If you have a toddler who is more than capable of using the potty, but too stubborn to comply, then you have come to the right place. Potty training is as much of a blessing at it is a curse. Having a hard headed toddler sure does make potty training a super ultra-hard CHORE. She knows what she has to do, she gets the concept, but she just would not go because I was the one telling her to do it. After tons of attempts and tons of failures, we have finally gotten to a point where she is about 90% potty trained. Hallelujah! It has been a power struggle, but we are making ground. Here is a list of things that I have tried and what did/didn’t work for us.
Relationships tend to suffer once children come along and my husband and I are not immune from that statement. Our relationship changed drastically after we became parents and I was nowhere near prepared for it. Why did the man I was so deeply in love with turn into someone I was always angry at? My entire pregnancy I was preparing for the arrival of our daughter that I neglected to prepare for the changes my husband and I would go through. I was naive to think things would be exactly the same. There were times where I was wondering if we were even going to make it. But in the end we did and we came out stronger than ever. It just took some work and a mutual desire to grow together during this new chapter of our lives.
So onto the meat and potatoes, here are some ways relationships change after you become parents. Hopefully it can somewhat prepare you for what is to come.
Once upon a time, you endured pregnancy, gave birth and had a beautiful little baby. You are exhausted and seem to be on a ferris wheel that never ends. Diapers, bottles, spit up, crying, more diapers. Then one day it happens. Your little baby turns one and is officially not a baby anymore. You start to miss that baby stage and all that comes with it. That’s when your ovaries kick back into high gear. You think to yourself “I want another one!”
The decision to have my second child was A LOT harder to make than my first. The first time was easy because I knew I wanted to be a mother. The second time I had a much better understanding of what I was in for. I had to decide if I really wanted to go through it all over again. My brain and my instincts were at war with each other. It was a struggle between:
Your body goes through tremendous changes when you get pregnant. But what about afterwards? I don’t
intend to scare you, but here are some of the typical postpartum changes that happen to your body.
Remember how thick and luscious your hair got during pregnancy? Well that is all about to fall out. Don’t be alarmed when clumps of hair start coming out a few weeks after delivery. All those raging hormones from pregnancy are gone and now your body has to compensate for it by losing the extra hair. You will not go bald though, I promise.
are wives’ tales. They are merely for
fun. In reality, these predictions have a 50% chance of being right, so take it
for what it is. Regardless if being accurate or not, it is certainly
entertaining to see the results!
So, are you having a boy or a girl?
There was a time when my oldest daughter would not go to bed unless I rocked her in my arms. I would stand in the middle of her room and cradle her, rocking ever so slightly until she fell asleep on me. My arms would ache and my back would hurt every single time, but I would force myself to ignore those pains. I would just focus on my daughter and the mission to get her to sleep. As the minutes ticked by I’d watch her eyes get heavy and eventually she would drift off to sleep. I distinctly remember the last time she wanted me to do this for her. As I rocked her, she looked at me and pointed to her crib. She wanted me to lay her down instead this time. I put her in her crib as she wished and stood on the other side of her room waiting to see if maybe she would change her mind and want me to hold her again. She shuffled a bit, curled up and fell asleep all on her own. A tear ran down my face as I realized she didn’t need me to rock her anymore. Where did my baby go? Even though I rocked her every night for a year, I would have given anything to do it just one last time. I was very emotionally unprepared for it. I felt robbed.