Taylor, 15 months old

Our dearest little spitfire,

I have yet to run out of terms to describe your absolutely delightful and incredibly outstanding personality.  You amaze us daily.

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You are not only walking, but you’re running, walking backwards, and even attempting to jump.  You climb the couch (sometimes using a pillow since ours is too high), you go down slides, and you are rarely afraid of any new challenge.  As long as mommy or daddy are right there.  Things that scare you (and make you run off crying, calling for mommy) are loud noises, sometimes the vacuum, and your sister dumping a bucket full of toys from the height of her bed.  Along with being a little firecracker, you are incredibly sensitive and very aware of your surroundings.

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Your vocabulary continues to grow and it’s hard to keep up with all that you say.  I’ve re-downloaded the vo-KID-bulary app on my iPhone in hopes of capturing your words.  Some of the latest (from my memory, sorry my loving dear second child) are chicken, tractor, monkey, book, cracker, milky, blankey, and most animal sounds.  You are still calling everyone that you love “mommy” which is cute in its own way.  Rather than “mama” or “mommy” it sounds like this…”maaaah-meeeeee.”  If I am not mistaken, you picked that one up from your cousin Ellie.
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And that’s not the only thing that you picked up from your cousin Ellie.  You two are like two peas in a pod and it’s adorable to not only see you interact, but get a chance at seeing a little sneak peek into your future.  Although you don’t get to see each other too often, you fall right back into your little love/competition games.  You hug and kiss and the proceed to steal anything that Ellie has.  I hope this is just a stage.
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Lately you are absolutely loving putting your shoes on, your blankey, the beach and digging in the sand, buckles especially on your booster seat, and zoo animals.  You are seriously obsessed with being at the zoo and cannot get enough pointing at all the animals, mooing and baa-ing and quacking left and right.  It’s amazing to watch you get so excited!
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You also adore being around your sister and your bffs.  The mommies cannot get enough of watching you guys interact.  You are all so different and yet so alike, it’s crazy.  In addition to the three musketeers we’ve been spending a lot of time with your little friend Jordyn who is just a few months younger.  Not only do you love to run around with the other kids, you’ll gladly spend a half hour just sitting next to Jordyn, playing with toys, and handing them to her one by one (and then promptly taking them away).

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You also love to do mommy’s and Addi’s and daddy’s errands like throw out the trash, get a toy, give Addi her cup.  You never mistaken whose water cup is whose (although you like to sneak sips from your sister’s whenever she’s not looking) and insist on being the one to hand it to her.
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Speaking of independency, you have plenty of it.  We are not allowed to assist you with stairs, lids, couch climbing, or pretty much anything else.  While your sister tried something, got frustrated and given up – asking for help, you keep going, patiently.  You don’t seem to get frustrated by trying to do something over and over again and when you’re sure that you won’t succeed, you reach out your little hand toward us and say “hep?” which we translate to “help?”
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We love you, doodle bug.  Happy 15 months.
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Potty training essentials

Do you guys know what the latest and greatest topic of conversation in the King household is?

Poop.

It’s always been poop.

Or at least since the littles were born.

Peanut is now fully potty trained although we still have some…set backs in the poop department from time to time.  And Tay?  Well Tay has decided that she prefers to poop on the potty rather than her diaper at the ripe age of 1.  This kid is in such a hurry to grow up.

Now before you all freak out that she’s like all advanced and ready to take over NASA or something – it’s all in the “tell.”  I can tell when she has to go which is pretty much around the same time each day and she has always hated going in her diaper.  So when it’s time, I sit her on the potty and she just goes.  I don’t know how it works but it just does.  It’s not every time but it’s a lot of the time and it’s nuts. (not literally though).

Anyway, so there is a lot of poop talk in the King household as of late.

And since we’re talking about poop, I thought I’d post about poop.  Because who doesn’t want to read about poop?

If your little ones are ready for the next step that is potty training, here are a few essentials that have helped us.

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1.  A stand-alone potty.  We had 3.  Yes 3.  For whatever reason Peanut just did not like the first two.  Sure they were nice to look at but when it came time to go potty, she refused.  Until we got the Summer potty.  Then she was more than happy to sit on that potty.  It’s not expensive and it’s not fancy but for some reason it just suited her needs.
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2.  A potty that goes on top of the toilet.  Yes, our kid needed both.  In fact, when we were in the “training” phase, we used both of these.  Then we put away the stand alone potty and just use the one that goes on the toilet.  And, since we really enjoy spending our money on potties, we also tried out 3 different ones and settled on 2 (one for each bathroom).  The small bathroom that has a regular size toilet we use a cheepie that we got at Walmart.  The main bathroom has this weird elongated toilet (don’t get me started on the two culprits who chose it) and all the potty seats we’ve tried don’t fit right and there have been a number of occasions when Peanut almost fell in the toilet.  Until we got the OXO potty seat.   Which we all love.  Yes, we love a potty seat.  Remember? We talk about poop here.  A lot.

3.  TP and wipes.  I know there are many awesome parents who can just use TP (that stands for toilet paper for those of you that are not spending countless hours discussing toilet items) and that’s cool with me.  But for us that just means half a roll down the toilet and more laundry.  Gross laundry.  So instead we use wipes with the kids.

I know there are other wipes on the market but most of them are not safe to use with a septic.  Then I was asked to review Cottonelle wipes which are safe to use with a sewer and a septic.  They’re flushable, alcohol-free and have an awesome dispenser that doesn’t draw your eye straight to the wipes.  Ummm….win win?  Yep.  Win win.   Instead of half a roll of toilet paper, we use 1-2 wipes and everyone is cleaned up and on their merry way.

4.  Plastic gloves.  You know the ones they use at hospitals and daycare?  Yes, those.  For those who know me, you know that I h a t e poop-related things.  I gag.  My eyes tear.  I can’t do it.  But with a potty training kid you can’t gag.  So when we started potty training the daycare teacher who has had a good 500 laughs at my poop-hate told me to just go out and buy gloves.  She said it would make a huge difference.  And so I did.  And ya know what?  It makes a huge difference!  I don’t even mind wiping butts (as much) anymore.  Unless the husband is home.  Then it’s totally all him.

5.  Books. iPad.  Toys.  Things that keep them entertained on the potty while they wait to go.  Self explanatory, right?

6.  Step stool.  We love the kind that folds up and gets put away.  We got two of them, one for each bathroom, at Homegoods and they’re super easy to get out of sight and out of tripping distance.

 

So there you have it.  Our potty essentials.  What are yours?

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(This post is sponsored by Cottonelle but all opinions are my own).

If you are looking for our potty training experience, here it is:

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.