Potty training!!

Last week we decided to take the plunge and really give this potty training thing a go, with baby #2 due in Nov, I figure this will give us a good 6 months to get Harper out of diapers (or mostly out) before we have to start buying little teeny tiny ones 🙂

She is almost exactly 2 and 3 months, we’ve put her on in the past and she’d gone a few times but never really seemed that interested.. I was not going to push it by any means and figured she’d do it when she was ready. I mean if the kid is still in diapers come Nov. oh well, I wasn’t gonna cry about it. I didn’t want to go the little potty seat route because 1-I think they’re gross and a dang pain to clean, and 2-that’s just one more step getting her to go on the big potty eventually right? I purchased this awhile back and I stinking LOVE IT!!!! Has a magnet so the mini seat just sticks to the lid out of the way when not in use, and she feels so big using the big potty like us! It’s super easy to clean too which is a plus in my book!

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I took her to Walmart to pick out whatever panties she wanted and this I think sealed the deal, she picked Minnie and Daisy, Doc and Sofia (big surprise) and was SOOO excited to wear them, I told her she had to tell me when she had to go so she didn’t pee on Minnie or Sofia and ever since we started she’s been a ROCK STAR!!

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“Pee pee potty” she shouts every time she has to go and we take her in and she goes 🙂 We do have to help her but I don’t mind at all, being the clean freak that I am I’d rather help than there be pee all over haha! I got this stool too once she gets a little better/bigger I think she’ll be able to do it herself and she climbs up on it to wash her hands as well.

Since we started last week she’s only had two accidents, one when she was eating lunch so I think she just forgot. We are SO proud of our baby girl and can’t believe how much she is growing up! She still wears a diaper at bed and nap but a lot of the time wakes up dry! So that’s the next step 🙂  A lot of praise is key I think, making her feel so big and special every time she goes, as well as some sweet panties to seal the deal! Good luck mamas and daddys who are giving this a go, like I said I think they just are ready when they’re ready, as with everything in life, these mini humans sure have minds of their own and every one of them grow at different rates ❤

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Onto Paleo…

During the chaos and emotional roller-coaster of my grandma passing, I wanted comfort food or chocolate. Food was the only thing that made me feel better. It could be because my grandma taught me so many recipes…it was my way of clinging to her. But it took a toll on my skin and digestive system.

Awhile back I posted about my struggle with my skin and stomach, adventures in elimination. For my whole life I have had eczema, some times it was manageable other times it was a full flown problem. Last year, I had had enough. I found a doctor who recommended I do an elimination diet; no caffeine, wheat, soy, milk, and corn. It is a long list of NO NOs but after only 5 days I felt like a different person. The month went by quickly, I switched to tea and was mindful of what I was putting in my shopping cart.

After a month I began to reintroduce the “problem” foods. Within three days my face broke out in sores, they began as dry patches but quickly looked like acne with clear fluid seeping out, GROSS I know. With a little research I found that its known as “weeping eczema.” Basically, after clearing my system of problem foods it freaked out when I brought them back in too quickly. It was awful, they itched and looked gross I couldn’t put make-up on. Based on that reaction I figured my issues were milk, wheat or eggs. I met with my doctor to go over my findings. Even though I had narrowed it down, I still requested allergy testing so I could learn ALL of my food sensitivities. It took a few weeks to get the results back but it was worth the wait. I found out that I had sensitivities  to eggs, every type of animal milk, gluten, corn and wheat, among many other things. I met with my doctor again to go over the results, she recommended a paleo life style. Like I said before I slowly slipped back into old habits, then everything with my grandma began I got way off track.

I am determined to make the change for the good. I am sick of my skin issues and constant creams or ointments to get by when I know what is causing the problem. I am committing here and now to bettering my food choices! And I will share my recipes and pitfalls along the way!

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Resources:

Practical Paleo, Against All Grain, & Meals Made Simple 

Where to Begin….

I have not posted in almost a month. It has been an emotional and trying time for this mama. I go back and forth as to whether or not I should share the struggle we have been going through. But as little time has passed I feel okay enough to share.

My grandmother was diagnosed with lung cancer only 8 short weeks ago. Shortly after diagnosis, and a short stint in the hospital she was sent home with Hospice. Not the news we wanted to hear. As a family we came together to make her as comfortable as possible. She slipped into a coma and passed away. It is an odd feeling to be happy she went peacefully but devastated at the same time. It was THE hardest situation I have ever faced.

But onto happier memories, my grandmother will forever be the reason I adore cooking. I helped her make pie crusts for holidays or can homemade apple butter.She showed her love through food and making sure everyone was fed. There has always been a long standing joke that any new family member will quickly gain, at least,10 pounds.She also taught me to help anyone in need. I will be forever thankful to her for showing me that small acts of kindness can change the world. I cannot count how many times there was a neighbor kid or a friend of a friend who needed a place to stay and my grandma would gladly make a place for them.

She was the greatest women I had the privilege to know. I will miss her every single day.

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Sending notes to heaven. Love you grandma!