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Our Potty Training SUCCESS Story!

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We have made it through potty training WOHOOOOO!!! Audrey still has occasional accidents when we are out of the house, but she gets very distracted playing. As of today she only wears diapers at bed time. Our journey started at the beginning of the summer. Audrey was 2 years and 7 months old, but we planted seeds from the minute she turned 2.

A big part of this success story was the fact that I wasn’t in a rush. I understood that Audrey was the type of child who picked things up with ease if I waited until SHE was ready. This was something I learned back when she was 3 months old and we tried to make her sleep in the crib. No matter what we did she would not sleep and after hours no, DAYS of crying we decided to stop trying. She obviously wasn’t comfortable there. We didn’t re-visit her crib until she was 5 months old. It only took one night and then TA-DA! She was sleeping in her crib. This trend has been constant with everything for Audrey. I have to test the waters with her to gauge if she’s ready or not.

At 2 years old I started talking to her about the potty and pointing out when other people went “potty in the toilet”. This planted the seed in her mind. I could tell she wasn’t ready because she could really care less. Eventually things started to piece together for her and I started sitting her on the toilet. Not expecting her to actually go potty, the point was to get her comfortable. At first I didn’t understand why she didn’t like sitting on the potty. She was uncomfortable on the full sized toilet so we bought her the Fisher-Price Royal Stepstool Potty. It’s cheaper here on Amazon than it was at Walmart!

This toddler potty is so cute and I love that it has more than one use. Now Audrey uses it as a step stool to brush her teeth. It also plays a cute toon when you ‘successfully’ use the potty. She wasn’t interested in it for a while. I could tell she was warming up to the idea and I was patient. Every day I had her sit on the potty and I would tell her “try and pee”. Of course she never did until one day Tom and I had her sit on it and we heard that steady stream! We did not expect it so of course we were cheering and making a huge deal, it was quite a funny scene. It helped that we recognized her achievement by having a dance party! It really encouraged her to potty in her toilet because we made it fun. At first she would only use the potty if I let her run around the house bottomless. We only put diapers on her when we left the house. After about a month of bare butt Audrey we started putting panties on her. At first she kept having accidents. I think the panties were a little too similar to diapers, and going in a diaper was second nature for her.

She mastered #1 pretty quickly. It took her a while to go #2 in potty. She was getting used to the sensation of ‘having to go’ without a diaper on her bum. We really let her lead the way with her progress. Every hour I would tell her “Potty in the toilet” to make sure she wouldn’t forget. She was still having accidents in her panties but they were becoming less frequent. Our job was to be consistent and remind her. Once she was comfortable going in her toddler potty we moved her onto the full sized toilet. There are a lot of toilet seats out there that you can add onto a regular toilet. I highly recommend these toilet seats! They are easy to use so your toddler can lower it herself.

By August she was able to go on any adult toilet 95% of the time. She still had accidents when we would be out of the house, especially if she was busy playing. A lot of those accidents were because I didn’t remind her and make her try to go enough. Toddlers have a hard time multi-tasking so you really have to remind them when they are engaged in something.

It’s important to remember to just go with the flow. Your toddler will get it in his own time. Don’t try to rush potty training! Starting your child before they are ready can lead to a long stressful situation. Things fall into place a lot easier when your toddler is ready. Make sure that you are consistent with the potty and reminders. Try to celebrate every little accomplishment. Your toddler wants to make you happy, so when they see that going in a potty pleases you they will work harder to do it. Finally ENJOY the process! These babies grow up too fast! We cloth diapered and I haven’t even boxed them up yet. I can’t believe I don’t have to wash diapers anymore. I honestly didn’t mind the diaper phase too much.  I take the completion of potty training as yet another sign my baby is growing up wahhhhhh. Growing pains! 



Shrimp and Italian Sausage Pasta


Italian Sausage
Small tail off shrimp
2 cans tomato sauce
1 can diced Italian tomatoes
1/2 – 1 cup evaporated milk
Olive oil (I use truffle oil)
Whatever noodle you choose
Italian Seasoning
4-6 garlic cloves
1 Onion

Chop your onion and garlic. Slice your Italian sausages. Heat some oil in a skillet and cook the Italian sausage until it is half way, then add the onion and garlic. Add 2 TBS Italian seasoning and 1 TBS Oregano. Once everything is cooked together for a few minutes set the sausage aside. Sautee you shrimp in a pan with 1 TBS chopped garlic.

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In a large sauce pan heat the tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. Add the Italian sausage that you set aside earlier. Cover the pot and simmer for 45-60 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in the evaporated milk. Add as much or as little as you like. I prefer a creamier sauce so I usually add 1 cup.

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Cook the noodles. I like to toss mine with my truffle oil after I strain it, completely optional.

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Now just top your pasta with the sauce and add some shrimp. ENJOY!

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