Sunday, July 29, 2012

Potty Training in One Week

That's right, one week! My little guy is now a big boy! I'm so proud of him and I love that my diaper washing has gone back done to twice a week!

 Here is what we did and what worked for us. I know every kid is different so not everything we did will work for everyone, but hopefully this will help someone out there. 

 So we started by watching the movie Potty Power (check it out from your library before buying it). We actually watched this several months ago, but he wasn't quite ready, but he still remembered it. 

Start by watching that, it helps empower kids to use the potty. We also read a couple books about using the potty.

Next, we made sure we had the right equipment. For us that meant having a potty seat in every bathroom and some big boy underwear. You may also want several towels strategically placed around the house. :-D

We bought this wonderful thing at Lowe's or Home Depot a couple months ago. It's a toilet seat with a built in child seat! There's a magnet in the lid that holds the child seat up when you raise the lid. Genius! 

Alright, then comes the scary part. Put the diapers away and don't give in. It worked best for us to let him wear nothing on bottom until he was consistent with using the potty and not having accidents. That way he paid more attention to if he had to go or not. 

Each time he uses the potty he gets a small treat, like a Skittle or gummy bear. Give lots of praise for going potty.

So a typical day looked like this;
As soon as he woke up he went on the potty and from then on there were no diapers, except naptime.

I took him to the potty about every hour or two. Each time he went, we cheered and he got a potty treat. We talked a lot about the potty and where peepee and poopoo go. Repetition is key to helping it stick. 

Even though he would ask, he never got a diaper outside of nap and bedtime. You really have to be consistent on this because you can't teach them that it's sometimes ok to pee in their pants, but not other times. So if we went out, he got underwear and I would constantly remind him that he was wearing big boy underwear and that we don't get them wet.  

He had two accidents, both involving the underwear at home. A couple times I put him in underwear the first couple days he had an accident because he didn't realize yet that it was different from a diaper. I still put him on the potty and repeated where pee and poo go. Then I would have him help me clean it by taking his wet underwear to the hamper and wiping up the pee. There was no shame involved, just letting him know he needed to help clean it up.

As the week went on, I would ask him less often if he needed to go or wait until he told me. I did this so he wasn't so reliant on me to take him. He has gotten better at telling me, but I still watch for him touching himself. That's his sign that he's trying to hold it in - literally. hehe. 

So after about 5 days of nakedness, he got to wear underwear and got the hang of them and has been doing great! No accidents when we went to the library and lunch the other day and no accidents in church!

Andrew is such a clean boy that this worked for him. He was sad when he got the underwear wet and made a mess so he understood pretty quickly that it was better to use the potty. 

As for potty training #2, he's doing well too. He doesn't really like going #2 on the potty, but I know the signs that it's coming. On Sunday, he kept touching his bum and making his concentrating face. When I asked him he said he didn't need to go but we went to the potty anyway and sure enough he went! So I'm still keeping an eye on that, but I don't think we'll have any accidents in underwear. 

Overall, it was a lot less painful than I thought it would be. I think we prepped him pretty well and he was ready. The biggest problem with him now being potty trained is that not many of his shorts/pants fit! I might have to dig out some 18 month shorts I just packed away. hehe. My skinny little guy!

What have you done that has helped with potty training?

Friday, July 27, 2012

Exploding Popsicle Stick Ninja Stars

Up at girl's camp I was in charge of putting together a craft/service project for our girls. Unfortunately, due to the hot weather or the fact that they're 15 years old teenage girls, not many participated fully. As a result I came home with TONS of extra Popsicle sticks. 

I was putting them away when this idea popped back into my head. I remember playing with these as a kid, don't know when or what the occasion was, but I figured my little boy would have a blast.

Boy was I right!

These are so easy to make. Start with two sticks and make an upside down V.

Put a third stick in the middle of that

Then slide one up about half way, with the two sides on top and the middle stick beneath. (or vise versa, just alternate)

Lastly, use one last stick that alternates opposite of the previous and this will secure the 'ninja star'

Now toss them at the ground and watch them pop apart! 

They're pretty much harmless and the mess is easy to pick up. My little man has been having fun with these for the last couple days and just giggles and giggles when they explode!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Make Your Own Baby Food - Sweet Potatoes

I'm back with another baby food recipe.

Today I'm sharing a staple veggie that my babies have both loved, sweet potatoes.

Sweet potatoes are cheap very affordable and they are packed with vitamin A & C and tons of potassium as well!

They are so easy to make!

Just wash and scrub them and place on a pan (I like to put tin foil under so there's no clean up)

Poke them all over a bunch of times with a knife or fork and bake at 425 degrees for 45-60 minutes.

Allow them to cool for a bit then either take a spoon and scoop the flesh out of the skin 

or peel the skin off - whichever you prefer.

Place into a food processor or blender and add a little water (or breastmilk)

Blend until smooth

I bought the sweet potatoes at $0.88/lb and made 9 and 1/4 jars. For me it worked out to $0.14/jar! So much cheaper than store bought and fresher too!

Store in the fridge for about 3-5 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months!

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Monday, July 23, 2012

How to Tie A Quilt - Universal Stitch

I'm so glad that so many of you enjoyed my t-shirt quilt tutorial. I'm very happy with how it turned out. We got hit with a nasty cold at my house so I'm just getting around to this post on how to hand finish a quilt with a universal stitch - at least that's what I was told it was called. 

So why tie a quilt this way and not with a regular old knot? Well, a knot can slip out in the wash over time and this one is not going anywhere!

So to start, thread your need with the yarn you're using and cut a good sized length. If you're tying your quilt in all the same color, go ahead and use a really long length and don't bother cutting between each tie. Just pull the yarn to the end for the first tie and keep going from there.

Begin on the top and go through all layer of the quilt to the bottom.

Now come through all the layer back to the top. Nice and easy so far.

Now it's a little tricky to explain, but hopefully the pictures will help.

Go through the top half only, beginning next to the first hole

and come up next to the second hole.

Pull your yarn all the way through 

when you're all done you can clip them all to the same length and you're done!

I used different colors of yarn depending on where the tie was.

There you go, the universal stitch for hand tying a quilt. Hope I was able to explain it clearly, enjoy!

Happy Monday! 


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

T-Shirt Quilt - How to Make Your Own

I'm finally back from camp. I spent a week in the mountains camping with hundreds of teenage girls from our church in my area. It was really fun, but boy did I miss my kids and modern conveniences - like a flushing toilet!

On with the tutorial

This is the biggest project I've worked on since having my second baby. It was a lot of work, but I absolutely love how it turned out. I finished it just before leaving for camp so I'm just now getting around to sharing it. 

Do you have a ton of t-shirts that you want to turn into a memory quilt? Here's how I made mine...

First I started by cutting off the neck and sleeves of all the shirts. 

I figured that the squares would be 14" based on the t-shirt with the biggest design. 

Once I had all the t-shirts cut out, I laid them down and played with their placement and I realized I wanted something in between the squares. 

So I did some planning. The friend I made this for wanted it more like a lap blanket than a bed quilt. So my dimensions were approximately 60" x 70". I wrote out the pattern of the colors and then came up with the idea for the part in between each square. 

I used some scrap cardboard to make templates for the different pieces. A 3" square for the center of inner border. There other template is 14" x 6" to make two strips of the inner border.

More cutting

Here is the tentative pattern after cutting all the pieces out.

And even more cutting....every piece is backed with medium weight fusible interfacing. I cut all the pieces of that and then ironed it on to the back. The interfacing gives the t-shirts a bit more weight and also prevents them from stretching too much when sewing them together.

So finally you'll get to the sewing. Basically I worked in rows. I started at the top and worked to the right. You'll put the right sides together and sew them.

I used about a 1/4" seam allowance, or just lined it up with my presser foot.

Once a line was sewed together I turned them over and ironed the seams down to keep it from being too bulky. 

Here is the finished quilt top. Naturally with a 4x4 pattern, it turned out to be a square. So I had to add a little to the top and a little to the bottom to make it more of a rectangle. 

Here is what happens when I tried to work on it while my kids are awake...hehe

Anyway, here's my solution. I added half a square to the top and bottom along with the inner border.

Ta da!

If only it were done with that. I finished it off with an outer border. 

I took grey fleece about 7" wide and 2 1/2 yards long and sewed to the edges. 

I made my first attempt at mitered corners. They're actually really easy. So fold diagonally so that the fabric from the two sides line up. 

Line up a straight edge with the edge of the fabric and mark to create a continuous line. 

Pin and sew along this line. 

Once the corners are done, you can cut off the excess fabric on each of the corners. 

This is the backing I made. To close the quilt I sewed around most of the blanket with the right sides facing and then flipped it inside out. 

Lastly, I top stitched it and tied the quilt.

 I'll have a separate tutorial on tying the quilt for another day. 

Et Voila!

 Like I said, I'm so happy with how it turned out. Now I just have to get up the courage to make one for myself. 
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