Potty Training Tips + Tricks

Monday, May 02, 2016
This journey has been a very long process and I'm so excited that Odette is finally POTTY TRAINED!! It's like a dream come true to mamas of little ones, right?! Odette has been doing so good and I couldn't be a more proud mama! Today, I thought I would share our journey because no two are alike and if you're reading this you're probably either gearing up towards potty training or you're looking for tips + tricks to make it easier. I'm by no means an expert in potty training, but I'm hoping that you'll take away a few things that worked for us...

So, let's start from the beginning. I would love to say that the three day method worked for us at 18 months, but it did not. In fact when we tried at 18 months it went so horribly that after several days Odette refused to sit on the potty. I felt SO defeated + sad that I had pushed her into something before she was ready. The number one thing that I've learned from potty training is that YOUR CHILD NEEDS TO BE READY! It's really quite simple. Some children are ready super early + some take their time. Every child is unique and needs their own timeline, so if you're looking around and thinking that every other kid is potty trained except yours, I promise that's not the case!

My daughter has always been super smart and I'm constantly amazed at how fast she learns things. I mean, she was drinking out of a straw at seven months for goodness sake lol! With that said though, she is also the most stubborn + strong willed child I know. Literally! Being her mama I've learned first hand that she likes to do everything on her own. This is one of her greatest qualities and will be awesome later on in life... just not so great for us these early days (haha, I wouldn't trade it for the world though!). I knew that she would eventually potty train when she was ready and big girl panties were on the horizon, I could feel it...

About five weeks ago I tried once again and after 12 accidents by lunchtime, I decided that she just wasn't ready. Just remember, there's no shame in stopping and trying again later! If you feel like it's not right by the end of the first day and your child has never even gone in the potty once, stop and try again. Believe me, you don't want this to be a power struggle! No one will be happy and you'll just both end up being frustrated and discouraged. I decided to wait a few more weeks and I'm so glad I did because when I tried again it went so much better. It felt right this time, Odette was so excited to use the potty and loved that feeling of self accomplishment!

The first day we tried, it was all about watching T.V. I'm one of those mean mamas that doesn't allow too much T.V. so Odette was in heaven lol! Unlimited snacks + shows... it's safe to say she was digging this! If you're looking for the BEST potty training show ever check out Daniel Tiger: Season 2, Episode 10. Prince Wednesday goes to the potty and teaches Daniel Tiger to do the same. It's such a cute video and includes a super catchy tune! Everyone in our house has been singing it for days and I can't seem to get it out of my head. I think this was one of the biggest motivators for Odette! She loved flushing + washing her hands just like Daniel Tiger :) I might add too that this was the first time Odette went and got the feeling, hey I can actually do this!

Every time she went potty, I made it a really big deal. I would clap, jump, sing, high five, and give her a candy treat! I'm not ashamed to say that Odette ate SO much chocolate the first few days. Chocolate is the way to Odette's heart, so that really made her want to keep trying. After a few days we switched to smaller candies like jelly beans + sixlets though and that did the trick too. If you're not in love with the idea of giving your child candies, you can check out THIS post for potty prizes :)

Once we had gone through a few days of practice, practice, practice and never leaving the potty area (we moved the potty around, mostly in areas without rugs) we started venturing outside. We have a park in our neighborhood, so I tried that a few times in the beginning. After about a half an hour or so I would tell her we needed to go home and try to go potty. For the most part she did great! Every day she was a little bit better at holding it until it was potty time. There were occasional  accidents the first few days, but they got fewer and farther between until one day the accidents stopped entirely!

Now that she is potty trained, we are navigating through the world of venturing out and about. I recently discovered this OXO Tot 2-in-1 Go Potty for Travel and it is AMAZING!! The 2-in-1 Go Potty can be used as a standalone potty with disposable bags if you're in a pinch and can't find a restroom + doubles as a potty seat for public restrooms. Seriously, it's the best invention for little ones being potty trained!! You can watch a video on it HERE if you need more convincing :) We also loved all of these products...

Other tips + tricks I learned along the way...

1. Make sure you have a few days entirely dedicated to staying home during the first few days of potty training. It's stressful enough without trying to run errands, believe me!
2. Let your child be as involved as possible. Have them choose their favorite color potty seat, big kid underpants, etc. so they are excited to get started!
3. Patience is key! It can be really hard to have patience the first few days, especially when accidents are happening the most frequently, but try not to stress.
4. Find out what motivates your child and use that to your advantage. Does your child desperately want a certain toy or love M&M's? Reward your child along the way so the process is fun + exciting!
5. Load up on plenty of potty training books to help your child learn the concept of potty training. Odette's favorite was The Potty Book for Girls and it really did teach her all about going potty and being a big kid. She even recites some of the lines and it's so cute!

^^ Love this little sassy face and I couldn't be more proud of her!
I'm hoping that this post has helped whether you're struggling with potty training or thinking about starting. Potty training is definitely not for the faint of heart and just remember that EVERY kid will do this on their own time.
You can do this mama! Have patience, take your time, and most of all make it fun!

P.S. Remember to reward yourself with a glass of wine or a pedicure when it's all said and done! You certainly deserve it!

Weekend Scenes

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Like most weekends, this one flew by way too fast! Mike had only one day off this week, so we had to cram in as much fun as possible in a limited amount of time. It's cooled down quite a bit this week and we are loving the cooler weather. We drove up to Dobbins Lookout in South Mountain Park and loved the pretty view! On our drive up the mountain we took a short detour and stopped to see the horses for Odette. She is quite the little animal lover these days and adored petting the horses...

 ^^ Desert charm in these old stone buildings!

^^ Odette always calls this a castle and LOVES going inside!
^^ Pretty view of Phoenix!

Odette gets pretty antsy doing one thing for more than fifteen minutes (boo hoo) but Mike and I could sit up there all day! It's definitely worth checking out if you're local or visiting :) Since it was too early for lunch, we stopped and saw some model homes and they were amazing! I could seriously look at new model homes every day and never be bored. They are so much fun and in my opinion better than watching HGTV! Well, that is unless it's Fixer Upper! Odette was not into the models however and has been soooo bad in public lately. She's been taking her threenager stage to a whole new level! Heaven help me! We quickly finished up our tour and then headed to The Farm at South Mountain. This is one of our favorite spots for a picnic and Odette just LOVES running around and finding pecans!

 ^^ Dette Cakes was pretty insistent that she carry the picnic blanket. I think it weighed more than her and she tripped like five times, but she looked so darn cute carrying it!
 ^^ The candied pecans on my salad were delicious!

 ^^ Did you know pecan trees only produce a high volume of nuts every other year?
 ^^ So relaxing sitting under these trees!

 ^^ On the hunt for pecans! She always got so excited when she found one + then rushed over to dad so he could crack it open :)

 ^^ Looking so big these days! Seriously, where did my baby go?!
Well all that running around + excitement resulted in a skipped nap, so we went out for frozen yogurt! It seems to be that we always go out for sugary goodness when Odette is extra wild lol. Will we ever learn? Oh well, weekends are for fun anyway...

 ^^ Gotta get every last drop!
That's it for our weekend! I've been potty training Odette (again) this past week so we are back to it this morning. So far we're about half way there and hopefully I'll be back to blogging with some good news soon! Have a great week, friends!

Mini Style Roundup

Friday, April 22, 2016
Morning, friends! It's been a while since I've done a mini style post, so today I'm sharing some of Odette's recent outfits. She's getting quite particular about what she wears these days and I'm soaking up every last outfit she lets me pick out. Also, the older Odette gets... the harder these pictures get! Most days she wants nothing to do with posing for pictures for her mama. It makes me beyond sad because I live for pictures of this little girl (insert all the sad face, crying emojis). Just about the only way I can get her to take a picture for me is by bribing her with candy. She must get it from her mama because this girl NEVER passes up sugar + the upside is it just makes her little poses that much sweeter...

Purrfect Tee (Target) //  Pink Charlotte Bow // Patterned Flip Flops

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!!

Let's Flamingle

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
I can't wrap my head around the fact that my baby will be THREE next month! I'm pretty sure I just brought her home from the hospital, right?! Yet, somehow I blinked and here we are getting ready to celebrate our favorite little girl! I've been asking Odette what she wants for her birthday cake theme and she's gone back and forth between a unicorn cake, swan cake, and finally has decided she wants a flamingo cake. I have no idea why, but this little girl adores flamingos! I guess it all stems back from when she first saw the plastic lawn flamingos at Home Depot a few years ago lol. Ever since she's been OBSESSED! Also, her favorite color is pink so that may have swayed her decision slightly too. Thankfully, flamingo parties are all the rage and it was quite easy to find inspiration via Pinterest + Etsy! Here's a roundup of my favorite flamingo party accessories...

There are SO many flamingo themed parties that the inspiration is endless...
^^ How perfect is this Palm Springs Barbie Party via Lenzo.com.au?!
^^ Probably the most adorable cake topper EVER!
^^ Such a beautiful flamingo birthday party for a special little two year old!
^^ Another adorable flamingo cake via Oh Happy Day!
I'm so excited to make Odette's little birthday cake! It's one of my favorite things to do for her every year and she's already requested that her cake be chocolate (shocker!) with pink frosting. Cake + presents are really all this girl dreams about after all!