Our Blessed Chaos

My hubby + a 1st grader + twins in kindergarten + 4 critters..... Yeah it is chaos, but we are blessed!

Today's Verse

Remember this? This was taken back in December and I wrote about it in this post that I called I will lose my mind .

Well at that time potty training three at a time did not last very long. A couple weeks after I took these photos we had a Potty Party, which I wrote about in this post. The potty party was a compete success for Sam. He was totally trained after that day (except for at night) and only ever had accidents if he was sleeping. Here is are the pictures where I captured one of his best expressions!!



While Sam was easily trained, Ben & Carlee were not ready so I completely backed off and they have been in pullups ever since. Lately they have been noticing the differences, mainly that Sam goes to the bathroom like Mama & Daddy. I have explained that he is a big boy and that he is potty trained. Carlee asked me one day recently, "When I am a big girl, I will be potty trained?"

Well, this week for what ever reason Carlee decided she wanted to wear underwear "just like Sam". I asked if she was ready to work on potty training and she said she was. Of course nothing gets by Ben and he said he wanted to be potty trained too.

Fine with me, I am very tired of the expense of pullups so I brought out two of the little red potties, which they both used right away. However, I did have to convince Sam that he was a big boy and didn't need to use the little potties anymore.

Carlee was excited after the first time and said "I peed on the potty just like a big girl!" Then she very seriously asked me "Am I potty trained now?" I tried not to laugh and then explained that she had to work really hard so that she would know to use the potty every time.

As soon as Ben used the potty he jumped up and said "I peed! Now we can have elly beans????" Pretty amazing that he remembered that they got jelly beans when they went to the potty in January! Anyway, I had to make a trip to Costco for a jug of Jelly Belly's. Then I had to convince Sam that he didn't need to get Jelly Beans everytime he went to the bathroom. Tough sell, so I had to think fast and come up with a way that he could get Jelly Beans too. I told him that whenever Ben & Carlee used the potty that it was our job to be excited and supportive. After explaining the meaning of supportive he got it and now whenever they use the potty he claps his hands and excitedly chants "Yay Ben & Carlee" over and over. Usually it is Carlee that gets annoyed first and yells at him to "STOP CAPPING SAM" LOL

And so, I have been a little busy this week. Potty training one kid is crazy, but two is insane! Double the trips to potty, double the potties to clean, double the accidents and double the laundry!!! I can hardly wait for this stage to be over so we can move on to the next level of chaos!

That level of course will be preschool at home. In my spare time (haha if I actually had true spare time I would be sewing) I have been planning and organizing to do preschool at home. More on that in a later post, right now I need to do a potty check, start some laundry, unload the dishwasher, load the breakfast dishes into the dishwasher, sweep and mop the floors, clean the bathroom and change the stupid cat litter. At least that is a start, probably will take me until lunch to do all that because we will have to make several potty breaks and have snacks and fights and meltdowns! Fun Fun Fun at our house!


Oh you are my hero!
How'd you like to come here and potty train my big girl? Pretty please....


I am going to be in the boat soon. We have decided that when summer in over and we are back to our consistent schedule, we are starting potty training boot camp.


Oh Sara! Thanks, but I certainly don't think I should be classified as anyone's hero. Most days I am just run ragged and losing my mind! Potty training is just the next milestone on the list and so it is simply what I have to do.

As for potty training your girl, you could send her here, I could train all three at the same time! One more won't make much difference LOL.

Seriously though she is only 2 (I think??), I don't think there is any rush. I know that with Sam, it was so easy because he was ready. We had the potty party and that was it. But he was already a few months over 3. Now with the twins, they will be 3 in Oct and I am not pushing them at this point. They are the ones who decide if they want to wear pullups or underwear this week. Then we will see about next week, for now I simply ask who needs to pee about every hour or so. No potty pary yet, I don't think they are quite ready. Besides they are pretty motivated by the jelly beans where Sam never really was.

And also, accidents are easy to clean up because we only have hardwood floors. I love having no carpets!

Too bad we didn't live closer... I'd probably take you up on the offer to drop her off at your place :)

She seems ready. She's always taking her diaper off and putting on her 'dora' underwear, and talking lots about her potty... we tried a few months ago only to end in disaster (read- poo everywhere, but the potty!)

So I decided to take some time off and return back to diapers. I'll probably give it a go again in Sept. after we get through the craziness of back to school.


Good luck with the twins!They sound like they'll get it in no time!

Yeah for you!! Sounds like everyone will be potty trained soon! Cute post and I loved your comment over on Rocks in My Dryer about "how many people is Mama?" I am definitely going to use that next time my 3 kids are asking me to do something for them all at the same time. Which means very likely in the next 5 or 6 minutes I will be using your line and so glad to have it!