Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Potties and Snakes

And, just like that, it happened...

My no-frills potty chart…on her way to a
snake! (I'll explain)

A few weeks ago, Teagan started showing more interest in using the potty. She would use it two or three times in a day and then have no interest the next. Then suddenly, it changed about a week ago. She started showing interest several times per day. I did my best to suggest it, but quite honestly, I'd often forget. Despite my forgetfulness, she ended up on the potty on her own. That's when I decided to start a "potty chart" -- more for my poor memory.

In the months following the girls first birthday, the "when are you going to potty train?" question started popping up. They weren't showing any interest so it wasn't even on my radar. Then I heard two horror stories from friends of potty training gone wrong. Parents push potty training. Kid isn't ready. Kid cries. Parents are frustrated. Lots of accidents and/or diaper use. Everyone is stressed. At that point, I decided to not potty train in the traditional sense. We purchased potties and placed them in the bathrooms. We started by simply suggesting that they sit on the potty before bath time. Initially, we were met with a quick "no!" As much as poop changes drove/drive me nuts, I wasn't overly concerned about it. After hearing the stories from friends, I vowed to not stress my kids or myself out. They will not be going to kindergarten in diapers.

There is a toy store near our house that has a kids area set up with a train table, a huge Sands Alive "sandbox" and an arts n' crafts table. While running errands, the girls often want to go in there to play. Jenn and Quinn ran a quick errand on the weekend, so Teagan and I went into the toy store. She was immediately drawn to a 5 foot long stuffed snake. She stopped in her tracks, put one hand on her hip with the other out with palm raised and asked in a serious voice, "Mommy, you got cash?!" I then entered into the impossible task of negotiating with a toddler. We finally decided that the snake would be her reward if she used the potty at least 20 times in the next six days. Up until now, high fives and lots of cheering have been our go-to rewards for potty usage.  Admittedly, I am already loving less diaper changes, so I think the snake is worth it!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Catch up: 23/52, 24/52

Ah my poor blog seems to be taking a back seat to everything else these days. I'm doing yet another catch-up.


TT the Tiger…in progress. 

The finished product!

A focused Quinn, drawing.


Summer life…leaping one minute...

Relaxin' the next...

Monday, June 16, 2014

Dressed like twins

When we found out that we were expecting twins, we immediately decided that they would not be dressed like twins. We wouldn't buy two of everything and dress them in the same outfits every day. So, we only bought one of each piece of clothing.

They would share everything.

Then we bought their very first matching outfit because I couldn't find two "Baby's First Christmas" outfits at the same store. Admittedly, I kind of liked it and knew that my mom would love it. They looked adorable.

Christmas 2011 - 5 months old.
At that point, we were still not into complete matching outfits so we started adopting a "similar but different" wardrobe -- same outfit in different colours or patterns.

Pictures from their first birthday party. Both wearing Ralph tennis dresses. I couldn't find a good one with the girls together.

And then flash forward to…

Matching winter hats...

Matching rain boots...

Matching Mouse shirts...

Matching Easter dresses...

Matching sweaters...

In the last few months, it has actually become quite a bit easier to dress them like twins because they like to be dressed the same. At some point along the way, a fight became inevitable if I bought two different shirts. They both always seemed to want the same one, even if I had picked out each item based on specific likes. 

While I wouldn't want to dress them the same every single day, I have to admit that I find it absolutely adorable to see them dressed alike on occasion. And with their looks being completely different, sometimes it's nice to have the recognized as twins. Funny how that happens ;)

Monday, June 2, 2014

Catch Up: 20/52, 21/52, 22/52

A portrait of my girls every week for one year. 


First taste of a chocolate-strawberry crepe!
Sisterly love

21/52: Soccer Fun!

22/52: Happy Birthday!