|Michelle & I were roommates in college & grad school|
|How many kids can fit inside one pack n play filled with balls? Hmm, let's see...|
|The older 2 kids, Jenna & Blake. Jenna always says she is going to marry Blake. I am ok with that!|
|Daddy horsin' around with his crew|
|Fun in a tub! |
Lauren, Hannah, Tanner (yes, the one picking his nose), and Tyler
Another thing that has kept us busy lately is Potty Training- but this time around, with such success! I am proud to say that Lauren & Hannah have successfully become Potty (& poopy!!!) Trained!!!
If you don't care to read about Potty Training, I completely understand- just skip on down, friend!
|Lauren proudly showing me her potty. Tyler is enjoying a book on the seat, but he has no interest in actually using it to potty.|
|Hannah proudly showing me how well she can go potty.|
How did I know? Well, they both kept on ripping off their diapers. Over and Over and Over. I quickly I realized it was because they wanted to potty like a big girl- and so away we went! I already had the potty and lysol wipes, but I did not do any type of reinforcer other than praise for potty. They simply loved the cause & effect of it!
I also used an OT-ish technique of breaking down the task & allowing them to master each step before progressing to the next. With the first try, I had Lauren wear underwear and ended up washing them a LOT and even throwing a few pairs away. This time, I let the girls run around naked on the lower half for days as they learned that urge=gotta go! I wanted quick success with no pants or undies to get in the way.
Once they were successfully going potty on the toilets with little to no accidents on floors, I added pants. I only gave them pants that were easy to get on & off (still, no undies) and had a stack of extra pants within reach for when there were accidents. They had to learn to pull pants down and pull them back up (or put them back on) after going potty. Hannah is quite the diva who does not like being told what to do at all. At first when she balked at the idea of pants, I just gave her the choice: would you like the pink or purple pants? That made it all ok ;)
Once they mastered pants, I finally added undies. We also started using the bathroom toilet more, which they prefer. They are doing awesome and while we still have some accidents, overall they are about 95% there.
OK, so quickly I need to mention poops- for those, I did use
Insert me doing a happy dance right now!!!
Hope you get to enjoy some time with family and friends this season!