Slice of Life Stories hosted
Ah, March is arriving soon. Spring, green, warm sunshine, and slices of life. Oh, will I have plenty of slices to share . . .
I have 2 and 3/4 year old girls. They are growing up crazy fast! Yes, I said they, as in two. I have twin daughters. It's still wild to say (or write) those words. Our family doubled from two to four in the matter of minutes.
And now we are quickly approaching three.
Big milestones on the horizon.
(Note to reader: I'm a little scared!?! Times two!)
I'm still a "new mom" in these areas of parenting. We'd like to transition from the cribs to toddler beds and potty training before that third birthday. I have no idea how to do either, but I do know we shouldn't attempt to do both at the same time.
Here's our current situation:
The girls share a room. They have not yet climbed out of their cribs, but they know how to push Daddy's buttons by putting their legs up on the railing. They are also awesome sleepers! In bed and sleep all night for eleven hours.
However, with this new added freedom, will they stay in bed? Will they get up over and over and over? Will they bother each other? Will they constantly try to sneak out of their room? How do we keep them snug as little bugs in their beds?
(Note to reader: I need a plan. A plan for two.)
And then there is potty training. They sit on their little potties every night. It's part of our bedtime ritual and automatic at this point. We started a sticker chart and already filled up a whole chart.
Last weekend, we were home all day, so I enticed the girls into practicing using the potty with new underpants. The girls were so excited!
"Momma, I'm going to be a big girl."
I set the timer for fifteen minutes and constantly talked about having that feeling to have to tinkle. It worked two, maybe three rotations.
Then I found one of my daughters squatting under the table and knew exactly what she was doing. We got cleaned up, changed, and tried again.
Timer beeped again. She made it to the bathroom, pulled down her pants, and then standing, looking at me, she proceeded to tinkle all over not knowing what to do. Of course I reacted, yelling to sit down on her potty, but my reaction upset her and now she was in tears.
I reminded her that it's okay and there will be accidents. I pulled out the big girl potty book we've read and read and read that reassured her it was okay. Her response?
"Momma, can I have a diaper now?"
My other daughter piped in: "Me too, Momma!"
(Note to reader: I need a plan. Any plan will do for two.)
We are targeting spring break. (Should make for a few 'accidental' slices!) I think the hardest part is that there are TWO! Maybe it can work to my benefit...
(Note to reader: Any words of wisdom would be helpful! Or, at least a prayer or mantra. We'll take all the help we can get!)