived and then we made the crazy/insane decision to pack up and move so I really felt like it has been too chaotic to potty train Anne Cambria. But then the other day Johnny made the comment that she was "getting too long for her changing table pad" and it made me realize that it was definitely time to potty train. I had read about several different methods and I had decided on the "Three Day Method" which is basically going to without a diaper or pants for three straight days, not being able to leave the house for the first two days and going to the potty every 30 minutes. So, I found an 8 day stretch where I would be home with the girls and could devote all my attention to potty training. 
So on Friday, March 8 I woke up with the determination to potty train my strong willed child in 3 days. Needless to say, it was a MAJOR DISASTER. To start things off, Anne Cambria woke up very ill tempered that day. Everything was "No!". "No Caillou!" "No breakfast" "No play!" etc, etc. I should have taken the hint then that today was not the day to start potty training. But since I was "determined" to potty train her, I tried anyways. She was NOT a fan. She kicked and screamed "No potty! No potty! No like the potty!" every time we entered the bathroom. She even went as far as to say "Give me my diaper! I want my diaper". After about 3 hours worth of fighting a 2 year old, I called MY mom. :) She told me to back off because I didn't need to "traumatize" her from the toilet. And that's exactly what I did. 
So, for about 4 days I didn't even mention the potty. But when we went back to preschool after Spring Break I mentioned to Tina and Martha that we were starting to potty train and they said they would "encourage" her. Well, when I picked her up from school that day she had tee teed in the potty all day long for them!!!! I was thrilled. I thought we had for sure turned the corner on potty training. WRONG!! She still threw a massive fit at home every time we entered the bathroom. So for 3 weeks, she would tee tee in the potty at school and church but not at home. But finally, after some major "negotiating" (aka bribery) with a 2 year old, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. 
Anne Cambria is now tee teeing in the potty all the time! We are still wearing pull-ups (which I think are totally a crutch and I can't believe I gave in to them), but when we are at home we pretty much wear "big girl" panties. I am so proud of my Big Girl but it really does make me realize how grown up she is getting. :(
But this potty training business has taught this mama a real life lesson....When it comes to raising children, patience is key! And needless to say this has been a hard lesson for me to learn. But it has been worth it and I am so happy for my sweet Anne Cambria's potty training success!! :)

Monday, April 22, 2013

Tupelo Buffalo Park

We took Anne Cambria and Mary Kate to the Tupelo Buffalo Park and they loved it! Anne Cambria was so excited. She got to feed and pet the Giraffe, ride "her horse" named Blacky, feed the goats and play on the playground. It really was neat to see all of the animals that our very own "zoo" has. I was pleasantly surprised! Mary Kate did great too. She slept in the stroller for most of the visit. And of course they had matching outfits. :)

Sisters are ready for the Buffalo Park!

Anne Cambria likes to constantly be in Mary Kate's face :)

Anne Cambria loved feeding the giraffe!

Mary Kate slept most of the time

This was the highlight of the Buffalo Park!

Anne Cambria LOVED riding Blackey. She still talks about him!

Yay for playgrounds!

Mary Kate woke up right at the end. :)

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Mary Kate is 3 Months Old

Time is flying by! My sweet Mary Kate turned 3 months old on Wednesday. She is doing great! It is so fun to watch her learn new things. She can grab the toys on her play mat now and she can sit in the bumbo seat without any additional support. :) She has a very rigid bedtime routine: 7:15pm bathtime, 7:30pm-lotion/diaper/pajamas, 7:45pm-bottle and at 8:00pm she is out like a light!!! Around 7:00pm she starts "fretting" and letting you know that her bath water better be running! ha! She sleeps from 8:00pm til 7:00am-8:00am. It just depends on how big of a bottle she takes at 8pm. She is not a great nap taker during the day, but we are working on our schedule. I had forgotten how "reclusive" being on a schedule can make you, but it is worth it. She is doing good and we are enjoying all of our time with her. She is taking between 5 and 6 bottles a day and anywhere from 6-9oz at a time. I weighed her myself at home and she weighed approximately 13lbs 1oz (~60th %tile). Mary Kate LOVES her bath still and she loves to watch Anne Cambria. She has started to watch tv, so of course she is getting to see a lot of Caillou because of big sister. She is a very easy baby to take on strolls. She falls asleep almost immediately. :) I am so thankful to not be working as much and to be spending so much time with my sweet Mary Kate! :)

-Sleeps from 8pm-7:30am ("ish)
-5 to 6 bottles/day
-Takes three 1hour naps and a cat nap around 5:30
-Weight: ~13lbs 10z
-Loves: bath time, her play mat and watching TV
Dislikes: Tummy time

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Easter Sunday at Granny and Big Daddy's

After we saw what the Easter Bunny had left the girls, we loaded up and went to Granny and Big Daddy's house for lunch. We always have Easter lunch at their house after church. :) We had a small egg hunt for Anne Cambria. The stomach bug had invaded the Goralczyk's household, so they couldn't make it this year. :( Nonetheless, Anne Cambria had a blast hunting eggs and eating a yummy lunch at Granny and Big Daddy's house! :)

Family Picture (pictures seem to get harder and harder to make ha)

Anne Cambria was focused on her new bunny rabbit

wardrobe change for the egg hunt

watching big sister hunt eggs :)

Easter Morning

Sunday morning we woke up and went to church as a family. After church we headed back home to see what the Easter Bunny had left the girls! The girls have been really good so he out did himself this year! :)

My Girls :)

poor Mary Kate ha!

Anne Cambria's goodies!

Mary Kate's goodies (her new nap mat is in the background)

Easter at Gigi and Grandaddy's

Every year we have Easter with Johnny's side of the family on Saturday. Just about everyone was able to come this year and it was a lot of fun. Johnny's youngest cousin has a 3 year old little girl and a 2 year old little boy(he is 4 months younger than Anne Cambria) and Anne Cambria played really well with them. The weather was not very good, so we did an egg hunt on the front porch instead! It was fun to watch them scramble for the goodies!

Anne Cambria with Uncle Dace

The kids eating their food

Anne Cambria was bit ill at the beginning

Kaylie Grace and her eggs

Nolan found an egg!

Anne Cambria is full of herself :)