I have so many kid-related updates to share, so I thought Iâ€™d dedicate an entire post to it. Letâ€™s start off with the big boy, okay?
SO proud of Henry. Heâ€™s potty trained (heâ€™ll be three in a month)! Wahoo. I was really intimidated to potty train, but it ended up not being that big of a deal. I do think he needed a â€œpushâ€ (he was NOT going to ask for underwear on his own anytime soon), but he was definitely physically and emotionally ready. Once I took the lead, there wasnâ€™t a fight over it.
I didnâ€™t use any particular method; I just switched out his diaper drawer for an undies drawer and told him no more diapers. I bribed him with chocolate to sit on the potty every hour or two. The chocolate worked really well at first, but I phased it out by the third day. Weâ€™ve gone four days with NO accidents. And heâ€™s done stuff like wake up and run to the potty (even though heâ€™s got a nighttime diaper on) and stop playing to go pee without being prompted. Amazing!
Weâ€™ve still got to work on going potty at school. Thereâ€™s only three days left of school, so Iâ€™m not going to push it. And, of course, we have to work on nighttime, but thatâ€™s down the road.
My three biggest tips:
#1 â€“ Put a potty in your car. This works really well if you have an SUV but you could make it work with a regular car, too. Public restrooms are pretty intimidating, and a potty in the car works really well in a pinch. I just pour the pee into a bush and rinse the potty out when we get home (havenâ€™t dealt with #2 in the car potty yet, so no idea how to handle that).
#2 â€“ If your kid is into the idea of racing, have pee races. â€œIâ€™m going to pee first!â€ seriously gets Henry RUSHING to the bathroom. I usually let him win the pee raceâ€¦ Hah. In all seriousness, pee races worked way better than chocolate bribes.
#3 â€“ This is obvious but always have a change of clothes, a plastic bag, and a TON of wipes. The public pee accidents are no big deal, but the public poop accidentsâ€¦ Ugh. Big deal. You will definitely need that plastic bag! I keep the clothes/bag/wipes combo in my purse AND another set in the car, just in case.
(On our beach trip a few weeks ago with friends â€“ he still sleeps in a pack and play on trips! And takes up the whole thing! Hah.)
Henryâ€™s sleep has been kind of off ever since Claire was born. The best thing I did was stop forcing naps. I hated the idea of giving up his nap because I usually work or relax in that window, but nighttime was a lot easier when he wasnâ€™t napping. He goes down really easily at 7 PM as long as he hasnâ€™t napped â€“ if he has, itâ€™s a 9 PM battle.
We also have been dealing with early wake-ups â€“ he was hearing Claire cry around 5:30 and getting up. Way too early for us; way too early for him. I invested in the Okay to Wake Clock, which is a simple alarm clock that glows green when itâ€™s okay to get out of bed and get Mom and Dad. So far, itâ€™s workingâ€¦ Weâ€™re trying hard to drive it home because I feel like the clock could lose itâ€™s novelty/power over time. So far, so good.
Claire is 6 months on June 2. This is such a fun age with so many cool developments. No babbling yet, but I did hear one single â€œMa!â€ the other night. She is, however, crawling/rolling/dragging herself places. She can get anywhere she wants â€“ it just might take a while! She can also sit up unassisted! I LOVE it when babies can sit up (they seem so much happier). I still have to spot her, of course, but she can sit up for a long time now.
Claire is eating solids! Super exciting. I love this phase of babyhood, too. Itâ€™s incredible to watch them discover eating. Weâ€™re going a combo of Baby Led Weaning (more solid-solids that the baby feeds herself) and regular purees, which is what I did with Henry. So far, sheâ€™s had sweet potato, banana, and asparagus.
Maggie is thrilled about this new development!
I need a new high chair â€“ any recommendations? I want something SUPER easy to clean.
And last, but not least, baby sleep. Oh, baby sleep. I canâ€™t help but talk about Claireâ€™s sleep in comparison to Henry. Overall, Claire has been a better sleeper. She did longer stretches earlier, which was great because I never reached the same level of desperation from soul-crushing exhaustion as I did with Henry. But Henry was much more consistent â€“ he was up 2 â€“ 4 times a night from birth to 5 months, which is when I sleep trained him with a CIO (Cry It Out) method. Claire has been all over the place â€“ she was doing 1 wakeup at 3 months (glorious) and 3 at 5 months (painful, especially when combined with toddler wakeups). Plus, with the second kiddo, itâ€™s not like you can just nap whenever they nap. So yeah â€“ I have felt pretty shitty since her birth. When she hit the 5 month mark and I felt like she was ready to be trained, I wanted to throw pillow-shaped confetti into the air.
I used the same sleep training method for Claire as I did with Henry <â€”explanation. It was painful for us both, but I know from experience that it works really fast. We had two nights of crying and, on the third night, she slept through the night. FREAKING AMAZING. I have not slept longer than 5 hours since December 1, so yeah… Clearly Iâ€™m stoked. Henry took more like 4 or 5 nights with a lot more crying, so Iâ€™m glad it was faster with Claire.
I know sleep training is not everyoneâ€™s cup of tea, but it definitely has worked well with our family, and Iâ€™m excited to begin feeling like a normal human being again in the future. Canâ€™t wait to stock up on all those ZZZs!
Whatâ€™s going on with your kids?