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Kira’s Happy Birthday Bathroom

  • November 19, 2011 9:02 pm

A year ago, for Kira’s 2nd birthday, I redecorated her room in the adorable Circo Love & Nature deco from Target.

Well, I was wandering around Target’s website this afternoon and much to my happiness, I discovered they had come out with a BATHROOM version of the same decor.  I hopped right into the car and went to town and bought all the fun stuff to re-do Kira’s bathroom for her 3rd birthday.  We called it her “Happy Birthday Bathroom” and she found it pretty thrilling.  It’s a few weeks early, but who wants to sit on all these adorable decorations and not put them right up!

PS:  The artwork hanging over the toilet is my own creation!  🙂


Little Beethoven

  • November 8, 2011 9:04 pm


  • July 4, 2011 9:36 am
Day 4 has dawned and I am venturing to say that we are now potty trained.  She hasn’t had an accident since Day 1 (when she only had 2).  She will stop in the middle of playing or watching TV and just go on the potty without even being asked/reminded.  I still watch her like a hawk, but so far, so good.  We’ve had panties on since the afternoon of Day 2 and that hasn’t caused any set backs.  She wore a Pull Up to church yesterday and not only went in the potty at church when I took her, but her Pull Up stayed dry all through dinner out and all the way home (30 minute drive).  It’s so exciting…she’ll even pull her skirt and panties off all by herself, although she can’t get them back on yet.  Then sometimes she’ll ask for a treat, other times she doesn’t even care about it.

I’m pretty excited at how easy this turned out to be.  It’s really true what they say, that it’s really a matter of just waiting for it to “click”.  Once it does, they just do it.  I am so glad I didn’t push it the few times I tried since she turned 2 and obviously wasn’t ready, because it just would have stressed us both out.

Anyway, hooray for potty training success!  Although now I’ll be on alert all the time thinking that she’s going to wet her panties until I trust her 100%, even though so far she hasn’t.

PS:  We are only daytime trained.  I am not attempting nap or night training yet.  Once she starts getting used to subconsciously holding it, I imagine she’ll start waking with dry Pull Ups, probably from naptime first.  She’s not trustworthy enough to leave a potty in her room at night, and I know she can’t hold it for 13 hours (the current length of her nighttime) without an accident.  But I’m not fussed — 2 pull ups a day is heaps better than diapers all day long.

Potty training day 1 - not glamorous!

Heading out for church, diaper-free!

Pretty exciting stuff

It’s time to grow up…

  • June 30, 2011 7:27 pm

It’s time for serious potty training.  She’s ready, I know she is.  She understands the concept, even asks to go in the potty from time to time.  The key will be whether I can train her to notice when she has to go and then do something properly about it before it’s too late.  So, armed with carpet cleaner, M&Ms, and a potty chair, starting July 1 potty training begins in earnest.  I’m going to go the naked route (her, not me!  Goodness!) in the hopes that she will really notice her bodily functions more than if she’s got clothing on.  I know so many people who swear by this method, so we’re going to give it a try.  Wish us luck!

In other news, we’re weaning pacifier use down a little bit.  I’m loathe to completely get rid of it until after our cross-planet plane trip to and from New Zealand later this year.  I just think it will come in handy to keep her calm and QUIET.  So we’ll probably wean it completely right after we get home.  Until then, I did some research and bought one designed for older kids’ mouths (By Dentists!) that supposedly won’t interfere with teeth and jaw growth.  She only really uses it for nap and nighttime, so I’m not too worried about her teeth yet.  And after she turns 3 and we come back from New Zealand, all pacifiers will be officially gone.  Shockingly, when I gave her the new “byer” tonight, she made peace with it pretty quick.  Good thing, since I threw the old one away already.

Random pictures of my pretty girl:

Summer can’t come soon enough

  • March 14, 2011 4:17 pm